Ray Roussy, a mechanical engineer from Surrey, British Columbia, took home a coveted $10,000 Innovation Award from the Ernest C. Manning Awards Foundation for developing one of the fastest drilling systems in the world.
sonic drilling technology, which he began developing in his own backyard nearly
three decades ago, is in use on six continents and gaining worldwide
recognition, especially as an environmentally-friendly alternative.
Roussy’s sonic drill is commonly used to quickly install geothermal energy
loops, provide continuous core samples for environmental investigations, and
explore possible mineral deposits.
“There is a
critical need for more innovation in Canada – Canadians need to create
and commercialize innovations to compete in the global economy,” says Bruce
Fenwick, executive director of the Ernest C. Manning Awards Foundation.
Foundation, which is named after the former Alberta Premier, has provided more
than $4.2 million in awards, celebrated 225 adult and youth award winners, and
has had more than 2,500 nominations in its 29-year history. “The Foundation’s
laureates are role models who inspire Canadians,” adds Fenwick.
traditional drill rig, the sonic drill uses high-frequency mechanical
vibrations to easily cut through earth formations and bedrock.
its versatility is what makes the sonic drill a leader in its field,” says Gary
Whitesell, owner of Alberta
company Crater Lake Drilling Ltd. “It is the most multi-functional piece of
equipment I have ever seen in the drilling industry.”
president of the contracting company, Sonic Drilling Ltd., and the U.S.-based
Sonic Drill Corp. He also is co-owner of the manufacturing company, Sonic Drill
Systems. Combined together, the companies employ more than 50 people in Chilliwack and Surrey,
British Columbia. Overall company
revenues are $8 to $10 million annually.
received his award in Ottawa
on Sept. 17, 2010, in front of an audience of Canadian innovators, elected
officials, educators and business leaders at a gala event.
C. Manning Awards Foundation (www.manningawards.ca)
recognizes the importance of Canadian innovation in strengthening the nation’s
capacity to compete in the global economy. The Foundation annually supports and
celebrates Canadians with the imagination to innovate and the stamina to
Canadian Inventor Wins Manning Innovation Award for Sonic Drill
November 29, 2010