2013 Ernest C. Manning Innovation Award winners announced

Family institute, audio tech, wheel locking device and HUD-enabled eye ware share innovation prize.

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by Design Engineering Staff

The Ernest C. Manning Awards Foundation announced the winners of its annual Innovation Awards. The 2013 winners, from British Columbia, Ontario and Nova Scotia, share $145,000 in prizes. The 2013 Young Canadian Award winners from Ontario and Quebec share $16,000 in prizes.

The 2013 Ernest C. Manning Innovation Award recipients are:

Dr. Patricia Lingley-Pottie and Dr. Patrick McGrath, Halifax, NS, co-recipients of the $100,000 Encana Principal Award for creating a social innovation, The Strongest Families Institute. The not-for-profit Institute provides distance services to families dealing with behavior, anxiety and bedwetting problems. Services are delivered by highly-trained coaches who teach families skills through 16 telephone sessions supported by handbooks, videos and websites.
www.strongestfamilies.com

Dr. Henry Luo, Kitchener, ON, $25,000 David E. Mitchell Award of Distinction, for developing AntiShock Technology. Since its creation in 2006 by Dr. Luo in Unitron’s research labs in Kitchener, AntiShock Technology has been integrated into five million hearing aids, now sold in 60 countries. The innovative technology instantly detects and controls sudden and harsh noises while preserving a person’s ability to clearly hear speech and conversations.
www.unitronhearing.com

Ilfor ‘Taffy’ Caine Davies, Oakville, ON, $10,000 Ernest C. Manning Innovation Award for developing Zafety Lug Lock, a transport wheel locking device that ‘cuffs’ wheel nuts to create the required resistance to keep wheel bolts secure. There are now one million Zafety Lug Lock devices on public and commercial vehicles.
www.zafetyluglock.com

Dan Eisenhardt and Hamid Abdollahi, Vancouver, BC, $10,000 Ernest C. Manning Innovation Award for developing Heads-up Display (HUD) technology which integrates state-of-the-art mico-computers into goggles and athletic sunglasses. Their technology is now being incorporated into eye wear by the world’s leading goggle and sunglass manufacturers.
www.reconinstruments.com

David Drouin, 19, Quebec City, PQ, $4,000 Young Canadian Award for his 2013 Canada-Wide Science Fair project where he illustrated the potential of a relatively simple compound found in cinnamon, called cinnemaldehyde, in fighting off dangerous strains of E.coli bacteria.

Meagan Fabel, 17, Windsor ON, $4,000 Young Canadian Award for her 2013 Canada-Wide Science Fair project where her research showed how to enhance the low-cost electrical energy output of the Gratzel solar cell.

Adam Noble, 19, Lakefield ON, $4,000 Young Canadian Award for his 2013 Canada-Wide Science Fair project which showed the benefits of using silver nano-particle therapy as a new cure for cancer.

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Pierre Clapperton Richard and Francis-Oliver Couture, 17, Saguenay, PQ, co-recipients of $4,000 Young Canadian Award for their 2013 Canada-Wide Science Fair project, EffiClasse, an iPad application that allows full management of “tablet-classes”. The application allows the teacher to create a group and then control the information and view the group users’ tablets.
www.efficlasse.com

Ernest C. Manning Innovation Award winners are selected by an independent selection committee, comprised of members from across Canada and experts in fields from medicine, genetics, engineering, industrial processes and social entrepreneurship. The Young Canadian Award winners were selected by a team of judges at the 2013 Canada-Wide Science Fair in May, 2013.

The 2013 awards will be presented to recipients at the 32nd annual Ernest C. Manning Innovation Awards Gala in Calgary on Wed. Oct. 16.
www.manningawards.ca