Vancouver, BC, June 7, 2007-- (T-Net) -- Known worldwide for its zero-energy solar powered LED lighting solutions, Victoria-based Carmanah Technologies walked away with the coveted Company of the Year Award at the 14th Annual Technology Impact Awards (TIAs) hosted by the BC Technology Industry Association (BCTIA) held last night at the Hyatt Regency Vancouver Hotel.
In 2006, LED lighting designer and manufacturer, Carmanah Technologies experienced a 61 percent increase in revenues and celebrated a milestone of over 250,000 installations in 110 countries. In addition to providing environmentally responsible lights to transit, outdoor advertising, marine, aviation, transportation and industrial worksite markets, Carmanah has achieved success entering new markets as a first mover with disruptive LED lighting technology.
Person of the Year went to Greg Peet, high-tech entrepreneur, executive, board director and angel investor. Greg was recognized for his contribution to the province of BC through creating successful global enterprises and supporting local charitable activities.
JDQ Systems won the Leadership in Social Responsibility award for its "3Spheres of Reciprocity", a program that aims to break down the barriers between the spheres of business, community and academia.
And Team of the Year went to the Business Objects On Demand team who delivered a new Web 2.0 software-as-a-service offering called crystalreports.com, from concept to 37,000 subscribers in 12 months.
Other winners of the 2007 Technology Impact Awards are:
Most Promising Pre-Commercial Technology
Nutri-Loc - a company that uses a state-of-the-art technology to preserve the flavour, freshness and nutritional value of fruits and vegetables without using chemicals or preservatives. www.nutriloc.com
Excellence in Product Innovation
Top Producer, who produces sales and marketing solutions for realtors, for its Market Snapshot, a tool that allows realtors to offer customers real-time Multiple Listing Service (MLS) market updates and trend analysis. www.topproducer.com
Best Application of Technology
In Motion Technology for enabling wireless connectivity for moving vehicles so first responders, such as police or ambulances, can access the critical information they need from anywhere. http://www.inmotiontechnology.com
Most Promising Start-up
Mobidia for tackling one of the toughest problems for wireless carriers: delivering high-value multi-media mobile content from the last mile to the consumer device. http://www.mobidia.com
Emerging Company of the Year
Digital Payment Technologies for applying advanced electronics, hardware, software and the Internet to bring parking meters and pay stations into the 21st century. http://www.digitalpaytech.com
"Tonight's winners highlight our industry's ability to produce innovative technology and bring it to markets across the globe. They also illustrate how technology has become so important to our traditional industries, increasing their efficiencies and global competitiveness, and how the everyday lives of British Columbians are enhanced," said Rob Cruickshank, President, BCTIA.
This marks the fourteenth year for the Technology Impact Awards, recognizing and celebrating exceptional leadership, innovation, and excellence within BC's diverse technology industry. More than 750 representatives of BC's technology and business community came together to recognize the province's top technologies, companies, and individuals.
The Technology Impact Awards attract province-wide attention, with submissions received from across British Columbia, including Kelowna, Victoria and Vancouver.
For more information on the awards, the finalists and the winners, please visit: www.bctia.org/knowledge.
About the BCTIA
BC Technology Industry Association (BCTIA) is a not-for-profit, member-funded organization that represents start-ups to established technology companies, across the province. Incorporated in 1993, the BCTIA has served the province's technology industry for over a decade and today is recognized locally, provincially and nationally as the voice of BC's technology industry.
As the voice of BC's technology industry, BCTIA is committed to the ongoing growth, sustainability and prosperity of BC's economy and the technology industry that serves it. The Association delivers opportunities for members to connect, learn and grow their businesses in BC. For more information visit www.bctia.org.
About Business Objects
Business Objects has been a pioneer in business intelligence (BI) since the dawn of the category. Today, as the world's leading BI software company, Business Objects transforms the way the world works through intelligent information. The company helps illuminate understanding and decision making at more than 43,000 organizations around the globe. Through a combination of innovative technology, global consulting and education services, and the industry's strongest and most diverse partner network, Business Objects enables companies of all sizes to make transformative business decisions based on intelligent, accurate and timely information. Business Objects has dual headquarters in San Jose, California, and Paris, France. The company's stock is traded on both the Nasdaq (BOBJ) and Euronext Paris (ISIN: FR0004026250 - BOB) stock exchanges. For more information, please visit www.businessobjects.com.
About Carmanah Technologies Corp.
Carmanah is an award-winning manufacturer specializing in renewable and energy-efficient technology solutions. The company is currently focused on three technology groups: solar power systems and equipment, solar-powered LED lighting and LED-illuminated signage. Carmanah is headquartered in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada, and has branch offices and/or sales representation in 11 cities across Canada, the United States and the United Kingdom. With more than 250,000 installations worldwide, Carmanah is one of the world's premier suppliers of energy-efficient products. The shares of Carmanah Technologies Corporation are publicly traded on the Toronto Stock Exchange under the symbol CMH and on the Berlin and Frankfurt Stock Exchanges under the symbol QCX. For more information, please visit www.carmanah.com.
About Digital Payment Technologies Corp.
Digital Payment Technologies is an innovative leader in the design, manufacture and distribution of leading-edge revenue-management hardware, software and wireless solutions for the multibillion-dollar parking industry. The company's products provide complete financial tracking, control and reporting on parking revenue collected by cities, municipalities, universities, parking management companies, private operators and national parks, from customer payment through to bank deposit. For more information, please visit www.digitalpaytech.com.
About In Motion Technology Inc.
In Motion Technology provides cognitive wireless systems that enable public safety organizations to stay connected while in motion. The company's complete Vehicle Area Network solution ensures that any IP device can be useful in the field immediately with no modification, connecting to headquarters over the most reliable communications network available. In Motion Technology solutions have been successfully deployed in high-performance EMS, police and fire departments in the U.S. and Canada. Founded in 2002, In Motion Technology is based in Vancouver, BC. For more information, please visit www.inmotiontechnology.com.
About JDQ Systems Inc.
JDQ has been providing business improvement consulting and software application development since 1988. Based in Vancouver, Canada, JDQ has worked with clients in diverse industries including telecommunications, aerospace, electronics, software development, chemicals, automotive and heavy equipment. The company's focus is always to help its clients achieve measurable, sustainable business improvement. Combining extensive knowledge of quality methodologies and software technologies, a process-focused approach and considerable experience, JDQ offers its unique capability to companies pursuing continual improvement. For more information, please visit www.jdq.com.
About Mobidia Technology Inc.
Mobidia, Inc., develops and sells mobile video and service quality management software for wireless operators. The company's .wave™ (dot wave) mobile IP QoS platform enables operators to improve the customer experience by ensuring that the right level of service is available to every application. Mobidia's CUBuddy™ social messaging service gives operators new opportunities to maximize revenue from mobile video. Mobidia is headquartered in Richmond, British Columbia. For more information, please visit www.mobidia.com.
About Nutri-Loc Corporation
The Nutri-Loc Dried Foods division produces revolutionary dehydrated "puffed" or powdered fruits and vegetables for use in a multitude of food and beverage products. Without using chemicals or preservatives, Nutri-Loc's? state-of-the-art technology gently preserves the flavour, freshness and nutritional value equal to or better than freeze drying. This superior drying method can be applied not only to the food industry but also to other sectors - dehydration in chemicals and pharmaceuticals, bio-fuels and biocomposites. For more information, please visit www.nutriloc.com.
About Top Producer Systems Inc.
Top Producer Systems Company is the #1 provider of real estate sales and marketing software. The company's flagship product, Top Producer 7i, is the de facto industry standard and has been selected for customization by the world's 6 largest international franchise organizations and many independent megabrokers. Top Producer Systems is a wholly owned subsidiary of Move, Inc. For more information, please visit www.topproducer.com.
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