'May the 4th Be With You'

  • Laurie
  • 2017-05-01



Last month’s column highlighted ‘Innovation Season’, and our upcoming KIRAs (Knowledge and Innovation Recognition Awards) on May 4th, celebrating excellence in technological, social and economic innovation across all sectors and industries in New Brunswick.  The KIRAs also mark the official kick-off to NB Innovation Week!

This year’s event will give a nod to “May the 4th Be with You” day  with a galaxy glam spin.  Don’t expect people to be wielding light sabers or to see Darth Vader, but you can expect lots of lights and sparkle during this optimal networking event.  The KIRA galaxy will be emceed by the award-winning Canadian comedy couple Naomi Snieckus & Matt Baramand, and will feature special musical guest, DJ SirK.

If you have not already checked out the 21 KIRA finalists  - here’s a short run-down of New Brunswick’s most innovative companies and organizations within their nominated category:

Bulletproof - A consulting firm, which provides end-to-end business solutions like security, network operations, quality assurance/testing, integration, education and product fulfillment.

Construction Navale Atlantique - A shipbuilding company creating the vessel of the future by reducing carbon footprint, increasing efficiency and improving the quality of fished goods.

LuminUltra Technologies Ltd. - Provides microbial monitoring solutions that deliver real-time feedback on microbiological content in water.

Budworm Tracker (Canadian Forest Service) - An innovative citizen science program that provides volunteer opportunity to engage with scientists in monitoring the most significant forest pest in eastern Canada, the spruce budworm.

UNB Institute of Biomedical Engineering - Plays a key role in the research and development that engendered the first myoelectric upper limb prostheses in North America, and remains a world leader in advanced myoelectric artificial limbs.

Succession Connect/Fredericton Chamber of Commerce - An innovative new pilot created by the Fredericton Chamber of Commerce to support, retain and increase new Canadian investors in New Brunswick, which in turn supports economic growth.

Amiko Electrical/PLC Control System & Consulting Inc. - Designs, tests and manufactures custom components, troubleshoots and improves the efficiency of existing equipment.

Lizotte Machine Vision - Develops and manufactures custom-built quality control, grading, and sorting equipment for the global food processing industry.

Soricimed Biopharma Inc. - A private, clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company, which focuses on developing first-in-class targeted cancer therapies, peptide-drug conjugates and a cancer companion diagnostic.

ADI Systems - With over 35 years of experience, a global leader in industrial wastewater treatment and waste-to-energy solutions.

EhEye Inc. - Improves public safety and security using artificially intelligent video analytics and automating the extraction of objects, persons, activities and behaviours of interest from streaming video.

SimpTek Technologies Inc. - Connects utilities and property owners with customers to discover powerful insights on energy usage and efficiency.

Chinova Bioworks - Develops natural preservatives, using a product called chitosan, with the goal of solving the common problem of microbial contamination.

EhEye Inc. - Improves public safety and security using artificially intelligent video analytics and automating the extraction of objects, persons, activities and behaviours of interest from streaming video.

Kognitiv Spark Inc. - An augmented and mixed reality solutions and software development company.

CyberNB / International Cyber Security Protection Alliance - This partnership brought Cyber Essentials to Canada - a certification standard to aid in mitigating against up to 80% of common internet-based cyber threats.

Northern Hardwoods Research Institute Inc. -  An innovative partnership between the private forest sector, governments and Université de Moncton, which was created out of need to conduct applied research - providing immediate solutions for the sustainable and feasible management of hardwood forests.

Research & Productivity Council - New Brunswick’s research and technology organization, comprised of 98 scientists, engineers and technologists, focused on business-led research (innovation) and analytical services (testings and inspections).

CyberNB (Opportunities New Brunswick) - CyberNB is a special operating agency of Opportunities NB, which is deploying Canada’s first comprehensive cybersecurity strategy, focused on collaboration with industry, government and academia to build on New Brunswick’s position as the cybersecurity epicentre of Canada.

Integrated Service Delivery (ISD) for Children and Youth - A framework, which provides services and programs to children and youth (aged 0-21) having significant social, emotional and/or mental-health needs.

NBDTI Design Branch & UNB Civil Engineering Dept. -  A collaborative partnership, which developed a solution for the inspection of departmental assets, which have difficult and dangerous access problems.

If you would like to learn more about these amazing, innovative companies - book your KIRA tickets today

Don’t forget that there will also be a special showcase of the KIRA nominees during the day, as well as a FREE luncheon, presented by Ignite Fredericton, Enterprise Saint John, 3plus Corporation, to kick-off the KIRA awards focused on ‘Debunking the Innovation Myth’. Learn why businesses from all industries need to step outside of operations and consider how they can apply innovation to reinvent and re-invigorate their business.  Krista Han from Grant Thornton will moderate this session with New Brunswick’s Chief Economist, David Campbell, and Dr. Herb Emery with the University of New Brunswick.  Register today

With support from ACOA and ONB, the KIRAs are hosted by Knowledge Park and made possible through the generous support of our Gold Sponsors (Bell Aliant, NBIF, UNB, EY, McInnes Cooper, Salesforce), Silver sponsors (Oracle, PQA Testing, Crowne Plaza), and the Friends of KIRA (Remsoft, ROC Consulting).

See you in the KIRA galaxy - May the fourth be with you!

Laurie Guthrie, EcD, BIS

Economic Development & Marketing Specialist

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