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.)
Using Woodward's to reimagine downtown Vancouver.
Building B.C.'s most impressive machines.
Serving the research needs of many of the world’s top brands.
Solving problems in the computer industry.
Mining gold from the Twittersphere.
Renovating the building-materials supply chain.
Making heavy-truck engines run on natural gas, not diesel.
Turning local markets for heavy equipment into worldwide ones.
Constructing the power grid of the future.
Helping those in need.
Reshaping the way we consume media.
Bringing a social mission to venture capitalism.
Driving down the cost of the kilowatt-hour.
Smacking down disease-forming proteins.
Empowering managers to make independent decisions.
Basing e-commerce on open-source platforms.
Applying "lean thinking" philosophy to health care.
Revolutionizing the pulse-width-modulation system.
Taking out the optical middleman, using the Internet.
Helping financial institutions calculate investment risk.
Who chose this year's innovators, and why? Say hello to our judges.
Twenty organizations shaping the province with the power of one good idea.
B.C.'s top leaders define innovation.
Awards, sights and sounds, plus thoughtful interviews with winners.