The Clarenville Area Chamber of Commerce recognized the top businesses of the year on Wednesday night, with their annual Business Excellence Awards.
The event, held at the St. Jude Hotel, recognized the business of the year, small business of the year (with nine or less employees), and the Corwin Mills Community Cares Award.
2017 Business of the Year:
SubC Imaging was born when founder Chad Collett
believed he could produce higher quality products for underwater imaging
Collett had been working as a subsea inspection
manager at the time. He founded SubC in February 2010.
He developed a prototype camera framework and secured
testing with local oil companies. Footage was gathered offshore, a website created
and the first sale was made in Australia.
Collett was sure there was an opportunity for a
business, so he pitched the concept to the Genesis Centre and invited longtime
friend and software developer Adam Rowe to join as a partner.
Together, they built a dedicated team and with their
help, have worked to develop SubC into the successful company it is today.
From its humble beginnings, which saw the sale of just
three underwater cameras in 2010, SubC’s sales have grown steadily year after
year. To date, SubC has sold nearly 600 products to clients all over the world,
including Canada, the United States, the United Kingdom, Italy, Germany,
Russia, Singapore, Australia, and Saudi Arabia.
The staff and product line have continuously improved.
SubC now employs 17 full-time workers, as well as research contractors.
The product line includes digital video processors,
LED lights, reference lasers, and batteries.
SubC’s digital video processing is expanding to create
data from video using advanced machine vision concepts.
To diversify in a challenging economy, SubC has split
its custom engineering and inspection services into a second company.
And the unique skills that its technicians and
engineers have learned over the past seven years have created another
opportunity to grow the local economy with national and international business.
Closer to home, SubC has increased its involvement in
the community and charitable initiatives by becoming a sponsor of the Kids Eat
Smart Breakfast Program at Riverside Elementary, contributing an annual
scholarship to a graduate of Clarenville High, donating to the NLSA Boys U14
Soccer Team and Petty Harbour Touch Tank, among others. SubC employees have
also represented the company by participating in the Power to Hope 5K Run, the
Heart and Stroke Foundation’s Big Bike Ride, and volunteering at the Riverside
Elementary Breakfast Program.
SubC makes annual contributions to Plan Canada
International Inc., and is particularly fond of the Because I Am A Girl
campaign, which aims to lift women and girls out of poverty.
One of its long-term goals includes creating a hub of
underwater science and learning, with a focus on youth and the future.
SubC is proof that technology companies are not
confined to urban areas and plans to continue to support the local community
with time and resources.