The 20 Most Innovative Companies in B.C. 2010

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The Top 20 Innovators in B.C. 2010. Sometimes it's the big idea that infiltrates the tiny reaches of our quotidian lifes. And sometimes it's the small idea that has a big impact. In this year's survey of innovation in B.C., we look at 20 organizations, large and small, from a wide variety of fields, that are shaking up their industries, British Columbia, and the world. (Glimpse the future, too, with B.C.'s Most Innovative Companies of 2011.)

Westbank Projects

Using Woodward's to reimagine downtown Vancouver.

Macdonald Dettwiler and Associates

Building B.C.'s most impressive machines.

Vision Critical

Serving the research needs of many of the world’s top brands.

Teradici Corp.

Solving problems in the computer industry.

Invoke Media / HootSuite

Mining gold from the Twittersphere.

BuildDirect Technologies

Renovating the building-materials supply chain.

Westport Innovations

Making heavy-truck engines run on natural gas, not diesel.

Ritchie Bros.

Turning local markets for heavy equipment into worldwide ones.

Tantalus Systems

Constructing the power grid of the future.


Reshaping the way we consume media.

Renewal Partners

Bringing a social mission to venture capitalism.

Day4 Energy

Driving down the cost of the kilowatt-hour.

Tekmira Pharmaceuticals

Smacking down disease-forming proteins.

Lululemon Athletica

Empowering managers to make independent decisions.

Elastic Path Software

Basing e-commerce on open-source platforms.

Nurse Next Door

Applying "lean thinking" philosophy to health care.

Light-Based Technologies

Revolutionizing the pulse-width-modulation system.

Coastal Contacts

Taking out the optical middleman, using the Internet.

Quic Financial Technologies

Helping financial institutions calculate investment risk.

The Innovators Experts Panel

Who chose this year's innovators, and why? Say hello to our judges.

The 20 Most Innovative Companies in B.C. 2011

Twenty organizations shaping the province with the power of one good idea.

Video from the 2010 Innovation Gala

B.C.'s top leaders define innovation.

Video: Live from the 2011 Innovators Gala

Awards, sights and sounds, plus thoughtful interviews with winners.

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