Surrey Innovation Awards
The Surrey Innovation Awards celebrates, educates, and connects innovators across all industries by Surrey businesses and helps make Surrey a recognized hub of innovation by igniting a new narrative for our city, strengthening its economic future and building the spirit of innovation.
“It is Surrey’s innovative companies that will meet the challenges of the new economy, expanding opportunity in this great city and improving lives around the globe”
– Anita Huberman, CEO, Surrey Board of Trade
- Transforming ideas into commercial reality
- Improving business processes
- Tying academic research and developments into commercial reality
- Innovation requires collaboration across a wide range of constituencies, including corporate leaders, start-up entrepreneurs, university leaders, faculty members, and students, investors, and public officials.
The 2016 awards will be presented at the Surrey Innovation Awards and Innovation Boulevard Update Lunch on September 29, 2016.
Small Business Category
Empower Operations Corporation
Green Earth Biofuels
Karice Enterprises Ltd.
Van der Zalm & Associates Inc.
Large Business Category
Young Innovator Category
Elvin Cheung – Beta Collective
Michael Ip and Gursher Sidhu – Switchboard Inc.
Shawn Davis – Compy Inc.
Taylor Byrom – TaylorHart.Designs
Cannatronix Innovations Inc.
Semiahmoo House Society
West Coast Centre for Learning
Nominations are closed for 2016. Check back for the 2017 program.
- Small Business Innovation Award
- Large Business Innovation Award
These awards recognize a business that has developed a new or improved technology, service, process or product by using creative methods and innovative thinking that has the potential to transform an industry sector or quality of life.
- Young Innovator Award – Recognizes the entrepreneurial spirit of an individual less than 30 years of age who has demonstrated innovative thinking through the research and/or development of a product or service.
- Organization Innovator Award – Recognizes an organization that has developed a new or improved technology, service, process or product by using creative methods and innovative thinking that has the potential to transform quality of life.
Based on a possible maximum score of 100, each category will be awarded a maximum of 20 points:
- Intellectual Achievement – The degree of intellectual achievement or quality of ingenious thinking and experiment to discover, create or conceive the innovation.
- Uniqueness and Originality – Refers to the state of being original; the freshness of aspect, design or style utilized to produce the invention.
- Development – Refers to the extent to which the idea or concept has been thought through to completion.
- Commercialization – Refers to the degree of successful commercialization or quantifiable impact of the innovation.
- Benefits – Refers to the economic and/or social benefit to Canada resulting from the innovation.
Please submit your nomination to:
Young Innovator Award
WINNER: George Cheng, Empower Operations Corporation
With more than 20 years of university research Empower Operations Corporation is built on world-leading, simulation-based design optimization techniques. Empower provides a flagship product, OASIS (Optimization Assisted System Integration Software) that offers efficient design exploration and optimization, engineer-centered interactive design environment and advanced visualization capabilities. Empower also offers optimization procedures that can be integrated with existing engineering simulation software.
Small Business Innovation Award
WINNER: Vantek Innovations
Since 2014, Vantek Innovations has developed the technology to create a safer environment for Emergency Response Vehicles. Vantek Innovations’ algorithm is to shut off the car stereo system and provide an audio message instructing the driver to pull over, even before they are aware of an Emergency Response Vehicle (ERV) approaching. The software lowers collision/fatality rates, and decreases response times by providing the ERV a safe and clear path to the accident/crime scene.
Organization Innovation Award
WINNER: Pacific Community Resources Society
Pacific Community Resources Society (PCRS) Green Courier program was established to substitute the use of commercial couriers for regular inter-office mail between PCRS sites. The PCRS Green Courier program provides respectful employment to persons presently and formerly part of the Ministry of House and Social Development funded Community Assistance Programs. The PCRS Green Courier program saved the agency 17-25% of the pre-existing courier budget in their first year of operation. Along with this, their greatest benefits have been addressing poverty, reducing the agency’s carbon footprint and providing employment to those coping with a variety of challenges.
Young Innovator Award
Winner: Sean Bindra
Recognizing that bullying is prevalent across our nation, and being a victim of bullying himself, Sean Bindra set out on a 7 week journey to single-handedly organize a flash mob of 600 plus students to bring awareness to the issue. The event received significant media coverage from outlets across Canada, with recognition from BC Premier Christy Clark and Surrey Mayor Dianne Watts. This exposure has brought mass awareness to the issue of bullying.
Excellence in Innovation Award
Winner: SOFTAC Systems Ltd.
SOFTAC Systems Ltd. designed and manufactured an earthquake early warning, automatic utility shut-down device. Coined QuakeTrip, the device gives valuable seconds of warning before shutting off electrical and gas supplies to the building and preventing it from being restored until the building has been properly checked, reducing the risk of fire following an earthquake. QuakeTrip is the only comprehensive device of its kind, and can also control water line valves, the flow through LNG lines and oil pipelines, and acts as a warning device.