Queensland manufacturing business Australian Innovative Systems (AIS) Chief Executive Officer Elena Gosse was awarded the Industry Advocacy Award in the national 2018 Women in Industry Awards on Thursday June 14. The award recognises an individual who has helped shape a positive view of their industry and/or helped to create a policy change which benefits those working in the sector.

Elena was a finalist in two categories, the Industry Advocacy Award, which recognises individuals who have helped shape a positive view of their industry and helped to create a policy change which benefits those working in the sector, and the Excellence in Manufacturing Award, which recognises an individual who has thought outside the box to implement an outstanding personal contribution to their manufacturing business and the wider manufacturing community.

Elena says she was honoured to be a finalist for the two award categories, which coincides with Brisbane-based AIS celebrating its 25th anniversary earlier this year. “I am passionate about promoting the role women play in what may be considered traditionally male dominated industries,” Elena says. “At AIS we’ve changed the face of the water disinfection and manufacturing industries by disrupting the status quo with our innovative technology. Being an advocate and role model for women in the manufacturing sector is very important to me. It’s part of paving the way for the next generation of women to succeed.”

“This award will help me to continue making positive changes for our industry, particularly in my new role with the Swimming Pool and Spa Association of Australia (SPASA) Executive Board of Directors.” During the evening Elena acknowledged the abilities of her category finalists including: Kaye Barker – Ferry Master, Harbour City Ferries; Lama Tayeh – Founder and CEO, LULUMPR; Cassie Lamont – Team Leader (Warehouse) VISA Global Logistics; and, Julie Reynolds – General Manager Finance, PGH Bricks and Pavers.

“Every woman here is a winner and every woman is a success,” Elena said. “The old saying that ‘you can’t be what you can’t see’ is very true. It’s the reason why it’s so important for us to continue to celebrate the role of women in industry, to support each other, and pave the way for women of the next generation.”

AIS technology is used by leading aquatic centres, swim schools, competition swimming pools, resorts, hotels, water parks and family swimming pools all over the world and the business is recognised as a leader in the design, production and supply of commercial and residential chlorine generators and water disinfection technology.

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