This morning we opened voting to The First Annual Canadian Startup Awards and among the categories is the Most Significant Canadian Acquisition of 2011.
Unlike the five other Startup Award categories, the list of candidates was limited as there were only so many acquisitons during the year. Luckily Canada had a huge year and our readers had plenty to choose from. And you can vote for one of the three finalists here.
As a Canadian tech site we're happy to report that we had acquisiton activity from coast-to-coast with Zynga shopping in Victoria, BC on Vancouver Island and both Salesforce and IBM taking their shopping cart to Frederiction, New Brunswick. Not surprisingly Toronto lead the way with 16 acquisitions followed by Techvibes hometown Vancouver with seven, Montreal with four, Waterloo with three, and Edmonton and Ottawa with one each.
Of the multinationals shopping in Canada for tech, IBM led the way with three acquistions followed by Google, RiM, Salesforce, and Zynga with two each. Twitter and Groupon also picked up Canadian technology in single deals.
After the jump is a timeline of all the acquisitions that Techvibes covered during 2011.