Once a year, the Norsat sales and marketing team gather from all over the world to meet at the Richmond, BC head office to discuss the previous year’s sales goals and targets for the upcoming year. The two-day session included presentations from departments such as sales, product marketing, engineering, and R&D. The purpose of this conference was to align the sales and marketing goals with the overall corporate goals. It also gave employees who work remotely, face time with their colleagues. Awards were given out during the conference to Rich, who won Top Sales Person for 2016, and Laura, who won Top Over Quota Sales for 2016. Congratulations Rich and Laura!
To wrap up the conference, a team building activity called Egg Drop was played to help energize the sales team in a creative way. The purpose of the activity was to build a structure with limited supplies that would protect the raw egg from cracking when dropped from a distance of 4 feet, 6 feet, 8 feet, and 10 feet.
Teams were given limited supplies that consisted of one raw egg, one balloon, one pair of scissors, one meter of tape, one meter of string, 50 plastic straws, and 15 minutes to construct their structure. The teams worked through trial and error to see what would work best for this challenge. At the end of the 15 minutes, three very unique structures were built and the testing began!
Congratulations to Olivier, Laura, and Douglas who built the best egg-protecting structure! They were the first team to finish building their structure and their structure survived through multiple drops at 10 ft. Great teamwork!
In conclusion, the conference was a success as it aligned the sales and marketing teams with the goals moving forward for 2017.
It is not surprising that Norsat’s ranking on Business in Vancouver’s Top 100 Most Profitable Companies in BC jumped 29 spots year-over-year from 2014 to 2015! With a +107% increase in net income, the company has shown excellent profitability and has been profitable for more than 8 years running.
Ranked on 2015 net income, Norsat demonstrated continued solid operating results for the year. The strong US dollar also helped push Norsat up the ladder as Norsat reports in US dollars.
For a full listing of BIV’s Top 100 Most Profitable companies click here.
Although forestry companies made the biggest jump on Business in Vancouver’s top 100 list of public companies, technology companies still seem to make a consistent showing when it comes to BC’s top. The top 100 public companies are ranked by revenue in the most recent fiscal year. The strong US dollar helped push Norsat up the ladder moving from 88th to the 80th position as Norsat reports in US dollars. For a full listing of BIV’s Top 100 public companies click here.
Norsat International ranked 89 on the Business in Vancouver Top 100 BC Technology Companies list. Ranked by the total number of employees, Norsat’s BC employee base rose almost 20% year-over-year and the trend is continuing. We have a range of open positions available in our Richmond facility, as well as our Aurora Sinclair division. Check out our career page for more information.
For a full list of the top 100 Tech firms click here.
Norsat is proud to have ranked #95 on the 2015 Branham300 list announced on April 20th. The Branham300 recognizes the top public and private Canadian companies working in Information & Communication Technology, as ranked by revenues. The list offers readers a snapshot of the Canadian IT market, and has become the gauge by which Information Technology (IT) companies measure their success.
Now in its 23rd year, the companies that comprise the Top 250 have set a new revenue record:
- Fiscal 2015: $96.1 billion, a year-over-year increase of 5.7%
- Fiscal 2014: $90.9 billion, a year-over-year increase of 6.8%
Fifty-four percent of the Top 250 saw double and triple-digit growth. The majority of Canada’s ICT activity takes place in four provinces:
- Alberta: 24 companies
- Quebec: 27 companies
- British Columbia: 41 companies
- Ontario: 150 companies
These four provinces represent 97% of the Top 250 companies, and 98% of total revenues. For further information on the Branham 300, and a complete listing of the Canada’s Top ICT companies click here.
Norsat’s President and CEO, Dr. Amiee Chan was awarded a 2016 Engineering Excellence Alumni Award at the University of British Columbia (UBC) Faculty of Applied Science Centennial Celebration in Vancouver, BC. on Thursday, April 14th.
Engineering Excellence Alumni Awards recognize and celebrate the extraordinary commitment to the betterment of society from individuals and organizations within the Applied Science community. These individuals or organizations have made an impact on the community at large through both their field of expertise and through community involvement. The recipient must have a UBC Applied Science degree.
Other recipients of the 2016 awards include:
- Lifetime Achievement (alumni): Edward McBean BASc ’68 CIVL; Ralph Sultan BASc ’56 MECH
- Young Alumnus (alumni under 35 years): Sara Badiei MASc ’07 ECE
- Future Alumnus (current UBC Engineering students): Andrea Marshall; Sean McBeath
- Emeriti Faculty (retired or emeriti): John Grace
Dr. Amiee Chan was also awarded the UBC Applied Science Dean’s Medal of Distinction at the Centennial Celebration. The Faculty of Applied Science Dean’s Medal of Distinction was created in 2015 to mark the celebration of the UBC and Applied Science’s 100th anniversary. The medal serves to recognize individuals who have brought high honour to the Faculty and/ or who have made long standing/ significant contributions to advance its vision, mission and mandate. This medal was bestowed upon 100 distinguished individuals. To see photos and bios of all recipients click here.
After every quarterly earnings release the Norsat executive take the time to present the quarterly financial and business performance, along with departmental updates to the Norsat staff.
Quarterly All Hands meetings provide an excellent avenue to get all staff on the same page and remind employees of the corporate objectives and strategies because sometimes the big picture is lost in the details of everyone’s daily work day. Messages from leadership are more powerful when delivered in person as opposed to an email. At the All Hands meeting information is easily shared and won’t get lost in employee’s Inbox.
During this meeting the CEO also takes the time to recognize employees for a job well done. Individuals can be nominated by their peers for a R.I.D.E.R award (Responsiveness, Integrity, Dedication, Entrepreneurialism, and Resourcefulness). Management reviews the quarterly submissions and then rewards the selected individuals.
At the end of the All Hands a small social gathering allows employees to mingle and encourages interaction between employees and departments that may not work or see each other very often.
Overall, the Norsat All Hands meeting yields several benefits and is an excellent tool that the executive use to foster stronger communication and transparency throughout the organization.
Recently Norsat hosted the Norsat Worldwide Sales Team at our Canadian Headquarters for our annual Sales and Marketing Conference. The three-day session included presentations from the Norsat executive, product marketing, marketing communications and engineering product demonstrations and training. Each of the sales managers presented their yearly sales plans as well.
Norsat’s VP Sales and Marketing, Brian Donnelly, presented the annual sales awards. Congratulations to Douglas Chun, Top Sales Person for 2015 and Olivier Scorsipa, Top Over Quota Sales for 2015. Both Douglas and Olivier were presented with a glass sculpture award for their accomplishments.
To break up the presentations and provide a little fun throughout the week, we ran a team building exercise to get both internal sales and marketing staff engaging and working with the external sales team. This year’s challenge was called Frostbite. Teams had to work together to build a shelter out of construction paper, toothpicks, post-it notes and elastics, while their leader suffered from frostbite on his hands and could only give verbal direction, and the team members suffered from snow blindness, hence could not see. Congratulations to the team of Stan Mullery, Sheri Morita and Douglas Chun for their design that withstood the cold winter winds (a.k.a an office fan!)
Overall the week was productive as the teams were able to come together to discuss challenges and then discuss strategies to help the company improve to grow the business in the future.
Norsat is pleased to announce that Dr. Amiee Chan, President and CEO has been named a Women’s Executive Network (WXN) 2015 Canada’s Most Powerful Women: Top 100 Award Winner. This is the fifth time that Dr. Chan has received this prestigious award, and thus has been instated into the WXN Hall of Fame!
Launched in 2003, the Top 100 Awards celebrate the incredible accomplishments and professional achievements of Canada’s top female leaders, as well as their organizations and networks and inspire the current and next generation to push the boundaries of what’s possible.
“For these highly accomplished women, receiving a Top 100 Award means much more than recognition or a chance to share the spotlight with other remarkable winners, it’s an opportunity to pay it forward,” says WXN founder, Pamela Jeffery. “WXN Top 100 Award Winners are powerful women both in their careers and their potential to transcend boundaries to have a greater impact on the communities around them.”
Dr. Chan joined Norsat in 2004 as VP Operations and since her appointment as President and CEO in 2006, Dr. Chan has utilized her leadership capabilities to more than triple revenue and significantly expand the company’s product portfolio to position Norsat for continued future growth.
As a proud supporter of women in leadership, Norsat and Dr. Chan work to create the necessary conditions and opportunities for women to help them thrive and succeed within the technology industry.
Dr. Chan joins a prestigious community of past award winners, including Canada’s most iconic women trailblazers: Margaret Atwood, best-selling author; Dr. Roberta Bondar, astronaut; Arlene Dickinson, chief executive officer, Venture Communications; Christine Magee, president, Sleep Country Canada; Michaëlle Jean, former Governor General of Canada; Heather Reisman, founder and chief executive officer, Indigo Books & Music; and, Kathleen Taylor, chair of the board, Royal Bank of Canada.
The full list of WXN’s 2015 Canada’s Most Powerful Women: Top 100 Award Winners can be found at www.wxnetwork.com/top-100/top-100-winners.
Norsat President and CEO, Dr. Amiee Chan, has been named #15 on Women’s Executive Network (WXN) 2014 Canada’s Most Powerful Women Top 100 list.
The Top 100 Awards recognize Canada’s strong, fearless female leaders who have become agents of change in reshaping Canadian organizations at the highest levels.
“I am honoured to have been selected by the panel of judges for this esteemed award. I would like to congratulate all of the winners named to this year’s Top 100 list,” stated Dr. Amiee Chan.
Co-Presented by Scotiabank and KPMG, the Top 100 Awards celebrate and highlight professional achievements of women across the country in the private, public and not-for-profit sectors at a time when corporate Canada is undergoing pressure to promote more female leaders into board and executive office positions.
Dr. Chan is passionate about using her experience as a female leader to benefit women entering the work force and developing their careers. She volunteers as a mentor for the Ms. Infinity Program with Women in Science and Technology, an organization devoted to encouraging women to develop careers in the traditionally male-dominated industries of science and technology. She also serves on the National Advisory Committee on Girls and Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM), which introduces girls of all ages to science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM), providing them with experiences relevant to everyday life.
About the Women’s Executive Network (WXN)
Founded in 1997, WXN is Canada’s leading organization dedicated to the advancement and recognition of women in management, executive, professional and board roles. The full list of WXN’s 2014 Canada’s Most Powerful Women: Top 100 Award winners can be found at https://www.wxnetwork.com/top-100/top-100-winners/.