Business leadership learnings - passing the baton

Published: 03-Aug-2016

A year after winning the NSW Business Chamber's Regional Award, followed by the State Business Leader Award, I was delighted to reflect on how the recognition has helped my business enLighten Australia and to pass the baton onto the 2016 Business Leader.

The 2016 awards ceremony, hosted by the NSW Business Chamber and officiated by NSW Treasurer, the Hon Gladys Berejiklian MP, was held on Thursday July 28th at the Kirribilli Club, with views over Sydney Harbour. Click on images to enlarge

enLighten CEO presents 2016 Business Leader AwardAward presentation to JCurve's Stephen Canning with Nola Watson, Deputy President, NSW Business ChamberBrad Crawford of Entrepreneurial Edge, Nola Watson NSW Business Chamber, enLighten Australia's Steve Cahill & NSW Treasurer the Hon Gladys Berejiklian MP
Steve's passing on the Business Leader Award battenAwards Venue- The Kirribilli Club2016 NSW Business Chamber North Eastern Regional Awards overview


The year in review

The Business NSW regional award win was my first personal award win and provided welcome recognition and validation for the risks taken to develop a new product, a new business model and a company. 

As a former Regional Director of Engineering for a commercial property management company, I believe that my practical end user input into the LED luminaire design process has been instrumental in being able to drive innovation. After 2 years of R&D and commercial trials, enLighten launched its patented Chamaeleon light, which has changed the way that building and strata managers provide emergency lighting.

At enLighten we have had success in saving our customers over $6 million in annual energy and maintenance costs by upgrading their lighting in back of house areas such as fire stairs, car parks and corridors,including emergency lighting.  These areas had seen no technology changes from the traditional fluorescent tube lighting for 40 years.

Over the past year we have continued to invest in developing new products and smart controls, employed new staff and are growing market share in a very dynamic market. 

Past award recognition for enLighten Australia includes the 2011 NSW Government’s Green Globe Awards, the National 2012 Cleantech Open Award (rebranded Australian Technologies Competition) and NSW finalist in the 2012 Telstra Business Awards. Past product award wins include the NSW Illuminating Engineers Society Luminaire Design Award of Excellence 2015 for the Chamaeleeon III luminaire.


Congratulations to the 2016 winners

The 2016 Business Leader for the Sydney North Eastern Region is Mr Stephen Canning of JCurve Solutions, a cloud ERP software solutions provider based in Chatswood.

We were also thrilled to see that the Australian Catholic University were the 2016 Sustainability Award winners. The ACU is currently undertaking  fire stair and car park lighting retrofits using our Chamaeleon II lights across campuses in North Sydney and the ACT, to add to their previous Strathfield campus exterior pathway & floodllighting upgrades via installers Mechanical Electrical, Fire & Protection (MEFP) Contractors.

For a full listing of individual and business category winners see 2016 Award winners listing





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