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2018 Ontario Export Awards winners announced


November 23, 2018  


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The winners of the 2018 Ontario Export Awards were announced at a gala event at the International Centre in Mississauga, Ont. this week.

More than 150 manufacturing executives and representatives from trade, government and industry attended the prestigious event. The awards recognize leadership, exporting growth and the creation of local jobs across a diverse range of sectors of Ontario’s economy.

Ontario companies are proving you can take on the world and win,” says Jeff Brownlee, publisher, Canadian Manufacturing.com and Plant Magazine. “This year’s export award winners each share incredible international success stories and are models for others to emulate.”

Winners and finalists represent a wide range of Ontario’s economy, from transportation equipment and services, to consumer products, food, beverage and agriculture, and manufacturing and resources.

“This year’s winners share an ability to overcome market tensions and fierce competition outside of Canada to grow into complex markets,” says Tim Dimopoulos, vice president, Annex Business Media. “We congratulate all winners and wish them continued success in the future.”

Richmond Hill, Ont.-based Laipac Technology Inc., a leader in the development of IoT (Internet of Things) products and solutions, was named Exporter of the Year for its success expanding its business to more than 100 countries and for its commitment to growing its Ontario footprint.

The full list of winners is as follows:

Clean Technology: Hydrogenics Corporation
Consumer Products & Technology: Laipac Technology Inc.
Food, Beverage, & Agriculture: Viva Naturals Inc.
Manufacturing & Resources: Concours Mold Inc.
Services: Switch Video
Transportation Equipment: INKAS Corp.
Emerging Exporter: Thornhill Research
Leadership: Innovative Automation Inc.
Export Excellence: Trade Accelerator Program (TAP)
Machines Italia Global Reach Award: BGI Retail Inc.
Exporter of the Year: Laipac Technologies Inc.

Presented by CanadianManufacturing.com and Plant Magazine, divisions of Annex Business Media, the Ontario Export Awards are the province’s most prestigious awards paying tribute to the innovative approaches of Ontario’s top exporting companies.