To compile the top 20 we assembled a crack panel of judges and asked them and the public to nominate worthy companies or projects. This year we received more than twice as many nominations as last year, generating an even broader picture of Web 2.0 in Canada.
This year we stuck with our definition from 2008, because while the technologies have changed, the purpose hasn’t. We defined Web 2.0 as the use of “online social platforms to link individuals to each other and, increasingly, to connect companies to partners and clients. The real point, though, is that Web 2.0 happens when the talk goes from a monologue to a dialogue, when everyone gets a say and when those voices can actually change opinions, company policy, government decisions and so on.”
FreshBooks, Toronto - Online invoicing and time-tracking service
Myca Health, Quebec City - Online communication platform linking patients and doctors
CoveritLive, Toronto - real-time blogging software
Radian6, Fredericton - Real-time social media monitoring and analysis
File Mobile, Toronto - On-demand social media content management and application development system
BoardSuite, Toronto - Board-level governance and compliance solution
NowPublic, Vancouver - Crowdsourced/participatory news gathering
Tungle, Montreal - Online scheduling software that works across companies, systems and time zones
HootSuite, Vancouver - A Twitter toolbox that manages multiple Twitter profiles
ThoughtFarmer, Vancouver - Intranet software which incorporates social networking features
AfterCAD Online, Vancouver - Enables viewing and publishing complex data sets over the Web
TeamPages, Vancouver - Website creation and management service for amateur sports teams
The Manufacturing Innovation Network, Waterloo - An online network built for Waterloo Region manufacturing companies
Well.ca, Toronto - An online health, beauty and skin care store
Clarity Accounting, Vancouver - Online accounting for small businesses and the self-employed
Voices.com, London - Online voice-over talent agency
Taglocity, Vancouver - Enterprise e-mail management and knowledge sharing
PollStream, Toronto - interactive-engagement and poll-building solutions
Pixton, Vancouver - A site where people create, publish, share and remix comics
To assemble the final ranking, the judges scored the nominees against five criteria: ROI, competitive advantage, ongoing value, execution and innovation. Also, any nominee who appeared on last year’s PICK 20 was judged only on developments or progress in the past 12 months.
PollStream is a leading provider of interactive engagement and community building solutions. PollStream clients leverage our two-way dialogue solutions to effectively engage, educate and inform customers and employees online.
Our Poll, Quiz, Comment Engine, Sparkplug and Hive solutions tap into participants' fundamental desire to declare and compare ideas, opinions and recognition. PollStream quickly transforms...
In 2003, Mike McDerment, co-founder and CEO of FreshBooks, accidently saved over an invoice, snapped and decided to create a better way to manage his books and bill clients.
Since then, FreshBooks has emerged as the #1 cloud accounting specialist for small business owners by helping more than 5 million people track time, organize expenses and invoice clients in the cloud.
Known for extraordinary customer service...
NowPublic is a participatory news network which mobilizes an army of reporters to cover the events that define our world. In twelve short months, the company has become one of the fastest growing news organizations with thousands of reporters in over 140 countries. During Hurricane Katrina, NowPublic had more reporters in the affected area than most news organizations have on their entire staff.
TeamPages is an online social network and utility for amateur sports that makes it easier for coaches, team managers and players to:
manage their teams, schedule games, and keep track of stats
communicate with one another and share memories
build an online community and presence
TeamPages provides teams, athletes, and fans with a central location to post and find their schedules, check out the latest team news...
Filemobile is a media management and social media platform, providing services and tools to enable social media and networking. Filemobile’s Media Factory platform brings the services and tools that power broadband video, social media and networking for any site.
Well.ca is a Canadian online health & beauty store. Although our primary focus is on serving Canadians from coast to coast, we also ship hard-to-find products to the United States. Our local store has operated since 1982 from Guelph, Ontario.
We work hard to be a kind, responsible, and friendly company.
Designed by directors
Directors on boards have significant risks and responsibilities. BoardSuite was created to mitigate risk by providing directors and officers a simple yet powerful solution to address their responsibilities surrounding good governance and compliance.
Provided as a FREE SaaS-based service, BoardSuite enables executive leadership teams to securely and effectively manage their governance and...
Clarity Accounting is an online accounting software created for small businesses and self-employed professionals. It has a simple and elegant user interface that allows businesses to enter data and view critical reports as soon as users log in to their account. Clarity Accounting is designed with full compliance to general accounting principles.
Features and Benefits of Clarity Accounting Include:
Since its release in late 2007, CoveritLive has been used by thousands of writers to engage millions of readers around the world. It has been well received by traditional bloggers as well as those in mainstream media. Our users are finding millions of usage occasions from niche events like chess tournaments in Germany or local elections in London, to marquee events like the NFL draft and American Idol.
Radian6 provides the leading social media monitoring and engagement platform for marketing, communications and customer support professionals. The company’s new Engagement Console enables brands and agencies to monitor all forms of social media, with real-time results, and engage as a team through unique workflow features for tagging, classifying, and assigning of posts. Analysis widgets on the Radian6 dashboard...
Viigo™ is revolutionizing the way users access information on their smartphone. Every day, people around the world rely on Viigo as their gateway to a vast array of up-to-the-minute content and useful services, wherever they are and whenever they need it. In one simple, fully customizable application, Viigo delivers news, weather, flight schedules and status, real-time sports scores, stock quotes and market data,...
Tungle is the industry's first calendar accelerator. By syncing with your existing calendar, you get all the scheduling and calendar sharing benefits of Tungle without having to switch to a new system. Keep using your Google, Outlook, iCal or Entourage calendar - Just sync it with Tungle and you'll be able to:
Easily schedule meetings with anyone
Share calendars inside or outside your company, even with people...
Terazen Technology develops Taglocity™, an Enterprise Web 2.0 inspired email productivity and knowledge discovery solution. Taglocity solves problems inherent in today’s enterprise email systems such as email overload, attention deficit, collaboration breakdown, ineffective searching, and wasted knowledge.
Our unobtrusive technology works alongside existing email systems to boost workforce productivity by reducing...
HootSuite is a social relationship platform for businesses and organizations to collaboratively execute social media strategies across multiple social networks from one secure, web-based dashboard. Launch marketing campaigns, identify and grow audience, and distribute targeted messages using HootSuite’s unique social media dashboard. Streamline team workflow with scheduling and assignment tools and reach audiences...
Want to make amazing comics online and share them instantly?
Using Pixton's click-n-drag easy comic creator, you can design your own characters and move them into any pose. Customize props, upload pictures, create freestyle panel layouts, add sound & voice-over, and much more. Meet new friends - it's awesome!
Get started for free at Pixton.com - it's the world's best way to create and share comics online!...
Requiring only a PC, video camera, and Internet connection, Myca Nutrition lets nutrition professionals connect with their clients easily and efficiently. This online platform facilitates video consults, messaging, a personalized website, and even a picture food journal for clients to track their meal-time progress— all supported by secure archiving, profiles, and online billing. Myca Nutrition's remote connection...
Rob is the President of Techvibes Media and Editor-in-Chief of Techvibes.com.
His diverse background includes stints in International Trade Finance, Web Development, and Enterprise Software and he is a graduate of the University of British Columbia, British Columbia Institute of Technology, and Simon Fraser University.
When not running Canada's leading technology media property, Rob can be...