Terri-Jane Yuzda

Manning Awards Search Begins

For more than 20 years Ernest C. Manning Innovation Awards have been going to Canada's best innovators, so it's no surprise that money from the not-for-profit organization often ends up in the hands of APEGGA members.

The 2002 distribution included an innovation award to permit holder SMART Technologies Ltd. of Calgary for its interactive whiteboard system. And the year before, BW Technologies of Calgary received an innovation award for its Gas Alert family of zero-maintenance detectors for monitoring hazardous gases.

Awards worth $160,000 reached Canadian innovators in 2002, thanks to the privately financed Ernest C. Manning Awards Foundation, as well as the people and companies that contribute to it. The 2003 search is now under way, with nominations closing Feb. 17.

The program will present a principal award worth $100,000, an award of distinction worth $25,000, and two $10,000 innovation awards to Canadians who have conceived, developed and marketed new procedures, processes or products of benefit to Canada. "Ideas big and small that have been developed into a marketable product are rewarded," says a Manning Awards news release. Nominees must be Canadian citizens resident in Canada.

Mr. Manning was Alberta's longest-serving premier. His seven terms of office coincided with Alberta's longest sustained economic boom, the awards website says.





The Manning Innovation Awards
2900, 421 7th Ave. S.W.
Calgary T2P 4K9
tel. (403) 645-8277
fax 403) 645-8320

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