Canada's 20 Most Dynamic and Visionary Technology Firms

Posted by Rob Lewis

PwC just announced the 20 companies shortlisted for its Vision to Reality awards.

The awards celebrate Canada’s "most dynamic and visionary technology firms."

The shortlist will be evaluated by an independent panel of judges based on innovation, financial performance and strategic direction.

The winners will be announced at a celebration event on November 7.

The full alphabetical shortlist is below with company name, leader, and location:

  • 500px | Oleg Gutsol, CEO | Toronto
  • Bionym | Karl Martin, CEO | Toronto
  • BusBud | LP Maurice, Co-Founder & CEO | Montreal
  • Chaordix | Shelley Kuipers, CEO & Founder | Calgary
  • Datawind | Suneet Singh Tuli, CEO | Mississauga
  • Frank & Oak | Hicham Ratnani, Co-Founder, COO & CFO | Montreal
  • Introhive | Jody Glidden, President & CEO | Fredericton
  • Method CRM | Paul Jackson, CEO & Founder | Toronto
  • Mobiroo | Vinay Chopra, CEO & Founder | Toronto
  • Top Hat | Mike Silagadze, CEO | Toronto
  • UrtheCast | Scott Larson, Co-Founder & CEO | Vancouver
  • Wajam | Martin-Luc Archambault, CEO | Montreal
Company:
Global Relay Communications Inc.
Website:
http://www.globalrelay.com
Location:
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

Global Relay is the leading provider of cloud-based electronic message archiving, supervision, and eDiscovery solutions for the global financial sector, delivering services to 18,000 customers in 90 countries. Global Relay Archive securely captures and preserves email, instant messaging, mobile messaging, Bloomberg, Thomson Reuters, Twitter, LinkedIn, Facebook and more — with Blackberry, iPhone, iPad, Android,... more

Company:
D-Wave Systems
Website:
http://www.dwavesys.com
Location:
Burnaby, British Columbia, Canada

Founded in 1999, D-Wave Systems is the first commercial quantum computing company. Our mission is to integrate new discoveries in physics, engineering, manufacturing, and computer science into breakthrough approaches to computation that help solve some of the world’s most complex challenges. Today D-Wave is the recognized leader in the development, fabrication, and integration of superconducting quantum computers.... more

Company:
Chaordix
Website:
http://www.chaordix.com
Location:
Calgary, Alberta, Canada

Chaordix® is the global standard in crowdsourced brand and product innovation. Chaordix uses the power of crowdsourcing to help the world’s leading companies and organizations gain sustained community engagement and predictive intelligence. Our Crowd Intelligence™ community solutions are helping a global clientele including LEGO, P&G, IBM, FutureBrand, KPMG, American Airlines, Virgin and Reckitt Benckiser leverage... more

Company:
Pulse Energy
Website:
http://www.pulseenergy.com
Location:
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

As buildings and electricity grids begin to take advantage of a wide range of technological and regulatory developments, there are unprecedented opportunities to improve the management of the world’s energy and to increase energy productivity in millions of buildings around the world. Pulse Energy was founded in 2006 to make a rapid and significant impact on the energy efficiency of the world’s buildings. Our... more

Company:
500px Inc.
Website:
http://www.500px.com
Location:
Toronto, Ontario, Canada

500px is a photo community powered by creative people worldwide that lets you discover, share, buy and sell inspiring photographs. The first version of 500px came to light in the early days of digital photography. At that time, everything was slightly different — the Internet was slower, 3.2 megapixel cameras were the latest buzz, digital photographers were just getting acquainted with their tools, and 500 pixels... more

Company:
Wajam
Website:
http://www.wajam.com
Location:
Montréal, Québec, Canada

Wajam makes search more personal by adding results from your friends to your favorite search engine. Every day you and your friends share lots of useful content on social networks like Facebook and Twitter. Wajam lets you find this content in Google, Bing, Yahoo, blekko and Amazon when you need it. more

Company:
PwC
Website:
http://www.pwc.com/ca
Location:
Toronto, Ontario, Canada

In Canada, PwC has more than 5,200 partners and staff in locations from St. John's, Newfoundland to Vancouver, British Columbia. Now celebrating more than 100 years of excellence in Canada, we provide industry focused assurance, advisory and tax services for public, private and government clients in four areas: Corporate accountability Risk management Structuring and mergers and acquisitions Performance and... more

Company:
Mobiroo Inc
Website:
http://www.mobiroo.com
Location:
Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Since 2009, Mobiroo has become the leading provider of mobile solutions for app curation, discovery, promotion, and distribution, through their app gift card platform. Mobiroo was the first company to market with Android and BlackBerry app gift cards, which sell in thousands of retail locations in over 15+ countries worldwide, and is also used globally as a gift with purchase incentive with operators, retailers... more

Company:
UrtheCast
Website:
http://www.urthecast.com
Location:
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

UrtheCast was created around a unique vision: to provide the world’s first ever, near real-time HD video feed of Earth from space. Working in an exclusive relationship with the Russian Aerospace giant RSC Energia, UrtheCast has built, launched, installed, and will soon be operating two cameras on the Russian module of the International Space Station. Starting in 2014, video of the Earth collected by our cameras... more

Company:
Frank & Oak
Website:
http://www.frankandoak.com
Location:
Montréal, Québec, Canada

Frank & Oak is a vertically integrated online menswear brand with premium clothing and a simple, personalized shopping experience. Every month, Frank & Oak designs, manufactures, and sells a limited feed of modern apparel and accessories. The brand acts as a lifestyle partner, offering style advice, personalized product suggestions, and an easy-to-use shopping platform, among other members-only benefits. Frank &... more

Company:
Thalmic Labs Inc.
Website:
http://www.thalmic.com
Location:
Kitchener, Ontario, Canada

Thalmic is changing the way people interact with technology. Headquartered in Kitchener-Waterloo, Canada, we're developing exciting new technologies in the area of human-computer interaction: Technologies which bridge the gap between man and machine, enabling us to accomplish new feats, enhance our abilities, and explore new possibilities. more

Company:
Busbud
Website:
http://www.busbud.com
Location:
Montréal, Québec, Canada

Busbud is your worldwide bus travel companion. The Busbud.com website is the most comprehensive source of for intercity bus travel information around the world, displaying bus schedules for 4000+ cities in 60+ countries available in 10 languages and 15 currencies. Busbud offers a search tool allowing travelers to discover and plan their next bus trip. The company is privately funded by angel investors and based in... more

Company:
Introhive
Website:
http://www.introhive.com
Location:
Fredericton, New Brunswick, Canada

Introhive is a relationship capital platform. Relationship capital is the sum of all the relationships that an organization’s employees have with customers, colleagues, and friends. Typically leveraging these relationships have been hard as they tend to live in siloes of social media, email, calendars, and contact. Introhive helps companies unlock these relationships by discovering and analyzing all the... more

Company:
Method:CRM
Website:
http://www.method.me
Location:
Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Method specializes in CRM for QuickBooks. With a 5-star rating on Intuit Apps.com and Google Apps Marketplace, Method is the top-rated CRM for QuickBooks. Why do QuickBooks users love Method CRM? 1) We Sync with QuickBooks Better than Anyone. Our industry-leading, patented sync technology means data is only entered ONCE. Our customers save time every day because their data is organized and always in sync. And... more

Company:
InteraXon
Website:
http://www.interaXon.ca
Location:
Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Our vision is to become a valuable part of your daily life, giving you degrees of freedom, connectivity and happiness you would never have imagined. We develop engaging experiences using brainwave sensing technology that free you from physical, emotional and mental obstacles so you get more out of every moment. We create technology that makes your life better and gives you ways of unlocking potential that you... more

Company:
PasswordBox
Website:
http://www.passwordbox.com
Location:
Montréal, Québec, Canada

PasswordBox is the first digital life manager that offers easy 1-click login; secure password sharing; strong password generation and digital life management across all devices. Say goodbye to multiple usernames and passwords that are impossible to remember. From now on, your PasswordBox master password is the only one you’ll ever need. All of your passwords are securely stored and available at any time, on any... more

Company:
WestonExpressions
Website:
http://www.westonexpressions.com
Location:
Kitchener-Waterloo, Ontario, Canada

WestonExpressions is a rapidly growing digital signage network that unites online advertisers to mobile users in simple, cost-effective methods to improve marketing objectives. Their product Linkett is a sleek but powerful digital signage system that enhances the consumer experience by giving average TVs mobile and motion capabilities. Unlike digital signage firms that provide static content with no interactivity... more

Company:
Vena Solutions
Website:
http://www.venasolutions.com
Location:
Toronto, Ontario, Canada

At Vena Solutions, our mission is to help smart companies better manage their data, spreadsheets, and files. Our cloud solution leverages the flexibility and ease of use of widely-used spreadsheets while adding web-based automated workflows and a powerful cloud-hosted database to make mission-critical Finance and Accounting processes simple. Viewed by many as one of the most innovative Canadian startups, we’re... more

Company:
Top Hat
Website:
http://www.tophat.com
Location:
Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Top Hat helps make every lecture count by transforming students' mobile devices into powerful tools for active learning. Using Top Hat, professors can ask questions, moderate discussions, host tournaments and more to help professors teach and students learn more effectively. Top Hat is used in over 400 universities around the world, including Harvard, Stanford & the University of Waterloo. more


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Rob Lewis

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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... more



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