One of the leading tech awards in the country has unveiled its winners, shining a light on the best the west coast has to offer.
The BC Tech Association (BC Tech) has announced the winners for the 2018 Technology Impact Awards (TIAs). The ceremony took place on June 1 and brought together some of B.C.’s leading entrepreneurs, founders and companies, marking the longest-running tech awards program in the province—25 years in total now.
The big winners are included below:
Company of the Year
ACL, an enterprise SaaS company that helps governments and other massive organizations detect risk, reduce fraud, and optimize performance. They have over 7,000 clients, including 60 per cent of the Fortune 1000.
Person of the Year:
Judi Hess, the CEO of Copperleaf, a company that offers decision analytics to companies that deal in critical infrastructure. Copperleaf has grown to become a top-20 software company in B.C. and one of the fastest-growing businesses in Canada.
Startup of the Year:
Klue, a market intelligence platform founded in 2015 that uses information from employees as well as machine-curated intel to keep companies up to date on how their competitors are doing.
iQmetrix, a company that works with over 20,000 retailers to deliver management solutions.
Excellence in Technology Adoption:
Teck, a diversified resource company that deals with responsible mining and mineral development.
Tech Culture of the Year:
Clio, a cloud-based legal practice platform that works with companies all around the world.
Excellence in Technology Innovation:
Finn AI, a conversational banking startup that works with some of Canada’s biggest banks to help customers manage their money and accounts.
Growth Company of the Year:
Buyatab, an online gift card infrastructure solution providing eGift card services to medium and large businesses.
Bill Thompson Lifetime Achievement Award:
Dr. Gerri Sinclair, a B.C. tech visionary who founded NCompass Labs and became one of the first women in tech to have a successful exit when she sold the company to Microsoft in 2001. Sinclair is currently the managing director of Kensington Capital.
Spirit of BC Tech Award:
Ayogo, a digital health company that uses behavioral economics, design thinking, and psychology to achieve better results for patients.
“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, BC 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. We congratulate all the winners and finalists on their contributions towards building a strong, vibrant future for BC and the world we share.”
The finalists for the TIAs were announced in early May and the winners unveiled at a sold-out gala.