Winners to be announced at a June 27 gala
B.C.’s tech innovators are showing off their skills this week. The Technology Impact Awards (TIAs), a competition recognizing the province’s top startup performers, has revealed its 2019 finalists.
Hosted by the BC Tech Association, which aims to “make B.C. the best place to grow a tech company,” the 26th annual TIAs come with two new categories: the Spirit of BC Tech – True Grit, which celebrates bold and pioneering entrepreneurship, and Excellence in Global Export, which rewards success in taking B.C.-developed tech international.
The awards highlight entrepreneurs’ perseverance because B.C. digital startups face two big challenges: a lack of anchor companies—firms that expand to a large scale and stimulate the creation of new ventures—and the difficulty of retaining talent in Vancouver.
The winners will be announced on Thursday, June 27, at a gala at the Vancouver Convention Centre.
In addition to the awards, BC Tech will grant six scholarships with a focus on technology to Grade 12 and post-secondary students.
Here are the finalists for each category of the 2019 Technology Impact Awards. Several of them have been EY Entrepreneur Of The Year (EOY) winners and finalists. EOY, which is sponsored by BCBusiness, will announce the finalists for its 2019 Pacific Region awards in July. The EOY Pacific Gala takes place on October 3 at the Vancouver Convention Centre.
EXCELLENCE IN TECHNOLOGY ADOPTION
B.C. Government: Citizens’ Services, Office of the CIO
PERSON OF THE YEAR
Kim Kaplan, VP product management, revenue optimization and marketing, Plentyoffish.com
Thomas Ligocki, CEO, Clevest Solutions (EOY finalist, 2018, Cleantech)
Greg Malpass, founder and CEO, Traction on Demand (EOY finalist, 2015, Technology)
Lisa Shields, founder and CEO, Fi.Span (EOY winner, 2015, Innovative Technology and Financial Services; B.C.’s Most Influential Women in Finance, 2019, Corporate & Entrepreneurship)