PHOTOS ENCLOSED-From Left to Right in Group Photo: Stephen Dooley-Surrey Board of Trade Board Chair, Janaka Rathanyaka and Pavani Dilhara of Clayton Glass, Franklin Jackson-Century Group
The Surrey Board of Trade presented the 5th Surrey Innovation Award to Clayton Glass at today’s SFU President Business Lunch.
The Surrey Innovation Awards celebrates, educates, and connects innovators across all industries by Surrey businesses and helps make Surrey a recognized hub of innovation by igniting a new narrative for our city, strengthening its economic future and building the spirit of innovation.
“It is Surrey’s innovative companies that will meet the challenges of the new economy, expanding opportunity in Surrey and improving lives around the globe,” said Anita Huberman, CEO, Surrey Board of Trade
The following innovation concepts were reviewed for each of the nominees, to lead to the eventual selection of finalists and a winner.
· Transforming ideas into commercial reality
· Improving business processes
· Tying academic research and developments into commercial reality
· Collaboration across a wide range of constituencies, including corporate leaders, start-up entrepreneurs, university leaders, faculty members, and students, investors, and public officials.
· Intellectual Achievement
· Uniqueness and Originality
· Community Benefits
The 5th Surrey Innovation Award Winner, as presented by the Surrey Board of Trade, is:
Owner and director of Surrey’s Clayton Glass, Janaka Rathnayaka, an engineer by trade, has always had a passion for promoting environmental sustainability and responsible engineering and construction practices. Janaka set out to find new ways to incorporate smart technology into green building design and developed an innovation called PHYSIS. This invention is an intelligent system for optimal daylight and ventilation that can be applied to any building opening. It consists of 5 key components: a louver blade system, a water proof electric motor, an Arduino-controlled solar tracker, an Arduino-controlled rain sensor and I-section aluminum frames. These components work in unison to provide building occupants with the optimal amount of daylight at every moment of the day, optimal ventilation, fresh air flow, and protection against rain, without requiring a human to constantly monitor and make manual adjustments.
OTHER SELECTED FINALISTS:
Innovative Sleep Solutions Ltd.
Innovative Sleep Solutions Ltd. is a mattress retailer that offers the largest and healthiest selection of sleep products available in Canada. All of their foam mattresses have only CertiPUR -foams made with plant-based oils in place of typical petro-chemical based oils. Offering all-natural products such as 100% certified organic latex mattresses containing pure Joma New Zealand wool regulates body temperature. These advanced product lines sustain a life span of 25-30 years, which is 3-4 times longer than a traditional mattress. Innovative Sleep Solutions is also the exclusive Canadian retailer of medical magnet therapy beds that are made in Surrey and contain concentric circular magnets that are designed specifically for human medical use. These magnets guarantee accurate alignment and dilate the blood vessels increasing circulation, accelerating the natural healing process and reducing swelling and Musculoskeletal pain and Edema.
Viva Care Telehealth Inc.
Viva Care Medical Group has been providing medical services to the Surrey community since 2009. Their services include family practice, walk-in clinics, chiropractic care, physiotherapy and many other integrative care options. They now have ten clinics across the Lower Mainland and have over fifty doctors that provide care to the community on a daily basis. Viva Care Medical Group made an organizational shift in 2014 to develop and implement an innovative solution in the form of telehealth services. Telehealth allows patients and doctors to use video conferencing tools for regular medical visits. Before this innovation, a patient would spend approximately 40 mins in their clinic, not including travel time. After the implementation of Telehealth, Viva Care clinics have been able to reduce patient time to 5-10 mins and removed the travel time entirely. With a time savings of 85%, they are now able to see over 600 patients per month.