Technology Impact Awards announce 2021 finalists

For this year's Technology Impact Awards, which include several billion-dollar names, the judges will choose the winners from 44 contenders in 11 categories.

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For this year’s TIAs, which include several billion-dollar names, the judges will choose from 44 contenders in 11 categories

Technologically speaking, we’ve never been in better spirits. Just ask the BC Tech Association, which has announced the finalists for its 2021 Technology Impact Awards.

The province’s largest and longest-running tech awards saw a record 44 finalists across 11 categories.

Inspiration from resilience and community is the theme of the 2021 TIAs, which acknowledge what local technology companies have done to confront the pandemic.

“Throughout the COVID-19 crisis, the province’s tech sector pulled together to support our communities, help small business to adopt technology, provide reskilling programs and put workers displaced by COVID into new jobs in the tech sector,” said BC Tech president and CEO Jill Tipping.

In categories ranging from excellence in technology innovation to anchor company of the year, the finalists include an outfit that uses cosmic rays to help locate mineral deposits, a specialist in virtual reality training for surgeons and a leader in ultraviolet-light disinfection. Five of them—AbCellera Biologics, Clio, Dapper Labs, GeoComply Solutions and Thinkific Labs—recently reached a valuation of at least $1 billion.

“We’ve seen seven unicorns emerge in B.C. so far this year, we are announcing 44 inspiring Technology Impact Awards finalists, and there are many more tech companies with that potential in the pipeline,” Tipping said. “We just need to support them to grow and scale in the coming years. That’s why BC Tech is advocating for federal and provincial investment in the ScaleUP BC Partnership platform to support the scale-up of 800 companies across B.C.”

Here are the finalists.

Excellence in Technology Innovation
Canexia Health
Dapper Labs

Excellence in Technology Adoption
Advanced Intelligent Systems
HSBC Canada
Limage Media Group

Company of the Year – Startup
Live It Earth

Company of the Year – Growth
Acuva Technologies

Company of the Year – Export
Geocomply Solutions
Invinity Energy Systems
LMI Technologies

Company of the Year – Scale
East Side Games
Jane Software
Thinkific Labs

Company of the Year – Anchor
AbCellera Biologics
Absolute Software Corp.
Cymax Group
Well Health Technologies Corp.

Spirit of BC Tech: Resilience
Seaspan Shipyards
Thrive Health
Traction on Demand

GameChanger – Diversity and Inclusion
BroadbandTV Corp. 
East Side Games
Stemcell Technologies

Tech Culture of the Year
Rival Technologies

Person of the Year
Carl Hansen
Laurie Schultz
Hamed Shahbazi