• FreshWorks Studio Inc. posted an article
    FreshWorks Studio ranks 20th on The Globe and Mail Top Growing Companies ranking. see more

    FreshWorks Studio is pleased to announce it placed 20th on the inaugural Report on Business ranking of Canada’s Top Growing Companies. Canada’s Top Growing Companies ranks Canadian companies on three-year revenue growth. FreshWorks Studio earned its spot with three-year growth of 2,216%.

    “Our team works hard every day to build extraordinary digital solutions for our clients,” says FreshWorks Studio co-founder and CEO Sam Mod. “When Rohit and I  immigrated to Canada 5 years ago, we only dreamed of building such a fast growing company. It’s truly humbling to be ranked on The Globe and Mail’s ranking of Canada’s Top Growing Companies.”

    “A growth of this size wouldn’t have been possible without the relentless hard work and dedication to developing the best possible solutions for our clients from our team and the continued trust and engagement from our clients,” says FreshWorks Studio co-founder and CEO Rohit Boolchandani.

    Launched in 2019, the Canada’s Top Growing Companies ranking program aims to celebrate
    entrepreneurial achievement in Canada by identifying and amplifying the success of growth-minded, independent businesses in Canada. It is a voluntary program; companies had to complete an in-depth application process in order to qualify. In total, 400 companies made the ranking this year.

    “The 400 companies on the inaugural Report on Business ranking of Canada’s Top Growing Companies ranking demonstrate ambition, innovation and tremendous business acumen,” says Phillip Crawley,Publisher and CEO of The Globe and Mail. “Their contributions to the economy help to make Canada a better place, and warrant commendation.”

    You can view the journey of FreshWorks Studio’s growth here.

    About The Globe and Mail: The Globe and Mail is Canada’s foremost news media company, leading the national discussion and causing policy change through brave and independent journalism since 1844. With our award-winning coverage of business, politics and national affairs, The Globe and Mail newspaper reaches 6.6 million readers every week in our print or digital formats, and Report on Business magazine reaches 1.8 million readers in print and digital every issue. Our investment in innovative data science means that as the world continues to change, so does The Globe. The Globe and Mail is owned by Woodbridge, the investment arm of the Thomson family.

    About FreshWorks: FreshWorks Studio specializes in designing and developing elegant and high quality mobile and web apps for startups, enterprises and government organizations. Their team of 60 passionate designers and developers are headquartered in Victoria BC, with offices in Vancouver and Seattle.

    For further information contact: Lisa Stappert, Marketing Coordinator,

  • Tango Financial posted an article
    LenderSpotlight named Product of the Year at the Mortgage Awards or Excellence. see more

    Tango Financial, a Fintech company supporting Canadian Mortgage Brokers, recently received a series of industry awards by three of their subsidiaries, LenderSpotlight, DocAssist and Premiere Mortgage.

    On May 3rd, LenderSpotlight ( was named Product of the Year at the Mortgage Awards of Excellence in Woodbridge, ON. This event celebrates leadership, achievement and the pursuit of distinction in Canada’s mortgage industry. The award is a particular honour because it’s chosen explicitly by Canadian mortgage brokers as a “unique product which has empowered the mortgage broker channel and has expanded the mortgage broker’s ability to be competitively differentiated in the marketplace.”

    “At a time when the mortgage industry is becoming more complex for brokers to navigate, we’ve built LenderSpotlight to make it more accessible than ever before,” said Ryan Stratton, CTO of Tango Financial, “By collaborating closely with mortgage brokers, we can quickly develop the features that brokers want to use.”

    LenderSpotlight’s platforms currently track almost 4,000 products and rates across 60 lenders. The application is used by about 40% of Canadian mortgage brokers, who perform approximately 40,000 rate searches and 20,000 policy guideline searches each month. “Encouraged by how passionate the industry is about LenderSpotlight, we’re investing significant resources into building exciting new technology for the mortgage industry,” commented Alan Harder, CMO at Tango Financial.

    Just two weeks prior on April 20th, DocAssist (, Tango Financial’s underwriting and back office service for mortgage professionals, was named Service Provider of the Year at the Canadian Mortgage Awards in Toronto -- for the second consecutive year. Kerry Butler, Director of Operations at DocAssist, reacted to the announcement by saying, “Receiving this recognition a second time from the leading independent awards event for the mortgage industry speaks to the value that this on-demand support system continuously delivers to brokers across Canada.”

    This year’s Mortgage Awards of Excellence also honoured Tango Financial’s Premiere Mortgage as the Regional Brokerage of the Year for Atlantic Canada. This award identifies one brokerage in each region that has achieved the most success and growth while delivering an exceptional experience.

    “Premiere Mortgage is thrilled to have been awarded the Regional Brokerage of the Year,” said Don MacVicar, President of Premiere Mortgage, “a reflection of the accomplishments of our incredible team of mortgage professionals. We are also proud to stand together with our family at Tango Financial, delivering cutting edge technology and services to the Canadian mortgage industry.”

    Tango Financial looks forward to providing more connections, resources, and innovations that will not only help their network of companies succeed, but also drive the industry forward.

    About Tango Financial

    Tango Financial focuses on delivering an era of change for the mortgage industry by developing advanced technology and uniting brokers who are best in class. Tango offers a range of products and services that help brokerages and agents streamline their business by leveraging innovative integrated technology-based services, including LenderSpotlight, DocAssist, PayAssist and STREAM5 Marketing.

    In late-2017, Tango came together with three other industry leaders, Premiere Mortgage ( in Atlantic Canada and Ontario, Paragon Mortgage ( in British Columbia and Alberta, and Compass Mortgage ( based in Kelowna, British Columbia. The merger process has resulted in the formation of the largest independent brokerage operation in Canada. Paragon and Premiere each have over 10 years of mortgage provision experience, while Compass has been in business for more than six years and proved itself to be one of the fastest growing brokerages on the West Coast. Tango’s MortgagePal ( has been operating for over six years on Vancouver Island and the mainland of BC.

    If you’re a driven broker looking for the right support and advanced technology to assist you in serving your clients better, send an email to

    If you're a passionate developer or designer that values community and wants to work on projects that have real industry impact, send your resume to

    Media Contact:

    Alan Harder
    Tango Financial
    T: 778-628-1438

  • SendtoNews Video Inc. posted an article
    STN rise to become North America’s leading sports media platform recognized by Deloitte’s Fast 50 an see more

    SendtoNews Ranked One of the Fastest Growing Technology Companies in North America in the DELOITTE FAST 500™ and FAST 50™ Rankings

    SendtoNews, North America’s leading sports video content and advertising platform, has been ranked as the 24th fastest growing technology company in North America in Deloitte’s 2017 Technology Fast 500™. Along with this, STN was ranked 7th for the Deloitte’s Fast 50™ which lists Canada’s fastest growing tech companies.  Within these rankings as well, SendtoNews has been named the 3rd fastest growing Digital Content/Media/Entertainment company in North America. 

    “Recognition like this is shared with our publishing, league and sales partners.  ” says Matthew Watson, CEO of SendtoNews. ‘It’s a real team effort amongst our staff, and the staff of our publishing, sales and other partners who have embraced us.  Most exciting is that in many ways, we’re just getting started.” 

    The Deloitte Technology Fast 500™ and Fast 50™ rankings follow the company’s record setting 2017. Not only has STN set new company highs in revenue, but achieved their highest ranking in comScore as #2 in sports video views, amassing over 9 million unique viewers in August.  STN’s partners have been thrilled with year to date results. 

    “MLBAM’s partnership with SendtoNews has been invaluable at expanding our reach at the local level to our most dedicated home-town fan bases,” says Matthew Gould, VP Communications for MLB Advanced Media.  Echoing his statements, Bob Rose, Managing Editor of the St. Louis Post Dispatch states, “We are thrilled with our relationship with STN and the content they provide. There offering of official highlights, recaps and trending videos fit seamlessly on our sports pages and provide rich and engaging media for our readership.” 

    The Technology Fast 500™ and Fast 50™ programs reflect revenue growth over the past five years and celebrate technological innovation, entrepreneurship and leadership. The program has recognized private and public North American companies that represent a variety of industry sub-sectors – from hardware to digital media. Technology Fast 500™ and Fast 50™ companies are on the cutting edge of innovation, transforming business and pushing the world forward.

    About SendtoNews 

    SendtoNews is North America’s leading sports video content and advertising platform. The company has created an expanding publisher network that now includes more than 1500 sports news properties across North America  including USA Today, LA Times, New York Daily News, Chicago Tribune,  Detroit Free Press, San Francisco Chronicle, St. Louis Post Dispatch, The New York Post and more. 

    SendtoNews currently generates over 200 million monthly video views through the distribution of exclusive and co-exclusive content from 75+ sports leagues, including top tier organizations such as the MLB, NBA, the NHL, NFL, PGA TOUR, NCAA and Premier League Soccer. 

    SendtoNews' sports video content is both VAST and VPAID compliant and the architecture of its video player technologies, as well as its independent analytics partnerships, address market needs for transparency around viewability and invalid traffic. 

    For brand advertising inquiries, email For content distribution inquiries, please email 

    For more details, visit or call toll free 855.590.1991. 


    Media Contact:

    David Davies

    VP, Corporate Communications


    Toll-free: 855-590-1991




  • Tessa Bousfield posted an article
    Winners to be announced at the elaborate celebration on June 2, 2017 see more

    Nominations open for the 16th Annual VIATEC Technology Awards

    Winners to be announced at the elaborate celebration on June 2, 2017


    VICTORIA, BC (March 10, 2017) – Nominations are now open for one of the largest and most elaborate technology sector award shows in the country, to be held at the Victoria Conference Centre on Friday, June 2, 2017. (Nomination form here and tickets available here).

    Last year’s VIATEC Technology Awards Show brought out an impressive 850 attendees, the highest attendance it’s seen since it started in 2002. This year’s event is expected to sell out again. The extravagant show has rapidly become known as a unique event focused on entertaining the crowd with humor and irreverence, while shining the spotlight on some of Victoria’s most impressive technology companies.

    “Whether it’s Bloomberg Media, The Toronto Star or Vogue Magazine, the world has realized that Victoria is young, culturally vibrant and a cool city. With tech being the #1 industry in a region that has so much going for it, you better believe we pull out all the stops to make sure this event reflects the innovative minds and community spirits that have reshaped our community to be known as a hotbed of vibrant companies and exciting ideas,” says Dan Gunn, CEO of VIATEC (Victoria Innovation, Advanced Technology & Entrepreneurship Council). “It's a unique way for local tech firms to get increased profile with local media, policymakers and their peers which always helps when looking to hire new staff, find new customers or raise investment.”

    In total, 15 awards that come in the form of custom metal fabricated robots known as “Freddies”, are being presented at the awards show, 11 of which are currently open for nominations:

    • Technology Company of the Year (50+ employees)

    • Technology Company of the Year (11-49 employees)

    • Technology Company of the Year (1-10 employees)

    • Emerging Technology Company of the Year

    • Startup of the Year

    • Product of the Year

    • Innovative Excellence

    • Leader of the Year

    • Emerging Leader of the Year (New)

    • Employee/Team of the Year

    • Employer of the Year

    • VIATEC Member of the Year

    • Colin Lennox Award for Technology Champion

    • Newcomer of the Year (New)

    • Community Contributor (New)

    Click here to nominate a company or individual for up to three categories (It’s free to do so). You can nominate any technology business headquartered in the Greater Victoria area (Nominees must be a member in good standing of VIATEC). This year's nomination deadline is 4pm on Monday, March 27th.

    Bonus Material:
    To view last year's winners click here.
    To get a glimpse into what the event is like, watch this video.

    Media Contact:
    Dan Gunn

    Sponsorship Contact:
    Tessa Bousfield
    Marketing & Events Director

    About VIATEC:
    VIATEC (Victoria Innovation, Advanced Technology and Entrepreneurship Council), started in 1989. Our mission is to serve as the one-stop hub that connects people, knowledge and resources to grow and promote the Greater Victoria technology sector (Victoria's biggest industry).

    We work closely with our members to offer a variety of events, programs and services. In addition, VIATEC serves as the front door of the local tech sector and as its spokesperson. To better support local innovators, we recently acquired our own building (Fort Tectoria) where we offer flexible and affordable office space to emerging local companies along with a gathering/event space for local entrepreneurs.

    Award Category Descriptions:

    • Technology Company of the Year (1-10 employees, 11-49 and 50+)
      These companies are the foundation on which our $4 billion tech sector was built. They are established with a sizeable headcount and they are bringing in considerable revenues. They are growing, expanding and taking the time to give back to our community as mentors, advisors and cheerleaders for the up and coming tech companies. Judges will consider growth, impact, product innovation, market share and community involvement. This award has three categories based on company size.

    • Emerging Technology Company of the Year
      These are the companies that are about to really hit their stride. They're young, but they have a stable foundation. Judges will consider traction, revenue and team growth, product breadth and acceptance, and good old business fundamentals.

    • Startup of the Year
      These are some of Victoria’s newest tech companies. It’s early days but they are getting investor and customer interest (if not already raising money and sales), based on the prototypes and/or early product versions. Judges will consider the market opportunity, executive leadership, investment and your pitch deck.

    • Product of the Year
      This category is where the innovation rubber hits the road. These products have market traction and that means sales. Judges will consider total sales and sales growth, customer adoption, market share along with market disruption and level of innovation.

    • Innovative Excellence
      This category is for those companies on an entirely different wavelength. They have researched and designed an emerging, innovative service, process or product that is expected to revolutionize a sector, method of business or way of life. Judges will consider just how disruptive this tech is likely to be. Prior commercial success is not a priority.

    • Leader of the Year (previously “Executive of the Year”)
      These hot shots have had a significant impact on the success of an organization as a direct result of their leadership and are respected by their peers. For this award, executives are considered to be those that typically hold senior titles, eg. CEO, CFO, COO, President, Vice-President. Nominated companies are required to provide revenues from the last 3 years as well as other indicators requested by judges (eg. number of employees).

    • Emerging Leader of the Year (New)
      These are the up and coming executives that have started to breakthrough as valuable leaders to a local tech firm. They're young or at least new to leadership, but they have demonstrated dedication, passion and an ability to inspire others. Judges will consider role, impact and related career highlights e.g. glowing anecdotes from their colleagues.

    • Employee/Team of the Year
      Much of a company's success is a result of having hardworking and dedicated employees. This employee or team have the perfect mix of outstanding initiative and service delivery, have had a significant impact on the company for which they work and exude great personality or team dynamic while getting it all done.

    • Employer of the Year
      These are the companies who never forget to pause and take the time to think about their staff and provide a positive work environment. This award is based on a company survey of staff and is the tech company most respected and appreciated by their staff.

    • Colin Lennox Award for Technology Champion
      Recognizes an individual who has demonstrated passion and commitment to the Greater Victoria technology sector for at least 10 years. Their long-standing support has been instrumental in Greater Victoria ‘s continued success on the world technology stage. This award is appointed (no nominations or finalists).

    • VIATEC Member of the Year
      Recognizes a member of VIATEC who has demonstrated outstanding commitment to the technology sector through involvement, volunteering and support of VIATEC. This award is appointed (no nominations or finalists).

    • Community Involvement Award (New)
      This category is for a tech company making an effort to improve our community and being successful at it on a regular basis. Efforts can include (and are not limited to): supporting charities with monetary funds or non-perishable donations, putting on fundraising events, volunteer work or creating a foundation/scholarship. This award is appointed (no nominations or finalists).

    • Newcomer of the Year (New)
      An individual new to Victoria that is making a big impact by joining and supporting the local tech scene. This award is appointed (no nominations or finalists).

  • Tessa Bousfield posted an article
    Victoria Chamber announces 2017 Business Award Finalists, 6 of which are VIATEC Members! see more

    Source: Victoria Chamber

    Victoria Chamber announces 2017 Business Award Finalists

    [6 of which are VIATEC Members!]

    Greater Victoria, February 9, 2017 – Local entrepreneur Dan Dagg, President of Hot House Marketing, will be the first recipient of Greater Victoria Chamber of Commerce’s Member of the Year. He receives this recognition for his years of volunteer service on behalf of the Chamber and his leadership in building the regional coalition that launched the South Island Prosperity Project in 2016. 

    As previously announced, Mel Cooper will receive the Governors’ Lifetime Achievement Award in recognition of his leadership and commitment to business excellence over the decades. 

    The finalists in the other 12 categories were selected yesterday. The finalists have distinguished themselves in a various ways including excellent customer service, sustainable business practices, young entrepreneurship, and outstanding personal leadership. 

    From start-ups to legends, Greater Victoria Chamber of Commerce’s annual Business Awards and its 14 categories shine a light on hard working businesses, business people and community leaders with achievements worth celebrating. In 2017, The Chamber has added two new categories: Chamber Member of the Year and Non-Profit of the Year. 

    The Greater Victoria Chamber of Commerce’s annual Business Awards will be on Thursday, April 20, 2017. 


    “Dan Dagg is a dedicated community partner who was instrumental in designing and launching a new economic development agency for our region,” said Al Hasham, Chair of Greater Victoria Chamber of Commerce. “His tireless volunteer efforts and partnerships truly benefit our region and all of our members. He is very deserving of the inaugural Chamber Member of the Year award.” 

    “This year’s finalists are such a positive reflection of the strength and diversity of local business and their outstanding achievements,” said Catherine Holt, CEO of Greater Victoria Chamber of Commerce. “It’s exciting to see such high quality nominees in all categories. The judges had to make some very hard choices. We look forward to recognizing all our finalists and winners at The Chamber’s awards ceremony.” 

    (VIATEC Members in Bold)

    Business Leadership; sponsored by Coast Capital Savings 
    • Fort Properties Ltd. 
    • Western Interior Design Group Ltd. 

    Innovation; sponsored by University of Victoria, Peter B. Gustavson School of Business 
    • Coastal Community Credit Union & Insurance 

    Outstanding Customer Service; sponsored by Innov8 
    • Outlooks for Men 
    • STS Pain Pharmacy 

    Sustainable Business Practices; sponsored by The Chamber 
    • Bernhardt Contracting 
    • City Green Solutions Society 

    New Business; sponsored by Peninsula Co-op 
    FreshWorks Studio 
    • Loomo Marketing 

    Business Person of the Year; sponsored by the United Way of Greater Victoria 
    • Scott Burley, 2 Burley Men Moving Ltd. 
    Mandy Farmer, Accent Inns – Hotel Zed 

    Young Entrepreneur of the Year; sponsored by Royal Roads University 
    • Rachel Paish, Passion and Performance 
    • Glen Smethurst, Van Isle Paint Inc. and Island Digital Marketing 

    Outstanding Workplace of the Year; sponsored by HRMA Vancouver Island 
    Checkfront Inc. 
    • Smart Dolphins IT Solutions Inc. 

    Non-Profit of the Year (NEW); sponsored by Children’s Health Foundation of Vancouver IslandNEW) 
    • Lifetime Networks 
    • Our Place Society 

    Business of the Year (1-10 Employees); sponsored by City of Victoria 
    • Balance Home Cleaning 
    • BC Hazmat Management Ltd. 

    Business of the Year (11-39 Employees); sponsored by CHEK News 
    • Orca Spirit Adventures 
    • Proline Management Ltd. 

    Business of the Year (40+ Employees); sponsored by Capital Magazine presented by Times Colonist 
    • Beanstream 
    • Peninsula Co-op 

    The Greater Victoria Chamber of Commerce is the largest business association in Greater Victoria, with over 1,400 member organizations. The Chamber was founded February 9, 1863, and is funded by businesses to support business. It works to strengthen the region’s business community through networking events, advocacy, professional development activities and many other member services. 

  • Tessa Bousfield posted an article
    She will be named a gold, silver or bronze winner at the awards gala in New York on November 18th see more

    Source: RevenueWire

    RevenueWire CEO Named Stevie Award Finalist

    VICTORIA, BC, October 6, 2016 – RevenueWire CEO Bobbi Leach was today announced as a finalist in the Female Executive of the Year in Canada category for the annual Stevie Awards. She will be named a gold, silver or bronze winner at the awards gala in New York on November 18, 2016. This is the second nomination for Leach, who won silver in the category in 2015.

    “I am honored to be a finalist,” said Leach. “I’m so proud to be part of such an accomplished group being recognized by the Stevies.”

    Widely considered to be the world’s premier business awards, the Stevies received over 1400 entries this year in 90 categories. Finalists were chosen by 110 business professionals from all over the world while 5 specialized judging committees will determine gold, silver and bronze placements in the weeks before the gala.

    Leach has been CEO of RevenueWire since 2009. Over that time, the company has seen top line revenue grow by over 400% and the number of employees has increased from 15 to over 80.

    About The Stevie Awards
    Stevie Awards are conferred in seven programs: the Asia-Pacific Stevie Awards, the German Stevie Awards, The American Business Awards, The International Business Awards, the Stevie Awards for Great Employers, the Stevie Awards for Women in Business and the Stevie Awards for Sales & Customer Service. Stevie Awards competitions receive more than 10,000 entries each year from organizations in more than 60 nations. Honoring organizations of all types and sizes and the people behind them, the Stevies recognize outstanding performances in the workplace worldwide. Learn more about the Stevie Awards at

    About RevenueWire

    RevenueWire helps software and subscription companies sell online. Our RevenueWire Commerce platform enables turnkey ecommerce, payments and subscription management in over 200 countries, 33 currencies and 24 languages through a single cloud-based platform. Our dedicated and experienced team actively connects our clients with more ways to earn money whether it’s boosting sales, optimizing subscriptions or offering upsells and cross-sells.

    Press Contact
    Scott Daly
    (250) 298-6040 ext. 7229

  • Tessa Bousfield posted an article
    There were hundreds of applications for the 15 awards handed out see more

    Source: Times Colonist
    Author: Andrew Duffy

    November 10, 2015 - Victoria, BC - Companies and organizations with an eye on reducing their impact on the environment were honoured Tuesday night at the 2015 Vancouver Island EcoStar Awards.

    About 160 people filled the Inn at Laurel Point to celebrate sustainability, in what organizer Jill Doucette hopes will be a launching pad for a bigger and more encompassing awards program in the future.

    “We expect it to be an even bigger success next year. We hope more people apply and attend and that we get more representation from up-Island and the Gulf Islands,” said Doucette, CEO of Synergy Enterprises. “We want to bring together more communities and cities to celebrate Vancouver Island’s sustainability.”

    There were hundreds of applications for the 15 awards handed out to recognize initiatives, projects and innovations that allow both communities and ecology prosper.

    Awards were given in a variety of categories including greenest businesses, stores and restaurants, as well as for climate action, transportation, food security and waste management.

    Doucette said the popularity of this year’s awards may be down to the fact businesses are taking environmental action on their own terms.

    “The awards are a chance to celebrate their commitment to sustainability,” she said, adding businesses being environmentally sustainable has become much more than an add-on. “Most of the applicants, those businesses and organizations, were doing it because they wanted to, that it was part of their value system instead of just a marketing tool.

    “And, in general, we’ve seen that at Synergy, the businesses [we work with] are more motivated by ethics than marketing and that’s a significant change from 10 years ago.”

    Ecostar Award Winners:

    • Greenest Office: Carmanah Technologies
    • Greenest Retail Store: Hemp & Company
    • Restaurant 1-25 Employees: Big Wheel Burger
    • Restaurant 25+ Employees: Pizzeria Prima Strada
    • Manufacturing Excellence: Oughtred Coffee & Tea
    • The Eco-Preneur of the Year: Abeego Designs
    • Technology Excellence: AXYS Technologies
    • Tourism Excellence: Inn at Laurel Point
    • Leadership In Construction: Kinetic Construction Ltd.
    • Water Stewardship: Swan Lake Christmas Hill Nature Sanctuary Society
    • Transportation: Habit Coffee
    • Food Security: Topsoil Urban Rooftop Agriculture
    • Climate Action: Emterra Environmental
    • Social Impact: Habitat for Humanity Victoria
    • Waste Management: Monk Office



  • Tessa Bousfield posted an article
    CAMACC and Revolution 3D Printers among winners at Peninsula Chamber Awards see more

    CAMACC Systems Ltd. took home two honours at this year’s Crystal Awards, handed out Thursday evening by the Peninsula Chamber at Butchart Gardens. The advanced technology company that builds and installs custom video-surveillance gear was named business of the year, in the category of 16 or more employees, and also employer of the year. CAMACC Systems is based at 200-2261 Keating Cross Rd., and has offices in Vancouver, Edmonton, Toronto, and the U.S.

    Revolution 3D Printers won the New Product/Service Award. Revolution 3D Printers is a Canadian manufacturing and R&D company that manufactures 3D printers, with a focus on technologically innovative product development. They provide their customers with a complete 3D printing solution.


    • Business of the Year (1-15 employees): BMT Group Services
    • Business of the Year (16+ employees): CAMACC Systems Inc
    • Non-Profit Organization of the Year: Beacon Community Service
    • Contribution to the Community: Sidney Meet-Up
    • Green Business of the Year: Island Return-it Recycling Centre Sidney
    • Entrepreneurial Spirit: Seaside Magazine
    • New Business: Man Cave on Beacon
    • Employer of the Year: CAMACC Systems Inc.
    • New Product or Service: Revolution 3D Printers
    • Outstanding Customer Service: Curves Sidney
    • Newsmaker of the Year: Panorama Recreation Centre
    • Lifetime Achievement: Ginny Alger

    Source: Times Colonist

  • Tessa Bousfield posted an article
    Companies are chosen by a committee made up of technology experts/investors from across the country. see more

    TORONTO, ON – Wednesday, October 14, 2015 – Today, the Canadian Innovation Exchange announced the 2015 roster of 20 innovative technology companies that have been inducted into the annual CIX Top 20 program. Companies are chosen by a selection committee made up of technology experts and investors from across the country.

    Hundreds of profiles were submitted this year from all regions of Canada. Companies were chosen based on a number of key factors including product/service offering, depth of management, market opportunity, and business model.




    The 2015 CIX Top 20 are (in alphabetical order):

    • Aislelabs Inc., Toronto
    • Beagle Inc., Kitchener
    • Control, Vancouver
    • LeadSift, Halifax
    • Miovision, Kitchener
    • PiinPoint, Kitchener
    • Plooto, Toronto
    •, Waterloo
    • Q4 Web Systems, Toronto
    • Redtree Robotics, Waterloo
    • RtTech Software, Moncton
    • Rubikloud Technologies, Toronto
    • SilkStart Technology Inc., Victoria
    • SkySquirrel Technologies, Halifax
    • Statflo Inc., Toronto
    • Synbiota Inc., Toronto
    • Thalmic Labs, Kitchener
    • ThinkData Works Inc., Toronto
    • Trulioo, Vancouver
    • Venzee Inc., Vancouver

    "This year's Top 20 is one of our most impressive cohorts to date," said Robert Montgomery, Co-Chair of CIX. “We have many industries represented and we believe - especially in an election year - that these companies personify the potential Canada has to become a global innovation leader.”

    Each company will be at CIX 2015 on November 17 where their CEO/Founder will tell us why their product/service is so innovative to a crowd of over 650 investors and peers in the Canadian technology ecosystem. Alongside these showcases will be interactive sessions led by some of Canada’s top business leaders, investors and entrepreneurs.

    For a detailed description of each company’s product and service offering, visit

    These companies join an elite list of hot Canadian tech companies, many of which were first discovered at CIX. Past Top 20 alumni include Achievers, Axonify, Breather, Busbud, Chango, D-Wave, Figure 1, Frank & Oak, Hubba, IGLOO, Influitive, Kobo Books, Nuology, ScribbleLive, UrtheCast, Vidyard, Wattpad and Wealthsimple to name just a few. Link to CIX Top 20 Alumni.

    The other Co-Chairs of CIX are Rick Nathan, Managing Director, Kensington Capital, John Ruffolo, CEO, OMERS Ventures, Chris Arsenault, Managing Partner, iNovia Capital and Paul Lee, Managing Partner, VanEdge Capital. Link to CIX Advisory Board .

    CEO/Founders of the Top 20 companies opened the TMX market this morning – link to the video

    Canadian Innovation Exchange (CIX)
    The Canadian Innovation Exchange is the ‘must attend’ event for leaders in Canada’s innovative economy. In its 8th year, the CIX repeatedly attracts 650+ technology industry leaders, tech entrepreneurs and investors (VCs, angels and accredited investors) from across the Canada and the United States. This exclusive event showcases Canada’s most innovative and promising young tech companies and provides the tools to networking, build new relationships and increase deal flow. CIX facilitates hundreds of new relationships and has fostered hundreds of millions of dollars in transactions.

    Media wishing to set up interviews, learn more about the CIX Innovator of the Year Award or attend CIX on November 17th in Toronto should reach out to Borjana Slipicevic contact information below.

    Media contact: Borjana Slipicevic Proper Propaganda (778) 858 2595

  • Tessa Bousfield posted an article
    Startup Canada announced the regional winners and runners-up of the 2nd annual Startup Canada Awards see more

    The movers and shakers of  Canada’s entrepreneurship movement to be celebrated nationwide

    October 2, 2015, OTTAWA, ON – Today, Startup Canada announced the regional winners and runners-up of the second annual Startup Canada Awards. Winners will be celebrated and recognized during special grassroots events featuring a reception, ceremony, and fireside chats in communities across Canada this fall.

    “These winners are architects of a better future for Canada for entrepreneurs,” said Victoria Lennox, CEO of Startup Canada. “As champions of the entrepreneurship movement, they deserve to be celebrated to the highest degree. Thank you and congratulations to all nominees and winners for elevating the efforts, ambitions, and standards of success for the entrepreneurship community locally and across Canada.”

    Click on the links below to see the winners from each region:

    The Startup Canada Awards can be likened to the Oscars for the Canadian entrepreneurship community – celebrating and recognizing the individuals, communities and institutions that have demonstrated innovation, excellence, outstanding achievement and impact in advancing Canadian entrepreneurship.

    The names of the regional winners will be pushed forward to the National Adjudication Committee and the national winners will be celebrated at the Startup Canada Awards Grand Finale at the CN Tower in Toronto on Dec. 1.

    Regional events will be held throughout Startup Canada’s #EveryEntrepreneur Tour, which launches Oct. 14 in Halifax, N.S., and will land in six major cities before concluding in Toronto on Dec. 14. The national tour will provide on-site inspiration, mentorship and training to thousands of entrepreneurs.

    The community can join in the celebration and conversation by attending one of the upcoming grassroots events:

    The Startup Canada Awards are proudly supported by Intuit CanadaTruShield Insurance,UPS CanadaWolf BlassMNP LLPScotiabankBDC, and TELUSThe Startup Canada Awards are also supported by Fluid Review by Survey Monkey and Rideau Hall.

    For more information on the Startup Canada Awards, visit

    Press Contact:

    Kathryn Forrest

    Communications and Marketing Manager, Startup Canada

    1-844-782-7801 ext. 106