I attended the recent awards reception for the 2008 Tech Company Fast 50 and Tech Green 15 in Calgary. My company, ActiveConversion, was a nominee in the Company-to-Watch category, which scored me an invite to this event, which was attended by approximately 60 people. Deloitee's Jim Barker and Keith Mclean hosted this event for us at Teatro.
I'm happy to report, that 4 companies made this list for the Fast 50 and 4 companies made the list for the Green 15 in the prairies. The Fast 50 awards are based on highest percentage revenue growth over 5 years, whereas the Green 15 'recognizes Canada's leading GreenTech companies'.
The 4 Fast 50 companies located in Alberta and Saskatchewan are (growth in brackets):
- #18 Solium Capital, Calgary (1338%)
- #28 Wellpoint Systems, Calgary (695%
- #31 Serenic Corporation, Edmonton (521%)
- #36 IDC (Imaging Dynamics), Calgary (382%)
These companies represent some of the best that Canada has to offer in high growth commercialized technology. Companies such as Research in Motion (Blackberry) started on this list, along with many well known Canadian tech success stories.
A quick review of these companies indicate that they are 100% software companies, which is well above the average 53% of the Fast 50 list.
Only 2 years old, the Green 15 award was won by 4 companies from Calgary. No doubt this is infuriating to David Suzuki having Calgary garner over 25% of this awards which recognizes technology that promotes a more efficient use and re-use of the earth's resources in industrial production and consumption. Nevertheless, the winners were:
Our limited population doesn't stop us from innovating with the best in Canada. And certainly the entrepreneurial spirit is alive and well on the prairies to produce leading edge, revenue producing technology.
You can click on the above mentioned companies to find out more about them. The are all solid companies with great technology, management and people. Congratulations to all!
p.s. A special shout-out to Solium Capital from me, an early customer for ActiveConversion. We hope that 'AC' helped Solium along!