Who are the 20 Most Innovative Companies in Canada?

Last night the Canadian Innovation Exchange (CIX) nominations reception was held in Toronto. 20 of the most innovative companies came together to showcase their talent and the nation’s best in cutting-edge technologies. The participants have been selected from all over Canada to present their innovations to both Canadian and US executives and investors. They gathered in downtown Toronto to see who had made the cut and to talk about their innovations to the press and industry experts.

The main role of the CIX is to find those companies doing ground breaking work and to help them facilitate their growth across the globe said Robert Montgomery the Co-Chair of the Canadian Innovation Exchange. The conference showcasing the 20 companies will take place on December 2nd - this is where their feet will be put to the fire as they present their ideas in a quick seven-minute presentation and show a working prototype to the judges.

It will be chance for them to learn more about what it will take to get their businesses to the starting line to take their innovations to market. It will be a day of talk, lessons learned, networking and increased visibility for these companies and their ideas to the movers and shakers in their industries and in the investment world.

December 2nd will be a day of hopes and dreams where all of the firms involed are hoping that CIX will be the right time and place for them to light a match underneath their business. Some will rise, others will fall and that is the inherent risk for any start up and innovators in a world where true innovation is hard to come by. Each of these companies has a story and what each one hopes is that December 2nd will be a new start and brand new chapter in theirs.

Here is the list of the finalists in the areas of clean technology, information technology and digital media:

 

Company:
D-Wave Systems
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... more

Company:
Aeryon Labs Inc.
Location:
Waterloo, Ontario, Canada

Aeryon Labs is the premier manufacturer of small Unmanned Aerial Systems (sUAS), which are at the center of major world events and international media stories. The company is the trusted partner of civil and military customers, resellers, and other commercial business partners around the globe. Aeryon Labs is headquartered in Waterloo, Ontario. Field-tested and mission-proven, Aeryon sUAS are... more

Company:
Peerset
Location:
Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Peerset has built a patent-pending solution that analyzes social media content and feeds a proprietary psychographic recommendation engine to provide Publishers and Ad Networks with an expanded yet targeted audience. Peerset's feature product, PS Expander, can integrate with existing ad serving systems and enhance any existing investments in contextual or behavioral targeting solutions.... more

Company:
Overlay.TV
Location:
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

Overlay.TV is an interactive media company that provides an online video platform. This platform enables users, content owners, and e-commerce sites to monetize and customize their video assets by overlaying contextual information directly onto video and linking to external websites. Overlay.TV was founded in 2007 by Tyler Cope, Rob Lane and Nadav Zin, and received its first round of VC funding... more

Company:
Igloo Software
Location:
Kitchener-Waterloo, Ontario, Canada

Igloo is an intranet you'll actually like. We all struggle with productivity. We are constantly pressured to accomplish more, and to do it quicker. There is no one definitive way to accomplish that, and we have all devised our own little method to make things work. At Igloo, we think your way is the best way, we just want to support you, and make your way better. Our focus is on becoming that... more


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Eric Floresca

Eric Floresca

A recent grad of Centennial College's Post Grad Advertising Account Management Program and a lover of technology, ideas and pop culture. Worked with agencies like Allard Johnson and Extreme Group as a consultant providing research and support for presentations and projects. A graduate with a Honours in Business Administration from the University of Windsor and seeking to find his way through... more




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