Since the 1900s, British Columbians have been changing the world with their technology. Back then, entrepreneurialism was a form of life. Inventions such as the egg carton, the walkie-talkie, and the steering-wheel lock all had their origins in the province, with local creators laying claim to many more advances.
That tradition has continued throughout the ages. Today, modern B.C. companies are working on—amongst other things—turning wastewater into fertilizer, building mines in virtual reality, and creating health apps to help patients. On the cutting-edge of technology, the province’s inventions are being used across the globe.
Those successes do not go unrewarded. This year marked the 25th anniversary of the B.C. Tech Association: the organization that hosts the longest-running and largest technology awards program in the province, the Technology Impact Awards (TIAs). Held on June 1 at the Vancouver Convention Centre, the 1000-guest annual ceremony honoured the companies that are making a difference to the local ecosystem, and to the world.
The 2018 finalists represented achievements in a diverse cross-section of industries, including software, health technology, AI, financial technology, and e-commerce. This year, a number of virtual reality companies including LlamaZOO and Cloudhead Games cracked the nominations for the first time, emphasizing B.C.’s global role as a VR technology hub. TIA stalwarts like Clio, ACL, and Traction on Demand also received nods in various categories, while a number of newer companies were up for the public vote in the Spirit of B.C. Tech bracket.
“Each year we are blown away by the accomplishments in our growing community, and the visionary companies and individuals who are paving the way forward in tech,” said Jill Tipping, B.C. Tech President and CEO. “This year we had an incredible group of finalists who impressed the judges with the quality and diversity of their achievements. From law to natural resource management to retail, this year’s winners demonstrate that technological advancement is the bedrock for industry success and positive social change. We congratulate all the winners and finalists on their contributions towards building a strong, vibrant future for B.C. and the world we share.”
The full list of nominees is as follows, with the winners highlighted in bold.
Excellence in Technology Innovation
Excellence in Technology Adoption
Tech Culture of the Year
Person of the Year
- Jill Earthy, Co-Founder, The RAISE Collective
- Raghwa Gopal, CEO, Accelerate Okanagan
- Judi Hess, CEO, Copperleaf
- Gerri Sinclair, Managing Director, Kensington Capital Partners
- Ray Walia, Co-Founder, Launch Academy
Startup of the Year
Growth Company of the Year
Company of the Year
B.C. Spirit of Tech Award
Bill Thompson Lifetime Achievement Award
- Dr. Gerri Sinclair
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