The 2020 ACT Chief Minister's Export Awards Winners

The Canberra Business Chamber was once again delighted to recognise exporters from our region, this time celebrating their adaptive innovation and resilience in a year of enormous challenges.

The 2020 ACT Chief Minister’s Export Awards brought together participating companies at Pialligo Estate’s Glasshouse on 26 November with a welcoming speech from the ACT Chief Minister, Andrew Barr.

Exporting companies open doors across the globe, not only for their own goods and services but for Canberra Region businesses as a whole. Many past category winners are well-known – companies such as Aspen Medical, Seeing Machines, Ardexa. Each year, refreshingly new exporters have emerged such as, mHits- Rocket Remit, Liquid Instruments, Terra Preta Truffles, Out there productions (Summernats) etc.

In 2020 there were no categories or even awards as such; nevertheless new opportunities were found to cast light on the very different ways businesses re-directed their operations to get through and indeed thrive.

In this challenging year of the COVID-19 pandemic, the CBC and Lighthouse Innovations partnered to interview and story the journeys of 25 representative exporting businesses which were then published across various platforms.

Congratulations to all the exporters featured in the 2020 ACT Chief Minister’s Export Awards – their stories are truly inspiring.

ACT Exporter of the year for 2019: Seeing Machines’ CEO, Paul McGlone spoke of value of the Award recognition for his company at the cocktail event.

Seeing Machines, a locally-based world leader in Artificial Intelligence (AI) enabled driver monitoring technology, was awarded the prestigious ACT Exporter of the Year Award for 2019.

ACT Chief Minister’s Export Awards event video presentation

Warm thanks go to the generous sponsors of the 2020 Awards recognition

Exporter pannel discussions

We hosted 3 live panel discussions at the Chamber’s office to give local exporters an opportunity to connect and learn how these businesses overcame the challenges that 2020 presented. You can access the full recording here:

If you are a new or existing exporting businesses in the Canberra region, you can access a range of support as well as network with other exporting businesses, including:

The ACT TradeStart Program which helps ACT exporters to achieve long term success in international markets. The TradeStart program allows the ACT Government to work closely with Austrade and access key Austrade resources such as their export database, trade mission activities, their off-shore offices, intelligence and international connections for the trade and investment activities to support ACT exporters.

The International Business Engagement Program, which is being delivered by Canberra Business Chamber on behalf of the ACT Government, is aimed at maintaining, rebuilding and finding new opportunities for Canberra and region businesses to engage internationally. The program focuses on building the Territory’s exporting community; providing training and support by facilitating seminars and workshops; creating links between local industry and other government support programs; assisting the ACT Government in co-ordination of business trade delegations (outbound and inbound).

2020 Featured Exporters:

  • Wildlife Drones
  • Thylacine
  • Screen Canberra
  • Kord Defence
  • Quintessance Labs
  • Instaclustr
  • Penten
  • Mineral Carbonation International
  • Aspen Medical
  • mHITS
  • Cogito Group
  • Handmade Canberra
  • The Mullion Group
  • Terra Preta Truffles
  • Pak Fresh
  • Liquid Instruments
  • Shaw Wines
  • Wildbear
  • Smartblox
  • Geospatial Intelligence
  • Goterra
  • Catch the Sun Communications
  • Kinetic Performance Technology
  • Out there Productions – Summernats
  • Ardexa

The Canberra region has a dynamic and successful exporting community

As either an established or new exporter, your company could join the list of successful Canberra region exporters.

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