The 20 Most Innovative Companies in B.C. 2011

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The 20 Most Innovative Companies in B.C. 2011. Just how much innovation can you find in B.C.? After three years of searching, we've found the answer. "Innovation," says soothsayer Steve Jobs, "distinguishes leader from followers." And so we present you twenty organizations, large and small, that are remaking British Columbia with the power of one good idea. (Glimpse over your shoulder, at the 20 Most Innovative Companies in B.C. in 2010.)

Top 20 Innovators in BC, City of Vancouver

City of Vancouver

The city with an open-data initiative that floored the panel.

Top 20 Innovators in BC, Strangeloop Networks

Strangeloop Networks Inc.

Looking at the company's "secret sauce” that put them at the top of our list.

Top 20 Innovators in BC, Avigilon Corp

Avigilon Corp.

The core innovation behind the fastest-growing tech company in Western Canada.

Top 20 Innovators in BC, Ostara Nutrient Recovery Technologies

Ostara Nutrient Recovery Technologies Inc.

The local company whose innovation comes with a good cause.

Top 20 Innovators in BC, iQmetrix Software Development

iQmetrix Software Development Corp.

The innovative product that responds to a real need.

Top 20 Innovators in BC, Paradigm Shift Solutions

Paradigm Shift Solutions Inc.

Providing the raw ingredients of legal services without the cost of actual lawyers.

Top 20 Innovators in BC, Engineering Entrepreneurship UVic

Engineering and Entrepreneurship@UVic

Growing ideas that have a business plan encoded in their DNA.

Top 20 Innovators in BC, Redlen Technologies

Redlen Technologies Inc.

One of only two developers on the planet of a rare and useful material.

Top 20 Innovators in BC, Indochino Apparel

Indochino Apparel Inc.

Local entrepreneurs offer custom-made duds in the click of a mouse.

Top 20 Innovators in BC, Hootsuite Media

HootSuite Media Inc.

Expansion and development land Hootsuite on our list for a second time.

Top 20 Innovators in BC, Vision Critical

Vision Critical Communications Inc.

A new era of market surveys with an impressive high-end research service.

Top 20 Innovators in BC, Zymeworks

Zymeworks Inc.

Zymeworks' digital simulations could help fuel important medical discoveries.

Top 20 Innovators in BC, Vivonet Inc

Vivonet Inc.

Vivonet's cloud-based point-of-sale system for the food-service industry wins big.

Top 20 Innovators in BC, Annex Consulting Group

Annex Consulting Group Inc.

Turning the system on its head by bringing independent consultants together in a rewarding way.

Top 20 Innovators in BC, Modo the Car Co-op

Modo the Car Co-op

Why does Modo give away their proprietary software that manages booking and billings?

Top 20 Innovators in BC, Daiya Foods Inc

Daiya Foods Inc.

Catering to the non-dairy crowd with an astonishing (read: good) vegan cheese.

Top 20 Innovators in BC, Lunapads International Products

Lunapads International Products Ltd.

Changing the lives of women around the world with sustainability and outreach.

Top 20 Innovators in BC, Digital Payment Technologies

Digital Payment Technologies Corp.

Making pay parking simpler, one pay station at a time.

Top 20 Innovators in BC, Mibroc Group of Companies

Mibroc Group of Companies

Though they're not transforming fundamentals, they're certainly breaking new ground.

Top 20 Innovators in BC, The Latest Scoop

The Latest Scoop

Pop-up retail store reimagines the traditional bricks and mortar model.

The 2011 Innovators Panel and Methodology

Meet the industry panel and find out how they selected the top 20 innovators.

Past Innovators in B.C.

Notable companies from past iterations of the Top 20 Innovators.

Video: Live from the 2011 Innovators Gala

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

Video from the 2010 Innovation Gala

B.C.'s top leaders define innovation.

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