Now in their 28th year, the Technology Impact Awards (TIAs) have never had more reasons to celebrate than they did last night at Science World.
The sold-out TIAs Gala returned to an in-person format while also broadcasting the event live to the tech community.
“It was wonderful to come together as a community and experience the excitement and energy that erupts when hundreds of passionate people share their stories and successes,” said Jill Tipping, TIAs co-host and President & CEO of the BC Tech Association (BC Tech).
Innovation and inspiration were the two themes of the 2021 TIAs, and through the evening’s celebration 44 TIAs finalists across 11 categories were honoured.
“Despite the unprecedented challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic, B.C.’s tech community has continued to find solutions and turn obstacles into opportunities,” said Riaz Meghji, TIAs co-host and Human Connection Expert & Author of Every Conversation Counts. “The past year has shown that when faced with an obstacle, B.C.’s tech sector rises to the challenge and comes out stronger.”
The stage was set for an unforgettable evening – and the 11 TIAs winners did not disappoint:
Excellence in Technology Innovation Award
- Finalists: Canexia Health, Dapper Labs, FORM & TraceSafe
- Winner: Dapper Labs
Company of the Year – Startup Award
- Finalists: ehsAI, Ideon, Live It Earth & Matidor
- Winner: Matidor
Excellence in Technology Adoption Award
- Finalists: Advanced Intelligent Systems, Boast.ai, HSBC Canada & Limage Media Group
- Winner: Advanced Intelligent Systems
Tech Culture of the Year Award
- Finalists: Freightera, Klue, Lumen5 & Rival
- Winner: Klue
Spirit of BC Tech – Resilience Award
- Finalists: Copperleaf, PressReader, Seaspan Shipyards, Thrive Health & Traction on Demand
- Winner: Traction on Demand
Company of the Year – Growth Award
- Finalists: Acuva, Launchpad, PrecisionOS & Riipen
- Winner: Launchpad
Company of the Year – Export Award
- Finalists: Boast.ai, GeoComply Solutions, Invinity Energy Systems & LMI Technologies
- Winner: LMI Technologies
Company of the Year – Scale Award
- Finalists: Canalyst, East Side Games, Jane Software & Thinkific
- Winner: Thinkific
Gamechanger – Diversity & Inclusion Award
- Finalists: Broadband TV, Clio, East Side Games & STEMCELL Technologies
- Winner: Broadband TV
Person of the Year Award
- Finalists: Dr. Carl Hansen, Laurie Schultz & Hamed Shahbazi
- Winner: Laurie Schultz
Company of the Year – Anchor Award
- Finalists: AbCellera, Absolute Software, Cymax Group & WELL Health
- Winner: AbCellera
During the show, BC Tech also announced a new “Gamechanger – Climate Solutions” award for the 2022 TIAs in partnership with Vancity. The Honourable George Heyman, Minister of Environment and Climate Change Strategy, led the announcement.
“The Technology Impact Awards are a great opportunity to highlight innovation in B.C.’s tech sector that helps solve problems and creates new opportunities for people and business across our province,” Minster Heyman remarked. “Finding technology solutions to the climate crisis is increasingly the focus of businesses and governments around the world.”