The Department of Innovation, Business and Rural Development is accepting applications for the 2012 Export and Innovation Awards. The Awards celebrate the achievements of those who are raising Newfoundland and Labrador to new heights. There are three distinct awards to celebrate excellence in export and innovation: Exporter of the Year; Innovation in Business; and Distinction in Innovation. The deadline for applications is Friday, May 4th, 2012.

Exporter of the Year

The Exporter of the Year Award acknowledges the outstanding success of local entrepreneurs and businesses that have achieved commercial export success. The recipient of this award has significantly contributed to the province’s economic growth and has excelled at competing and succeeding in the global marketplace.

Exporter of the Year Application

Innovation in Business

The Innovation in Business Award recognizes a company for its outstanding achievement in creating new opportunities to advance its business through innovation. The recipient will have successfully launched an innovative product, process, or service through its strategic risk-taking. This approach has positively impacted the company’s growth and market potential.

Innovation in Business Application

Distinction in Innovation

The Distinction in Innovation Award recognizes an individual or group that makes an outstanding contribution towards Newfoundland and Labrador’s innovative culture. The recipient is a leader who is enthusiastic about fostering new ideas that have positively impacted the province and its people. The recipient has created or identified successful opportunities for industry by collaborating and building partnerships.

Distinction in innovation Application

Export and Innovation Week
May 28 – June 1, 2012

The Department of Innovation, Business and Rural Development, together with its industry partners will deliver a comprehensive province-wide program of activities, providing professional development and information on growth sectors and market opportunities for local new and existing exporters and internationally focused businesses. Export and Innovation Week highlights the significance of exporting to the provincial economy and celebrates the success of innovative individuals, businesses, organizations and institutions. Please check back for this year’s schedule of events.

CONTACT: Department of Innovation, Business and Rural Development

2nd Floor, Confederation Building, West Block, P.O. Box 8700, St. John’s, NL
A1B 4J6, Tel: (709) 729-7000; Fax: (709) 729-5124; Toll Free: (800) 563-2299