Innovation Award - Hydro Tech Inc., Sault Ste. Marie
Sponsored by: Export Development Canada
When Michael Dupuis left the comfort of his full time job as a mechanical technologist in 2001 to start Hydro Tech Inc., he could never have imagined he'd be heading up an innovation enterprise that installs products from Niagara Falls to East Africa.
The Sault Ste. Marie company designs, manufactures and installs a new kind of thrust bearing system for hydroelectric dams' core power generators, all over the world.
The importance of a southeastern Ghana's Akosombo dam puts immense pressure on the Hydro Tech team to complete the project without power interruption.
“When they lose a generator, they don't get a call from their boss, they get a call from the president of the country,” said Dupuis who is now fielding calls from China and India. “It's quite an important unit for their nation, so it was quite an accomplishment for them to instill such faith in us to be able to accomplish this project.”
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