Here is the quartet up for the Company of the Year - Anchor Technology Impact Award
Meet the companies anchoring B.C.’s tech ecosystem not just locally, but globally.
I recently got to experience what made last year’s winner of Company of the Year - Anchor such a grounding force in Vancouver’s tech ecosystem. Or, groundbreaking force, I should say: On September 14, the biotech juggernaut and its construction partner Beedie put the first shovels in the ground for Phase II of Abcellera’s headquarters. Looking to build on that legacy being shaped in Mount Pleasant is the quartet of B.C.-based businesses up for Company of the Year - Anchor in this year’s BC Tech Technology Impact Awards (TIAs).
What it does: provides solutions that detect online location fraud and helps verify users’ true digital identities.
Company key stats: GeoComply’s software is installed on over 400 million devices worldwide and analyzes over 10 billion transactions annually.
Previous TIAs accolades: The company was nominated for Company of the Year - Export at the 2021 TIAs.
Why it’s in it to win it: The company was part of Metro Vancouver's unicorn surge last year.
What it does: provides cloud archiving, surveillance, eDiscovery, and analytics solutions to the global finance industry.
Company key stats: Global Relay has more than 20,000 customers in 90 countries, including 22 of the top 25 global banks.
Previous TIAs accolades: It won Company of the Year at the 2016 TIAs.
Why it’s in it to win it: While Global Relay dropped anchor in Gastown, the company also has a robust presence elsewhere: Canadian branch offices in Kelowna and Halifax, U.S. offices in Chicago, New York and Raleigh, and global offices in London and Singapore.
What it does: provides smart sensor solutions for improved factory production.
Company key stats: From 2019 to 2021, LMI saw its revenue increase from $109 million to $160 million with a corresponding headcount increase of 285 to 375.
Previous TIAs accolades: It won the Company of the Year - Export award at the 2021 TIAs.
Why it’s in it to win it: Unlike old-fashioned tape measures or regular old 2D vision, LMI’s solutions conduct 3D shape information measurements — meaning its clients (industries ranging from automotive to food production to semiconductors) get the whole picture, literally.
What it does: builds, repairs, refurbishes, manages, and converts ships and other marine vessels such as deep-sea vessels and submarines.
Company key stats: From 2012 to 2021, Seaspan contributed $2.4 billion to B.C.’s gross domestic product and $1.7 billion to its labour income. The company has awarded more than $1.8 billion to Canadian suppliers, including 450-plus B.C. companies.
Previous current TIAs accolades: The company is also up for Excellence in Industry Innovation this year.
Why it’s in it to win it: The company is literally putting the anchor in anchor company as it leads B.C.’s robust collection of aquatech innovators.
The 2022 Company of the Year – Anchor Award is presented in partnership with Deloitte.
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