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2013 Technology Impact Award Finalists Announced

BC Companies Making Their Mark on the World

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA -- (Marketwired) -- 04/26/13 -- Today the BC Technology Industry Association (BCTIA) announced the finalists for the 2013 Technology Impact Awards (TIAs). Under the awards theme of 'BC's Mark on the World', the 2013 finalists reaffirm British Columbia's status as innovators in a cross-section of technologies including enterprise software, telecommunications, hardware, biotechnology and nanotechnology.

The breadth of technologies being developed, and the markets that they serve, illustrate the strength and diversity of the BC Technology Industry. Solutions include a variety of hardware and software technologies, and in many cases include a blend of both.

"The 2013 TIAs finalists are clearly making their mark on the world, selling to and partnering with some of the largest organizations around the globe," stated BCTIA President Bill Tam. "These companies represent thousands of jobs, tens of millions in investment, research and development, and hundreds of millions in annual exports." Tam added.

The Technology Impact Awards honour three distinct groups: Technology, People and Company. This year's finalists are:

Adoption of Technology:

--  ACL - www.acl.com and CHC Helicopter www.chc.ca 
--  OpenRoad Communications - www.openroad.ca and Transportation Investment
    Corporation - www.treo.ca

Excellence in Product Innovation

--  PMC-Sierra  - www.pmcs.com 
--  FINCAD - www.fincad.com 
--  Terramera, Inc. - www.terramera.com

Most Promising Pre-Commercial Technology

--  Nanotech Security Corp - www.nanosecurity.ca

Community Engagement

--  iQmetrix - www.iQmetrix.com 
--  Global Relay - www.globalrelay.net

Team of the Year

--  Land Title and Survey Authority of BC (LTSA) - www.ltsa.ca

Most Promising Start-Up

--  Fundrazr - www.fundrazr.com  
--  TalentClick - www.talentclick.com 
--  Terramera, Inc. - www.terramera.com

Emerging Company of the Year

--  Aquatic Informatics Inc. - www.aquaticinformatics.com  
--  QuickMobile - www.quickmobile.com  
--  Rx Networks Inc. - www.rxnetworks.com

Company of the Year

--  Absolute Software - www.absolute.com 
--  Alpha Technologies Ltd. - www.alpha.ca 
--  Global Relay - www.globalrelay.net 
--  Layer 7 - www.layer7.com 

Other awards to be presented at the Technology Impact Awards Gala include:

Person of the Year: Awarded to an individual who has made a significant contribution to the BC technology industry during the past year. This contribution may be through paid or volunteer activities with a company, research institution, association, or non-profit agency.

Winners will be announced on June 6th, at the 20th Anniversary of the Technology Impact Awards Gala, to be held at the Vancouver Convention Centre-West Building. Learn more and purchase tickets at www.thetias.com .

About the BCTIA

The BC Technology Industry Association (BCTIA) is a not-for-profit organization that supports technology companies in British Columbia. Our network spans across the province and includes technology and professional services companies of all sizes and from every sector.

Our programs and services connect people, generate new ideas, and help companies grow. These include the Technology Impact Awards (TIAs), where excellence in innovation is celebrated, Peer2Peer groups, where members connect to learn, and Centre4Growth, where tech entrepreneurs connect with seasoned coaches to help guide them to the next level. http://www.bctia.org

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