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Celestica declared Canada’s leading manufacturer

Four Canadian manufacturers have demonstrated they have what it takes to compete in the global marketplace: all are winners of this year’s CME Canadian Innovation Awards.


June 17, 2011
by PLANT STAFF

OTTAWA: Four Canadian manufacturers have demonstrated they have what it takes to compete in the global marketplace: all are winners of this year’s Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters Canadian Innovation Awards.

The top award, Zurich’s Canadian Manufacturer of the Year, was presented in Ottawa June 16 to Toronto-based contract electronics manufacturer Celestica.

The company, acquired from IBM in 1996 by Onex Corp. and Celestica management, provides electronics manufacturing services to OEMs who supply the world with products covering the enterprise computing, communications, consumer, industrial, healthcare, alternative energy, and aerospace and defense sectors.

It employs 35,000 workers at 20 worldwide facilities who provide design, prototyping, assembly, testing, quality assurance and inventory management services.

“The Canadian Innovation Awards highlight the outstanding accomplishments of Canadian businesses competing and winning on the world stage,” said Jayson Myers, CME’s president and CEO. “Each award winner is a leader in their respective field, and are models of excellence for others to emulate.”

EDC’s Global Business of the Year went to the top exporter, BRP. The company, based in Valcourt, Que., sells its snowmobiles, watercraft, all-terrain vehicles, light aircraft and engines to customers in 100 countries.

BRP (Bombardier Recreational Products), offspring of the company that brought snowmobiles to the world, owns manufacturing facilities with a workforce of 6,000 people in Canada, the US, Mexico, Finland and Austria.

Over the past five years, BRP has opened offices in 20 countries and more than doubled its presence in Europe.

NRC/IRAP’s Innovative New Technology Award went to Cavet Technologies, a Toronto manufacturer of lighting technology. Its LumiSmart Intelligent Lighting Controller, or ILC, provides an instant 30% reduction in power consumption by fluorescent lighting systems, without any changes to lamps, ballasts or fixtures. The microprocessor-driven device is quickly installed in office buildings, health care facilities or industrial sites at one-tenth the cost of other solutions, according to the company.

Business Takes Action Innovator of the Year Award went to Dolphin Digital Technologies, a Kitchener, Ont. firm that designs, develops, and supports computer networks with its Dolphin Support Stream solution, a live, on-demand service available anytime, anywhere in the world.

Click here for video profiles of the companies.