British Columbia Technology Industry Association

British Columbia Technology Industry Association

June 07, 2013 00:30 ET

2013 Technology Impact Award Winners Announced

BC Companies and Individuals Making Their Mark Globally

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwired - June 7, 2013) - Local entrepreneur Warren Roy and enterprise data security company Layer 7 Technologies were named to top honours as Person of the Year and Company of the Year respectively at the 2013 Technology Impact Awards (TIAs) hosted by the BC Technology Industry Association (BCTIA).

A serial entrepreneur, Warren Roy is the CEO & Founder of Global Relay (, an electronic message archiving company that services the global financial services sector. Roy is recognized for the astounding growth trajectory of his company, which added over 200 employees, and $30 million in annual revenues, much of it recurring, in the past five years. A charismatic leader, Roy is cited as one of the main reasons that Global Relay attracts and retains its strong international team.

Layer 7 Technologies, recently acquired by CA Technologies, is recognized by both Gartner and Forrester as a leading provider of solutions for securely availing enterprise data for use in mobile and cloud environments. Accepting the award on behalf of Layer 7 were Co-Founder Dimitri Sirota and CEO Paul Rochester.

"Layer 7 and Global Relay exemplify the world-class companies that we are creating here in BC", stated BCTIA President and CEO Bill Tam. Our industry has a long standing reputation of cultivating entrepreneurial talent to grow global successes, and both of these companies and their leaders exemplify just that," stated Tam. "They represent the passion and perseverance of entrepreneurship that is pervasive in our tech community," Tam added.

Other 2013 Technology Impact Award winners include:

Adoption of Technology - OpenRoad Communications Ltd. and Transportation Investment Corporation

People-Friendly Tolling - To deliver its high-volume, friendly, customer-centric website for tolling on the new Port Mann bridge,, the Transportation Innovation Corp (TI Corp) selected OpenRoad Communications.

Proving that the savings from investments in User Experience (UX) can far exceed the additional costs, the site delivered significant savings compared to call-centre and in-person servicing costs. The site exceeded targets for both the total number of registrations processed as well as the percentage processed online.

Within the first 75 days, vehicle registration were more than double the original goal of 250,000, with 80% signing-up online exceeding the original target of 60%.

Community Engagement - Global Relay

Racing for Success - Global Relay delighted the entire Canadian cycling community in 2012 when it committed $1,000,000 over 5 years to revive the Gastown Grand Prix, and a further $400,000 to help young Canadian cyclists qualify for the Olympics.

Global Relay's involvement stems from a desire to give back to its community in a fashion that encouraged employee engagement and teamwork. At the same, Global Relay's involvement in such a high-profile public event has helped it gain local exposure, a requirement for a company that has added over 200 employees since 2007 and which shows no signs of slowing down.

Emerging Company of the Year - QuickMobile

Transforming the Event Experience - QuickMobile's mobile event app platform is transforming meetings and events with apps that engage and delight event organizers and their audiences. Organizations can now create an always-on communication channel that allows them to increase attendee participation, build loyalty, and generate additional revenue through richer experiences.

Founded in 2006, QuickMobile is trusted by some of the world's most respected enterprises and associations including 25 of the Fortune 100. With more than 130 employees and a global network of over 30 channel partners, QuickMobile has produced close to 2000 apps and millions of downloads.

Excellence in Product Innovation - PMC

Need for More Speed & Bandwidth Capacity - 100G Optical Networks - Insatiable demand for services cloud services like Netflix and Dropbox requires providers like TELUS to build ultra‐high capacity optical networks. To help create these fast and high capacity networks, PMC-Sierra has introduced the DIGI 120G, the industry's first 100 Gigabit‐per‐second (Gbps) optical transport processor.

To develop the DIGI 120G, PMC's engineers integrated over 2 billion transistors while reducing power by 50% contributing towards green-networks. PMC has partnered closely with multiple Tier‐1 optical equipment manufacturers who will install systems using the processor in networks in Canada, USA, China and Europe.

Most Promising Pre-Commercial Technology - Nanotech Security Corp.

From Butterfly Wings to Anti-Counterfeit - Mimicking the shimmering effect of a Morpho Butterfly's wings, Nanotech Security Corp. is bringing world-class nanotechnology to the authentication and anti-counterfeiting markets. The security feature, known as KolourOptiks®, is created using patented algorithms and electron and ion beam technology to embed hundreds of millions of nano-holes into nearly any material.

Nanotech uses technologies licensed from Simon Fraser University. Their initial target market is businesses and governments that produce and distribute paper currency.

Most Promising Start-up - FundRazr

Crowdfunding for Social Good and Innovation - FundRazr's unique ability to raise more money by reaching more people through social media has dramatically improved the lives of thousands of people in 18 countries.

Co-developed and co-marketed with PayPal, FundRazr helps fund diverse projects and causes for individuals, groups, non-profits, artists and entrepreneurs. From accident and illness expense recovery to disaster relief and animal rescue to arts and start-ups, FundRazr helps a global audience crowdfund anything anywhere.

Team of the Year - Land Title and Survey Authority of BC (LTSA)

Business Modernization Team - The Land Title and Survey Authority of British Columbia (LTSA) has a mission critical mandate managing property registrations, yet its systems were out-of-date, difficult to support and incompatible with newer technology. Faced with significant technology and operational risk, the LTSA launched an aggressive make-or-break transformational project known as the Business Modernization Initiative.

To deliver this transformation, the LTSA formed its Business Modernization Team which involved 56 employees distributed across four offices, with even more employees involved in system testing. The transformation, likened by the team "to performing heart surgery on a patient while the patient did a triathlon", is now complete. The team's well-planned change management program has enabled LTSA employees to embrace the benefits of automation. Customers and stakeholders are strongly supportive - 95% of LTSA's business is now done electronically.

Celebrating British Columbia's top technologies, companies and individuals were 1,000 people from BC's technology and business community. In their 20th year, the TIA's award dinner was held at the state-of-art Vancouver Convention Centre.

"Tonight's winners and finalists reaffirm the diversity of BC's technology sector, delivering cross‐cutting innovations that touch all sectors of the economy," said Bill Tam, President and CEO of BCTIA. "We congratulate all winners and finalists for their ingenuity, adaptability and particularly their resilience in an ever-changing landscape - they continue to put a spotlight on British Columbia by making their mark on the world."

For more information on the awards, the finalists and the winners, please visit:


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.


FundRazr is the world's fastest, easiest and most effective funding platform. FundRazr customers have raised over $25 Million by harnessing the power of social fundraising for a diverse range of causes and projects including Save the Children, Startup Weekend and the Tiger Woods Foundation. A global company headquartered in Vancouver, the FundRazr team is made up of 12 innovators with a passion for social good. FundRazr was recently named to the Emerging Ready to Rocket List in 2013 and was the winner of the Vancity Social Ventures Prize in the 2011 New Ventures BC Competition.

Global Relay

Global Relay is the leading cloud-based message archiving, search, and surveillance solution for the financial services industry. Global Relay Archive securely captures and preserves email, instant messaging, BlackBerry, Bloomberg, Thomson Reuters, Twitter, LinkedIn, Facebook and more - with BlackBerry, iPhone, iPad, Android, Outlook and web access. Global Relay Search provides instant access to archived messages for iPhone, iPad, Android, BlackBerry, and Microsoft Outlook.

Global Relay's 16,000 customers in 90 countries include broker-dealers, hedge funds, investment advisors and public companies, as well as 22 of the top 25 global banks. Global Relay has strategic partnerships worldwide, including a global Strategic Partnership with Thomson Reuters for compliance archiving.

Land Title and Survey Authority of British Columbia

The Land Title & Survey Authority of British Columbia (LTSA) is a publicly accountable, statutory corporation established in 2005 which operates and administers BC's land title and survey systems. These systems, established through a comprehensive set of legislative requirements, have been in place since the 1860's and are today reliant on modern technology. Reliable and secure, these systems are maintained through the timely, efficient registration of land title interests and survey records -- services which are an essential underpinning to BC's private property market and the civil justice system, and civic governance, taxation and Crown land management frameworks. The LTSA collaborates with the Province on the administration of these systems, and reports on achievement of performance requirements established by the Province.

With a reputation for accountable, reliable and trusted public administration, the LTSA is a progressive, responsive organization that enjoys excellent customer satisfaction.

Layer 7

Layer 7 Technologies provides API building blocks for the new open enterprise. Nearly 300 leading enterprises, including some of the world's largest organizations, rely on Layer 7's award-winning products to open APIs to partners, developers, mobile apps and cloud services in a secure and scalable way. The company has been recognized by leading analysts as a leader in API security and management space, and is the only API Management vendor to have been named to Deloitte's Fast 500 list of fastest growing companies in both 2011 and 2012.,

Nanotech Security Corp.

With a nearly 30 year history in security applications for law enforcement, Nanotech Security Corp. licensed nano-optic technology from Simon Fraser University and is developing the technology for application in the authentication and anti-counterfeiting market. The technology uses patented techniques based on electron beam lithography to fabricate billions of nano-holes into a wide variety of materials. These nano-holes can be formed into unique patterns which are able to collect and reflect light in readily identifiable images not unlike holograms but technically far superior. Nanotech's KolourOptiks® creates images which are visible to the naked eye as well as covert features which are readable only by machine. The company is working to enhance security for banknotes but other potential commercial applications include authenticating legal documents, designer merchandise, concert tickets, tax-paid stamps, medical & credit cards, government documents, passports, and pharmaceuticals.

OpenRoad Communications Ltd.

OpenRoad is a technology consulting firm that designs and builds custom web solutions. Founded in 1995, OpenRoad offers digital strategy, user experience (UX) design, web development, visual design, and analytics to help businesses improve productivity, increase sales and reduce operating costs. OpenRoad contributes web solutions for major public initiatives, such as Transportation Investment Corp., City of Vancouver, ICBC, and VPL, and leading private businesses, including Electronic Arts, Pokémon, Dr. Pepper, and Roxy.


PMC is the semiconductor innovator transforming networks that connect, move and store big data. Building on a track record of technology leadership, the company is driving innovation across storage, optical and mobile networks. PMC's highly integrated solutions increase performance and enable next-generation services to accelerate the network transformation.


QuickMobile is transforming meetings and events with mobile apps that engage and delight audiences. QuickMobile's event app platform creates an always-on communication channel that allows event owners to increase attendee participation, build loyalty and generate revenue through richer experiences. By fully leveraging the capabilities of QuickMobile's mobile and social solutions, customers can extend events into yearlong conversations and build lasting relationships with their audiences. QuickMobile's head office is located in Vancouver, Canada.,

Transportation Investment Corp.

Transportation Investment Corporation is a public Crown Corporation established under the Transportation Investment Act to implement the Port Mann/Highway 1 Improvement Project - the largest transportation infrastructure project in B.C. history - including the development, implementation and management of the fully electronic tolling operations to pay for the project. At the close of the introductory tolling registration phase, more than 750,000 vehicles were registered with TI Corp, equivalent to one out of every two vehicles in Metro Vancouver.

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