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.
Helping content owners unlock the value of their online videos.
Turning saltwater and wastewater into potable H2O.
Setting a new precedent in First Nations governance and resource management.
Changing the way newsrooms connect with content.
Helping Canadian utility companies isolate and correct losses in the electrical distribution grid.
Patented candy-making technology that caught the eye of Hershey Co.
Two "hacker entrepreneurs" take on the curation of social media data.
Doubling buildings' insulation efficiency with one little clip.
A cost-saving environmental agenda and a new way to empower clients.
The magazine behind the Occupy Wall Street movement.
Overturning the prevailing and inefficient house-painting model.
The quietest and most efficient small wind turbines on the planet.
Doing more for customers than stimulating their taste buds.
Tapping a plump vein in the world of branded corporate waste.
Bringing wayfinding inside with interactive building maps on your smartphone.
Removing geography to take crowd-sourcing to a new level.
Bringing rigorous business principles to a 5,000-year-old practice.
An environmentally friendly solution for boaters worldwide.
A "book club on steroids" for the 21st century.
A faster, greener and more economical dehydration alternative.
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Getting to know the panel of experts behind the 2012 innovators selections.
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The sights and sounds from the 2012 Top Innovators Awards.