The Sault Ste. Marie Innovation Centre announced winners of the 2016 “SSMARt Innovation of the Year” awards at a luncheon event held Wednesday November 9th and one of the eight awards presented went to a St. Joseph Island business.
photo supplied by Angela Corcoran-SSMIC.
Nominations were submitted over a four week period, with candidates either being nominated by their peers or self-nominated. Five judges with diverse skill sets and areas of expertise reviewed qualifying nominations and determined winners based on how each nominee met or exceeded innovation award standards.
Innovation Company of the Year – STUFFF Lubricants Inc. Founded by Bill Betournay and his wife Viktoria McLea of St. Joseph Island, STUFFF Lubricants Inc. manufactures non-toxic, environmentally-friendly lubricants and penetrants that are biodegradable, renewable and made from 100% recycled canola oil feedstock. Since launching in 2014, STUFFF has been progressively growing – even securing a partnership with Home Hardware Canada, and is currently leading the bio-based lubricant market by offering products with applications that are suitable for the environment. Learn more at www.stufff.ca and www.facebook.com/stufff.ca
SSMIC also recognized the leadership and commitment of Tom Vair, who started the SSMARt Innovation Awards eleven years ago, and up until last month was the Executive Director for SSMIC. Sault Ste. Marie Member of Parliament Terry Sheehan was also in attendance and spoke to the guests, as well as presented winners with certificates from the Government of Canada in recognition of their accomplishments.