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Aeryon Labs takes top prize at Ontario Export Awards

Christie Digital Systems awarded export leadership prize at first annual Ontario event.


Dave Kroetsch, president of Aeryon Labs Inc., accepts the Ontario Export Award for Exporter of the Year.  PHOTO: Silvana Metallo

Dave Kroetsch, president of Aeryon Labs Inc., accepts the Ontario Export Award for Exporter of the Year. PHOTO: Silvana Metallo

TORONTO — Aeryon Labs Inc. has taken home the top prize at the 2014 Ontario Export Awards.

The Waterloo, Ont.-based manufacturer of small unmanned aerial system (sUAS) manufacturer was named Exporter of the Year and also won the consumer product and technology category.

Founded in 2007 by three University of Waterloo engineering graduates, the company works with civil and military customers, resellers and commercial business partners in export markets including Iraq, Ecuador, the US and Indonesia.

The Ontario Export Awards, presented by Glacier Media’s Business Information Group (with media sponsors CanadianManufacturing.com and PLANT) and Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters on Nov. 25 in Toronto, celebrate the innovative approaches and contributions of Ontario export companies to the provincial economy.

Christie Digital Systems Canada Inc., based in Kitchener, Ont. was awarded the prize for export leadership. The award recognizes an organization or individual known for championing the cause of exporting in Ontario within their industry.

The company, a global manufacturer of visual and audio technologies that markets advanced projectors, display systems and immersive audio products, was founded in 1929 and installed systems in more than 100,000 cinemas, universities and emergency operations centres. It has also won two Academy Awards for Scientific or Technical achievement. It has 40% market share of the global digital cinema market and has maintained its manufacturing operations in Canada.

It exports to customers in the US, Europe, Middle East, Africa, the UK and China.

Here’s the full list of winners from the 2014 Ontario Export Awards:

York University Schulich School of Business student Snow Zhao was awarded the Business Studies Student award, sponsored by PLANT, which recognizes a student who has demonstrated leadership, excelled in their international business studies and has made a significant contribution to the export community in Ontario.

Event sponsors include HSBC, Lincoln Electric, UPS, Port of Montreal and Buffalo Niagara Enterprise.

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