Feb. 20, 2003, Gazette
Les O'Reilly, executive director of the Marine Institute (representing
Memorial University); Gary Dinn, president, Consolidated Technologies
Ltd.; Joe Ryan, president, Sigma Engineering Ltd.; and Byron Dawe,
president, Rutter Technologies Inc. Rutter was co-founded by Gary,
Joe & Byron - Consolidated & Sigma provided some of the core
Another of the Genesis Centres graduates
is making waves in the international market. Rutter Technologies Inc.,
a graduate of the Memorial University-based business incubator, is taking
its research to the worlds oceans, selling almost as many of its
Voyage Data Recorders (VDRs), or black boxes, in the past
three months as it sold last year in total.
Centuries ago, pilots (navigation officers) used small books called
rutters to record the detailed observations of a voyage and assist them
in navigating the world, explained Byron Dawe, president of Rutter
Technologies. Noted within its pages were the aspects of the journey
necessary for them to retrace their voyage safely, and so the rutter was
the navigator's most prized possession. Our Voyage Data Recorder (VDR)
is a modern day version of these rutters, recording all the critical elements
of the voyage.
Established in 1998 by Sigma Engineering Limited and Consolidated Technologies
Ltd, Rutter Technologies Inc. became a client of the Genesis Centre, learning
and growing from this business support network that helps technology-based
businesses/entrepreneurs create high-growth enterprises. This relationship
has given Rutter Technologies Incorporated a significant advantage
for growth both locally and internationally, said Mr. Dawe.
While with the Genesis Centre, Rutter Technologies Inc. was afforded the
opportunity to develop its research into a viable and privately financed
international operation. Their August 2001 graduation from the centre
was the culmination of much dedication, resulting in a substantial investment
from ConPro Group Ltd., a diverse range of companies providing services
and products to the oil, gas, marine and construction industries.
Together with the ConPro Group of Companies and with the knowledge
we acquired working with the Genesis Centre, we will continue to provide
advanced technology to meet international demands, added Mr. Dawe.
To date, we have delivered systems to, and have orders for, some
of the most prestigious cruise lines in the world, including Carnival,
Celebrity, Costa and Holland American Lines. We have agreements in place
with integrators and other companies. These agreements are providing us
with worldwide access to the market.
The latest flurry of activity for Rutter Technologies Inc. is sparked
by recent changes to international shipping regulations, requiring the
installation of VDRs, which are the equivalent of airplane black boxes,
on all passenger vessels over the next five years. This is very good news
for the local enterprise, as very few companies worldwide offer the highly
Based on our reference list and the number of customers that we've
been able to get, we think we're probably the leading supplier in the
world today, said Clarence Dwyer, vice-president of corporate affairs
The success of this company is no accident, however, considering the strong
commitment to both research and commercial viability that emanates from
both Rutter Technologies Inc. and the Genesis Centre, alike.
Our clients must share our entrepreneurial spirit and a desire to
pursue an export-oriented, technology-based product or service,
noted Keelin OLeary, manager of the Genesis Centre. Both qualities
were certainly evident in Rutter Technologies Incorporated.
With international headquarters in Sweden and Italy, this St. Johns-based
marine technology company is working hard to keep up with industry demand,
and is committed to providing the most responsive customer service in
the industry. To accomplish this we have built a large international
team dedicated exclusively to VDR services, the companys president
explained. This seasoned team of engineers and technicians listen
closely to the requirements of every customer, quickly developing these
ideas into customized solutions and product innovations.
It is this devotion to linking research with the business world that underpins
the relationship between the Genesis Centre and its clients. Rutter Technologies
Inc., with its steadily growing success, is a true testament to the vast
capabilities of such vision and commitment.
"Through its relationships with the Genesis Centre and the Canadian
Centre for Marine Communications (CCMC), Rutter Technologies Inc. represents
an excellent example of how Memorial University can assist a local business,
commented Memorial University President Dr. Axel Meisen at the companys
graduation in 2001. Management support from the Genesis Centre and
technological support from the CCMC have enabled Rutter Technologies Inc.
to bring a world-class technology to market.
For more see www.genesis.mun.ca.