Premier McGuinty Announces First Research and Innovation Award Winners

    Premier's Awards Celebrate Ontario's Outstanding Talent

    TORONTO, April 24 /CNW/ - Premier and Minister of Research and Innovation
Dalton McGuinty honoured Ontario's top research and innovation talents today
at the inaugural Premier's Innovation Awards ceremony held at the MaRS
Discovery District.
    "Progress is made through people who have the vision to see beyond the
status quo," said Premier McGuinty. "By imagining new possibilities, taking
new risks and finding a better way, these winners have made great achievements
that will ultimately change the world for the better. I am proud to support
and celebrate their extraordinary accomplishments."
    Winners in the Premier's Catalyst, Discovery and Summit awards programs
were recognized for their achievements in everything from life-saving medical
research to innovations that are revolutionizing business and industry.
    Winners of the Premier's Catalyst Awards for excellence in innovation

    -   Best Young Innovator: Parham Aarabi, Toronto
    -   Innovator of the Year: En-Hiu Yang, Waterloo
    -   Lifetime Achievement in Innovation: Savvas Chamberlain, Waterloo
    -   Start-up Company with the Best Innovation: Tessonics Inc., Windsor
    -   Company with the Best Innovation: Research In Motion, Waterloo.

    Winners of the Premier's Discovery Awards for individual research
achievement are:

    -   Life Sciences and Medicine: Spencer C.H. Barrett, University of
    -   Natural Sciences and Engineering: Andreas Mandelis, University of
    -   Social Sciences and Humanities: Regna Darnell, The University of
        Western Ontario
    -   Innovation Leadership: Aaron Fenster, Robarts Research Institute.

    The Premier's Summit Awards ( program
provides extraordinary research support to a small number of outstanding
medical researchers, in partnership with their sponsoring institution. The
winners for 2007 are:

    -   John E. Dick, University Health Network
    -   Tak Mak, Princess Margaret Hospital, University Health Network
    -   Anthony J. Pawson, Samuel Lunenfeld Research Institute, Mount Sinai
    -   Peter St George-Hyslop, University of Toronto and University Health

    "MaRS is particularly honoured to be involved with the Premier's Summit
Awards for Medical Research," said MaRS CEO Dr. Ilse Treurnicht. "This
unprecedented new investment in the work of our truly exceptional scientists
will make a difference in the health of Canadians and others around the world.
We are all proud that these remarkable scientists live and work in Ontario."
    "These award programs are a key part of Ontario's strategy to attract and
retain our best and brightest and build on our culture of innovation and
entrepreneurship," said Premier McGuinty. "By supporting world-class talent
here at home, we're ensuring Ontario remains the place to be for years to

    About MaRS

    MaRS ( is dedicated to maximizing the economic and social
impact of innovation.

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For further information:

For further information: on MaRS and the Premier's Summit Awards, please
contact: Ross Wallace,, (416) 673-8126; For more
information on the Premier's Innovation Awards: Premier's Media Office, (416)

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