The 20 Most Innovative Companies in B.C. 2012

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We uncover 20 organizations in our province that are radically changing their sectors while boosting their bottom lines.

When we began our Top Innovators competition four years ago we took a big gamble. The leading contenders were obvious: MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates had put Canadian engineering on the map with its Canadarm, Lululemon Athletica Inc. had introduced a whole new category of leisure wear and AbeBooks had revolutionized bookselling. But once we burned through the obvious choices, would there be anything left?


This year’s nominees put our fears to rest. With 56 nominations submitted online and another dozen or so brought to the table by our panel of innovation experts, we faced an embarrassment of riches. Each of the 20 winners profiled here has put a new idea into practice that has had a profound impact in its field. Not one has been previously recognized here as a Top Innovator.

BCBusiness Innovators 2012, BroadbandTV Corp. | BCBusiness

BroadbandTV Corp.

Helping content owners unlock the value of their online videos.

Entrepreneurs | Digital
BCBusiness Innovators 2012, Saltworks Technologies Inc | BCBusiness

Saltworks Technologies Inc.

Turning saltwater and wastewater into potable H2O.

Small Business | Sustainability
BCBusiness Innovators 2012, Tsawwassen First Nation | BCBusiness

Tsawwassen First Nation

Setting a new precedent in First Nations governance and resource management.

Sustainability | Aboriginal Business
BCBusiness Innovators 2012, SendtoNews Video Inc | BCBusiness

SendtoNews Video Inc.

Changing the way newsrooms connect with content.

Research | Digital
BCBusiness Innovators 2012, Awesense Wireless | BCBusiness

Awesense Wireless Inc.

Helping Canadian utility companies isolate and correct losses in the electrical distribution grid.

Sustainability | Digital
BCBusiness Innovators 2012, Brookside Foods Ltd. | BCBusiness

Brookside Foods Ltd.

Patented candy-making technology that caught the eye of Hershey Co.

Research | Food & Drink
BCBusiness Innovators 2012, Summify | BCBusiness


Two "hacker entrepreneurs" take on the curation of social media data.

Research | Entrepreneurs
BCBusiness Innovators 2012, Cascadia Windows Ltd. | BCBusiness

Cascadia Windows Ltd.

Doubling buildings' insulation efficiency with one little clip.

Small Business | Sustainability
BCBusiness Innovators 2012, Idea Rebel Interactive Inc. | BCBusiness

Idea Rebel Interactive Inc.

A cost-saving environmental agenda and a new way to empower clients.

Research | Small Business
BCBusiness Innovators 2012, Adbusters Media Foundation | BCBusiness

Adbusters Media Foundation

The magazine behind the Occupy Wall Street movement.

Research | Entrepreneurs
BCBusiness Innovators 2012, Wow-1day! Painting Inc. | BCBusiness

Wow-1day! Painting Inc.

Overturning the prevailing and inefficient house-painting model.

Small Business | Start Ups
BCBusiness Innovators 2012, Endurance Wind Power Inc. | BCBusiness

Endurance Wind Power Inc.

The quietest and most efficient small wind turbines on the planet.

Research | Finance & Investing | Sustainability
BCBusiness Innovators 2012, Blenz Coffee Ltd. | BCBusiness

Blenz Coffee Ltd.

Doing more for customers than stimulating their taste buds.

Food & Drink | Politics & Policy
BCBusiness Innovators 2012, Debrand Services Inc. | BCBusiness

Debrand Services Inc.

Tapping a plump vein in the world of branded corporate waste.

Small Business | Entrepreneurs
BCBusiness Innovators 2012, Wifarer Inc. | BCBusiness

Wifarer Inc.

Bringing wayfinding inside with interactive building maps on your smartphone.

Small Business | Digital | Travel
BCBusiness Innovators 2012, Hire the World Enterprises Inc. | BCBusiness

Hire the World Enterprises Inc.

Removing geography to take crowd-sourcing to a new level.

Small Business | Digital
BCBusiness Innovators 2012, YYoga | BCBusiness

Pure Freedom YYoga Wellness Inc.

Bringing rigorous business principles to a 5,000-year-old practice.

Research | Finance & Investing | Small Business
BCBusiness Innovators 2012, Canada Metal (Pacific) Ltd. | BCBusiness

Canada Metal (Pacific) Ltd.

An environmentally friendly solution for boaters worldwide.

Research | Entrepreneurs
BCBusiness Innovators 2012, Curious Mind Productions | BCBusiness

Curious Mind Productions Inc.

A "book club on steroids" for the 21st century.

Research | Entrepreneurs
BCBusiness Innovators 2012, EnWave Corp. | BCBusiness

EnWave Corp.

A faster, greener and more economical dehydration alternative.

Finance & Investing | Small Business
Past BCBusiness Innovators | BCBusiness

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A look back at 2011's Most Innovative Companies in B.C.

Small Business | Research | Entrepreneurs
BCBusiness Innovators Panel 2012 | BCBusiness

The 2012 Innovators Panel & Methodology

Getting to know the panel of experts behind the 2012 innovators selections.

Small Business | Research

BCBusiness 2012 Innovators Gala

BCBusiness recognizes the province's brightest minds and business visionaries.

Events | Small Business

Video: Live from the 2012 Innovators Gala

The sights and sounds from the 2012 Top Innovators Awards.

Research | Start Ups | Entrepreneurs
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