BCBusiness unveils Most Innovative Companies in 2011; HootSuite, Indochino, Strangeloop among them

Posted by Knowlton Thomas

Business magazine BCBusiness's latest issue reveals what it believes to be our country's top 20 most innovative companies this year.

Topping the list is the City of Vancouver, with its open-data initiative that floored the judging panel. Mayor Gregor Robertson received an award on behalf of the city last night for his efforts in the field of innovation.

Rounding out the top three are Strangeloop Networks and Avigilon Corp, followed by Ostara Nutrient Recovery Technologies and iQmetrix.

Paradigm Shift Solutions filled the number six slot, while Engineering and Entrepreneurship@UVicRedlen Technologies, and Indochino took number seven, eight, and nine respectively. Widely popular social media dashboard HootSuite finished off the top 10.

In eleventh is Vision Critical, and in twelfth is Zymeworks, following by VivonetAnnex Consulting, and Modo the Car Co-op

Daiya Foods came in sixteenth, followed by Lunapads and Digital Payment Technologies, with Mibroc Group of Companies and The Latest Scoop ending the list.

Company:
Annex Consulting Group Inc.
Website:
http://www.annexgroup.com
Location:
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

"An Extension of Your Team" Annex was founded in 1998 to fill a marketplace need to provide high quality information technology solutions at competitive prices. Annex has since completed 1,000 projects with a 97% customer satisfaction rating. Vision: Be the leading project-based information technology service provider in British Columbia. Mission: To deliver high quality information technology solutions that... more

Company:
Vivonet
Website:
http://www.vivonet.com
Location:
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

Vivonet is a Software as a Service Provider (SaaS)… that processes millions of transactions every month for customers in the hospitality and retail sectors across Canada and the United States. Growing at over 100% annually, our mission is to enable, acquire and organize the world’s retail transactions into the world’s most trusted source of retail performance information. Enable: Vivonet provides on-demand... more

Company:
Zymeworks Inc
Website:
http://www.zymeworks.com
Location:
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

Zymeworks is a privately held biotechnology company developing proprietary biocatalyst (enzyme) engineering technologies to create novel process development solutions for industrial, specialty chemical and pharmaceutical manufacturing. The cornerstone of Zymeworks' science & technology is its unique molecular modeling platform that enables the company to accurately simulate the physical and chemical properties of... more

Company:
Digital Payment Technologies
Website:
http://www.digitalpaytech.com
Location:
Burnaby, British Columbia, Canada

Digital Payment Technologies (DPT) is an innovative leader in the design, manufacture, and distribution of electronic pay stations, management software, and online services for the parking industry. DPT products provide complete financial tracking, control, and reporting on parking revenue collected by cities, municipalities, universities, parking management companies, private operators, and national parks, from... more

Company:
Indochino Apparel Inc.
Website:
http://www.indochino.com
Location:
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

Indochino is the leader in custom online menswear. We provide the modern gentleman with high quality menswear that fits your body perfectly. Our quick 10 minute measurement process can be done from the comfort of your own home; no tailor required. All of our products are hand tailored and delivered to any part of the world within 4 weeks. Indochino makes it easy and affordable for customers to get custom tailored... more

Company:
Strangeloop
Website:
http://www.strangeloopnetworks.com
Location:
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

Strangeloop designs, builds, installs, and supports hardware and software solutions that accelerate the performance of websites and web-based applications. Founded in 2006, Strangeloop’s original product offering was the Strangeloop AS1000, a delivery-focused accelerator for ASP.NET. In 2010, the company launched Site Optimizer, a next-generation solution that offers a powerful set of features that work together... more

Company:
Hootsuite Media, Inc.
Website:
http://www.hootsuite.com
Location:
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

Hootsuite is the world’s most widely used social media relationship platform. More than 10 million users, including 744 of the Fortune 1000 companies, trust Hootsuite to manage their social media programs across multiple social networks from one integrated dashboard. Learn more about how Hootsuite is revolutionizing communication at http://www.hootsuite.com. more

Company:
iQmetrix
Website:
http://www.iqmetrix.com
Location:
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

iQmetrix is the leading provider of retail management solutions for the wireless industry in North America. Our company values center around an entrepreneurial spirit that focuses on speed and agility, innovation, quality and customer service. We support community-building events and worthy causes because we believe in reaching out, taking part and giving back. It’s a big part of who we are. more

Company:
Modo The Car Co-op
Website:
http://www.modo.coop
Location:
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

Founded by Vancouverites for Metro Vancouverites over 14 years ago, we were the first carshare co-op in North America. Today, we have built our membership to well over 7,000 members sharing over 230 vehicles in Metro Vancouver. Our name might be new but the concept is proven. Carsharing is easier, less expensive, and better for our environment than owning a car - and Modo is the best deal in town. more


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Knowlton Thomas

Knowlton Thomas

Knowlton is the managing editor of Techvibes. Based in Vancouver, Knowlton has been published in national publications and has also appeared on television and radio. Previously he was an editor for New Westminster weekly The Other Press and served on its board of directors. When not working, Knowlton enjoys playing tennis, hiking, and exploring weird side streets. more




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