Finalists unveiled for B.C.’s 2020 Technology Impact Awards

Damon Motors co-founders Dom Kwong and Jay Giraud | Tyler Orton

What happened: B.C. Tech Association unveils nominees for annual Technology Impact Awards

Why it matters: While pandemic puts a halt to live gala, industry association still endeavouring to recognize province’s tech achievements

What if the global agricultural industry could reduce synthetic chemicals by 80% in the next decade? 

Or if motorcyclists could be given a heads-up through their handlebars when sensors detect the potential for a crash?

Such high-tech leaps are already underway on the West Coast and are among those being recognized by the B.C Tech Association’s annual Technology Impact Awards.

The industry group unveiled on Tuesday (April 28) 38 finalists — both companies and individuals — for the 2020 awards.

Terramera Inc. and Damon Motors Inc. received nods for Excellence in Technology Innovation for their respective developments in agriculture and motorcycle safety systems.

Other finalists include Clio (Themis Solutions Inc.) CEO Jack Newtown, who oversaw the closing of a Series D funding to the tune of US$250 million for his legal-tech firm last year.

Newtown is nominated for Person of the Year.

The awards were originally slated to be presented June 11, however, the COVID-19 pandemic put those plans on pause.

The B.C. Tech Association plans to recognize the winners in the fall but an exact date for an award ceremony — virtual or otherwise — has not been determined. 

Full list of finalists:

Company of the Year - Startup Success: 

·      Apollo Exchange

·      Carbonet

·      NZ Technologies 

Company of the Year - Growth Success: 

·      Aspect BioSystems

·      Freightera

·      Klue

·      Lumen5 

Excellence in Global Export: 

·      AbCellera 

·      Corvus Energy 

·      Delta-Q Technologies 

·      Vancouver International Airport

Excellence in Technology Innovation: 

·      Damon Motorcycles 

·      Fatigue Science

·      Terramera 

Excellence in Technology Adoption: 

·      BGC 

·      City of Vancouver

·      Finning 

Company of the Year - Scale Success: 

·      Ebco

·      Gokabu

·      Semios

·      Trulioo 

Company of the Year - Anchor Success: 

·      Absolute Software 

·      LMI Technologies 

·      Telus 

Spirit of BC Tech - Purpose: 

·      Aquatic Informatics

·      SkyHive

·      Thrive Health 

Game Changer - Diversity & Inclusion: 

·      Unbounce

·      Virtro

·      Wealthbar 

Tech Culture of the Year: 

·      Absolute Software

·      Amazon

·      Copperleaf

·      Thinkific   

Person of the Year: 

·      Catherine Dahl 

·      Jack Newton 

·      Josh Nilson 

·      Ryan Peterson