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Colin Roos, CEO of Northern Ontario Robotic Solutions and Equipment (NORSE), stands shows off ODIN, his company's first robot, created to clean blue-green algae blooms.
Whiz kids’ robotics company sets sights on blue-green algaeThere aren't too many 19-year-olds who can call themselves CEO of a robotics company.But Laurentian University student Colin Roos of Sudbury now holds that title – thanks to a new company he started with some former classmates and friends, called Northern Ontario Robotic Solutions and Equipment, or NORSE for short.Roos and his friend Matteo Neville were founding members of Lo-Ellen Park Secondary School's robotics team.Along with team members Xuan Han, Edmund Noble and Alex Bertrand, they made ...


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Nominees sought for Manning Innovation Awards
Nominees are now being accepted for the 2016 Manning Innovation Awards.Founded in 1982, the awards recognize innovators across disciplines in four categories: the Principal Award ($100,000), the David E. Mitchell Award ($25,000), the Innovation Award (two awards worth $10,000 each), and the You...
Province recognizes agricultural innovation
The province has recognized four Northern Ontario businesses for their innovation in the agri-food industry.On Nov. 10, regional recipients received the 2015 Premier's Award for Agri-Food Innovation Excellence for their contributions to the creation of new products, adding value to existing pro...
Telecommunications pioneer dead at 86
A pioneer of Sudbury’s business community died Aug. 19 at the age of 86.Donald Steel was born in Drake, Sask. in 1928, and was raised in Teeswater, Ont. He settled in Sudbury in 1946, and established Steel Electronics in 1958, which sold two-way radios.Along with business partner Tom Smith, St...
Sault incubator ready to accept small-business clients
After months of demolition, renovation and reconfiguration, the new incubation centre in downtown Sault Ste. Marie is ready and waiting to welcome tenants.Millworks, which is located at Mill Square on the former St. Marys Paper sawmill property, is expected to open in early October, and there h...


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