BC tech group unveils award finalists
By Sohail Kamal, EP&T West Coast CorrespondentElectronics Engineering Software Engineering Medical Wearable Technology association awards B.C. tech Technology
BCTIA awards recognize companies that have achieved exceptional success
The British Columbia Technology Association has proudly announced the finalists for the BC Technology Impact Awards (BCTIA), recognizing companies that have achieved exceptional success over the past year, while setting a high bar for innovation in the region.
“This year marks a big milestone for BC Tech, as we celebrate our 30th Anniversary alongside the companies who have made it their mission to make BC the best place to grow and scale a tech company,” shared Jill Tipping, CEO of BC Tech, “It is exciting to see the impact that technology is having across industries and on the future of BC’s economy.”
The BC government recently presented its 2022 budget and its updated StrongerBC Economic Plan, promising bold actions to build a BC economy that is sustainable, innovative, and inclusive. These initiatives are set to solve urgent issues with a triple bottom-line impact aligned to people, planet and prosperity. Many of the finalists work to solve these problems and pain points, for both government and private industry.
Upskilling and reskilling of talent
Innovation investment plays a crucial role in these plans, with support concentrated in areas such as cleantech, life sciences, agritech, manufacturing, and high-speed internet connectivity. Additionally, the government is investing in the rapid upskilling and reskilling of talent to fill the anticipated one million job vacancies forecasted over the next decade.
As the largest member-led technology non-profit in British Columbia dedicated to turning start-ups into scale-ups, the BC Tech Association is also taking significant steps to encourage sustainable practices within the tech industry. It is fostering a culture of innovation by supporting companies that are keen to rise to the challenges of building BC’s low-carbon future, protecting people and communities from climate-related disasters, and creating an inclusive, sustainable, and connected economy that works for more people?
For instance, one of the highlights of the 30th Technology Impact Awards was the announcement of the five finalists for the Excellence in Industry Innovation award. This award recognizes the impact that technology innovation can have across industries and how it can positively affect company performance and competitiveness.
And, the potential winners are…
Winners in each category will be announced at the TIAs gala to be held on Sept 29th, 2023 at Parq Vancouver. Tickets can be purchased online at https://wearebctech.tickit.ca.
Company of the Year – Startup
* Active Witness – https://activewitness.com
* Airble Aviation – https://airble.com
* Blanka – https://www.ethosnft.com
* Ethos – https://www.ethosnft.com
* Knowbie – https://www.getknowbie.com
* myMomentum – https://itsmymomentum.com
* Newsly – https://www.newsly.me
* Origen Air – https://origenair.com
* VoxCell BioInnovations – https://www.voxcellbio.com
* WiiBid – https://wiibid.com
The 2023 Company of the Year – Startup Award is presented in partnership with Microsoft.
Company of the Year – Growth
* Fatigue Science
* Forward Security
* Ideon Technologies
* IKOMED Technologies
The 2023 Company of the Year – Growth Award is presented in partnership with Osler.
Company of the Year – Scale
* Aspect Biosystems
The 2023 Company of the Year – Scale Award is presented in partnership with Clio.
Company of the Year – Anchor
* East Side Games
* STEMCELL Technologies
The 2023 Company of the Year – Anchor Award is presented in partnership with Blakes.
Gamechanger – Climate Leadership
* Invinity Energy Systems
The 2023 Gamechanger – Climate Leadership Award is presented in partnership with MDA.
Excellence in Industry Innovation
* Cymax Group
The 2023 Excellence in Industry Innovation Award is presented in partnership with Accenture.
Gamechanger – Diversity & Inclusion
* C.O.D.E. Initiative
* Lighthouse Labs
* Thrive Health
The 2023 Gamechanger – Diversity & Inclusion Award is presented in partnership with PwC.
Excellence in Company Culture
* Binary Stream
The Excellence in Company Culture Award is presented in partnership with SAP
Gamechanger – Ambition
* Aspect Biosystems
* Charli AI
* LMI Technologies
*The Gamechanger – Ambition Award is presented in partnership with AbCellera.
Sohail Kamal is EP&T’s west coast correspondent.