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 2017 awards will be presented at the Surrey Innovation Awards Lunch on September 28, 2017.
Nominations are closed for 2017. Please check back for the 2018 nomination form release.
- Excellence in Innovation Award
- Young Innovator Award
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:
Excellence in Innovation Category:
ARKTOS Developments Ltd.
ARKTOS Developments Ltd. is a well-established Canadian owned company that designs and manufactures the unique amphibious ARKTOS Craft at its facility in Surrey and is active in both domestic and international markets. ARKTOS Craft were initially developed for use in the Arctic environment as a lifeboat “that can go in ice” due to planned increased exploration activities by the oil industry. With the financial support and technical assistance of the Canadian government and North American oil companies, the first ARKTOS Craft prototype was built and tested in the Canadian Arctic in 1986. Today, the two existing models of ARKTOS Craft have been used for various applications including by the oil & gas sector as an evacuation system for offshore platforms, for seismic survey work in the Bohai Delta, China and Alaska, USA; and for ice management/logistical duties in the Alberta oil sands.
Foreseeson Technology Inc.
Founded in 2001, Foreseeson is a technology company with four primary divisions: Electronic manufacturing services, IT distribution, digital signage, and secure portable storage solutions. After recognizing that USB memory devices are susceptible to data being leaked or stolen, Foreseeson set out to develop technology to prevent this from happening. They have developed USB copy protection technology that prevents USB stored data from being removed in any way. With this protection, data is unable to be printed, emailed, copied, screen captured, or used in any other method of unwanted distribution. Foreseeson has also developed the Physical Hidden USB, which is a USB that can contain multiple hidden USBs within it, preventing potential data thieves from finding the data contained.
SFU Innovates Strategy
SFU Innovates is a university-wide strategy that builds on Simon Fraser University’s dynamic culture and seeks to strengthen its commitment to innovation and entrepreneurship. Lead by SFU’s VP Research and International Dr. Joy Johnson, SFU Innovates has led a dramatic shift within SFU to ensure that students and researchers receive strong and purposeful organizational support to mobilize both their ideas and the products they produce for positive economic and social impact. SFU Innovates has a very strong presence at the SFU Surrey campus where entrepreneurship, interdisciplinary and strong community partnerships are all deeply woven into the fabric of the campus. From supporting youth entrepreneurship with the Surrey Board of Trade and PowerPlay, to the development of new products through their Venture Connection Program, to co-facilitating the City of Surrey’s Social Innovation Summit, the Surrey campus has been a leader in the operationalization of the SFU Innovates agenda.
Semiahmoo House Society, Peninsula Estates Housing Society, and the Semiahmoo Foundation worked closely together to complete the Chorus Affordable and Inclusive Housing project and will be working together on future housing projects. When the three organizations work together, their partnership is called UNITI. To meet the demand for much needed rental housing in South Surrey, UNITI initiated Chorus, an inclusive and affordable 71 – unit development complex. At present, people with developmental disabilities rent 20 of the 71 apartments that were reserved for them, while tenants from the general population occupy the other 51 units. UNITI will become more recognizable to the community over the next year as they launch projects that feature the three organizations working together.
Young Innovator Category:
4Systems aims to address the need for safer and more secure cycling in modern cities. They have invented Hopite, a customizable, modular bike seat that provides safety and security to meet a wide range of customer needs. Features include an anti-theft system, blinkers, power generation (USB charging) and blind-spot detection. Smart bicycles are becoming a major trend within the bicycle industry. Hopite gives customers an alternative to purchasing a smart bicycle, which may cost thousands of dollars. The Hopite provides customers the highest quality of safety and security features found in a smart bicycle, but at an affordable price.
BlueHive Technologies has created the PowerHive, which is an installation-free battery for home use. With this battery, customers can automatically charge their battery when energy is economical, and use it when it is expensive, to reduce energy bills. An adapter allows users to charge their battery from an outlet and connect appliances they wish to power through the same adapter. Automatic backup power is also supplied during power outages to the appliances that are connected. Most popular home energy storage devices currently require that the batteries be installed into the home through the electrical panel. This means that customers without permission to modify their electrical panels (like renters, or homeowners in strata housing, etc.) cannot use most energy storage devices to help reduce their electrical bills. The PowerHive is a solution for those people.
Focused Interiors creates a visual studio generating photorealistic images of properties in the real estate market. These images enable property buyers and property owners to see the potential of real estate regardless of its current state. Focused Interiors combines the old ‘proven’ methods of real estate marketing with today’s state-of-the-art graphics and computer technology to present properties in fresh innovative ways. Up until now, realtors have not been able to take an existing space and reimagine it for potential buyers. Most sellers are not able to execute the transformations needed to market their home and realtors are left with few options to market and sell these undesirable properties. Focused Interiors addresses this issue by developing interior design solutions for these properties and presents these ideas using photorealistic images and interactive 360 panorama tours. In other words, envisioning what’s possible.
Tree Power Technologies
Tree Power Technologies has created the Tree Electric Generator (TEG), which is a scalable, aesthetic, tree-like hybrid stand-alone power system that will offer the public free and clean energy that can be used for various low power applications while outdoors. Tree Electric Generators (TEG) combine both solar cell and wind turbine technology to provide an uninterrupted supply of electricity, irrespective of weather conditions. Tree Electric Generators provide green energy to start low power devices and streetlights. When installed in remote areas, such as campsites, trails, farms, and beaches, Wi-Fi capable TEGs keep users connected and offer reliable lighting. In addition, its touch screen displays allow users to interact with the system to provide them with helping services such as maps and emergency calls.
Small Business Category
Large Business Category
Young Innovator Category
Shawn Davis – Compy Inc.
West Coast Centre for Learning
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.