Finalists Announced for the Science, Technology, Innovation and Collaboration Awards

SASKATOON, SASKATCHEWAN – The Science, Technology, Innovation and Collaboration (STIC) Awards will showcase the people, projects and products that contribute to the Saskatoon Region’s world-class science and technology sector. The Saskatoon Region has some of the world’s most accomplished science and technology innovations. These innovations add value to the local economy by creating jobs, wealth and knowledge, and positioning the Saskatoon Region as a global competitor.

The finalists and award recipients will be honoured at the STIC Awards on November 16 at Louis’ Loft in Saskatoon.

“We received many impressive applications for the STIC Awards. The caliber of the submissions and finalists clearly demonstrates that the Saskatoon Region is a hub for science and technology innovations,” said Alex Fallon, President and CEO of SREDA. “This evening will be an opportunity for the community to come together to celebrate the outstanding people in our science and technology cluster and showcase the pioneering projects and products being created right here in the Saskatoon Region.”

The evening will start at 5:00 p.m. with a cocktail reception followed by the award presentations at 5:45 p.m. Tickets for the STIC Awards are available for $35 and can be purchased at

The 2016 STIC Awards finalists are:

This award recognizes a project that has the potential to contribute significantly to its sector.

Abscisic Acid Analogs (ABA) Project
Crop Development Centre, Department of Plant Sciences and Department of Chemistry
University of Saskatchewan
The Crop Development Centre, the Department of Plant Sciences and the Department of Chemistry at the University of Saskatchewan have developed an abscisic acid analogs (ABA) for improving pulse crop agronomy and physiology. This proof of concept research project addresses pulse crop agronomy problems experienced by Saskatchewan growers including poor seed germination under low temperature, non-uniform crop maturity and immature green seed at harvest.

PotashCorp Kamskénow Program
Science Outreach, College of Arts and Science
University of Saskatchewan
Kamskénow is a Cree word meaning “to find or to learn” and represents the founding principle of the PotashCorp Kamskénow program. The program brings a 13-week platform of engaging inquiry-based science and mathematics activities into Community Schools in Saskatoon. PotashCorp Kamskénow’s goals are to increase science literacy in both students and their classroom teacher and increase engagement and participation of Aboriginal students in the sciences.

Saskatchewan Centre for Cyclotron Sciences
Sylvia Fedoruk Canadian Centre for Nuclear Innovations
The Saskatchewan Centre for Cyclotron Sciences is the province’s first cyclotron and radioisotope production facility. Now in full operation, the facility is supplying radiopharmaceuticals to Royal University Hospital for use in PET‐CT scans for Saskatchewan patients being diagnosed and treated for cancer and other conditions. The cyclotron is becoming a hub for scientific and medical research requiring short‐lived radioisotopes.

Development of a vaccine for Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea virus
Vaccine and Infectious Disease Organization – International Vaccine Centre (VIDO-InterVac)
University of Saskatchewan
In less than a year, University of Saskatchewan scientists have developed and tested a prototype vaccine that could protect the North American swine industry from a virus that has killed more than eight million pigs and costs more than $400 million in lost income since 2013.

This award recognizes an innovative product or service that has significantly impacted its sector. 

Libra Cart
Bitstrata Systems
Libra Cart is a full-featured tablet and smartphone-based grain cart weighing the data management system. The Libra Cart systems includes a small electronics box that mounts directly onto the grain cart, connects to the cart’s existing weight sensors and communicates wirelessly to the Libra app. The system works offline and automatically detects, collects and store important weigh-scale data.

Clevor Project Optimizer
Clevor Technologies
Clevor Project Optimizer is artificial-intelligence powered project optimization software that saves 15-25% of project’s non-material costs (without changing the scope). It can tell you if you should subcontract out some work, how much equipment or machinery of what type you need to do better, or what number and type of employees to hire, to get the best outcome.

Variation Designer
Solido Design Automation
Solido’s software enables the creation of electronic chips with optimal performance (to improve chip speed), power (to improve battery life), area (to reduce chip size) and yield (to reduce chip manufacturing cost). Solido’s software is faster, more accurat, and more scalable than its competitors based in USA, Germany and China.

Viking Innovations
Dalmatian is a kitchen fire prevention system. It has a control panel disconnect system that connects your smoke detectors to the range (stove) and counter plugs. The unit is mounted in the utility room and is hardwired to the electrical panel and smoke detectors. When your smoke detector activates, it triggers Dalmatian. Without electricity or heat, the fire is less likely to start, or spread to the rest of the house. 

This award recognizes a passionate, knowledgeable and collaborative team that has made unique contributions to their sector. 

Canadian Isotopes Innovations
Canadian Isotopes Innovations’ team has a combination of business expertise, fund raising skills, particle accelerator expertise, nuclear Licensing and remote handling systems expertise and customer-centric, radio-pharmaceutical and radio-chemistry expertise. The management team is led by the CEO Jim George who has developed the business model over the last 2 years while leading the team through its business plan.

POS Bio-Sciences
POS Bio-Sciences’ Technical Team, led by Dr. Rick Green, is an innovative R & D bioprocessing company that customizes inventive methods for clients across the global marketplace. For forty years POS created value added products and ingredients from biological materials of all kinds, for uses in food supplements, nutraceuticals, cosmetics, biofuels, and medical devices. POS offers clients a technical team with a wide range of backgrounds, from chemistry to quality assurance and logistics; everything to ensure a client’s ingredient moves from concept to commercialization.

Natural Resource Technology Program
Saskatchewan Polytechnic
Saskatchewan Polytechnic’s Natural Resource Technology (NRT) Program has been training fish and wildlife technicians, foresters and conservation officers since the early 1960’s. The success of this program, is due to a willingness among faculty to embrace new technologies while never losing sight of the organic field experience that is integral to resource stewardship.

Science Outreach Team
College of Arts and Science, University of Saskatchewan
The Science Outreach Team works to bring their scientific expertise into the community, the classroom, and program development. The team works with university faculty and lab coordinators in the sciences to develop innovative and engaging programming to promote innovation and bring science out of the laboratories and into schools and communities in Saskatoon and beyond.

The STIC Ambassador Award recognizes an inspiring individual that has made extensive contributions to the Saskatoon Region, by promoting sciences, technology and/or innovation. The recipient of this award will be announced at the event.

The finalists were chosen by the STIC Selection Committee. This committee consists of local industry, government and academia stakeholders.

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