It’s been a long year and a half of online meetings, but this past month – networking is back and we couldn’t be happier to reconnect with old colleagues and meet new people! Below are some of the professional development events we attended in the last quarter of 2021:
1. The 4th Annual Turning the Tide Marine Industry Awards happened at the St. John’s Convention Centre in September. We celebrated the dreamers, doers and innovators making waves in the province’s marine sector at a beautiful awards gala equipped with local musicians, a delicious meal, and inspiring presentations. Congratulations to the award winners below:
- Industry Leadership and Excellence Award
- Winner: A Harvey & Company LTD
- Accepted by: Susan Patten
- Industry Lifetime Achievement Award
- Winner: Mr. Bruce Wareham (posthumous)
- Accepted by: Alberto Wareham Icewater Seafoods Inc.
- Next Wave Leadership Award
- Winner: Melissa Williams
- Accepted by: Melissa Williams
- Award of Historical Marine Significance
- Winner: Grenfell Medical Mission Vessels International Grenfell Association
- Accepted by: Ruth Bell Steinhauer
- Innovation Leadership Award
- Winner: Genoa Design
- Accepted by: Gina Pecore
2. In the middle of November, we headed to Toronto for Canada’s largest renewable energy conference and exhibition, Electricity Transformation Canada. Pennecon showcased our company and how we are working together to drive Canada’s energy transformation, focusing on wind energy, solar energy, and energy storage, while expanding to incorporate complementary technologies. Over 150 leading #renewableenergy companies set themselves up for success in this competitive market by participating in this wonderful event and we were proud to be one of them.
3. The Pennecon team was an exhibitor at The North Atlantic Fish & Workboat Show which caters to all those who work on or around the water. We were so happy to connect with industry professionals and shop boats, supplies, safety equipment, and services for commercial fishermen. The trade show was very well put off in the Mary Brown’s Centre and we look forward to participating again next year!
4. The St. John’s Board Of Trade 2021 Business Resilience Awards was a night to remember! Our team enjoyed getting dressed up for a 3 course meal at The Delta Hotel, St. John’s and celebrated 52 nominees, 7 winners, and the Board Of Trade’s 50-year anniversary! Congrats to all the nominees and the following deserving award winners. Watch their stories below:
- Boundary Pusher – D.F. Barnes
- Service Stars – Avalon Laboratories
- Community Champion – The Shop, SALT
- Community Champion – Harvey’s Home Heating
- Business Builders – Saltwater Designs
- 2021 Business Resilience – Alderwood Estates
5. All the way over in Denmark, member of our team went to WindEurope’s annual onshore and offshore wind energy event in Copenhagen! Europe is going climate-neutral. That means more demand for wind energy. The EU plans to make wind power half of Europe’s electricity by 2050.”Electric City 2021″ is a unique event that brings the entire wind industry together, with representatives from other industries as well, to join the conversation on how to build a clean energy economy for the future. Pennecon was honoured to be part of this exhibition and journey towards the decarbonization of our planet
6. Marine Renewables Canada hosted their annual conference in Halifax this past month and we were happy to get back to networking, make new business connections, and reconnect with colleagues after a long time of being a part! It was so wonderful to hear many leaders in the Marine sector present their perspectives on getting to net zero, blue economy, tidal energy, understanding environmental risk, Indigenous involvement in renewable energy, offshore wind, green hydrogen and much more! The future in Marine Renewables is bright!
7. Pennecon sponsored and attended a Gathering/Conference called “Two-Eared Listening for Deeper Understanding: Restorative Justice in Newfoundland and Labrador.” The event focused on deep listening to Indigenous experiences of justice and injustice, increasing understanding of past and present relationships in Newfoundland and Labrador, strengthening knowledge and practice of relational, restorative justice; and, discussing the Truth & Reconciliation Commission recommendations 27, 28, 31, 42, and 60-63. From Stories and Songs of Justice and Strength, to discussion circles & tributes, Indigenous leader presentations, to sharing meals together – the conference was education, personable, and eye-opening. We will continue to learn from our past to help brighten our future.