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10 companies receive honours at inaugural Ontario Export Awards

Mississauga, ON - The 2014 Ontario Export Awards gala on Nov. 25, 2014, brought nearly 200 manufacturing, government, association and corporate leaders together to celebrate the province's top exporters.


Mississauga, ON – The 2014 Ontario Export Awards gala on Nov. 25, 2014, brought nearly 200 manufacturing, government, association and corporate leaders together to celebrate the province’s top exporters.

Aeryon Labs Inc., Waterloo, ON, a manufacturer of small unmanned aerial systems, was recognized with the Exporter of the Year award at the inaugural event, for its rapid expansion into markets such as Iraq, Ecuador, the US and Indonesia.

In total, 10 awards were presented, with Christie Digital Systems Canada Inc. winning the Leadership award for its vision and long-term exporting strategy. Mirus International Inc. won the Emerging Exporter award for its burgeoning sales in international markets such as China.

“As organizer of the Ontario Export Awards, we couldn’t be more pleased to have the opportunity to recognize and celebrate some of the province’s top exporters,” said Tim Dimopoulos, executive publisher with Business Information Group, part of Glacier Media Inc. “Competition for the awards was tight, and we congratulate the significant achievement of those who made the finalist round, and those who won awards.”

The 2014 Ontario Export Awards were organized with the support of Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters (CME), Canada’s largest trade and industry association, and the voice of manufacturing and global business in Canada.10

“These Ontario companies are proof that going global begins at home,” said Ian Howcroft, vice-president of CME Ontario. “We celebrate the efforts of all the nominees who have risen above the competition to take on the world and win. These truly are the brightest of exporting businesses in Ontario today.”

The Ontario Export Awards were sponsored by HSBC Bank Canada (Platinum Sponsor), UPS, Lincoln Electric Company of Canada, Buffalo Niagara Enterprise and the Port of Montreal.

“HSBC has been facilitating international trade for nearly 150 years and our history in this area allows us, and our clients, to skillfully navigate the waters of doing business globally,” said Dan Leslie, senior vice-president and head of corporate banking, HSBC Bank Canada. “Ontario is also home to a large percentage of this country’s international companies, so this year’s competition was quite strong. Congratulations to all winning companies.”

The finalists and winners represent a diverse range of industry segments, from food processing to military vehicles. For a full list of finalists and winners and more information on the program, visit http://www.ontarioexportawards.com.

The Ontario Export Awards were presented by CanadianManufacturing.com, Plant and Business Information Group (part of Glacier Media Inc. and the parent company of Machinery & Equipment MRO magazine and mromagazine.com), with the support of Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters (CME). The Ontario Export Awards are a division of the Canada Export Awards, which have been hosting provincial ceremonies in British Columbia and Alberta for more than three decades.