BCBusiness Innovators Panel 2012 | BCBusiness

BCBusiness Innovators Panel 2012 | BCBusiness
Back: 2012 BCBusiness Guide to Innovation

Getting to know the panel of experts who chose the finalists for 2012's Most Innovative Companies in B.C.

The Innovators Panel

David Allison is president of Braun/Allison Inc., a real estate development branding and communication firm. He is also director of the Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business, and sits on the acquisitions committee at the Vancouver Art Gallery.He is the author of Sell the Truth, a free book on real estate marketing.

David Ian Gray is the owner and principal of DIG360 Consulting Ltd., a Vancouver-based retail consulting firm. An expert on market strategies and retail trends, he has championed new concepts, including a more prominent role of retail in the area of sustainability. Gray has moderated conference panels on Innovation in retail, introduced retailing metaphors for social enterprises and has worked with a range of clients on rethinking their market relevance.

Brent Holliday is the technology practice partner at Capital West Partners Ltd., a mid-market mergers and acquisitions advisor, and is a former partner of Greenstone Venture Partners, a venture capital fund he co-founded in 2000. He also serves on the board of the Vancouver Enterprise Forum.

Dean Prelazzi is vice-president of business development at the B.C. Innovation Council, spearheading programs to support tech startups in B.C. He is also a technology marketing instructor at BCIT, a mentor with BCIC New Ventures Competition and has 14 years’ senior sales, marketing and product management experience in technology companies.

Tony Wanless is principal and CEO of Knowpreneur Consultants, specializing in content marketing strategies and materials. A founder of seven entrepreneur ventures, he has served as the communications co-chair for the Institute of Certified Management Consultants of B.C.

The Innovators Methodology

A business innovation is a new idea, process or product that has introduced a significant new way of doing business, or a new product that has had a profound impact on its market.

Any company or organization headquartered in B.C. can qualify for the annual BCBusiness Top Innovators rankings, as long as the innovation was implemented within the past five years with measurable results. Past winners are eligible, but organizations will not be recognized twice for the same innovation.

We start with a province-wide online survey where organizations tell us why they should be considered. Next we gather a panel of volunteer experts in innovation who assess the nominations as well as put their own nominations forward. The final list is chosen by the BCBusiness editorial staff.

Did We Miss You?

If you think your organization qualifies as a Top Innovator, submit an online nomination form.