Who are the 20 Most Innovative Companies in Canada?

Posted by Eric Floresca

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
Website:
http://www.dwavesys.com
Location:
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

Founded in 1999, D-Wave's mission is to integrate new discoveries in physics and computer science into breakthrough new approaches to computation. The company's flagship product, the D-Wave OnTM, is built around a novel type of superconducting processor that uses quantum mechanics to massively accelerate computation. In 2010 Lockheed Martin purchased serial number 1, completing the historic world?s first sale of a... more

Company:
Aeryon Labs
Website:
http://www.aeryon.com
Location:
Waterloo, Ontario, Canada

Aeryon Labs Inc. prides itself as a multi-disciplinary engineering consulting team, specializing in aerial robotics. The breadth and depth of our expertise allows us the flexibility to undertake a range of projects, having played active roles in the design, implementation and practical application of leading-edge technology. With engineering foundations from the University of Waterloo, our team has the strength of... more

Company:
Peerset
Website:
http://www.peerset.com
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. Peerset's analysis tool, PS... more

Company:
Overlay.TV
Website:
http://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 in the same year.... more

Company:
IGLOO Software
Website:
http://www.igloosoftware.com
Location:
Kitchener-Waterloo, Ontario, Canada

IGLOO develops social software that builds online communities for business. A powerful suite of content management, collaboration and knowledge sharing tools, within one secure social networking platform, that gives an employee more control over the way they work. IGLOO’s online business communities drive groups, teams and organizations of any size internally to improve collaboration, knowledge sharing and... 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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