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PRESIDENT: Alvin Brouwer PUBLISHER AND EDITOR-IN-CHIEF, BUSINESS IN VANCOUVER; VICE-PRESIDENT, GLACIER MEDIA: Kirk LaPointe EXECUTIVE EDITOR: Hayley Woodin DESIGN: Petra Kaksonen PRODUCTION: Rob Benac CONTRIBUTORS: Nelson Bennett, Glen Korstrom, Tyler Orton RESEARCHERS: Anna Liczmanska, Albert Van Santvoort SALES MANAGER: Laura Torrance ADVERTISING SALES: Blair Johnston, Corinne Tkachuk, Chris Wilson ADMINISTRATOR: Katherine Butler BIV Magazine: BC Tech is published by BIV Magazines, a division of BIV Media Group, 303 Fifth Avenue West, Vancouver, B.C. V5Y 1J6, 604-688-2398, fax 604-688-1963, biv.com.

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FEATURES 6 TRACKING B.C.’S UNICORN SURGE Massive valuations becoming commonplace 18 RETAIL’S TECHNOLOGY EDGE AR, advanced e-commerce help fuel sales 22 ANIMATION ACTION Major firms launching Vancouver studios 24 CLEANER FUEL B.C. cleantech to help decarbonization 28 AGRITECH GROWTH Demand increases amid food security concerns COLUMNS 12 TIPPING: B.C.’s economic imperative 14 HOLLINGSHEAD: Compensation changes 21 DINESEN: Make employees owners 23 PAISH: Digital world won’t wait 27 BOOTH, MCCUTCHEON: B.C. biotech hub 30 BRODIE: Neuroscience and healthcare

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B.C. TECHNOLOGY RISES TO THE CHALLENGE B.C. has a long history of innovation and of championing change in the face of challenge. Our technology and life sciences sectors’ response to COVID-19 is testament to how adversity provides no exception to this legacy. In fact, it may be exemplary of the rule. Crises have a way of pulling competitors and political adversaries together when collaboration is needed most. Our ability to act swiftly in a race against a rapidly evolving threat is also testament to the infrastructure at the starting line. The breakthroughs and contributions that have come out of British Columbia over the past 18 months follow years and decades of innovation and investment. If we allow ourselves to think beyond

the pandemic and the other crises of this moment — the climate crisis, the opioid epidemic and the crisis of economic inequality among them — one might wonder how the investments we are making today will move us toward a better, healthier and more liveable world. Technology undoubtedly has an important role to play, and in some ways — in reading through the pages of this issue of BC Tech — it feels as though the future is near. Clean technologies built in B.C. are poised to help industry decarbonize (p. 24). A number of local companies are rushing to address threats to our food systems (p. 28). Surrey is home to groundbreaking work at the intersection of neuroscience and healthcare (p. 30). At the same time, some of the issues

of the past remain issues of the present; roadblocks in the many races we’re collectively running. The president and CEO of BC Tech, our partner in this magazine, writes in her annual column that B.C.’s technology sector continues to need investment, talent and support. Scaling up B.C. tech companies is, in her words, an economic imperative (p. 12). Just as we must rise to meet the challenges we face, so too must we scale our solutions to the problems that loom large before us. It is exciting to see this happening in British Columbia.

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TRACKING B.C.’S UNICORN SURGE Companies valued at US$1B or more are becoming commonplace in the province

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ightings of unicorns have traditionally been sporadic on Canada’s West Coast.

Prior to December 2020, one would have to go back to Vancouver-based Avigilon’s sale to Motorola to find a private tech startup with a valuation of US$1 billion. But over the past year that once rare breed has been bursting from the stables of B.C.’s tech landscape, owing to a mix of macroeconomic issues partially brought on by the pandemic. “Across North America, activity has accelerated in terms of investing, and exits and valuations across the board,” says Chris Erickson, general partner at Vancouver-based Pangaea Ventures Ltd. His venture capital (VC) firm recently cashed in on its early investment in B.C. chipmaker Redlen Technologies, which was sold to Japanese multinational Canon Inc. in a deal worth just north of $400 million. “It’s a bit easier for the big U.S. VCs to invest in Vancouver when they’re mostly doing their work over Zoom. They don’t need to attend a board meeting now. You don’t necessarily need to get on a plane,” Erickson says. Those deep-pocketed American investors — typically based in Silicon Valley or the Northeastern U.S. — don’t care as much about being geographically close to the startups they’re investing in following the rapid shift to remote work amid the pandemic, he adds. “You’d get some venture capital firms in California that were reluctant to invest across the country or in Canada because of the travel requirements,” Erickson says. That’s no longer the case — and it’s rapidly boosting B.C.’s technology profile. Firms specializing in everything from geo-fencing to non-fungible tokens, from COVID-19 treatments to legaltech products, have been leading the explosion of unicorns in B.C. since late last year, when AbCellera Biologics Inc. hit the markets in a blockbuster initial public offering (IPO). This surge of unicorns is unprecedented for the local economy. David Raffa, president of Valeo Corporate Finance, says the local tech ecosystem is benefitting from private equity firms swimming in cash amid the pandemic, while credit markets are wide open and interest rates are at record lows. “You build a dam dependent on a river and the water is piling up, piling up, piling up. Then the dam bursts. And so that’s what happened,” Raffa, whose Vancouver-based firm provides services for mergers and acquisitions and IPOs, told BIV earlier this year. Access to top-tier universities, and a large talent pool paid in Canadian dollars at lower comparable salaries than American counterparts, have been particularly enticing, according to Raffa. Brent Holliday, CEO of Vancouver-based Garibaldi Capital Advisors, says the local tech sector had been held back to a certain degree in years past owing to the lack of available talent in the city.

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“Getting big financings in companies like Hootsuite, BuildDirect, etc., 10 years ago helped fuel a broader talent pool we have,” he said this past spring. So how did this unprecedented wave of unicorns begin to emerge in B.C.? BIV Magazine traces this explosion of US$1 billion valuations from late last year through to the early fall of 2021. DECEMBER 2020

AbCellera: Shares of the biotech company surge as much as 250% upon debuting on the Nasdaq. The West Coast firm had originally sought to raise US$200 million through an IPO before revising that to as much as US$450 million. Its valuation at IPO eventually came to US$5.3 billion. AbCellera came to prominence when pharmaceutical giant Eli Lilly began using the company’s artificial intelligence-powered technology platform to zero-in on antibodies generated in a natural immune response to COVID-19. With fresh capital in hand from the IPO, AbCellera is building a 380,000-square-foot campus in Vancouver. The labs have been custom-designed to bring together research that cuts across biology, software development and machine learning, and CEO Carl Hansen says one of the company’s top priorities is recruiting talent throughout different disciplines. “Historically they’ve [local university grads] had to seek those opportunities south of the border,” Hansen says. “That’s one of the reasons it is so important to have these facilities here in Vancouver.” FEBRUARY 2021

Galvanize: New York-based Diligent Corp. acquires Galnaize — a Vancouver company known for its governance, risk management and compliance software. The terms of the deal were not disclosed, but former CEO Laurie Schultz confirmed to BIV the transaction was worth US$1 billion. Galvanize’s technology has been used to bust drug cartels committing fraud using food stamps, catch doctors falsely diagnosing cancer patients, help tax authorities around the world ensure proper collections and mitigate against money laundering at casinos. “We started [as a] small and humble Canadian story. We made some bold moves and this kind of outcome just really legitimizes the effort, and I’m so proud and grateful,” Shultz said on the day the deal was announced. “It’s not just about the financial outcomes — we’re really, really proud of a US$1 billion valuation — it was actually about the opportunity to fast forward.” MARCH 2021

GeoComply: The Vancouver company, best known for its geo-fencing technology, inks an agreement with

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Blackstone Growth and Atairos Management for minority investments. The terms of the deal were not disclosed, but chairwoman Anna Sainsbury tells BIV “it’s safe to say that Vancouver definitely has birthed another unicorn.” Founded in Las Vegas, the company relocated to Sainsbury’s hometown of Vancouver in the 2010s after determining there was better access to talent in B.C. than Nevada. But it wasn’t until 2018, when the U.S. Supreme Court struck down the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act (PAPSA), that Sainsbury knew with certainty GeoComply’s technology was about to explode. The PAPSA ruling gave way to American states legalizing sports betting — and with it, the need for those states to ensure bets were being placed in proper jurisdictions. “We’re just so fortunate that both the initial niche market grew, but also the use cases across other large sectors grew as well,” Sainsbury says. “So many industries are moving online, and the vulnerabilities of e-commerce and online banking are becoming more apparent.”

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Dapper Labs: The non-fungible token (NFT) giant’s US$305 million raise propels the company into the stratosphere with investments coming from the likes of National Basketball Association (NBA) legends Michael Jordan, Kevin Durant and Kyle Lowry. The company is best known for its online marketplace, known as NBA Top Shot, which trades in digital collectibles, such as video highlights, that come with NFTs. Backed by blockchain technology, NFTs function as a certification of ownership for digital assets. A public valuation has not been released, but Dapper Labs raises another US$250 million in September 2021. TechCrunch pegs the Vancouver company’s value at US$7.6 billion. APRIL 2021

Thinkific: Known for its online course-creation platform, the Vancouver tech company’s shares surge on its first day of trading in an IPO aimed at raising $160 million. The IPO in turn delivers a US$1 billion valuation. “When you have the opportunity for large valuations I think it allows companies to go public faster or earlier,” CEO Greg

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“What COVID-19 has really done is it’s driven 10 years of acceleration and digital transformation in the legal industry over the course of 10 months.” The Burnaby company, known for developing software that helps lawyers reduce administrative tasks, is setting its sights on expanding its employee roster significantly, with 1,000 more workers expected to be hired within 12 months. Strategic acquisitions are also being targeted. “We’re looking at anyone that will help us accelerate our product roadmap,” says Newton. JUNE 2021

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Trulioo: Known for specializing in online identity verification, Trulioo raises a recording-setting US$394 million at the end of spring 2021, surpassing Dapper Labs’ US$305 million raise just a few months earlier. The haul brings the company’s valuation to US$1.75 billion. Visier: The Vancouver tech firm kicks off the summer with the close of a US$125-million Series E funding round that now places the Vancouver-based software firm’s valuation beyond the US$1-billion mark. Visier is best known for specializing in software dedicated to workforce analytics. “It’s really important that we have technology companies in Vancouver that can attract, and grow and develop talent here,” says chief strategy officer Dave Weisbeck. “That’s a huge boon for the city and ... I hope Visier can contribute not only to developing that talent, but the next generation of talent as well.” Weisbeck says the past year-plus has seen major shakeups for businesses that have been tapping workplace analytics tools. Companies have had to navigate the rapid adoption of remote working, as well as face pressure from employees urging better diversity and inclusion practices amid the Black Lives Matter movement. “We’ve suddenly gone from something where we were very important to the organization, to [where] we were absolutely mission critical because of these issues that have now become board-level discussions,” Weisbeck says. AUGUST 2021

Smith says. “Being a public company gives us a greater platform to attract, retain and compensate exceptional people.” Clio: The same day as Thinkific’s big debut on the markets, legal-tech startup Clio reveals a US$110 million raise from investors that puts its valuation at US$1.6 billion. “We’ve seen a huge acceleration in the adoption of technology in law firms that have traditionally been viewed, maybe, as one of the slower adopters of technology,” says Clio CEO Jack Newton.

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Blockstream: The Victoria-based crypto company lands $210 million in a Series B financing round, propelling its valuation to $3.2 billion. SEPTEMBER 2021

Nexii: The greentech company’s $45 million raise brings its valuation over the US$1 billion mark in what Nexii says is the shortest amount of time a Canadian startup has ever reached unicorn status. Founded in late 2018, Nexii is best known for developing a building material known as Nexiite, which can be used as a low-carbon alternative to cement and concrete for

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floors, walls and roofs. “Vancouver is a rising star in the tech world globally, and we’ve attracted amazing talent from around the world and incubated some incredible technologies that are now breaking through,” says Gregor Robertson, Nexii’s executive vice-president. “We’re seeing companies like Nexii providing market solutions that are competitive and ultimately will save building owners money with lower energy costs and more durable, climate-resilient buildings.” Semios: The Vancouver-based agtech firm raises $100 million from investors — the second time it’s hit that exact number in a year. The newly minted unicorn spends much of 2021 on an acquisition spree as it looks to consolidate the market for using sensors and data to monitor crop health. “We can obviously grow our business organically, getting more customers, building our products and expanding geographically,” CEO and founder Michael Gilbert says. “But obviously, acquiring companies for either their product or their market is going to accelerate the plan, and for me that’s the big thing.”

Meanwhile, the CEO says demand for technology that closely monitors and collects data on land is ramping up as climate change wreaks havoc on the environment. “Just because you can’t grow whatever you’re growing for the last 20 years on that field, doesn’t mean there’s nothing you can grow. There’s probably a different crop that does well when it’s a bit warmer or drier,” Gilbert says. OCTOBER 2021

Copperleaf Technologies: Shares of the Vancouver-based software firm surge upon its Toronto Stock Exchange debut just ahead of Thanksgiving. Initially priced at $15 each, shares go as high as $24.44 on the first day of trading, ultimately propelling the company to a $1.3 billion valuation. Copperleaf is best known for developing software that helps clients who manage critical infrastructure — such as electricity generation or natural gas distribution — make investment decisions. É

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B.C.’S ECONOMIC IMPERATIVE People and investments needed to help startups scale-up

JILL TIPPING

At BC Tech, we are on a mission to make B.C. the best place to grow and scale a tech company. In the past year, we were thrilled to see so many billion-dollar-valuation tech unicorns emerge. But despite these immense successes, our sector is still far from reaching its full potential, with only 2% of B.C.’s tech companies reaching the key scale-up size of at least 100 people. So while we are thrilled to smash through the ceiling of unicorn valuations in B.C., we need to see many more than 2% of tech companies realize their scale-up potential.

WE CAN BUILD A BRIGHT AND PROSPEROUS FUTURE FOR B.C.

Within this new economic reality, technology and innovation are ripe to drive economic growth, but we can only realize this potential if we can effectively scale our capacity for growth. When we look at why B.C. tech companies remain small — not only compared to other global ecosystems, but compared to other parts of Canada — the answer is clear. B.C. does not lack capital or startups with entrepreneurial ambition. What it lacks is funding to provide the kinds of programs that help those startups grow from small to medium-sized, and from medium-sized to large. Ontario took action in 2019 to leverage $52 million in federal funding for a provincial Scale-Up accelerator platform. This is why BC Tech has been advocating for a proportionate $31 million federal investment in a ScaleUP accelerator platform for B.C. With a further $10 million provincial investment, this program will support 800 companies to scale and create 10,000 tech jobs.

20TH CENTURY THINKING CAN’T GUIDE 21ST CENTURY DECISIONS

This summer, BC Tech released our New Economic Narrative report, which examined the current economic reality, as well as analyzed the trends and headwinds that are shaping our future economy. Over the past three decades, a massive shift has occurred, as we have rapidly become a knowledgeand service-driven economy. In fact, this now accounts for 75% of B.C.’s gross domestic product, 80% of B.C.’s jobs and 50% of B.C.’s exports. Our economy has shifted, but our thinking still needs to catch up. We are not a goods-driven economy; we are a knowledge-driven economy. This changing landscape requires a shift in how we talk about our economy and where we invest going forward.

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TALENT IS KEY TO B.C.’S FUTURE

We have an urgent need to address the greatest constraint on tech company growth: talent availability. This talent crunch is impacting tech companies of all sizes, from startups to multinationals. The tech sector creates more jobs than we can fill. Government projects 75,000 tech job openings by 2029 — the tech sector thinks the number will be more than twice that. B.C.’s tech economy is limited only by our ability to meet talent demand with talent supply. BC Tech’s talent programs have provided rapid skilling to help 120 individuals impacted by the pandemic make a career shift into the tech industry. We also will provide more than 200 paid internships for individuals to get real life experience working for technology companies. Of these internships, 150 will be filled by individuals from underrepresented groups — specifically, Indigenous people, women, neuro-diverse people, rural youth and transitioning workers. Addressing entry-level talent demand is only part of the solution. We also need to find creative ways to address the senior experienced talent gap that is holding back scale-up success for B.C. tech companies. Immigration is part of

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a tech company to leverage the ScaleUP partner’s advisory services and network to develop their internal talent, address gaps, determine where strategic hires need to be made and immediately access the skills they most require. WE MUST INVEST IN THE INFRASTRUCTURE OF THE SERVICES ECONOMY

Source: Member poll (April 2021), BC Tech

the solution, and BC Tech is proud to be a referral partner for the Global Talent Stream and to have successfully advocated for the BC Provincial Nominee Program’s tech pilot to be extended indefinitely and become BC PNP Tech. The other part of the solution is the ScaleUP BC platform and the leadership training, mentorship, network connections and advisory services it will enable tech companies to access. We call it ‘senior experienced talent as a service.’ Rather than making an upfront capital investment in all the key roles required to fully scale a company, ScaleUP BC will enable

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For a knowledge-based, service-driven economy to thrive, people have to be at the centre. If you think of people as an asset to invest in for economic returns, it turns on its head how you think about things like education, transport, connectivity, childcare or elder care. This is the infrastructure that people need for their lives. In the 21st century, people are the key source of value; talent is the key source of value. As the president and CEO of BC Tech, I believe that B.C.’s economic imperative is clear. We need to support our tech economy, we need to help more than 2% of B.C.’s tech startups scale-up, we need to invest more in talent and we need to address the senior experienced talent gap with targeted programming. We must invest in ScaleUP BC and we must deliver a strong, thriving and diverse tech sector with jobs right across the province. Together, we can do this. É Jill Tipping is president and CEO of BC Tech. To learn more about BC Tech’s New Economic Narrative report or ScaleUP BC, visit wearebctech.com.

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COMPENSATION PRESSURE COOKER Remote work, heightened competition for talent and ‘the great resignation’ create perfect storm for unique compensation market

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n 2021, salary increases in B.C.’s tech sector have blown past compensation budgets as companies fight to attract and retain critical talent in a highly competitive global talent market.

Since 1994, HR Tech Group has been producing an annual salary survey to provide B.C. tech companies with in-depth local market data. Our member companies rely on the survey to inform their compensation decisions and total rewards practices. In 2020, the survey expanded and now includes data for both B.C. and Alberta. With the ongoing pandemic, a global shift to remote work, mental health challenges, social justice movements and ‘the great resignation,’ this year’s report is unique. It’s also representative of what we’re seeing elsewhere in Canada and beyond. We are not alone. Our 2021 survey, with data from 25,000 incumbents at 184 companies, highlights just how quickly compensation is moving in the sector. Year over year, common incumbents (employees in the same jobs at the same companies) saw a median salary increase of 5.4%. The information and communication technology (ICT) subsector saw the highest increase, with a change in median base salary of 6.4%, followed by the clean tech subsector, with an increase of 4.6%. REMOTE WORK

With the COVID-19 pandemic having paved the way for a seismic shift to remote work, companies have been implementing new compensation policies pertaining to this. Of the 184 tech companies that participated in our survey, 53% are now covering home or remote office costs for items such as equipment, supplies, furniture and internet. We expect to see the prevalence of this increase next year, as an additional 15% of companies are considering adding this benefit. This normalization of remote work propelled by the pandemic

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Stephanie Hollingshead is CEO of HR Tech Group • SUBMITTED

has increased international competition for local talent, putting further pressure on tech sector salaries in this province. Examples of U.S. companies hiring B.C. residents to work remotely are becoming more common. HIGHER OVERALL COMPENSATION

Pay for some jobs is particularly hot right now. Key technical positions in our survey saw average base salary increases of between 6% and 12%. Skills such as software development and IT operations, full stack software development, and data science were identified as some of the most difficult-to-recruit skills,

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and showed up on the list of jobs with the fastest moving pay. With demand much higher than supply for many tech roles, companies are under substantial pressure to pay higher salaries to obtain the talent they need. The 2021 data shows many instances where new hires are being paid more than incumbents, driving up the market pay rates for these jobs. Many of our member companies are adjusting salaries twice this year in order to keep pace with the market. B.C.’s tech sector proved incredibly resilient to the economic downturn in 2020, as reflected in bonus payments handed out to employees. Average 2021 bonus payouts, which are based on 2020 results, were 13.5% of payroll. This is a significant increase over the past four years, where bonus payouts have averaged 8.7%.

Disney, Apple and Microsoft among them) and the increased number of U.S. companies hiring B.C. residents into remote positions, this upward pressure on salaries is expected to continue. B.C.’s tech sector has a critical shortage of talent and an abundance of high paying jobs. As a result, the average salary of an entry-level software developer in B.C. is now $89,300, up from $84,400 in 2020. The bottom line? Our sector is booming and providing incredible career opportunities across all functions. Let’s get all hands on deck, encouraging and enabling people throughout the province to shift into careers in tech. For more details and specific salary figures, HR Tech Group’s Tech Salary Survey is available for purchase online at hrtechgroup.com.

A BOOMING TECH SECTOR

Recruitment pressure is at an all-time high, with responding companies reporting an average planned headcount growth of 37% for 2021. This represents substantial hiring across the sector. Those same companies are planning a further average headcount growth of 27% in 2022. With the continued influx of international companies building development offices and studios in B.C. (Amazon, Mastercard, Fujitsu, Salesforce,

Stephanie Hollingshead is CEO of HR Tech Group, an association for human resources, people and culture professionals in Canada’s tech sector. The group produces Western Canada’s leading Tech Salary Survey and provides thought leadership, training, collaboration channels, tech sector data and diversity, equity and inclusion resources. HR Tech Group serves over 200 mid-to-large companies in all tech sectors.

B.C.’S TECH SECTOR HAS A CRITICAL SHORTAGE OF TALENT AND AN ABUNDANCE OF HIGH PAYING JOBS. AS A RESULT, THE AVERAGE SALARY OF AN ENTRY-LEVEL SOFTWARE DEVELOPER IN B.C. IS NOW $89,300, UP FROM $84,400 IN 2020

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RETAIL’S TECHNOLOGY EDGE Augmented reality, advanced e-commerce among innovations fuelling sales for retailers

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echnology has always been important for retailers, but the need to keep pace with competitors’ innovations, and to exceed them, has never been more important.

Those who fail to dazzle customers with innovative technology risk losing sales to forward-thinking competitors who made those investments. Many entrepreneurs and executives instinctively know technology is an investment, not a cost, and the question on their minds is often whether to spend capital to create proprietary technology, or contract out their technology needs. Sometimes the solution is to buy a technology company. In July 2020, Vancouver-based Lululemon Athletica Inc. spent US$500 million to buy Mirror — a New-York-based, in-home fitness company. Mirror’s marquee product is a device that appears to be a standard mirror, unless it is turned on. Users activate their Mirror to enjoy an augmented reality, where a fitness instructor wearing Lululemon clothing could appear, for example, ready to guide the user through a workout. The Mirror could show videos that include Lululemon representatives, or community events.

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Lululemon CEO Calvin McDonald suggested on a September 8 conference call that part of the rationale for the acquisition was the “natural synergy” between driving customer loyalty and generating future sales. “Guests want to engage deeper with us, and each other, and they are willing to shift into the digital space to do so,” he said. “Mirror can be the vehicle through which we offer longterm benefits to our guests, such as membership programs and special experiences.” Lululemon earlier this year installed more than 150 Mirror kiosks within American Lululemon stores, and McDonald said his aim is to have those kiosks in 200 stores by the holiday season. The company plans to launch Mirror sales in Canada on November 22 in some of its stores in Ontario, B.C. and Alberta. Mirror is a revenue driver on its own. Its devices in Canada cost $1,895 plus tax. Mirror memberships cost $49 per-month for unlimited live and on-demand fitness

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Cymax CEO Riz Somji has doubled his company’s sales to around $380 million annually • CHUNG CHOW

classes for up to six household members. Early buyers in Canada will also get a $250 Lululemon gift card. To increase engagement, Lululemon has invested in two new production studios to triple the number of live classes it offers and create more Mirror content. The devices do not yet enable e-commerce, but McDonald said that those transactions could be possible in the future, as the lines between entertainment, social content and retail sales channels blur. Being able to virtually try on Lululemon clothing is another possibility for Mirror, given that this kind of augmented reality has become standard in other retail sectors. EssilorLuxottica’s Vancouver-based subsidiary Clearly, for example, has had virtual try-on technology for many years. “That augmented reality is not really disruptive anymore,” Clearly CEO Arnaud Bussieres tells BC Tech. “It is really hygiene for most eyewear retailers.” Former Clearly CEO Roy Hessel in 2016 floated the idea that the company was looking at having online eye exams that would let customers know their prescription. Bussieres, however, says that doing that is still “illegal” in Canada, and that the most the tests could do is suggest whether the customer needs to see an eye doctor. “First, the accuracy is very questionable, and second, you cannot really prescribe anything, or give any prescription out of it.” As might be expected, Clearly’s cross-town rival Kits also has augmented reality to show users what eyewear looks like when tried on. A click can turn on a computer or smartphone camera, and the image on the screen will be that of the user wearing the desired spectacles. Kits also, however, offers potential American customers the ability to take vision exams on smartphones. The company’s co-founder and chief operating officer Joe Thompson explains to BC Tech that those who take the exams can confirm existing prescriptions, but they will not get issued new, or

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Lululemon Athletica Inc. plans to launch sales for its in-home gym Mirror on November 22 • @GETTHEMIRROR/INSTAGRAM

changed, prescriptions. If their current prescriptions are no longer valid, they will be told to visit a list of nearby optometrists from an auto-populated list. The process for Kits’ exams involves users propping up their smartphones. Exam-takers then follow speech commands, such as to step back a certain distance. Smartphones then show letters, for example, and ask exam-takers what is on the screen. “There are some colour-coded charts, some letter charts, and the audio advances at your command,” Thompson says. The exam technology knows what kind of smartphone the customer is using, so it can understand how large letters are when it asks the exam-taker to respond to what letter they are seeing, Thompson says.

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Kits chief operating officer Joe Thompson’s company recently opened a physical store for its eyewear that doubles as a coffee shop • ROB KRUYT

Bussieres says some new technology that Clearly is using is less visible to users. Products in its bricks-and-mortar stores have radio-frequency identification or RFID technology that tracks products’ movement, and can determine how many times customers have tried the products on. This helps the company put the most popular products in its physical stores, including the one on Robson Street and the one on West 4th Avenue. Products in Clearly’s stores also have tags with QR codes that customers can scan to read product reviews and feedback from previous purchasers, Bussieres says. Kits, meanwhile, recently opened its first physical store — an outlet in a former Starbucks location, on Cornwall Avenue in Vancouver — which doubles as a coffee shop, so customers can buy a latté as they shop for glasses. The lion’s share of sales for both companies is online, and the shift to e-commerce has been a reality for most retailers. It is why Ottawa-based Shopify did so well during the pandemic that it became the largest public company in Canada, ranked by market capitalization. Shopify has standardized templates that enable small businesses to have e-commerce websites. It then gets royalties when the websites generate sales. The shift to e-commerce has also been a boon to Burnaby-based Cymax Group Technologies Ltd., which has a platform that helps furniture manufacturers and vendors sell products online. “We work with more than 400 vendors right now, and we have more than 400,000 products in our catalog,” CEO Riz Somji tells BC Tech. “Our objective is to simplify the entire e-commerce process, and amplify the reach of our vendors, whether it’s through new marketplaces that we sell on — Amazon, eBay, Walmart, Howe — or through our own websites, which are Cymax.com and Homesquare.com.”

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Cymax never touches the vendors’ products. Instead, it provides e-commerce tentacles that connect the end-buyer with either the manufacturer or a retailer, which could be a small business with a single store. “We manage inventory, pricing, fulfillment, post-order management, etc.,” Somji says. “Everything is through this Channel Gate product-platform of ours.” In 2015, Cymax had about $190 million in revenue, and Somji says that his company’s sales have almost doubled since then. “It’s a tough business,” he says. “We are managing hundreds of vendors, dozens of marketplaces and websites, thousands of SKUs (stock keeping units), millions of transactions and dozens of carriers. There are a lot of moving pieces.” É

WE ARE MANAGING HUNDREDS OF VENDORS, DOZENS OF MARKETPLACES AND WEBSITES, THOUSANDS OF SKUS, MILLIONS OF TRANSACTIONS AND DOZENS OF CARRIERS. THERE ARE A LOT OF MOVING PIECES j Riz Somji CEO Cymax Group Technologies

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MAKE YOUR EMPLOYEES OWNERS It’s the secret to fighting the resignation wave

DAVE DINESEN

The best day I ever had at work was the day my previous company sold. I walked around the office handing out cheques. For some, it was a life-changing amount of money. I think about the cohesiveness we had as a team, and the ownership everyone took for their work. We could have weathered any storm together. It’s an approach I’m proud to be taking again at my current agriculture technology company, at a time when businesses need unity more than ever. As industries worldwide deal with a resignation wave, it’s clear many employees just don’t feel connected to their organizations anymore. From where I stand, there’s one obvious antidote that can play a huge role. More companies should make their employees owners. As CEO, I want everyone in our company to be a shareholder. The idea of employees creating wealth but being shut out of those gains has always made me uncomfortable. But what we’re doing is more than just a moral stand; it’s a retention strategy, a culture booster and a secret weapon for my company. WHEN EMPLOYEES BUY IN, EVERYONE WINS

My previous tech company specialized in background checks. At 32 years of age, I was the oldest person in the building on most days. But what we lacked in experience, we more than made up for with eagerness. That’s because our employees were owners. Feeling invested in the company’s mission was a driving force behind our performance and engagement, and we quickly grew to become four times larger than all our closest competitors combined. On the day we sold, most employees benefited from those efforts, not just the executive bench. It’s a lesson I’ve carried forward into my current

company, CubicFarm Systems Corp., and one I think more people should consider right now. Business leaders are facing a critical juncture. More than half of employees recently surveyed by Achievers said they were considering quitting their job and a whopping 46% said they felt less connected to their employer now than before the pandemic. The cost of disengagement is too high to ignore. A Gallup study pegs losses in productivity due to disconnected employees at around $550 billion in the United States each year — and that was before the resignation wave. BARRIERS TO ENTRY MUST BE LOW

While the concept of making employees shareholders may seem simple, implementing it can be a challenge. Employee Share Purchase Plans (ESPPs) for instance, aren’t rare, but getting employees to buy into them is. According to Deloitte, only about 10% of companies have more than three-quarters of their workforce bought into an ESPP. The biggest barrier? The cost of entry. Among those companies that do participate in these programs, most offer employees shares at a discount of 15% percent or less — an amount that hasn’t inspired many people to invest their hard-earned money. I’m personally a proponent of offering one-for-one matching — essentially doubling each purchase of the stock for employees. Our Grow Together program is available to Canadian and U.S. employees, making ownership accessible to everyone in the company. With valuable employees resigning across all industries at alarming rates, there’s never been a better time to have your team bought into your mission. So why not make them owners? É Dave Dinesen is the CEO of CubicFarms, a local-chain agtech company specializing in automated, commercial-scale indoor farming technology.

AS INDUSTRIES WORLDWIDE DEAL WITH A RESIGNATION WAVE, IT’S CLEAR MANY EMPLOYEES JUST DON’T FEEL CONNECTED TO THEIR ORGANIZATIONS ANYMORE

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ANIMATION ACTION Both DNEG and Disney launching Vancouver-based studios TYLER ORTON

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t’s been more than 15 years since Tom Jacomb made his first venture into Vancouver’s animation sector, serving as a line producer for the 2005 Walt Disney Co. feature Valiant.

“A lot of those people [from the film] are still in Vancouver, still making great movies,” says the London-based Brit, newly promoted to president of DNEG Animation. Jacomb’s Vancouver connection will be tightening in the coming years after DNEG’s — or Double Negative Ltd. — parent company secured a US$250 million equity investment from Novator Capital Advisers in mid-August in a bid to massively expand its animation division. And it’s not the only global giant eyeing big plans for the West Coast. Prior to last month, DNEG’s Vancouver office was focused on VFX work, having brought home an Oscar for the Neil Armstrong biopic First Man. Coincidentally, Canadian actor Ryan Gosling starred in the lead role in both First Man and Blade Runner 2049 — the latter of which also earned an Oscar for the DNEG team back in 2018. With the new cash in hand, the VFX company is hiring as many as 100 animators in Vancouver, launching a new studio in Toronto and expanding its Montreal office. The Vancouver animation team, which will initially be based out of DNEG’s VFX office, has already been tasked with moving into production on five new animation projects. “It’s a pretty mature market, and so the talent in Vancouver really is top notch. And that’s what we’re really looking to tap,” says Jacomb. Glassdoor Inc., which calculates industry salaries based on self-reported data, estimates the average annual income for an animator in Los Angeles is about $106,000 compared with about $62,000 in Vancouver. Meanwhile, DNEG’s interest in Vancouver’s animation prowess comes only a few weeks after Disney revealed it was launching an animation studio in the city this coming January. The new studio has been tapped for long-form series work,

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such as the Moana adaptation for the small screen, as well as other projects for the Disney+ streaming service. Disney has already scooped up local mainstays for talent, having recruiting Vancouverite Amir Nasrabadi from Canadian animation giant WildBrain Ltd. to lead the new team. When asked about the location and headcount of the new studio, a Disney spokesman told BIV more details would come some time in the future. WildBrain’s 75,000-square-foot Vancouver studio in the city’s Mount Pleasant neighbourhood sits just three blocks from DNEG’s office, further cementing the area as a hot spot for gaming, VFX, animation and post-production work. The Vancouver Economic Commission estimated last fall that the combined VFX and animation sectors contributed $1 billion to the provincial economy as of 2019 — about the same as the preceding year. While most of Vancouver’s animation studios are relatively small, other global giants have made their mark in the city. Sony Pictures Imageworks (Vancouver) garnered praise for the 2018 feature film Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse for both the storytelling and distinct visual style of the animation. WildBrain and Sony employ about 700 workers each in Vancouver. And while the industry is one known for creativity and collaboration, Jacomb says advances in remote working over the past 18 months have made it possible to accommodate talent who may no longer wish to come into work five days a week. “You can absolutely feel in touch with all the teams: Vancouver, Montreal, Toronto, Mumbai, London,” says the animation chief, who oversees about 600 artists across the world. “Managing global teams has — I really hesitate to say this — but I do believe it’s never been easier because the technology is there now.” É

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THE DIGITAL WORLD WON’T WAIT FOR CANADA Cross-industry collaboration drives digital transformation, economic recovery and long-term prosperity

SUE PAISH

The good news is that Canada’s global ranking on the Conference Board’s latest Innovation Report Card climbed from 13th place out of 16 peer countries in 2020 to 11th place in 2021. The bad news: our country’s ‘C’ grade is embarrassing. As a CEO accelerating Canada’s innovation ecosystem, these rankings keep me up at night. After all, as the report card points out, organizations that fail to innovate have trouble competing and growing. Countries that sputter or move too slowly miss out on opportunities to boost productivity, spur economic growth and create jobs. Canada can build a prosperous and sustainable economy but we must prioritize digital transformation and tech-enabled talent. At the same time, the Conference Board rankings get me out of bed each morning. At the Digital Supercluster, we harness the power of cross-sector collaborative innovation and co-investment coming from industry and government. The result? A vibrant innovation ecosystem that’s delivering digital solutions to some of our most vexing challenges, and driving the success of Canadian companies — even through the pandemic. Three years ago there was nothing like this, and now, over 1,000 Canadian organizations are working across sectors and achieving technology breakthroughs that no one organization could have achieved alone. These partners are already developing more than 400 Canadian-owned intellectual property (IP) assets, creating over 130 products and services, attracting export opportunities and forecasting more than $1.3 billion in revenue for Canadian companies — none of which existed before the supercluster model. As well as driving economic recovery, supercluster projects are keeping Canadians healthy and protecting our environment. One example is virtual mental health services for frontline healthcare workers. Starling Minds, the University of British Columbia and Genome BC have

worked together to develop digital mental health tools and programs focused on increasing the quality and accessibility of therapy for depression, anxiety, stress and burnout, while reducing the burden on the overtaxed healthcare system. The digital platform is now available to 30,000 healthcare workers across the Fraser Health Authority, and more than 200,000 educators across Canada. The collaborative innovation model is supporting pandemic heroes, fuelling the growth of a Vancouver company, adding jobs and unburdening our stretched healthcare system. Another one of our 82 projects is capturing the opportunity to measure, monitor and protect Canada’s freshwater ecosystem, starting in the Columbia River basin. A project team comprised of Carl Data Solutions, Genome BC, Living Lakes Canada, Teck Resources, Microsoft, the University of Victoria, Kerr Wood Leidal and Semtech Corp. is building an artificial intelligence platform that will leverage digital sensors across municipalities, industrial sites and Indigenous communities to monitor and analyze water data in real time, creating the foundation for better water stewardship. And then there’s talent — if Canada is going to prosper, we need digitally skilled workers. That’s where the Canadian Tech Talent Accelerator (CTTA) program comes in. In collaboration with NPower Canada, Blueprint, Microsoft and the Government of B.C., CTTA will deliver in-demand tech skills to 3,900 unemployed and underemployed youth from communities underrepresented in the digital economy. Working together across sectors, industries and geographies, Canadian organizations are delivering results never seen before. Starting from zero in 2018, in just three years there is a tangible, very real and growing community developing and deploying Canadian digital solutions, driving revenue, building IP, creating jobs and building the foundation for Canada to be at the top of the Innovation Report Card. The world is digital. It will not wait. Neither will we. É Sue Paish is CEO of Canada’s Digital Technology Supercluster.

AS WELL AS DRIVING ECONOMIC RECOVERY, SUPERCLUSTER PROJECTS ARE KEEPING CANADIANS HEALTHY AND PROTECTING OUR ENVIRONMENT.

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CLEANER FUEL B.C. cleantech primed to power industry’s decarbonization

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hirty years hence, after demand for Alberta’s oil has entered a predicted decline, the Trans Mountain pipeline, currently under expansion, might be used to move other, lower carbon fuels through Vancouver.

Thirty years hence, after demand for Alberta’s oil has entered a predicted decline, the Trans Mountain pipeline, currently under expansion, might be used to move other, lower carbon fuels through Vancouver. Fuels like ammonia, for example. Three parts hydrogen to one part nitrogen, it is an excellent carrier for hydrogen, which by 2050 could be produced in large quantities in Alberta from natural gas and exported worldwide. And by 2050, hydrogen fuel cell-powered trains could also be moving through B.C. transporting carbon black — a by-product of hydrogen production from natural gas using methane pyrolysis — to B.C. ports for export to rubber manufacturers around the world. This is how Matthew Klippenstein, branch manager for Hydrogen BC, imagines the energy transition unfolding in Western Canada. But between now and then, a whole lot of clean technology needs to be deployed, and B.C. is positioned to be a key provider. There are significant opportunities for B.C.-made clean technologies in the resources, energy and heavy industry sectors, particularly in the areas of hydrogen and carbon capture utilization and storage (CCUS). “We have the opportunity to lead on CCUS and hydrogen in the country,” says Jeanette Jackson, CEO of the Foresight cleantech accelerator. A number of federal and provincial programs are providing funding for the cleantech sector. One is the federal government’s $1.5 billion clean fuel fund. Another is the new Centre for Innovation and Clean Energy (CICE). In addition, Foresight has a new program, called Grow, which helps more advanced cleantech companies with commercialization. “In 18 months, we’ve supported over 25 B.C. ventures, and

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as of last month those ventures have secured $428 million in capital, $220 million revenue and created over 475 jobs,” Jackson says. Expected to be up and running this fall, the new CICE program is being set up with $105 million in funding from Shell Canada, and B.C. and federal governments. It will help B.C. cleantech companies get to commercialization by working with Canadian industries. The five main areas of focus for the CICE program are: ■ CCUS; ■ hydrogen production, use and distribution; ■ biofuel and synthetic fuel production; ■ renewable natural gas; and ■ battery technology, storage and energy management. While there are opportunities for B.C. cleantech companies in all of Canada’s resource industries — from mining to forestry — the biggest domestic market is in oil and gas. Since Alberta and Saskatchewan have the biggest challenges when it comes to decarbonisztion, thanks to their oil and gas industries and their use of coal for power production, those two provinces represent the biggest markets for cleantech focused on decarbonization. “There will be a huge amount of work on carbon capture,” Klippenstein predicts. “B.C. is absolutely a leader in carbon capture technology.” Hydrogen production and CCUS go hand-in-glove, at least in the Canadian context, since CCUS is a critical part of blue hydrogen production from natural gas. Svante, which developed a new kind of filter for capturing carbon dioxide (CO2) from flue stacks, sees big opportunities in Alberta, where hydrogen production from natural gas is seen as a logical transition industry. Svante recently secured the old Best Buy headquarters in Burnaby, where it will set up a new

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Full use of B.C.’s forestry waste for biofuels could reduce the province’s greenhouse gas emissions by 10% to 15%, says Tony Bi, director of the Biorefining Research and Innovation Centre • CHUNG CHOW

B.C. BIOFUELS Pulp mill sector ripe for biofuel production Heavy industry accounts for 14% of B.C’s greenhouse gas emissions. One sector that may be uniquely positioned for fuel switching, from natural gas to biofuels, or for making other low-carbon fuels for other sectors, is the province’s pulp and paper industry. Douglas Singbeil, sector leader of bioproducts at FP Innovations, says B.C. craft pulp and paper mills account for about 10% of the natural gas consumed in B.C. The gas is used in lime kilns during the pulp and paper bleaching process. But pulp and paper mills already consume large amounts of wood waste, some of which could be turned into biogas to displace the natural gas they use, or into other types of biofuel. “The mills would reduce the amount they use to a very small proportion of what they do today,” Singbeil says. The pulp and paper industry is one sector the new Biorefining Research and Innovation Centre (BRIC) at the University of British Columbia (UBC) wants to help decarbonize. The new research centre will be working with the BC Pulp & Paper Bio-Alliance to identify opportunities in B.C. Bark from trees (called hog fuel) is not used in the pulp making process, so it’s a waste product that could become a feedstock to make biogas or liquid biofuels. There are a number of technology approaches for that, including conventional pyrolysis, fast pyrolysis and hydrothermal liquefaction. Canfor is already making the move into biofuels in partnership with Australia’s Licella Fibre Fuels Pty Ltd. Their joint venture, Arbios Biotech, plans to build a new biofuel plant — at an estimated capital cost of $25 million to $30 million — at Canfor’s Intercontinental Pulp Mill in Prince George. The plant will use Licella’s hydrothermal liquefaction process, which can turn a wide variety of feedstocks — not just wood waste — into biofuel. The new plant will produce biocrude to be sold to oil refiners. It would have a 70% to 80% lower carbon intensity than fossil fuel crude. The first phase of the new Arbios Biotech plant would turn 25,000 tonnes of wood waste — mostly bark — into 50,000 barrels of biocrude annually, and would employ 25 workers. The partners aim to have the plant in production in the first half of 2023. Shell Catalysts and Technologies is looking to use the biocrude in Shell’s

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refineries. It would have a 70% to 80% lower greenhouse gas emission intensity than fossil fuel crude. Alan Nicholl, Canfor’s former chief financial officer and executive vice-president, is the new CEO of the Arbios Biotech joint venture. He believes biofuels open up a whole new value-added dimension for the forestry sector. “Canfor believes that the forestry industry is uniquely positioned to play a leading role in the world’s transition to a low-carbon future,” Nicholl says. “If the technology is successful, we would be looking at further deployment across Canada and, indeed, if all goes well, across North America and Europe.” BRIC director Tony Bi says the centre wants to work with industry to help other companies make similar moves to lower carbon fuel production. The centre will help solve engineering and economic pain points for industry and their technology partners. “We need to team up with the industry to see how we can help them, to develop the technology or evaluate the technology from other developers,” Bi says. Converting dry wood waste to syngas typically involves pyrolysis — high heat and low oxygen. UBC already has some expertise in that space. Ten years ago, UBC partnered with Nexterra Systems and General Electric to build a demonstration gasification plant that uses wood waste to produce heat and power for the campus. B.C. produces a significant amount of wood waste, as well as agricultural waste, which can also be used for making a variety of biofuels. One B.C. company, BC Biocarbon, is using conventional pyrolysis to turn wood and agricultural waste into a range of biofuels and other products, including biochar. But the conventional approach to pyrolysis is slow, Bi says. One company in Ontario, Ensyn, has developed fast pyrolysis method for making biofuels that vastly improves on the pyrolysis process, Bi says. While that approach has the potential to produce biocrude for oil refineries to lower their emissions intensity, Bi says there are challenges when it comes to upgrading that biocrude to the standards required by refineries. Fixing that kind of pain point is the sort of problem BRIC is being set up to do. “If we could only fully utilize biomass refuse in B.C., we can help B.C. to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 10% to 15%,” Bi says.

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Agora Energy is killing two decarbonization birds with one stone by using captured CO2 in a flow battery that stores power from wind and solar • CHUNG CHOW

manufacturing plant for making its carbon capture filters. “This will be the first plant in the world making filters at that scale,” says Svante CEO Claude Letourneau. W hile captured CO2 is currently used mainly in enhanced oil recovery (with most of it being permanently sequestered underground), the scramble is on to find other, value-added uses for captured CO2, rather than just burying it underground. Carbon Engineering, the B.C. company in the direct air capture space, is working with LanzaTech in the U.S. on a process that combines captured CO2 with water to produce a low-carbon jet fuel. Hydrogen production from natural gas using methane pyrolysis, meanwhile, can produce carbon black as a by-product, which is used as a filler in tires, cables and other rubber products. It’s already being done in the U.S. by Monolith Materials, so it’s a proven technology. In B.C., Ekona Power is also in the methane pyrolysis space. “The value of the carbon — the carbon black — if you can engineer it for desirable properties, could actually be more valuable than the hydrogen itself, because it’s a value-added product,” Klippenstein says. One B.C. cleantech company, Agora Energy Technologies, is developing technology that solves two problems at once: what to do with CO2 once it’s captured, and how to store intermittent wind and solar power. Agora has developed a flow battery that uses captured CO2 as an electrolyte, and produces other products from it, like sodium carbonate, which has a wide range of industrial applications. Redox flow batteries use chemical storage for storing large

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amounts of electricity from intermittent wind and solar power, and can use a range of elements for its electrolytes, including zinc or vanadium. But by using CO2 as a medium, and converting it through a chemical process into a marketable product, while at the same time providing electricity storage for wind or solar power, it could kill two birds with one stone. “It’s like, you want us to play in the energy storage sphere? That is what we do,” says Agora Energy founder and CEO Christina Gyenge. “You want to produce something out of CO2? Well, that’s what we do too. It’s two independent markets at the same time.” As for hydrogen, B.C. companies are already leaders in the fuel cell space, although startups like Hydra Energy are now finding other uses in transportation, other than fuel cells. The company provides an injection system that displaces 40% of the diesel fuel used in trucks with hydrogen, reducing emissions by about 40%. It is currently trialing a project with a logging truck in B.C. The company sources hydrogen from Chemtrade Logistics chemical plants in Prince George and North Vancouver that make sodium chlorate for bleaching pulp, with hydrogen being a by-product. Hydra Energy CEO Jessica Verhagen says Class 8 trucks in return-to-base operations, like logging, is the market the company is currently targeting. Using Hydra Energy’s hydrogen-as-a-service model, fleet operators would pay the same price for hydrogen as they would diesel, but would pay lower carbon taxes, since they’d be buying less diesel. É

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MAKING B.C. A GLOBAL BIOTECH HUB Industry and government can achieve this by playing to strengths

ANDREW BOOTH AND MURRAY MCCUTCHEON

On the road, speed kills. But in drug development, with industry and government maximizing their respective strengths, speed is crucial to delivering life-saving drugs. This was certainly the case when AbCellera discovered the first monoclonal antibody to receive emergency use authorization for treating COVID-19. It typically takes years to go from initial discovery work to launching a human clinical trial, but AbCellera did it in 90 days. The resulting therapy, bamlanivimab, has been administered alone and together with other antibodies approximately 600,000 times worldwide, keeping tens of thousands of patients out of hospitals and saving more than 10,000 lives. While AbCellera focuses on antibody therapies, B.C.’s vibrant biotech ecosystem is making great strides across many other fields. Acuitas Therapeutics’ lipid nanoparticle technology, for instance, is at the core of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine. Xenon Pharmaceuticals recently reported impressive efficacy results for its XEN1101 epilepsy drug. Zymeworks’ bispecific antibody, Zanidatamab, shows encouraging durability and response rates in treating esophageal cancer, while Stemcell Technologies has launched a range of Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP) culture media, moving to support global regenerative medicine clinical trials. None of this could have happened in a vacuum. As long as the public and private sectors work together by focusing on their respective strengths, B.C.’s biotech sector will become a globally leading hub. To this end, the private sector should continue to focus on innovation and commercialization while the public sector, in turn, should support forward-thinking policies that nurture

ecosystem growth and dynamism. This is best accomplished by investing in advanced research, streamlining building permitting, improving clinical trial processes and shaping tax policy to encourage financial and intellectual property investments that support the scale-up of anchor companies in B.C. In AbCellera’s case, support from the U.S. government’s Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency played a key role in bamlanivimab’s development. Through a collaboration with U.S.-based Eli Lilly, the time from discovery to treatment occurred at unprecedented speed. AbCellera’s recently announced GMP manufacturing facility offers a prime example of how a public-private relationship accelerates progress. The first facility of its kind in Canada will enable AbCellera to seamlessly connect antibody discovery and development through to clinical trials. Jointly funded by the federal Strategic Innovation Fund and AbCellera, with the two parties contributing $175 million and $115 million, respectively, the facility will catalyze antibody drug development in Canada and will be a key piece of infrastructure for future pandemic response. It will also employ hundreds of scientific personnel. Together with a new 380,000-square-foot headquarters, AbCellera’s combined Vancouver footprint and leading technology platform will create a ripple effect across B.C.’s biotech ecosystem that entices the world’s best and brightest to the province and convinces Canadian leaders to stay. Recent graduates in particular will have opportunities to hone their skills and leave enduring legacies. To maximize these opportunities, we’re counting on government to create a supportive policy environment — not just for AbCellera, but for all the B.C. biotechs creating jobs, fuelling innovation and prosperity and, most importantly, saving lives and improving human health. É Andrew Booth is chief financial officer of Abcellera Biologics Inc. Murray McCutcheon is the company’s vice-president of corporate development.

AS LONG AS THE PUBLIC AND PRIVATE SECTORS WORK TOGETHER BY FOCUSING ON THEIR RESPECTIVE STRENGTHS, B.C.’S BIOTECH SECTOR WILL BECOME A GLOBALLY LEADING HUB

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Demand for B.C. tech accelerates amid food security concerns TYLER ORTON

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The summer eventually concluded with downpours on the West Coast and investor capital to the tune of $100 million flowing to Vancouver’s SemiosBio Technologies Inc. near the end of September. “What we’ve learned through this pandemic is that we’re already maxed out, and we really cannot afford for our food system to fail for a whole season — that’s just not on the table anymore,” says Semios CEO and founder Gilbert, whose company is best known for using sensors and data to ensure healthy crops for farmers by monitoring for harmful weather and pests. The B.C. firm has about two million sensors deployed around the globe to monitor the health of crops. The outset of the pandemic brought on disruptions to supply chains, while climate change is rattling agricultural lands and a global fertilizer shortage is raising uncertainty over food security. Demand has consequently grown for made-in-B.C. technology addressing concerns over reliable access to food. Last month, CubicFarms Systems Corp. received an order from a private investor group for an indoor growing system covering one acre of land within Greater Vancouver. The system, featuring 96 double-stacked modules that look like shipping containers, will be able to produce the equivalent of 100 acres’ worth of salad products grown in a field. Another 24-module system offering a controlled environment for growing crops was also sold recently to customers in Calgary. Indoor growing allows for crops to be grown 12 months a

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year, while cultivation is less labour-intensive than sending workers outdoors to face the heat, cold or rain. A 2019 Royal Bank of Canada report estimates that the country’s agricultural labour shortage will grow to 123,000 positions by 2030. “Farm labour has become such an acute issue that many farmers are having to leave crops in the field,” says CubicFarms CEO Dave Dinesen, whose company also produces separate modules for growing livestock feed (the global fertilizer shortage also threatens to reduce access to animal feed and in turn inflate meat prices). “And so we need technology to be able to eliminate the requirement for so much labour.” He says the company’s flagship modules, which feature rotating trays that bring crops to workers who stand in front, might have been considered a “nice-to-have” technology not too long ago. “Before, growing locally was a little more romantic and nice. I think now it’s absolutely necessary, and that’s the change that’s happened in the last few years because of supply chain/ food security issues [and] climate change only increasing at an exponential rate,” Dinesen says. “Climate change is making it harder and harder for farmers to grow reliably.” This past spring, Vancouver-based Terramera Inc. set about launching a first-of-its-kind Canadian market for carbon sequestration using technology that can better quantify carbon within farm soil without the reliance on expensive labour and

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lab work currently needed. In the U.S., the market leans heavily on best estimates based on initiatives deployed by farmers, such as the growth of cover crops or soil-tilling practices. But if buyers of carbon credits are confident about the (potentially much less expensive) quantifications of carbon within the soil, Terramera CEO Karn Manhas sees the market for such credits opening up in Canada. “Our focus is to drive down the cost of quantification towards $5 per acre, which really opens up the market and also enables Canada to establish a standard for consistent soil carbon quantification across the country, one that we can test alongside the traditional expensive ways to show that it’s just as accurate,” he told BIV in May. “Not only do they [farmers] get paid for the carbon they sequester, but it also improves their

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productivity in the medium and long term.” Terramera spokeswoman Kim Haakstad told BIV last month that the healthier soil created through this sequestration process also means higher-quality crops and more predictable outcomes when harvesting. Farmers, she says, can also expect to be paid more for the higher-quality crops. Gilbert, meanwhile, says data will be key to ensuring food security in the long term. “We collect data to understand what is the risk and then we automate the control systems to mitigate that risk,” says Gilbert. “And when you’re doing that at scale with big data, you’re able to really focus in on what are the key risks and manage them more effectively instead of a sprayand-pray approach where you just keep on pushing more water and more chemicals in the field.” É

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SONIA BRODIE

The term ‘neuroplasticity,’ or the brain’s ability to adapt and change, has gained a lot of popularity recently, but it is still a relatively modern concept in the scientific and medical community. Only in the latter half of the past century have we understood that the adult brain can re-organize and rewire by growing new pathways and neural connections. Neuroplasticity plays a huge role in brain recovery, especially for patients who experience traumatic brain injuries, mental health conditions or have neurological conditions like multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s disease or Alzheimer’s disease. With the understanding that every brain can change at any age with the right intervention, we can feel more optimistic about our ability to discover novel, evidence-based ways of stimulating the brain and promoting the rewiring of neural networks for positive, life-changing outcomes. These developments require innovative ideas, high-quality clinical research to validate potential treatments and early adopters in the medical community willing to implement them into clinical practice. I have had the privilege to work in the neuroscience industry in British Columbia for the past decade, and I have personally witnessed some of the amazing innovations that have been developed, tested and adopted into clinical use. B.C. is emerging as a world-class destination for clinical trials due to our collaborative approach, diverse population and thriving life sciences industry. In 2019, we established the Surrey Neuroplasticity Clinic, a multidisciplinary team of clinicians specializing in brain health and recovery. Our approach to neuro-rehabilitation is to deliver high-quality, one-on-one treatment programs for our clients, paired with the most innovative, evidence-based technologies and therapies. The clinic recently launched a new program dedicated to mental health. It complements our physical and cognitive brain health services to provide a more holistic approach, which is timely — given the increase in mental health challenges following the COVID-19 pandemic. Embedded within the clinic is the Centre for Neurology Studies (CNS), a boutique clinical research site providing professional consulting and study execution services to get important breakthroughs in healthcare one step closer to market. The CNS plays an integral role in transitioning breakthrough treatments and neuro-tech

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innovations from early-stage development to in-house clinical use by validating new healthcare technologies with clinical research studies. We are located within the Health and Technology District, with close proximity to Surrey Memorial Hospital, Fraser Health and advanced imaging and research labs, and with partners at the University of British Columbia and Simon Fraser University onsite. This gives us the unique advantage of having a vibrant environment and extensive network of highly skilled people with brilliant new ideas at the forefront of innovation in neuroscience and healthcare. At the CNS, we are currently running clinical studies in Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, spinal cord injury, concussion and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). We are also conducting research to investigate treatment options for the rising global issue of brain fog, or reduced mental acuity and cognition due to a number of factors like COVID-19, chemotherapy and brain injury. We recently partnered with the University of Victoria and a number of other organizations on a study to explore how the Dino Island therapeutic video game can improve attention, working memory and executive function in children with neurodevelopment disabilities. The CNS has also seen a growing interest in psychedelics as an adjunct to therapy for addictions, PTSD, improved cognition, mental health conditions and neuro-rehabilitation. It is inspiring to see the scientific and clinical interest in this promising field, and there is an undeniable need for high-quality clinical trials in this area to ensure safe and effective use. We know the brain can change at any stage of life, in response to injury, disease, experiences and learning. We are only just starting to realize the potential of what else we can be doing to leverage and positively enhance brain changes with exercise, diet, therapies, stimulation, pharmaceuticals or plant-based therapeutics. As our understanding of neuroplasticity improves, we can better leverage more cutting-edge neuro-technologies, therapeutics and lifestyle factors to help facilitate positive changes in our brains. This is a very exciting time to be working in the field of neuroplasticity. É Sonia Brodie is a neuroscientist, certified clinical research professional and long-standing brain enthusiast. She led the development of the Centre for Neurology Studies and the Surrey Neuroplasticity Clinic in Surrey’s Health and Technology District.

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Dapper Labs is an NFT company that was created to bring blockchain technology to a mainstream audience by building accessible blockchain-based sports, entertainment, and consumer experiences. The company is best known for its line of NBA digital collectables, NBA Top Shot.

Canexia Health is a Vancouver health science company that makes high-quality cancer genomic information accessible and affordable with their clinically validated assays, informatics, and support. The company’s suite of genomics-based cancer tests is clinically actionable and cost-effective, designed to improve cancer treatment and monitoring.

FORM is a Vancouver based sports technology company that has developed the world’s first augmented reality swim goggles. FORM goggles give athletes and amateur swimmers alike, the ability to receive real-time data and feedback displayed directly in the swimmer’s line of sight while they are in the water.

TraceSafe is a technology firm that produces centralized, privacy-centric digital dashboards and wearable tech. The company offers real-time location management services and contact tracing solutions enabled through advanced low power Bluetooth beacons and enterprise cloud management.

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Matidor eliminates collaboration and visibility challenges in the energy and environmental sector by consolidating all key project information into one intuitive, map-based dashboard, with real-time updates that can be shared between multiple parties.

ehsAI is a next wave compliance technology company that uses artificial intelligence and deep learning to help organizations greatly reduce the costs and risks of permitting and compliance. The company’s AI-driven automation increases efficiency, accuracy, consistency, and compliance oversight, allowing their clients to better understand their obligations and how to meet them.

Ideon Technologies is a pioneer in cosmic-ray muon tomography. The company has developed a discovery platform that integrates proprietary detectors, imaging systems, inversion technologies, and artificial intelligence to provide x-ray-like visibility up to one kilometer beneath the Earth’s surface.

Live It Earth is an online education platform that brings the natural world to life for kids with innovative programs that pair real-world learning with interactive technology. Designed for home education and in the classroom, Live It Earth inspires kids to care for the world around them and empowers them to act on their newfound passion for our planet.

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Advanced Intelligent Systems is a leading Canadian robotics company with a mission to create affordable, practical robots for every task. Their flagship autonomous robot, BigTop, eliminates the repetitive and strenuous tasks that are necessary in the horticulture industry, such as the movement and distribution of plant pots within a greenhouse.

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Boast.Ai is a fintech platform that automates access to billions in R&D tax credits and innovation incentives. The traditional system of R&D tax credits can be quite complicated and time consuming to submit a claim, which is why Boast.AI sets out to automate those processes so companies can fuel their growth while preserving equity and avoiding red-tape.

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HSBC is one of the world's largest banking and financial services organizations. HSBC represents a technology powerhouse under the hood that has developed and adopted technologies to help their customers bank securely and conveniently, without the need to come into a bank branch.

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Limage Media Group believes in using business to create positive social change and impact. Their Give + Share technology is improving the lives of those who desperately need help by identifying support when and where it is needed. The data they collect plays a key role in alleviating future harm and providing lifesaving resources to those most vulnerable.

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Klue is an AI-powered competitive enablement platform designed to help product marketers collect, curate, and deliver actionable competitor insights to empower revenue teams to win more business. By collecting data from millions of sources and surfacing the most relevant competitive insights, Klue helps their clients rise above the competition.

Freightera is an online freight marketplace that allows businesses to get road or rail transport quotes from North American carriers and make direct shipment bookings. The online freight marketplace allows manufacturers, distributors, and wholesalers to secure the best deals on shipping from hundreds of different carriers.

Lumen5 is an online video creation platform aiming to democratize storytelling by enabling anyone, without training or experience, to easily create amazing videos in minutes. With over 750,000 users worldwide their software allows users to create impressive and engaging video content that can be used to compete with larger companies with bigger budgets in social media marketing videos.

Rival Technologies helps companies connect with customers easily and conveniently via SMS messaging. Rival’s mobile-first, conversational solutions replace emailbased approaches by leveraging chat, voice, and video technologies to capture real-time quantitative and qualitative feedback. Rival Technologies’ platform is used to enhance research, customer experience, and engagement.

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Launchpad’s core focus is applications automation and integrations. In simple terms, the company enables its clients to increase their productivity by automating time-consuming manual data bottlenecks. With 400+ integration connectors, Launchpad is helping their clients save time and avoid costly human errors, across multiple industry sectors.

Acuva Technologies’ leading-edge UV-LED water purification system provides maximum efficiency in eliminating harmful water-borne microorganisms while requiring only minimal power, footprint and maintenance. Their modular and scalable technology can be deployed in a variety of applications to meet global needs for clean drinking water.

PrecisionOS is harnessing VR technology to replace and significantly enhance current models for surgical training. Their technology enables surgeons to not only improve their skill set, but to virtually perform their patient’s surgery prior to the actual procedure. Ultimately, their goal is to improve patient outcomes while minimizing complications.

Riipen is an online work-integrated learning marketplace, where organizations can connect with university and college students on short-term projects and competitions. The company aims to make work-integrated experiential learning more accessible and bridge the skills gap that students may have when they lack hands-on experience.

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LMI Technologies is a global leader in 3D scanning and inspection, aiming to advance quality and productivity with 3D sensor technology. Their non-contact solution provide 3D shape information that is critical to achieving 100% quality control, providing fast, accurate, reliable inspection solutions. LMI Technologies also proudly designs, develops and manufactures their products here in B.C.

Boast.AI is a fintech platform that automates access to billions in R&D tax credits and innovation incentives. The traditional system of R&D tax credits can be quite complicated and time consuming to submit a claim, which is why Boast.AI sets out to automate those processes so companies can fuel their growth while preserving equity and avoiding red-tape.

GeoComply is the global leader in geolocation and compliance technology. Since launching in 2011, the company has quickly become the iGaming industry’s go-to solution for reliable, accurate and precise geolocation services. GeoComply’s patented and proprietary geolocation solution offers the highest level of accuracy and integrity as well as depth of security and ease of implementation.

Invinity is the world's leading manufacturer of large-scale Vanadium Flow Batteries or VFBs. These state-of-the-art batteries are used to store power generated by renewable sources, and distribute it in an even, reliable way. Their batteries are increasingly being used to support the global transition to clean energy.

INSPIRATION STORY Inspiration is what sustains us. It keeps us strong as we scale our ambitions & abilities, helps us sustain the communities around us, honour our commitment to our employees and deliver on our individual potential to change the world. In the following awards, we celebrate those who have set bold goals, remained resilience in the face of adversity and empowered those around them to achieve greatness.

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Thinkific is a cloud-based software platform that enables entrepreneurs and established businesses to create, market and sell online courses. Course creators can easily build and launch customized learning products for their audiences under their own brand, with no advanced technical expertise or training.

Canalyst is a leading independent provider of fundamental data and models to institutional investors. Their products enable investors to implement new efficiency tools into their workflow and uncover more, higher-conviction investment opportunities. Their platform provides access to a database of complete, company-specific forecast models on 4,000+ global securities.

East Side Games is an iconic BC game studio that focuses on producing engaging and compelling narrative idle games, and creating the technology for developers to tell their stories. The company believes in community-driven design, making games built for fans by fans.

Jane Software is an all-in-one health and wellness practice management platform designed to streamline and simplify the online practice management for healthcare professionals, allowing them to focus on what they do best — providing care to their patients and clients.

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Traction on Demand is North America’s largest dedicated Salesforce consulting and app development firm. The company helps commercial and non-profit organizations design, develop, and implement Salesforce technology into their business. The company’s business extends beyond cloud services, building long-term capacity through partnerships and enabling their clients.

Copperleaf provides enterprise decision analytics software solutions to essential service providers managing energy, water, transportation, and other critical infrastructure companies. Their enterprise software solutions leverage operational, financial and asset data to help their clients make investment decisions that deliver the highest business value.

PressReader is an all-you-can-read, online newspaper and magazine service that allows its users unlimited access to their favourite publications from around the world. Founded in Vancouver over 20 years ago, the company now provides over 7000 titles from over 120 countries in over 60 languages, making them the world's largest digital content distribution and monetization platform.

Seaspan Shipyards is one of North America’s premier ship building and maintenance facilities. At their 40-acre custom-designed facility in North Vancouver, the company produces some of the most advanced and capable vessels in the world, for clients like the Royal Canadian Navy and the Canadian Coast Guard.

Thrive Health was founded with a mission to develop software that fundamentally improves the healthcare system for Canadians and allows patients to play a more active role in their care journeys. The company’s core software platform enables patients to manage their health by inputting their health history and receiving personalized guidance at each step of their journey.

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Broadband TV is a Vancouver based media and technology company on a mission to help content creators become more successful. Their comprehensive, end-to-end solution aims to increase viewership and drive revenue, while allowing creators to focus on what they do best — content creation.

Clio is a cloud-based legal practice management solution that helps lawyers and legal professionals deliver the highest level of service to their clients. Their software allows law firms to manage cases, contacts, calendars, documents, time entries, billing, payments, and accounting.

East Side Games is an iconic BC game studio that focuses on producing engaging and compelling narrative idle games and creating the technology for developers to tell their stories. East Side Games has the same goal for their games as they do their team — to be inclusive and for everyone.

STEMCELL Technologies develops specialty cell culture media, cell isolation systems and accessory products for life science research. Rooted in scientific expertise and rigor, STEMCELL supports and collaborates with scientists around the world to make the world a better place.

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AbCellera is a technology company that searches, decodes, and analyzes natural immune systems to find antibodies that its partners can develop into drugs to prevent and treat diseases. Through AbCellera’s full-stack, AI-powered drug discovery platform they can move quickly, reduce costs, and tackle the toughest problems in drug development.

Absolute Software provides world class endpoint resilience solutions and the industry’s only undeletable defense platform giving security and IT pros complete control over their devices and data. Embedded in over a half-billion devices, Absolute is the only company to offer uncompromised visibility and near real-time remediation of security breaches at the source.

Cymax Group Technologies is transforming eCommerce with a complete and scalable online platform that provides seamless customer acquisition, merchandising

WELL is a technology enabled healthcare company whose overarching objective is to empower doctors to provide the best and most advanced care possible by leveraging the latest technology and trends in digital health. WELL has built an innovative practitioner enablement platform that includes comprehensive end to end practice management tools, and also owns and operates their own medical clinics.

and logistics capabilities. As a leader in online sales for all items home and office, they built their own technology to provide seamless and exceptional online purchasing experiences.

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Laurie Schultz is the previous CEO of Galvanize, the leading provider of award-winning, cloud-based security, risk management, compliance, and audit software for some of the world’s largest organizations. She has been a leader in British Columbia’s tech ecosystem for decades, notably seeing Galvanize through to exit with a $1Bil valuation earlier this year. During her career, she has demonstrated incredible leadership, innovation, and resilience, spearheading projects with positive impact felt around the world.

'U & &DUO +DQVHQ Dr. Carl Hansen, co-founder of AbCellera, is one of Canada’s most accomplished inventors, entrepreneurs, and business leaders. He is an author or inventor on more than 180 papers, patents, and abstracts with more than 11,000 citations, including in highly regarded scientific journals such as Nature, Science, Nature Methods, and PNAS. Since launching in 2012, AbCellera is now one of Vancouver’s fastest-growing biotech companies and has broken ground on a new campus in Mount Pleasant.

+DP PHG G 6K KDKED]L Hamed Shahbazi is the CEO of is the CEO of WELL Health, which empowers doctors to provide the best and most advanced care possible while leveraging the latest technology and trends in digital health. Hamed has 20+ years of experience as a technology focused operator, having previously founded TIO Networks in 1997 which was acquired by PayPal in 2017. When Hamed launched WELL Health in 2010, he set out with the goal to address the lack of digitization and modernization in the Canadian healthcare system.

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2021 TIAs scholarship recipients This marks the 16th year that BC Tech has supported high school and post-secondary students in pursuing careers in technology and innovation. Providing scholarship grants to students who are passionate about technology and having an impact on their communities is particularly meaningful. The 2021 scholarship winners are: UNIVERSITY RECIPIENTS Bryce Wilson

Bryce Wilson is a second-year student in computer science at the University of British Columbia. At a young age, he started learning new computer languages and he hopes to use his education to contribute to environmental challenges, especially with regards to clean water and climate change. He is striving to make a mark in the computer science world and to better the tech industry. In the future, Wilson is planning on furthering his studies and attending grad school in computer science.

Stephanie Quon

Joyce Jingyi Xi

Stephanie Quon is an electrical engineering student at the University of British Columbia. She is currently a software engineering intern at Microsoft and a part-time research assistant at the BC Centre for Disease Control’s Public Health Bioinformatics Lab. Quon balances an impressive academic record with multiple extracurriculars and volunteer positions, while maintaining her full-time job. In the future, she plans on creating medical devices. This career path pairs perfectly with her love for technology and passion for helping others.

Joyce Jingyi Xi hopes to explore a career in biomedical engineering in research specifically relating to organ transplants. She wishes to better the overall process for individuals requiring any kind of organ transplant as this is an aspiration that is close to her heart. She is a future student at the University of British Columbia in applied sciences.

HIGH SCHOOL RECIPIENTS Clinton Gaudet

Clinton Gaudet is currently attending electrical engineering at the British Columbia Institute of Technology. He has worked in the labour, trades and service industries since he was 14, which has taken him to remote communities throughout B.C., Alberta, the Northwest Territories and Yukon. In the future, Gaudet plans to develop sustainable, reliable and economic energy solutions and make them available to vulnerable remote communities. Becoming an entrepreneur and beginning his own business has always been a dream for him.

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Daniel Kornylo

Juliana Angel

Juliana Angel will be attending the University of British Columbia for engineering. She plans to become a teacher or professor in the technology field in order to continue her passion for the industry, and to help foster the future minds of the BC Tech ecosystem.

Daniel Kornylo is a future biology student at the University of Victoria. He has been working with technology his entire life. Kornylo hopes to improve the current B.C. technology ecosystem and to help foster the success of individuals who join the industry in the future. He is interested in specializing in neuroscience to help make a difference in society.

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Accelerate Okanagan Technology Association (AOTA) Thuy Tran, Acting CEO 460 Doyle Ave Suite 201 Kelowna, BC, V1Y OC2 250-870-9028 contact@accelerateokanagan. com accelerateokanagan.com Aerospace Industries Association of Canada - AIAC Pacific Mike Mueller, VP, Operations and Marketing 999 Canada Pl Suite 404 Vancouver, BC, V6C 3E2 604-652-3324 aiacpacific.ca Applied Science Technologists & Technicians of BC (ASTTBC) Theresa McCurry, CEO, 10767 148 S, Surrey , BC V3R 0S4 604-585-2788 604-585-2790 techinfo@asttbc.org asttbc.org BC Bioenergy Network Executive Director 666 Burrard St Suite 500 Vancouver, BC V6C 3P6 604-889-4549 bcbioenergy.ca BC Sustainable Energy Association 1631 Oakland Ave Victoria, BC, V8T 2L3 604-332-0025 info@bcsea.org bcsea.org BC Tech Association Jill Tipping, Presient and CEO 1401 8th Ave W Suite 210 Vancouver, BC V6H 1C9 604-683-6159 hello@wearebctech.com wearebctech.com

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BCNET 555 Seymour St Suite 750 Vancouver BC, V6B 3H6 604-822-1348 604-822-9887 info@bc.net bc.net Canadian Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Association Mark Kirby, President and CEO 475 Georgia St W Suite 660 Vancouver, BC V6B 4M9 604-283-1040 604-683-6345 nhilario@chfca.ca chfca.ca Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters - British Columbia PO Box 36570 Seafair Richmond, BC V7C 5M4 604-713-7800 604-713-7801 bc@cme-mec.ca cme-mec.ca DigiBC -The Creative Technology Association of BC Loc Dao, Executive Director 577 Great Northern Way Suite 210 Vancouver, BC V5T 1E1 604-602-5237 team@digibc.org digibc.org Engineers and Geoscientists British Columbia Heidi Yang, CEO 4010 Regent St Suite 200 Burnaby, BC V5C 6N2 604-430-8035 604-430-8085 info@egbc.ca egbc.ca HR Tech Group Stephanie Hollingshead, CEO PO Box 38024 Vancouver, BC V5Z 4L9 604-874-2653 604-874-2654 hrtechgroup.com

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Innovation Island Technology Association (IITA) Graham Truax Executive Director 327 Prideaux St Suite 13 Nanaimo, BC V9R 2N4 250-753-8324 info@innovationisland.ca innovationisland.ca

T-Net British Columbia 1207 Pacific Blvd Suite 300 Vancouver, BC V6Z 2R6 604-210-5034 bctechnology.com

Kamloops Innovation Centre Society 348 Tranquille Rd Kamloops, BC V2B 3G6 250-434-0200 info@kamloopsinnovation.ca kamloopsinnovation.ca Kootenay Association for Science and Technology (KAST) Executive Director 91-D Baker St Nelson, BC V1L 4G8 236-527-2121 info@kast.com kast.com

Victoria Innovation, Advanced Technology & Entrepreneurship Council (VIATeC) Dan Gunn, CEO 777 Fort St, Victoria, BC V8W 1G0 250-483-3214 tectoria@viatec.ca viatec.ca VR/AR Association Vancouver Chapter Dan Burgar, Chapter President 128 Hastings St W Suite 300 Vancouver, BC V6B 1G8 604-880-8983 dan@thevrara.com thevrara.com

Kootenay Rockies Innovation Council (KRIC) PO Box 453 Stn Main Cranbrook, BC V1C 4H0 250-426-6388 info@kric.ca kric.silkstart.com LifeSciences British Columbia Wendy Hurlburt President and CEO 1066 Hastings St W Suite 1890 Vancouver, BC V6E 3X2 604-669-9909 admin@lifesciencesbc.ca lifesciencesbc.ca

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TECHNOLOGY DIRECTORY CATEGORY INDEX AEROSPACE 100

Maintenance ..........................................................50

150

Manufacturing.......................................................50

310

Other .........................................................................50

BIOTECHNOLOGY – LIFE SCIENCES 1010 Agricultural Biotech ...........................................50 1040 Medical Devices & Diagnostics ....................50 1050 Pharmaceuticals ..................................................50 1060 Research & Scientific Services.....................50 1000 Other .........................................................................50

ENERGY TECHNOLOGIES 2005 Alternative Energy ..............................................50 2010 Alternative Engine Fuels...................................51 2020 Biofuels, Biomass & Waste-to-Energy .....51 2030 Fuel Cells ..................................................................51 2070 Power & Energy Efficiency Technologies.... .......................................................................................51 2000 Other ..........................................................................51

INFORMATION & COMMUNICATIONS TECHNOLOGY 3010 Electronics ...............................................................51 3015 Engineering, Analytical & Design Services .......................................................................................51 3020 Hardware ..................................................................51 3022 Internet Providers ................................................51 3025 Internet Services ..................................................51 3030 Software & Services ...........................................51 3040 Telecommunications .........................................53 3050 Videoconferencing/Webcasting .................53 3000 Other .........................................................................53

NEW MEDIA 4010 Animation/Digital Film .....................................53 4020 E-Learning ..............................................................53 4030 Interactive Design & Communications ....53 4040 Interactive Entertainment/Games .............53 4050 Software ..................................................................53 4060 Web Development/Marketing/Commerce ......................................................................................54 4000 Other .........................................................................54

SERVICES 7015 Consultants ............................................................54 7020 Financial Services................................................54 7030 Legal Services .......................................................54 7050 Professional Services ........................................55 7075 Recruiting ................................................................55 7000 Other .........................................................................55

SUSTAINABLE TECHNOLOGIES 5005 Electric Vehicle Technologies.......................55 5030 Environmental Monitoring & Instrumentation ...................................................55 5040 Green Building & Sustainable Planning Services ....................................................................55 5060 Information Systems for Sustainable Resource Management ....................................55 5100 Water & Waste-water Treatment: Water Conservation Equipment ................................55 5000 Other .........................................................................55

WIRELESS 6010 Components, Infrastructure & Devices ...55 6020 Enabling Software ..............................................55 6030 Wireless Applications........................................55 6000 Other .........................................................................55

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Testforce Systems Inc 34255 Larch St, Abbotsford V2S 2P7 Chris Sztuhar ... p: 604-557-0715 f: 514-856-6983 e: chris@testforce.com testforce.com MANUFACTURING

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AGO Environmental Electronics Ltd 626 Esquimalt Rd Suite 10, Victoria V9A 3L4 James C Harrington ...................p: 250-386-4015 f: 250-386-4016 e: info@agoenvironmental.com agoenvironmental.com/agofuelcells.com

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Kardium Inc 8518 Glenlyon Pky Suite 155, Burnaby V5J 0B6............ p: 604-248-8891 f: 604-304-3478 e: doug.goertzen@kardium.com kardium.com

Kinexus Bioinformatics Corp 8755 Ash St Suite 1, Vancouver V6P 6T3 ............ p: 604-323-2547 f: 604-323-2548 e: info@kinexus.ca kinexus.ca

Neovasc Inc 13562 Maycrest Way Suite 5138, Richmond V6V 2J7............ p: 604-270-4344 f: 604-270-4384 e: info@neovasc.com neovasc.com

SignalChem Biotech Inc 13120 Vanier Pl Suite 110, Richmond V6V 2J2............ p: 604-232-4600 f: 604-232-4601 e: info@signalchem.com signalchem.com

Response Biomedical Corp 1781 75th Ave W, Vancouver V6P 6P2 ............ p: 604-456-6010 f: 604-456-6066 e: customersupport@responsebio.com responsebio.com

Stemcell Technologies Inc 1618 Station St, Vancouver V6A 1B6 ........... p: 604-877-0713 f: 800-567-2899 e: info@stemcell.com stemcell.com

Verathon Medical Canada ULC 2227 Douglas Rd, Burnaby V5C 5A9 ........... p: 604-439-3009 f: 604-439-3039 e: canadasales@verathon.com verathon.com

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Aspect Biosystems 1781 75th Ave W, Vancouver V6P 6P2 .......................................p: 604-263-0502 e: info@aspectbiosystems.com aspectbiosystems.com

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AbCellera 2215 Yukon St, Vancouver V5Y 0A1 ......................................p: 604-559-9005 e: info@abcellera.com abcellera.com

BC Tech Association 1401 8th Ave W Suite 210, Vancouver V6H 1C9 ......................................p: 604-683-6159 e: hello@wearebctech.com wearebctech.com

BC Tech Association 1401 8th Ave W Suite 210, Vancouver V6H 1C9 ......................................p: 604-683-6159 e: hello@wearebctech.com wearebctech.com

Amgen British Columbia Inc 7990 Enterprise St, Burnaby V5A 1V7 ........... p: 604-415-1800 f: 604-676-8349 e: natashab@amgen.com amgen.ca

Xenon Pharmaceuticals Inc 3650 Gilmore Way Suite 200, Burnaby V5G 4W8.......... p: 604-484-3300 f: 604-484-3450 e: info@xenon-pharma.com xenon-pharma.com

BIOTECHNOLOGY _ LIFE SCIENCES

Alectos Therapeutics 8999 Nelson Way, Burnaby V5A 4B5 ........... p: 604-628-7129 f: 604-628-0137 e: info@alectos.com alectos.com

Metal Action Machining Ltd 12448 82nd Ave Suite 207, Surrey V3W 3E9 James Hargrove .........................p: 604-543-7378 f: 604-592-7372 e: sales@metalactionmachining.com metalactionmachining.com OTHER

AGRICULTURAL BIOTECH

1010

Semios 887 Great Northern Way Suite 430, Vancouver V5T 4T5 .......................................p: 604-229-2044 e: info@semios.com semios.com Terramera Inc 199 6th Ave W, Vancouver V5Y 1K3 ......................................p: 604-639-9600 e: info@terramera.com terramera.com MEDICAL DEVICES & DIAGNOSTICS

1040

Artron BioResearch Inc 3938 North Fraser Way, Burnaby V5J 5H6 ........... p: 604-415-9757 f: 604-415-9795 e: info@artronbio.com artronbio.com bioLytical Laboratories Inc 13251 Delf Pl Suite 406, Richmond V6V 2A2 ........... p: 604-204-6784 f: 604-244-8399 e: info@biolytical.com biolytical.com Corcym Canada Corp 5005 North Fraser Way, Burnaby V5J 5M1 .......... p: 604-412-5650 f: 604-412-5690 corcym.com Datrend Systems Inc 4020 Viking Way Suite 130, Richmond V6V 2L4 Jon Strong ....... p: 604-291-7747 f: 604-294-2355 e: jon.strong@datrend.com datrend.com

PHARMACEUTICALS

Aurinia Pharmaceuticals Inc 4464 Markham St Suite 1203, Victoria V8Z 7X8............ p: 250-708-4272 f: 250-744-2498 auriniapharma.com Qu Biologics Inc 4475 Wayburne Dr Suite 305, Burnaby V5G 4X4 ........... p: 604-734-1450 f: 604-676-2235 e: info@qubiologics.com qubiologics.com WEX Pharmaceuticals Inc 1100 Melville St Suite 1150, Vancouver V6E 4A6 Walter Korz ..... p: 604-676-7893 f: 604-683-8868 e: walterk@wexpharma.com wexpharma.com Xenon Pharmaceuticals Inc 3650 Gilmore Way Suite 200, Burnaby V5G 4W8.......... p: 604-484-3300 f: 604-484-3450 e: info@xenon-pharma.com xenon-pharma.com Zymeworks Inc 1385 8th Ave W Suite 540, Vancouver V6H 3V9 ........... p: 604-678-1388 f: 604-737-7077 e: info@zymeworks.com zymeworks.com RESEARCH & SCIENTIFIC SERVICES

1060

ABM Applied Biological Materials Inc 3671 Viking Way Unit 1, Richmond V6V 2J5............ p: 604-247-2416 f: 604-247-2414 e: info@abmgood.com abmgood.com

ENERGY TECHNOLOGIES ALTERNATIVE ENERGY

2005

Analytic Systems Ware (1993) Ltd 8128 River Way Suite 101, Delta V4G IK5 ............ p: 604-946-9981 f: 604-946-9983 e: sales@analyticsystems.com analyticsystems.com Chinook Power Corp 4388 Prospect Rd, North Vancouver V7N 3L7 Stephen Cheeseman ..................p: 604-924-4494 chinookpower.com Corvus Energy Inc 13155 Delf Pl Suite 220, Richmond V6V 2A2 ........... p: 604-227-0280 f: 604-227-0281 e: info@corvusenergy.com corvusenergy.com General Fusion Inc 3680 Bonneville Pl Suite 106, Burnaby V3N 4T5 ......................................p: 604-439-3003 e: info@generalfusion.com generalfusion.com GeoTility Geothermal Installations Corp 4320 Viking Way Unit 180, Richmond V6V 2L4 Jimmy Leask.... p: 604-273-5776 f: 604-273-5779 e: jleask2@geotility.ca geotility.ca Greenlight Innovation Corp 8339 Eastlake Dr Suite 101, Burnaby V5A 4W2.......... p: 604-676-4012 f: 604-676-4111 e: info@greenlightinnovation.com greenlightinnovation.com

Genome BC 575 8th Ave W Suite 400, Vancouver V5Z 0C4............ p: 604-738-8072 f: 604-738-8597 genomebc.ca

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Hakai Energy Solutions Inc PO Box 1236 2956 Ulverston Ave, Cumberland V0R 1S0 ......................................p: 888-604-3128 e: info@hakaienergysolutions.com hakaienergysolutions.com Hydrogen in Motion 55 Cordova St E Suite 312, Vancouver V6A 0A5 ........... p: 778-888-9590 f: 778-508-3552 e: info@hydrogeninmotion.com hydrogeninmotion.com Innergex Renewable Energy Inc 888 Dunsmuir St 11th Floor, Vancouver V6C 3K4 ........... p: 604-633-9990 f: 604-633-9991 e: info@innergex.com innergex.com Schneider Electric Canada Inc 3700 Gilmore Way, Burnaby V5G 4M1 .....................................p: 604-422-8595 e: canadian.pss@schneider-electric.com se.com/ca Svante Inc 8528 Glenlyon Pky Unit 143, Burnaby V5J 0B6............ p: 604-456-0504 f: 604-435-7670 e: info@svanteinc.com svanteinc.com Testforce Systems Inc 34255 Larch St, Abbotsford V2S 2P7 Chris Sztuhar ... p: 604-557-0715 f: 514-856-6983 e: chris@testforce.com testforce.com VREC - Vancouver Renewable Energy 1245 Glen Dr, Vancouver V6A 3M8 .....................................p: 778-869-8333 e: main@vrec.ca vrec.ca Wellons Canada 19087 96 Ave, Surrey V4N 3P2 ........... p: 604-881-3229 f: 604-888-2959 e: pat.thornton@wellons.ca wellons.ca ALTERNATIVE ENGINE FUELS

2010

Westport Fuel Systems Inc 1750 75th Ave W Suite 101, Vancouver V6P 6G2 ........... p: 604-718-2000 f: 604-718-2001 e: info@wfsinc.com wfsinc.com

POWER & ENERGY EFFICIENCY TECHNOLOGIES

2070

Coda Research Corp 195 21st St Suite 1201, West Vancouver V7V 4A4 Johan Dooyeweerd ....................p: 604-986-2004 e: codares.pwr@gmail.com codaresearch.com Enbala Power Networks Inc 930 1st St W Suite 211, North Vancouver V7P 3N4 ......................................p: 604-929-6006 e: sales@enbala.com enbala.com IFD Corp 8755 Ash St Unit 3, Vancouver V6P 6T3 ............ p: 604-734-0105 f: 604-734-0120 e: paul.chisholm@ifdcorporation.com ifdcorporation.com Invinity Energy Systems 1445 Powell St, Vancouver V5L 1G8.......................................p: 604-563-2144 e: connect@invinity.com invinity.com Lockhart Industries Ltd PO Box 784, Duncan V9L 3Y1 ............ p: 250-748-1731 f: 250-743-4570 e: sales@lockhart.ca lockhart.ca QMC Submetering Solutions 573 Sherling Pl Suite 1105, Port Coquitlam V3B 0J6 Mike Easton .... p: 604-526-5155 f: 604-526-7667 e: info@qmeters.com qmeters.com Rainforest Automation Inc 311 Pender St W Suite 200, Vancouver V6B 1T3 Bill Richardson ...........................p: 604-630-4287 e: bill.richardson@rainforestautomation.com rainforestautomation.com OTHER

2000

BC Tech Association 1401 8th Ave W Suite 210, Vancouver V6H 1C9 ......................................p: 604-683-6159 e: hello@wearebctech.com wearebctech.com

2020

Ben Wiens Energy Science Inc 8772 206 St, Langley V1M 3X2 Ben Wiens ..................................p: 604-520-6321 e: ben@benwiens.com benwiens.com

Greenlane Renewables Inc 3605 Gilmore Way Suite 110, Burnaby V5G 4X5 ......................................p: 604-259-0343 e: salesna@greenlanebiogas.com greenlanerenewables.com

Carbon Engineering Ltd 37322 Galbraith Rd PO Box 187, Squamish V8B 0A2 ................................................................ e: info@carbonengineering.com carbonengineering.com

Quadrogen Power Systems Inc 8288 North Fraser Way Unit 110, Burnaby V3N 0E9 Alakh Prasad ... p: 604-221-7170 f: 604-221-3001 e: sales@quadrogen.com quadrogen.com

INFORMATION & COMMUNICATIONS TECHNOLOGY

BIOFUELS, BIOMASS & WASTE-TOENERGY

FUEL CELLS

2030

ELECTRONICS

Loop Energy Inc 2880 Production Way, Burnaby V5A 4T6 ........... p: 604-222-3400 f: 604-227-4365 e: info@loopenergy.com loopenergy.com Zinc8 Energy Solutions Inc 8765 Ash St Unit 1, Vancouver V6P 6T3 .......................................p: 604-558-1406 e: partners@zinc8energy.com zinc8energy.com

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Euro Solutions Ltd 19720 94A Ave Suite E104, Langley V1M 3B7 Lada Cervinek .............................p: 604-513-8584 e: info@eurobc.com eurobc.com PassTime GPS Canada 5118 North Fraser Way Suite 100, Burnaby V5J 0H1 Wilf Wassersleben ....................p: 604-437-3023 f: 604-324-3148 e: canadiansupport@passtimegps.com passtimegps.com Testforce Systems Inc 34255 Larch St, Abbotsford V2S 2P7 Chris Sztuhar ... p: 604-557-0715 f: 514-856-6983 e: chris@testforce.com testforce.com ENGINEERING, ANALYTICAL & DESIGN SERVICES 3015

Ampco Manufacturers Inc 9 Burbidge St Suite 101, Coquitlam V3K 7B2 Dann Konkin .... p: 604-472-3800 f: 604-944-4068 e: sales@ampcomfg.com ampcomfg.com

INTERNET SERVICES

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Webnames.ca Inc 333 Terminal Ave Suite 333, Vancouver V6A 4C1 ........... p: 604-633-1142 f: 604-633-3174 e: support@webnames.ca webnames.ca SOFTWARE & SERVICES

3030

1stDataRecovery.com 2981 Simpson Rd Suite 210, Richmond V6X 2R2 Ann An........................................p: 604-278-3776 e: info@1stdatarecovery.com 1stdatarecovery.com Absolute Software 1055 Dunsmuir St Suite 1400 PO Box 49211, Vancouver V7X 1K8 ........... p: 604-730-9851 f: 604-730-2621 e: info@absolute.com absolute.com Aequilibrium Software Inc 409 Granville St Suite 1300, Vancouver V6C 1T2 Adrian Moise..............................p: 877-231-9422 e: adrian.moise@aequilibrium.ca aequilibrium.com

Aero Geometrics Ltd 837 Hastings St W Suite 209, Vancouver V6C 3N6 Tim Daly........... p: 604-408-8740 f: 604-408-8747 e: manager@aerogeo.com aerogeo.com

Alida 200 Granville St, Vancouver V6C 1S4 ........... p: 604-647-1980 f: 604-647-1005 alida.com

AnalysisWorks 1234 6th Ave W, Vancouver V6H 1A5 Jason Goto ...... p: 604-739-7363 f: 604-739-7364 e: info@analysisworks.com analysisworks.com

Andornot Consulting Inc 808 Nelson St Suite 1700, Vancouver V6Z 2H2 Kathy Bryce ................................p: 604-269-2525 e: info@andornot.com andornot.com

Form3 Design Inc 405 Railway St Suite 201, Vancouver V6A 1A7 Alex Feldman..............................p: 604-709-3676 e: alexf@form3.com form3.com Contract industrial design and mechanical design services, including product graphics, interface, prototyping and transfer to manufacturing.

Aquatic Informatics 1111 Georgia St W Suite 2400, Vancouver V6E 4M3 .......... p: 604-873-2782 f: 604-873-2750 e: info@aquaticinformatics.com aquaticinformatics.com

LMI Technologies 9200 Glenlyon Pky, Burnaby V5J 5J8 ............ p: 604-636-1011 f: 604-516-8368 e: info@lmi3d.com lmi3d.com Powertech Labs Inc 12388 88 Ave, Surrey V3W 7R7 .......... p: 604-598-5116 f: 604-590-6656 e: monica.pineda@powertechlabs.com powertechlabs.com Synetic Inc 780 Kings Rd, 2nd floor, Victoria V8T 5A2 ......................................p: 250-475-3001 e: inquiry@synetic.ca synetic.ca HARDWARE

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Canada Brio Technology Ltd 8988 Fraserton Crt Suite 312, Burnaby V5J 5H8 ........... p: 604-430-2027 f: 604-435-0553 e: sales@brio-tech.ca brio-tech.ca

Ballard Power Systems Inc 9000 Glenlyon Pky, Burnaby V5J 5J8 Monique Dunn. p: 604-454-0900 f: 604-412-4700 e: marketing@ballard.com ballard.com

Enigma Interconnect 8070 Winston St, Burnaby V5A 2H5 ........... p: 604-420-3313 f: 604-420-7525 e: boards@enigmacorp.com enigmacorp.com

3020

Cisco Systems Canada 595 Burrard St Suite 2123 PO Box 49121, Vancouver V7X 1J1............ p: 604-647-2300 f: 604-647-2399 cisco.com INTERNET PROVIDERS

3022

Avocette Technologies Inc 422 Sixth St Suite 200, New Westminster V3L 3B2 ............ p: 604-395-6000 f: 604-395-6004 e: marketing@avocette.com avocette.com Binary Stream Software Inc 7300 Edmonds St Suite 800, Burnaby V3N 0G8 Lak Chahal ..................................p: 604-522-6300 e: info@binarystream.com binarystream.com Boeing Vancouver 13575 Commerce Pky Suite 200, Richmond V6V 2L1 ............ p: 604-232-4200 f: 604-232-4201 e: rachel.kelly@boeing.com boeingvancouver.com Burli Software Inc 4664 Lougheed Hwy Suite 264, Burnaby V5C 5T5............ p: 604-684-3140 f: 604-684-4160 e: sales@burli.com burli.com CGI Group Inc 1175 Douglas St Suite 600, Victoria V8W 2E1 ......... p: 250-383-3934 f: 250-388-5018 e: info@cgi.com cgi.com Change Healthcare Imaging, Workflow & Care Solutions 10711 Cambie Rd Suite 130, Richmond V6X 3G5 ........... p: 604-279-5422 f: 604-279-0572 changehealthcare.com

Creation Technologies 8999 Fraserton Crt , Burnaby V5J 5H8 .....................................p: 604-430-4336 e: info@creationtech.com creationtech.com

Collabware 1188 Georgia St W Suite 1050, Vancouver V6E 4A2 Graham Sibley ............................p: 778-724-1812 e: contact@collabware.com collabware.com

D-Wave Systems Inc 3033 Beta Ave, Burnaby V5G 4M9 .......... p: 604-630-1428 f: 604-630-1434 e: inquiry@dwavesys.com dwavesys.com

Conexiom 1140 Pender St W Suite 1400, Vancouver V6E 4G1 ........... p: 604-638-2300 f: 604-638-2301 e: info@conexiom.com conexiom.com

Dorigo Systems Ltd 5085 North Fraser Way, Burnaby V5J 0J2 Beth Miller ...... p: 604-294-4600 f: 604-294-4609 e: bmiller@pillonholdings.com dorigo.com

Novus Entertainment Inc 112 3rd Ave E Suite 300, Vancouver V5T 1C8............ p: 604-642-6688 f: 604-685-7832 e: roddy.ouano@novusnow.ca novusnow.ca

Copperleaf 2920 Virtual Way Suite 140, Vancouver V5M 0C4 Laura Ryan....... p: 604-639-9700 f: 604-639-9699 e: info13@copperleaf.com copperleaf.com

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Information & communications technology

CPG Systems 2818 Main St Suite 301, Vancouver V5T 0C1.......................................p: 604-336-8133 e: ask.us@cpgsystems.ca cpgsystems.ca

iQmetrix 250 Howe St Suite 1210, Vancouver V6C 3R8 ........... p: 604-694-8010 f: 604-568-0462 iqmetrix.com

Tecnet Canada Inc 3214 Beta Ave, Burnaby V5G 4K4 Ed Life.............. p: 800-832-6381 f: 604-433-5552 e: ed.life@tecnet.ca tecnet.ca

Curatio Networks Inc 887 Great Northern Way Suite 115, Vancouver V5T 4T5 .......................................p: 778-724-0886 e: info@curatio.me curatio.me

JDV Consulting 2870 Philip Ave, North Vancouver V7R 1B8 Jiri Dvorak ..................................p: 604-220-0529 e: jiri.dvorak@t4bi.com

Teradici Corp 4601 Canada Way Suite 301, Burnaby V5G 4X7 ........... p: 604-451-5800 f: 604-451-5818 e: info@teradici.com teradici.com

Cymax Group Technologies 4170 Still Creek Dr Suite 310, Burnaby V5C 6C6 ........... p: 604-678-9141 f: 604-629-4708 e: hello@cymax.com cymaxgroup.com

Jostle 1090 Georgia St W Suite 1200, Vancouver V6E 3V7 Brad Palmer ................................p: 604-566-9520 e: info@jostle.me jostle.me

The Answer Co 233 Nelson’s Cres Suite 502, New Westminster V3L 0E4 ............ p: 604-473-9166 f: 604-473-9115 e: info@theanswerco.com theanswerco.com

Dolphin Enterprises Ltd 850 Hastings St W Suite 609, Vancouver V6E 1E1 .......................................p: 604-685-6721 e: info@dolphinent.com dolphinent.com

JustSystems Canada Inc 666 Burrard St Suite 3220, Vancouver V6C 2X8 ..........p: 604-602-9928 justsystems.com

EnterProtect 15670 Columbia Ave, White Rock V4B 1L1 Lee Van Iderstine/ Marcus Piehl p: 888-240-4929 e: info@enterprotect.com enterprotect.com

Klue 777 Hornby St Suite 1600, Vancouver V6Z 1S4.......................................p: 780-904-8301 e: info@klue.com klue.com

Fatigue Science 409 Granville St Suite 1588, Vancouver V6C 1T2.......................................p: 604-408-0085 e: info@fatiguescience.com fatiguescience.com

Lifeguard Digital Health 1199 Hastings St W Suite 300, Vancouver V6E 3T5 Jeff Hardy.......................................p: 604-281-03 e: info@lifeguarddh.com lifeguarddh.com

Galvanize 980 Howe St Suite 1500, Vancouver V6Z 0C8............ p: 604-669-4225 f: 604-669-3557 wegalvanize.com Gens Software Ltd 4050 38th Ave W, Vancouver V6N 2Y9 Radik Gens ...... p: 604-266-5767 f: 604-266-5769 e: radikg@genssoft.com genssoft.com GenXys 322 Water St Suite 200, Vancouver V6B 1B6 ......................................p: 778-895-9325 e: info@genxys.com genxys.com Global Relay 220 Cambie St, 2nd Floor, Vancouver V6B 2M9 .......... p: 604-484-6630 f: 604-608-2941 e: info@globalrelay.net globalrelay.com Gloo International 8070 122A St, Surrey V3W 7R4 .....................................p: 778-728-1001 e: info@gloocrm.com gloocrm.com Gravit-e Technologies Inc 525 Seymour St Suite 610, Vancouver V6B 3H7 Nick Oostveen . p: 604-637-6567 f: 604-608-5528 e: info@gravit-e.ca gravit-e.ca happier IT Inc 15670 Columbia Ave, White Rock V4B 1L1 Lee Van Iderstine........................p: 888-974-2779 e: info@happierit.com happierit.com IBM Canada 4611 Canada Way Suite 200, Burnaby V5G 4X3 ........... p: 778-327-7241 f: 778-327-7400 e: ericj@ca.ibm.com ibm.com/ca

MagicLogic Optimization Inc 150 Canterbury Cres, Nanaimo V9T 4S4 Tim Smith ...................................p: 250-585-4409 e: tim@magiclogic.com magiclogic.com Maximizer Software Inc 60 Smithe St Suite 260, Vancouver V6B 0P5............ p: 604-601-8000 f: 604-601-8001 e: info@maximizer.com maximizer.com Micromine 999 Canada Pl Suite 532, Vancouver V6C 3E1 Derek Cooper... p: 604-646-8924 f: 604-696-0504 e: dcooper@micromine.com micromine.com Microsoft Canada Inc (Vancouver development centre) 725 Granville St Suite 700, Vancouver V7Y 1G5 ......................................p: 604-693-7726 e: mcecinfo@microsoft.com mcec.microsoft.ca MRX Solutions Corp 470 Kingsway Ave Suite 103, Vancouver V5T 3J9 Sava Jurisic ..... p: 604-676-2362 f: 604-676-2362 e: info@mrxsolutions.com mrxsolutions.com Oak Bay Softrends Inc 3230 31st Ave W, Vancouver V6L 2A7.......................................p: 604-739-9385 e: info@oakbaysoftrends.net oakbaysoftrends.net Optimus Information Inc 900 Howe St Suite 510, Vancouver V6Z 2M4 .....................................p: 604-736-4600 e: info@optimusinfo.com optimusinfo.com

IFS/Clevest 13700 International Pl, Richmond V6V 2X8 Thomas Ligocki.............. p: 604-214-9700 ifs.com

OPUS Consulting Group Ltd 134 Abbott St Suite 404, Vancouver V6B 2K4 ........... p: 604-684-6787 f: 604-684-6789 e: info@ocgl.net ocgl.net

Infonet Technology Corp 3680 Gilmore Way Suite 202, Burnaby V5G 4Y1 Lee Barter ........ p: 604-689-7589 f: 604-689-7599 e: plbarter@infonet-tech.com infonet-tech.com

PAI Health 510 Seymour St Suite 700, Vancouver V6B 3J5.......................................p: 604-260-6739 e: sales@paihealth.com paihealth.com

Innovation Networks Inc 13955 Bridgeport Rd Suite 400, Richmond V6V 1J6............ p: 604-275-5100 f: 604-275-7978 e: info@innovationnetworks.com innovationnetworks.com Intense Technologies Inc 3731 Rees Rd, Richmond V6X 2S4 John Ens .....................................p: 604-270-2780 e: info@intense.ca intense.ca

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PDFTron Systems Inc 838 Hastings St W Level 5, Vancouver V6C 0A6 ........... p: 604-730-8989 f: 604-676-2477 e: sales@pdftron.com pdftron.com Leading global provider of a high-performance document and digital content processing, workflow automation and collaboration technology platform, enabling digital transformation via secure and highly comprehensive developer software components and enterprise tools. Profusion Technologies Corp 2799 Gilmore Ave Suite 107, Burnaby V5C 6S5 ......................................p: 604-900-8199 e: info@profusion.ca profusion.ca Quartech 2889 12th Ave E Suite 650, Vancouver V5M 4T5 Michael Lagasse ........................p: 604-291-9686 f: 604-291-0243 e: communications@quartech.com quartech.com Redbrick Technologies Inc 1515 Douglas St Suite 520, Victoria V8W 2G4 Olivia Scholes.............................p: 250-590-1800 e: info@rdbrck.com rdbrck.com Safe Software 9639 137A St Suite 1200, Surrey V3T 0M1 .......... p: 604-501-9985 f: 604-501-9965 e: info@safe.com safe.com Sage Software Canada 13888 Wireless Way, Richmond V6V 0A3 ................ p: 604-207-9480 sage.com/ca Samco Software Inc 7789 134 St Unit 61, Surrey V3W 9E9 .......... p: 604-597-4211 f: 604-597-7320 e: itadmin@samco.com samco.com

Thrive Health 116 Hastings St W Suite 200, Vancouver V6B 1G8 ......................................p: 778-806-2514 e: info@thrive.health thrive.health TLD Computers and CustomWorks - A Division of London Drugs Ltd 12251 Horseshoe Way Suite 100, Richmond V7A 4V4 ........... p: 888-933-9777 f: 604-272-6026 e: solutions@tld.com tld.com/customworks.ca Traction on Demand 2700 Production Way Suite 500, Burnaby V5A 0C2 Kevin Murray ..............................p: 604-620-6040 e: kmurray@tractionondemand.com tractionondemand.com Trulioo 1055 Hastings St W Suite 1200, Vancouver V6E 2E9 .......................................p: 888-773-0179 e: kim@trulioo.com trulioo.com Turbo IT Solutions Ltd 422 Richards St Suite 170, Vancouver V6B 2Z4.......................................p: 604-757-9823 e: info@turboitsolutions.com turboitsolutions.com Waterstreet Technologies Group Inc 375 Water St Suite 200, Vancouver V6B 0M9 Tim Chizik ........ p: 604-484-0148 f: 604-484-0149 e: tchizik@waterstreet.net waterstreet.net WoodPro Software Inc 2680 Shell Rd Suite 208, Richmond V6X 4C9 ........... p: 604-270-2595 f: 604-244-7966 e: marketing@woodprosoftware.com woodprosoftware.com

SAP Canada Inc 910 Mainland St, Vancouver V6B 1A9 ........... p: 604-647-8888 f: 604-681-2934 e: vancouver@sap.com sap.com SkyHive Technologies Inc 815 Hastings St W Suite 800, Vancouver V6C 3N9 ................................................................ e: hello@skyhive.io hello@skyhive.ai Smart Hotel Software Inc 219 8th St E Suite 3, North Vancouver V7L 1Y9 .......................................p: 604-926-3215 e: doug@SmartHotelSoftware.com smarthotelsoftware.com Sophos Inc 777 Dunsmuir St Suite 1400, Vancouver V7Y 1K4 ......................................p: 604-484-6400 e: careers-canada@sophos.com sophos.com Squirrel Systems 8585 Baxter Pl, Burnaby V5A 4V7 ........... p: 604-412-3300 f: 604-412-3399 e: info@squirrelsystems.com squirrelsystems.com StarGarden Corp 3665 Kingsway, Vancouver V5R 5W2 .......... p: 800-809-2880 f: 604-451-0578 e: support@stargarden.com stargarden.com T2 Systems Canada Inc 4321 Still Creek Dr Suite 330, Burnaby V5C 6S7 .............p: 778-375-6000 t2systems.com

Xodo Technologies Inc 838 Hastings St W Level 5, Vancouver V6C 0A6 ........... p: 604-730-8989 f: 604-676-2477 e: info@xodo.com xodo.com Xodo Technologies is a provider of innovative, cross-platform business and productivity applications. Our goal is to reimagine how the world works with documents, and to bring the best-in-class in PDF and document technology to users everywhere. Xodo is the ultimate PDF app for viewing, annotating and collaborating on PDF files across platforms and devices. ZE PowerGroup Inc 5920 No 2 Rd Suite 130, Richmond V7C 4R9 Michelle Mollineaux ..................p: 778-296-4189 f: 604-244-1675 e: michelle.mollineaux@ze.com ze.com

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TELECOMMUNICATIONS

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Algo Communication Products Ltd 4500 Beedie St, Burnaby V5J 5L2 ............ p: 604-454-3790 f: 604-437-5726 e: info@algosolutions.com algosolutions.com Ansatel Communications Inc 940 Kingsway, Vancouver V5V 3C4 ........... p: 604-872-6500 f: 604-879-5377 e: sales@ansatel.com ansatel.com Bell Canada 2925 Virtual Way, Vancouver V5M 4X5 .....................................p: 800-667-0123 e: bcecomms@bell.ca bell.ca CanTech Telecom Inc 3070 Norland Ave Suite 101, Burnaby V5B 3A6 ........... p: 604-568-7247 f: 604-628-3322 e: info@cantechbca.ca cantechtelecom.ca Charter 2614 Sooke Rd, Victoria V9B 1Y2 ......................................p: 778-410-2502 e: info@charter.ca charter.ca CityWest Cable and Telephone Corp 248 3rd Ave, Prince Rupert V8J 1L1 .......................................p: 250-624-7001 e: donovan.dias@cwct.ca citywest.ca

New media

Telus Corp 510 Georgia St W 23rd floor, Vancouver V6B 0M3 .....................................p: 604-697-8044 e: ir@telus.com telus.com

Bardel Entertainment Inc 1523 3rd Ave W, Vancouver V6J 1J8 ............ p: 604-669-5589 f: 604-669-9079 e: info@bardel.ca bardel.ca

Uniserve Communications Corp 333 Terminal Ave Suite 330, Vancouver V6A 4C1 ........... p: 604-395-3900 f: 604-630-7194 uniserve.com

Cinesite 565 Great Northern Way Suite 500, Vancouver V5T 0H8 ......................................p: 604-216-2615 e: featureanimation@cinesite.com cinesite.com

Vandelta Communication Systems Ltd 9223 Shaughnessy St, Vancouver V6P 6R5 Hugh M Rae .... p: 604-732-8686 f: 604-732-4727 e: hughrae@vandelta.com vandelta.com

Digital Domain 1618 8th Ave W, Vancouver V6J 1V4............ p: 778-783-6000 f: 778-783-6099 e: jlalani@d2.com digitaldomain.com

Vecima Networks Inc 771 Vanalman Ave, Victoria V8Z 3B8............ p: 250-881-1982 f: 250-881-1974 e: invest@vecima.com vecima.com

DNEG 149 4th Ave W, Vancouver V5Y 4A6 ......................................p: 778-372-9000 e: info@dneg.com dneg.com

VIDEOCONFERENCING/ WEBCASTING

3050

Mediastreams Communications 40044 Plateau Dr, Squamish V8B 0W3 Pesi A Unwalla ...........................p: 604-970-5055 e: info@mediastreams.ca mediastreams.ca OTHER

3000

Dali Wireless Canada Inc 8618 Commerce Crt, Burnaby V5A 4N6........... p: 604-420-7760 f: 604-420-7730 e: info@daliwireless.com daliwireless.com

247 Networks Ltd 1515 Broadway St Suite 208, Port Coquitlam V3C 6M2 George Hsu.................................p: 604-592-2473 e: hello@247networks.ca 247networks.ca

Glentel Inc 8501 Commerce Crt, Burnaby V5A 4N3........... p: 604-415-6500 f: 604-415-6565 e: info@glentel.com glentel.com

BC Tech Association 1401 8th Ave W Suite 210, Vancouver V6H 1C9 ......................................p: 604-683-6159 e: hello@wearebctech.com wearebctech.com Caltec Solutions PO Box 33035 Nordel, Delta V4C 8E6 Calen Slezash .............................p: 604-761-4342 e: info@caltecsolutions.com caltecsolutions.com MDA 13800 Commerce Pky, Richmond V6V 2J3.......................................p: 604-278-3411 e: info@mda.space mda.space

Novus Entertainment Inc 112 3rd Ave E Suite 300, Vancouver V5T 1C8............ p: 604-642-6688 f: 604-685-7832 e: roddy.ouano@novusnow.ca novusnow.ca OptiNet Systems Inc 21331 Gordon Way Unit 3190, Richmond V6W 1J9 .......... p: 604-288-1300 f: 604-233-1255 e: service@optinet.ca optinet.ca Pacific CoastCom Communications Inc 3855 Henning Dr Suite 109, Burnaby V5C 6N3 Greg Cirko........ p: 604-299-8180 f: 604-299-8179 e: sales@pcoast.ca pcoast.ca Paladin Technologies Inc 355 Burrard St Suite 1350, Vancouver V6C 2G8 ......................................p: 877-508-1881 e: treid@paladintechnologies.com paladintechnologies.com Rogers Communications 4710 Kingsway, Suite 1600, Burnaby V5H 4M5 .....................................p: 888-764-3771 e: customer.service@rci.rogers.com rogers.com

Message Impact Systems Inc 1124 Lonsdale Ave Suite 1107, North Vancouver V7M 2H1 Dave Roitner.... p: 604-243-4442 f: 866-306-3140 e: info@messageimpact.com messageimpact.com Microserve 4400 Dominion St Suite 280, Burnaby V5G 4G3 Giulietta Mohr . p: 604-473-9883 f: 604-473-9887 e: giuliettam@microserve.ca microserve.ca Place One Systems 4720 Kingsway Suite 2600, Burnaby V5H 4N2......................................p: 604-601-2118 e: info@placeonesystems.com placeone.net Safe Fleet (Formerly Seon Design Inc) 3B Burbidge St Unit 111, Coquitlam V3K 7B2 Tom Gill ........... p: 604-941-0880 f: 604-941-0870 e: info@safefleet.net safefleet.net TMC IT and Telecom Consulting 1500 Georgia St W Suite 1300, Vancouver V6G 2Z6 Ellen Koskinen-Dodgson ............p: 604-683-1103 e: ellen@tmcconsulting.ca tmcconsulting.ca

NEW MEDIA

Shaw Communications Inc 1067 Cordova St W, Vancouver V6C 3T5.........................p: 888-472-2222 shaw.ca

Atomic Cartoons, Thunderbird’s Kids and Family Division 123 7th Ave W, Vancouver V5Y 1L8 .......................................p: 604-734-2866 e: info@atomiccartoons.com atomiccartoons.com

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Image Engine Design Inc 15 5th Ave W, Vancouver V5Y 1H4 ........... p: 604-874-5634 f: 604-708-8433 e: vfx@image-engine.com image-engine.com Industrial Light & Magic Vancouver 21 Water St Suite 400, Vancouver V6B 1A1 ......................................p: 415-746-4700 e: contact-van@ilm.com ilm.com Mainframe Studios Inc 2025 Broadway W Suite 200, Vancouver V6J 1Z6 Michael Hefferon .......................p: 604-714-2600 f: 604-714-2641 e: info@mainframe.ca mainframe.ca Patrick Turner Studios 241 St Georges Ave Suite 103, North Vancouver V7L 4N2 Patrick Turner .............................p: 604-929-7158 e: pat@patrickturner.com patrickturner.com Sony Pictures Imageworks 725 Granville St Suite 500 PO Box 10433, Vancouver V7Y 1K4 ......... p: 604-673-2500 imageworks.com Titmouse 31 3rd Ave W, Vancouver V5Y 3T8.......................................p: 604-757-4203 e: sales@titmouse.net titmouse.net WildBrain Ltd 380 5th Ave W, Vancouver V5Y 1J5............ p: 604-684-2363 f: 604-602-0208 e: studios@wildbrain.com wildbrain.com E-LEARNING

4010

4020

GigaLuma Technologies Inc PO Box 81173, Burnaby V5H 4K2 ......................................p: 604-568-7202 e: support@gigaluma.com gigaluma.com IITTI World Civility Index 283 Davie St Suite 1303, Vancouver V6B 5T6 Patrick Chun ......................................................... e: info@iitti.org iitti.org Thinkific 369 Terminal Ave Suite 400, Vancouver V6A 4C4 ......................................p: 888-832-2409 e: info@thinkific.com thinkific.com INTERACTIVE DESIGN & COMMUNICATIONS

Santel Communications 11880 Hammersmith Way Suite 197, Richmond V7A 5C8 ........... p: 604-273-9062 f: 604-273-1983 e: kkondo@santel.ca santel.ca

ANIMATION/DIGITAL FILM

FuseFX 1168 Hamilton St Suite 400, Vancouver V6B 2S2 ......................................p: 604-637-3010 e: bcinfo@fusefx.com fusefx.com

4030

Go2 Productions Inc 1930 Pandora St Suite 306, Vancouver V5R 4M2 Gemma Scott..............................p: 604-408-5844 e: gemma@go2productions.com go2productions.com

INTERACTIVE ENTERTAINMENT/ GAMES

4040

A Thinking Ape Entertainment Ltd 1132 Alberni St Suite 200, Vancouver V6E 1A5 ......................................p: 604-682-7773 e: press@athinkingape.com athinkingape.com Blackbird Interactive 565 Great Northern Way Suite 400, Vancouver V5T 0H8 ......................................p: 604-424-4355 e: peter.greenwood@blackbirdinteractive.com blackbirdinteractive.com Cloudhead Games 124 Harlech Rd, Qualicum Beach V9K 1G9 ......................................p: 250-951-2710 e: info@cloudheadgames.com cloudheadgames.com East Side Games 555 12th Ave W Suite 550, Vancouver V5Z 3X7............ p: 604-710-7721 f: 604-568-5051 e: info@eastsidegamestudio.com eastsidegames.com Electronic Arts 4330 Sanderson Way, Burnaby V5G 4X1 ........... p: 604-456-3600 f: 604-456-5000 e: info@ea.com ea.com Hellbent Games 3430 Brighton Ave Suite 210A, Burnaby V5A 3H4 ......................................p: 604-431-6669 e: contact@hellbentgames.com hellbentgames.com Jetpack Interactive 43 Hastings St W Suite 301, Vancouver V6B 1G4 ......................................p: 604-620-5592 e: info@jetpackinteractive.ca jetpackinteractive.ca Next Level Games 208 Robson St Suite 300, Vancouver V6B 6A1 ........... p: 604-484-6111 f: 604-464-6112 e: info@nextlevelgames.com nextlevelgames.com Relic Entertainment 285 5th Ave W Suite 500, Vancouver V5Y 1J3.......................................p: 604-801-6577 e: jamie.chapman@relic.com relic.com Skybox Labs 4190 Lougheed Hwy Suite 200, Burnaby V5C 6A8 ......................................p: 604-558-4330 e: info@skyboxlabs.com skyboxlabs.com The Coalition 858 Beatty St Suite 600, Vancouver V6B 1C1 ........... p: 604-247-6000 f: 604-221-4400 thecoalitionstudio.com SOFTWARE

4050

Appazur Solutions Inc 1834C Oak Bay Ave Suite 140, Victoria V8R 0A4 Trevor Cox...................................p: 888-277-5705 e: hello@appazur.com appazur.com Lumen5 196 6th Ave W, Vancouver V5Y 1H7 ................................................................ e: team@lumen5.com lumen5.com PNI Digital Media 425 Carrall St Suite 100, Vancouver V6B 6E3............ p: 604-893-8955 f: 604-893-8966 e: pr@pnimedia.com pnimedia.com Unbounce 401 Georgia St W Suite 400, Vancouver V6B 5A1 ......................................p: 604-484-1354 e: sarah.gooding@unbounce.com unbounce.com

KIMBO Design Inc 409 Granville St Suite 1251, Vancouver V6C 1T2 Kim Pickett .................................p: 604-562-8242 e: kim@kimbodesign.ca kimbodesign.ca

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WEB DEVELOPMENT/MARKETING/ COMMERCE 4060

All Inclusive Marketing 11180 Coppersmith Pl Suite 238, Richmond V7A 5G8 ......................................p: 866-215-1314 e: info@allinclusivemarketing.com allinclusivemarketing.com Appnovation 190 Alexander St Suite 600, Vancouver V6A 1B5 Riccardo Zane.. p: 604-568-0313 f: 604-568-0314 e: info@appnovation.com appnovation.com Archive Digital 999 Canada Pl Suite 404, Vancouver V6C 3E2.......................................p: 604-493-2002 e: hello@archivedigital.com archivedigital.com Bayleaf Software Inc 839 Cambie St Suite 200, Vancouver V6B 2P4 George Tomes . p: 604-683-1288 f: 604-683-1287 e: info@bayleaf.com bayleaf.com

Services

Microzip Data Solutions Inc 851 Old Lillooet Rd, North Vancouver V7J 2H6 Axel Krieger..... p: 604-683-3711 f: 855-845-8903 e: info@microzip.com microzip.com

ITS Consulting Inc 2323 Quebec St Suite 228, Vancouver V5T 4S7............ p: 604-484-4300 f: 604-484-4301 e: sales@itsmail.ca itsconsultinginc.ca

Noise Digital Inc 856 Homer St Suite 200, Vancouver V6B 2W5 .....................................p: 604-689-9574 e: vancouver@noisedigital.com noisedigital.com

Jumpstart Sales & Marketing Inc 4170 Still Creek Dr Suite 200, Burnaby V5C 6C6 Tyler Dawson..............................p: 778-783-0689 jumpstartcorp.com

OXD 12 Water St Suite 210, Vancouver V6B 1A5 ......................................p: 604-694-0554 e: hello@oxd.com oxd.com

Lead Generators International Sales & Marketing Group Inc 4170 Still Creek Dr Suite 200, Burnaby V5C 6C6 Tyler Dawson. p: 604-918-5078 clientfinders.com

POWERSHiFTER Digital Inc 228 Georgia St E Suite 300, Vancouver V6A 1Z7 ......................................p: 778-866-0617 e: hello@powershifternew.biz powershifter.com Shopify Inc 595 Burrard St, Vancouver V7X 1L4 ................................................ shopify.ca

CREW Marketing Partners 5446 152 St Suite 301, Surrey V3S 5J9.......................................p: 604-449-1970 e: sunger@crewmp.com crewmp.com

Snaptech Marketing 4370 Dominion St Suite 406, Burnaby V5G 4L7 Flavio Marquez p: 604-677-0742 f: 604-677-5237 e: flavio@snaptech.com snaptech.com

Engine Digital Inc 34 8th Ave W, Vancouver V5Y 1M7 .....................................p: 604-684-3330 e: vancouver@enginedigital.com enginedigital.com

Widerfunnel Marketing Inc 333 Seymour St Suite 1480, Vancouver V6B 5A6 ......................................p: 604-800-6450 e: accounting@widerfunnel.com widerfunnel.com

Glacier Media Digital 303 5th Ave W, Vancouver V5Y 1J6.......................................p: 604-630-3501 e: abrouwer@glaciermedia.ca glaciermediadigital.ca

World Exposure 5788 Birney Ave Suite 401, Vancouver V6S 0A2 Corinne Assayag ........................p: 604-221-1789 e: sales@worldexposure.com worldexposure.com

Graphically Speaking Services Inc 1140 Pender St W Suite 840, Vancouver V6E 4G1 ........... p: 604-682-5500 f: 604-682-1312 e: team@graphicallyspeaking.ca graphicallyspeaking.ca iamota Remote, Canada, Pete Smyth ........................................................... e: hello@iamota.com iamota.com iamota is a leading Shopify Plus Design and Development agency partner.

OTHER

4000

Backlot Media 422 Richards St Suite 170, Vancouver V6B 2Z4.......................................p: 604-916-1749 e: john@backlot.ca backlot.ca BC Tech Association 1401 8th Ave W Suite 210, Vancouver V6H 1C9 ......................................p: 604-683-6159 e: hello@wearebctech.com wearebctech.com ÉBroadbandTV Corp 1205 Melville St, Vancouver V6E 0A6 ......................................p: 604-647-2288 e: pr@bbtv.com bbtv.com

Centre for Digital Media 685 Great Northern Way, Vancouver V5T 0C6.......................................p: 778-370-1001 e: admissions@thecdm.ca thecdm.ca

SERVICES ideaLEVER Solutions Inc Vancouver Wilf Froese...............p: 604-738-0906 e: sales@idealever.com idealever.com Idea Rebel 113 Water St, Vancouver V6B 1A7 Jamie Garratt .............................p: 604-569-2155 e: info@idearebel.com idearebel.com ImageX 163 Hastings St W Suite 405, Vancouver V6B 1H5 ........... p: 778-785-1547 f: 604-436-6155 e: hello@imagexmedia.com imagexmedia.com Lara Spence Web Design + Business Writing 5293 St Catherines St, Vancouver V5W 3G2 Lara Spence................................p: 604-828-4249 e: lara@laraspence.com laraspence.com Major Tom Agency Inc 548 Beatty St, Vancouver V6B 2L3 .......................................p: 604-262-9083 e: van@majortom.com majortom.com

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CONSULTANTS

7015

Atmoswater Research 2116 Grand Blvd, North Vancouver V7L 3Y7 Roland Wahlgren .......................p: 604-985-3720 e: atmoswater@shaw.ca atmoswater.com Campbell & Company Public Relations 23195 96 Ave Box 770, Fort Langley V1M 2S2 Steve Campbell ..........................p: 604-888-5267 e: tech@ccom-pr.com ccom-pr.com Domain7 339 Railway St Suite 250, Vancouver V6A 1A4 ........... p: 604-855-3772 f: 604-854-3349 e: hello@domain7.com domain7.com

FINANCIAL SERVICES

7020

Canaccord Genuity Group Inc 609 Granville St Suite 2200 PO Box 10337, Vancouver V7Y 1H2 ......................................p: 604-643-7300 e: investor.relations@cgf.com canaccordgenuity.com Canada Drives 555 Burrard St Suite 600 Bentall Two, Vancouver V7X 1M8 ..........p: 888-865-6402 canadadrives.ca

Borden Ladner Gervais LLP 200 Burrard St Suite 1200 PO Box 48600, Vancouver V7X 1T2 Geoffrey de Kleine .....................p: 604-640-4227 e: gdekleine@blg.com blg.com Steve Winder .............................p: 604-640-4118 e: swinder@blg.com blg.com Our national Technology Group of lawyers and patent agents provide legal expertise to technology developers and businesses from all sectors and sizes across AI, FinTech, MedTech, E-commerce and other fields.

Capital West Partners 885 Georgia St W Suite 1250, Vancouver V6C 3E8 Andrew Kemper .........................p: 604-718-6800 f: 604-718-6820 e: cwinfo@capwest.com capwest.com Chrysalix Venture Capital 1111 Hastings St W Suite 333, Vancouver V6E 2J3 ............ p: 604-659-5499 f: 604-659-5479 e: info@chrysalix.com chrysalix.com CorpFinance Advisors Inc 666 Burrard St Suite 600, Vancouver V6C 2X8 ........... p: 604-684-1807 f: 604-677-5212 e: info@corpfinance.net corpfinance.net RSG Revenue Services Group 1055 Georgia St W Suite 2163, Vancouver V6E 3P3 Carla Elm ......... p: 604-800-4112 f: 888-817-0620 e: carla.elm@revenueservices.ca revenueservices.ca RSG Revenue Services Group is Western Canada’s premier SR&ED firm, offering full SR&ED claim development consulting and assessment of relevant funding initiatives. Customers include some of B.C.’s best-known tech and manufacturing firms. RSG advises most mid-tier accounting firms on SR&ED, interacts closely with the CRA and has associated resources nationwide and throughout North America. WeCommerce Holdings Ltd 524 Yates St Suite 101, Victoria V8W 1K8 .................................... wecommerce.co WUTIF Capital (VCC) Corp 555 Hastings St W Suite 1100, Vancouver V6B 4N6 Mike Volker ................................p: 604-644-1926 e: mike@volker.org wutif.ca LEGAL SERVICES

7030

Alexander Holburn Beaudin + Lang LLP 700 Georgia St W Suite 2700, Vancouver V7Y 1B8 ........... p: 604-484-1700 f: 604-484-9700 e: info@ahbl.ca ahbl.ca

Clark Wilson LLP 885 Georgia St W Suite 900, Vancouver V6C 3H1 David Ford ..................................d: 604-891-7785 e: dford@cwilson.com cwilson.com Neil Melliship.............................d: 604-643-3154 e: nmelliship@cwilson.com cwilson.com Providing a full range of legal services to technology businesses: startup, M&A transactions debt & equity financing including public markets, SaaS and online platform commercialization, intellectual property protection and enforcement, employment, privacy, tax and immigration. Dentons 250 Howe St Suite 2000, Vancouver V6C 3R8 Arik Broadbent ...........................p: 604-648-6524 e: arik.broadbent@dentons.com dentons.com DLA Piper (Canada) LLP 666 Burrard St Suite 2800, Vancouver V6C 2Z7............ p: 604-687-9444 f: 604-687-1612 e: ryan.black@dlapiper.com dlapiper.com Farris LLP 700 Georgia St W Suite 2500 Box 10026 Pacific Centre, Vancouver V7Y 1B3 Sharan Sangha p: 604-684-9151 f: 604-661-9349 e: ssangha@farris.com farris.com Fasken Martineau DuMoulin LLP 550 Burrard St Suite 2900, Vancouver V6C 0A3 William Westeringh ...................p: 604-631-3131 f: 604-631-3232 e: vancouver@fasken.com fasken.com Gowling WLG (Canada) LLP 550 Burrard St Suite 2300, Vancouver V6C 2B5 Jenny Grimes .............................p: 604-891-2787 e: jenny.grimes@gowlingwlg.com gowlingwlg.com

Dominion Sales & Marketing Services Inc 4170 Still Creek Dr Suite 200, Burnaby V5C 6C6 Tyler Dawson.........p: 778-783-0689 talkisbs.com Inside Information Inc 1279 Nicola St Suite 306, Vancouver V6G 2E8 Lois Sperling...............................p: 604-684-6434 e: admin@insideinformation.com insideinformation.com

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Services

Wireless

Harper Grey LLP 650 Georgia St W Suite 3200, Vancouver V6B 4P7 Prentice Durbin p: 604-895-2903 f: 604-669-9385 e: pdurbin@harpergrey.com harpergrey.com We team with start-ups, emerging and mature companies to help them achieve their objectives. We provide counsel, guidance and creative and practical solutions. Koffman Kalef LLP 885 Georgia St W Suite 1900, Vancouver V6C 3H4 Mark E Wong .. p: 604-891-3688 f: 604-891-3788 e: info@kkbl.com kkbl.com Lawson Lundell LLP 925 Georgia St W Suite 1600, Vancouver V6C 3L2 ............ p: 604-685-3456 f: 604-669-1620 e: inquiries@lawsonlundell.com lawsonlundell.com MBM Intellectual Property Law 555 Hastings St W Suite 2610, Vancouver V6B 4N6 Stuart Bristowe p: 604-669-4350 f: 604-669-4351 e: sbristowe@mbm.com mbm.com McMillan LLP 1055 Georgia St W Suite 1500 PO Box 11117, Vancouver V6E 4N7 Robert Piasentin .........................p: 604-893-7636 f: 604-685-7084 e: info@mcmillan.ca mcmillan.ca Norton Rose Fulbright LLP 510 Georgia St W Suite 1800, Vancouver V6B 0M3 Kieran Siddall .. p: 604-687-6575 f: 604-641-4949 e: kieran.siddall@nortonrosefulbright.com nortonrosefulbright.com/ca/en Oyen Wiggs Green & Mutala LLP 601 Cordova St W Suite 480, Vancouver V6B 1G1 Lana Chan........ p: 604-669-3432 f: 604-681-4081 e: mail@patentable.com patentable.com Stikeman Elliott LLP 666 Burrard St Suite 1700, Vancouver V6C 2X8 Michael Urbani p: 604-631-1300 f: 604-681-1825 e: murbani@stikeman.com stikeman.com PROFESSIONAL SERVICES

7050

A-Z World Translation and Interpretation Inc 704 Maurelle Crt, North Vancouver V7R 2M1 Ana Maria Zuniga ......................p: 604-351-3615 e: am@a-zworld.ca a-zworld.ca Avison Young 1055 Georgia St W Suite 2900 Box 11109, Vancouver V6E 3P3 Michael Keenan .........................p: 604-687-7331 f: 604-687-0031 avisonyoung.com CapriCMW Insurance Services Ltd 2025 Willingdon Ave Suite 700, Burnaby V5C 0J3 Richard Folkins p: 604-294-3301 f: 604-294-3003 e: info@capricmw.ca capricmw.ca FutureWorks 999 Canada Pl Suite 404, Vancouver V6C 3E2 Dorothy Keenan..........................p: 604-618-3112 e: dorothyk@fwt.bc.ca fwt.bc.ca

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HUB International 505 Burrard St Suite 1900, Vancouver V7X 1M6 Derek May ....... p: 604-331-5464 f: 604-269-1001 e: derek.may@hubinternational.com hubtechnology.ca

SUSTAINABLE TECHNOLOGIES

Invero 128 Pender St W 9th floor, Vancouver V6B 1R8 Craig Slack .................................p: 604-283-9205 e: info@inverodigital.com inverodigital.com

Electra Meccanica Vehicles Corp 102 1st Ave E, Vancouver V5T 1A4 ......................................p: 604-428-7656 e: info@electrameccanica.com electrameccanica.com

LabTest Certification Inc 8291 92 St Suite 205, Delta V4G 0A4 Kavinder Dhillon .........................p: 604-247-0444 f: 604-247-0442 e: info@labtestcert.com labtestcert.com PwC Canada 250 Howe St Suite 1400, Vancouver V6C 3S7 Rajveer Hundal p: 604-806-7000 f: 604-806-7806 e: info@ca.pwc.com pwc.com/ca RECRUITING

7075

Aerotek 4321 Still Creek Dr Suite 150, Burnaby V5C 6S7 ........... p: 604-293-8000 f: 604-293-8090 aerotek.com Corporate Recruiters Ltd 151 Hastings St W Suite 313, Vancouver V6B 1H4 ......................................p: 604-639-9560 e: careers@corporate.bc.ca corporate.bc.ca

ELECTRIC VEHICLE TECHNOLOGIES 5005

ENVIRONMENTAL MONITORING & INSTRUMENTATION

5030

Photon Control Inc 13500 Verdun Pl Suite 130, Richmond V6V 1V2 ......................................p: 604-900-3150 e: info@photon-control.com photon-control.com SLR Consulting (Canada) Ltd 1620 8th Ave W Suite 200, Vancouver V6J 1V4.......................................p: 604-754-3874 e: sneville@slrconsulting.com slrconsulting.com SMT Research Ltd 1089 East Kent Ave N Suite 103, Vancouver V5X 4V9 Jason Teetaert ...........................p: 778-373-2070 e: info@smtresearch.ca smtresearch.ca GREEN BUILDING & SUSTAINABLE PLANNING SERVICES

5040

Elevate Search Group Ltd 777 Hornby St Suite 600, Vancouver V6Z 1S4 Allan Welyk ................................p: 604-678-5627 e: allan@elevatesearchgroup.com elevatesearchgroup.com

Delta Controls Inc 17850 56 Ave, Surrey V3S 1C7 ........... p: 604-574-9444 f: 604-574-7630 e: marketing@deltacontrols.com deltacontrols.com

IT/IQ Tech Recruiters 1111 Georgia St W Suite 680, Vancouver V6E 4M3 .....................................p: 604-294-1200 e: info@it-iq.com it-iq.com

Urban Systems Ltd 1090 Homer St Suite 550, Vancouver V6B 2W9 .....................................p: 604-235-1701 e: vancouver@urbansystems.ca urbansystems.ca

MountainCrest Personnel Inc 1384 Haversley Ave, Coquitlam V3J 1V3 Harvey Fishman ..........................p: 604-377-9055 e: harvey@peakpeople.ca mountaincrestpersonnel.com ÉOdgers Berndtson 1066 Hastings St W Suite 1880, Vancouver V6E 3X1.......................................p: 604-676-0400 e: vancouver@odgersberndtson.com odgersberndtson.com

S.i. Systems 1090 Georgia St W Suite 1480, Vancouver V6E 3V7............ p: 604-648-6212 f: 604-488-1510 e: vancouver@sisystems.com sisystems.com OTHER

7000

BC Tech Association 1401 8th Ave W Suite 210, Vancouver V6H 1C9 ......................................p: 604-683-6159 e: hello@wearebctech.com wearebctech.com Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters British Columbia PO Box 36570 Seafair, Richmond V7C 5M4 .......... p: 604-713-7800 f: 604-713-7801 e: bc@cme-mec.ca cme-mec.ca City of Coquitlam - Economic Development 3000 Guildford Way, Coquitlam V3B 7N2 Andre Isakov...............................p: 604-927-3442 e: economicdevelopment@coquitlam.ca coquitlam.ca/economicdevelopment HR Tech Group PO Box 38024, Vancouver V5Z 4L9 Stephanie Hollingshead .............p: 604-874-2653 e: shollingshead@hrtechgroup.com hrtechgroup.com

INFORMATION SYSTEMS FOR SUSTAINABLE RESOURCE MANAGEMENT

5060

Computrol Systems 8537 Commerce Crt, Burnaby V5A 4N4 Joshua Rottenberg .....................p: 604-421-1001 f: 604-421-1007 e: info@computrolsystems.com computrolsystems.com Envirochem Services Inc 267 Esplanade W Suite 206, North Vancouver V7M 1A5 .......... p: 604-986-0233 f: 604-986-8583 e: response@envirochem.com envirochem.com Hatch 1066 Hastings St W Suite 400, Vancouver V6E 3X2............ p: 604-689-5767 f: 604-689-3918 hatch.com WATER & WASTE-WATER TREATMENT: WATER CONSERVATION EQUIPMENT 5100

BQE Water 900 Howe St Suite 250, Vancouver V6Z 2M4 Brent Baker...... p: 604-685-1243 f: 604-685-7778 e: info@bqewater.com bqewater.com OTHER

5000

BC Tech Association 1401 8th Ave W Suite 210, Vancouver V6H 1C9 ......................................p: 604-683-6159 e: hello@wearebctech.com wearebctech.com First Light Technologies 3303B Tennyson Ave, Victoria V8Z 3P5 .......................................p: 844-279-8754 e: info@firstlighttechnologies.com firstlighttechnologies.com

Quantum Lifecycle Partners 10281 Grace Rd Suite 100, Surrey V3V 3V7 ........... p: 604-584-4455 f: 604-584-4457 e: info@quantumlifecycle.com quantumlifecycle.com

WIRELESS COMPONENTS, INFRASTRUCTURE & DEVICES 6010

Aarcomm Systems Inc 18 Fawcett Rd Suite 6, Coquitlam V3K 6X9 Jeffrey Yee ...... p: 604-379-5091 f: 604-945-3472 e: info@aarcomm.com aarcomm.com Norsat International Inc 4020 Viking Way Suite 110, Richmond V6V 2L4 ............ p: 604-821-2800 f: 604-821-2801 e: marcom@norsat.com norsat.com Samsung R&D Canada/Samsung Electronics Canada Ltd 565 Great Northern Way Suite 700, Vancouver V5T 0H8 ...............p: 604-484-1160 samsung.com Sierra Wireless Inc 13811 Wireless Way, Richmond V6V 3A4 ........... p: 604-231-1100 f: 604-231-1109 sierrawireless.com Testforce Systems Inc 34255 Larch St, Abbotsford V2S 2P7 Chris Sztuhar ... p: 604-557-0715 f: 514-856-6983 e: chris@testforce.com testforce.com Valhalla Systems Inc 160 Bannister Rd, Bowen Island V0N 1G1 John Turner ................................p: 604-947-2196 e: johnt@valhalla-systems.com valhalla-systems.com ENABLING SOFTWARE

6020

Colony Networks Inc 450 Marine Dr SW Suite 1800, Vancouver V5X 0C3 ........... p: 604-692-2850 f: 604-692-2851 e: info@colonynetworks.com colonynetworks.com WIRELESS APPLICATIONS

6030

AVT Audio Visual Telecommunications Corp 1231 Sutherland Dr, Cowichan Bay V0R 1N2 Garry Robb..................................p: 250-217-7127 e: avtceo@yahoo.ca avt.net PayByPhone Technologies Inc 1168 Hamilton St Suite 403, Vancouver V6B 2S2 ......................................p: 604-642-4286 e: info@paybyphone.com paybyphone.com Rx Networks Inc 1201 Pender St W Suite 800, Vancouver V6E 2V2............ p: 604-685-8988 f: 604-677-5565 e: sales@rxnetworks.com rxnetworks.com OTHER

6000

BC Tech Association 1401 8th Ave W Suite 210, Vancouver V6H 1C9 ......................................p: 604-683-6159 e: hello@wearebctech.com wearebctech.com RadioWorks Communications Inc 555 Ardersier Rd Suite 7, Victoria V8Z 1C8............ p: 250-475-3400 f: 250-475-3444 e: inquiries@radioworks.ca radioworks.ca Star Solutions International Inc 4600 Jacombs Rd Suite 120, Richmond V6V 3B1 Myles Lu .....................................p: 604-276-0055 e: myles.lu@starsolutions.com starsolutions.com

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