Road to the 2016 TIAs: Personal Recognition Award Finalists

The 2016 Technology Impact Awards are just over two weeks away, and it’s time to highlight our last category of finalists! Read on to get to know the finalists for the Personal Recognition Awards, which are separated into three categories: Team of the Year, Community Engagement, and Person of the Year.

If you haven’t yet done so, submit your vote for the new People’s Choice Award after getting familiar with all of the finalists!

Ticket sales close on June 1st at 5PM, so be sure to buy your tickets before then so you don’t miss your chance to see the winners crowned at the awards gala on June 7th!

Team of the Year

Clio Clio

Clio is the most comprehensive cloud-based practice management platform for the legal industry.

Produced with the cooperation and advice of Bar Associations and Law Societies worldwide, Clio is web-enabled, mobile-friendly, and built specifically for the legal profession. It delivers all the tools modern law firms need to run a successful practice: calendaring, time tracking, note-taking, document management, task management, legal accounting, bookkeeping, and billing.

Through the power of cloud computing, Clio eases the process of time tracking, billing, administration, and collaboration for law firms of all sizes. Clio also integrates seamlessly with other popular applications such as email, Google Apps, and Dropbox.

As more and more legal professionals use Clio to save time and work more efficiently, Clio continues to evolve and innovate using digital technology to help update and improve legal practices, saving thousands of lawyers millions of hours around the globe.

Twitter: @goclio

Traction Traction on Demand

Traction on Demand is Canada’s largest dedicated and most trusted implementation partner with more than 2500 projects on the platform. Traction develops innovative cloud-based technology solutions and applications for North America’s largest and most influential brands as well as hundreds of small and medium-sized companies. Maintaining a socially conscious mindset, Traction is one of the country’s first 100 certified B Corporations and has been named one of the top ten best workplaces in Canada for two years running. In 2015, Traction ranked 21st on the PROFIT 500 list of fastest growing companies in Canada. Traction’s standalone applications include Traction Guest, Traction Hierarchies and Traction Complete.

Twitter: @tractionsm

Community Engagement

Left Left

With its headquarters in Maple Ridge, Left is a multinational media and technology company with holdings in mobile and Internet-based businesses. A few of Left’s most well-known and innovative brands are YO! and Stays. YO! is an award-winning mobile app and platform that provides free and fast off-grid connectivity to emerging markets. With YO!, users are empowered users to share photos, videos, music, files, apps, and messages without being constrained by existing infrastructure. Stays is a portfolio of best-in-class travel and vacation rental brands powered by cutting edge marketing and technology. The Stays portfolio includes:,,,, and many more.

Previously known as Left of the Dot Media, the company generated success by realizing the value of great domain names. The Company used best-in-class brands, innovative technology, and online marketing savvy to establish market leadership in numerous verticals and appreciate the value of each domain under management and the business units themselves.

Twitter: @LeftOfTheDot

Traction Traction on Demand

In addition to being chosen as a finalist for the Team of the Year award, Traction on Demand has also been selected as a finalist in the category of Community Engagement. Throughout 2015, Traction on Demand donated over $33,000 through their strategic giving program and employee-led giving, including raising funds to support a family of Syrian refugees beginning their new life in Canada.

Traction inspires philanthropy in all new hires, providing Tractionites with Kiva gift cards to demonstrate the impact a small change can make. Tractionites also participated in the Heart and Stroke Foundation’s Big Bike, KidSport Corporate Kids Challenge, Greater Vancouver Food Bank, and YWCA Presents of Peace. In all, Traction supported more than 50 non-profit organizations throughout 2015, providing volunteer time, donations, and pro-bono services.

As a Benefit Corporation (B Corp) certified company since 2013, Traction challenges others to consider people and the planet on par with profit.

Twitter: @tractionsm

Victory Square Labs Victory Square Labs

Victory Square Labs (VSL), is a venture builder that provides funding, mentorship and resources to entrepreneurs in the web, mobile, gaming and film sectors, with a special focus on funding socially responsible companies, minorities and female entrepreneurs.

VSL has successfully founded and funded over 40 companies in 21 different countries, employed of 350 people and generated over $100M in annual revenues.

Outside of this entrepreneurial work, VSL contributes significant time, knowledge and money to community and charity work. With a special focus on strengthening the organizational capacity of non-profits serving children in-need and youth at risk. VSL’s vision is to ensure more children and youth achieve their full potential.

Since inception, the VSL team has donated over 7500 volunteer hours, and raised over $75 million for school programs and community organizations.

Twitter: @VictorySquareVC

Person of the Year

Dan Eisenhardt Dan Eisenhardt, Intel Corporation

Dan Eisenhardt is the co-founder of smart eyewear pioneer Recon Instruments. An entrepreneur with a passion for sports and wearable technology, Dan brought the first consumer heads-up display to market in 2010, turning a technology once reserved for the military into a fashionable and affordable solution for sports.

Dan’s athletic background was a key inspiration for the founding of Recon Instruments. He swam competitively at an international level, both in his native Denmark and in the United States, and he remains a passionate swimmer, cyclist, and snowboarder.

In June 2015, Recon Instruments was acquired by Intel. Today, as General Manager in Intel’s New Devices Group, Dan continues to lead the Recon team and to play a pivotal role in the evolution of wearable technology. In November, Dan challenged us to become wearable technology heroes, delivering a rousing TEDxVancouver talk on the subject.

LinkedIn: Dan Eisenhardt

Elicia Maine Elicia Maine, SFU Beedie School of Business

Elicia Maine is a Professor of Technology Management at Simon Fraser University’s Beedie School of Business. Specializing in the management of technological innovation and entrepreneurship, Dr. Maine has used her expertise at home and abroad to guide innovation policy and strategy, contribute to and develop the next generation of innovators and mentor emerging talent. Dr. Maine has served as the Academic Director of Beedie’s innovative Management of Technology MBA program, and the new part-time graduate program she launched this past September in Science & Technology Commercialization is already having an impact on scientist-entrepreneurs in BC.

Dr. Maine holds a PhD in Technology Management from Cambridge University, Master’s degrees in Technology & Policy and Materials Engineering from MIT, and bachelor’s degrees in Materials Engineering and in English from Queen’s University. While at Queen’s, Elicia won the inaugural North American Debating Championship, beating Princeton’s Ted Cruz along the way. When she graduated from Queen’s, she marketed herself as a literate problem solver, and worked for Monitor Company as a strategy consultant advising materials MNCs. She continued consulting for materials and automotive companies while undertaking graduate studies at MIT and Cambridge.

LinkedIn: Elicia Maine

Shahrzad Rafati Shahrzad Rafati, BroadbandTV

Shahrzad Rafati is the Founder and CEO of BroadbandTV (BBTV), an innovative media and technology company that drives success for online video creators by leveraging its premium media brands, proprietary technology, and massive online reach. Shahrzad has been the spirited drive and energy that has propelled BBTV to success. She has personally brokered successful deals with major media companies, music publishers, telcos, professional sports leagues and Internet giants.

BBTV operates the world’s largest MultiPlatform Network (MPN) with 74,000 network partners amassing 14 .2 billion impressions per month. Despite BBTV’s scale, they are also the fastestgrowing MPN globally, growing on average 13% month over month in 2015. Shahrzad serves as an inspiration to female tech entrepreneurs and professionals, demonstrating that women can and do succeed in the male dominated tech industry.

In 2015 Shahrzad was awarded Woman of the Year by the Business Intelligence Group, named a Young Influential by Adweek, and made Variety’s Power of Women list. She was also named one of Canada’s Most Powerful Women by WXN (Women’s Executive Network).

LinkedIn: Shahrzad Rafati