All Award Categories

The TIA’s celebrate the change makers, the up-and-comers, the innovators, and the bold—those who are transforming our industry and building the fabric of BC’s vibrant tech ecosystem. We’re passionate supporters of the companies, entrepreneurs, and people who make up our community and believe that their contributions should be recognized.

Applications for the 2018 TIAs are now closed. Join us on May 3rd, at TechBrew to find out who the finalists are!

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Company of the Year

Celebrating an outstanding company that is a clear leader in the BC technology industry.  Through impressive financial and strategic positioning and product excellence, they are a homegrown success story, an anchor of the tech community,  and a prime example of BC’s thriving tech ecosystem.


Startup of the Year

Celebrating an impressive early/second-stage startup technology company that is not only generating revenue, but demonstrates significant growth potential, unique creativity, and an exciting future.


Tech Culture of the Year

Celebrating a strong and unique company culture that demonstrates the very best of what tech culture can be.   The company that has developed a culture that is the best fit for its business so that culture is a key success factor.  Harnessing the relevance of data, innovation, and agility to deliver significantly better outcomes, the company is a role model to others—perhaps in taking an approach on diversity & inclusion that goes beyond words to deliver tangible and concrete outcomes.


Person of the Year

This award celebrates an individual who has made a significant entrepreneurial contribution to the BC tech ecosystem in the past year. It’s an accumulation of personal contributions, bold entrepreneurial risk-taking, mentorship of key talent, – and winning in a way that showcases the best of our BC Tech culture!


Growth Company of the Year

Celebrating a company that has achieved outstanding levels of growth in the past year-regardless of company size or stage. The growth achieved has allowed the company to deliver a strong and positive impact on the local, national or global stage.


Excellence in Technology Innovation

Celebrating the invention of a unique solution, product, service, or platform that clearly demonstrates next-level innovation and a breakthrough development in tech—built right here in BC.


Excellence in Technology Adoption

Celebrating a company for having adopted technology in a way that has significantly improved productivity, competitiveness, or profitability or has in other ways enhanced the experience of customers or employees.


Community Engagement Award 

Recognizing a company that has a positive impact on BC the community in which they live, work, and play. This organization will likely balance charitable giving with employee volunteer hours and/or discounted product/service pricing to charitable entities. Corporate social responsibility will be in the DNA of the company culture.


Bill Thompson Lifetime Achievement Award

Recognizing lifetime achievement, this award is not granted every year but instead is awarded by the BC Tech Board of Directors when an appropriate individual is nominated. The award celebrates an individual who has demonstrated leadership in BC’s technology industry throughout his or her business career, and who has served as a model and mentor for others.

This award is open to any person who has made a significant long-term contribution to the technology industry and is renowned for their reputation, entrepreneurship, leadership, vision, mentorship, and career success. This individual must be currently living in Canada.


Bill Tam Scholarship

Supporting post-secondary education. For aspiring high school students pursuing post-secondary studies in technology-related fields.   Award recipients will have a strong academic standing and have participated in extracurricular activities that exemplify the values so strongly associated with Bill Tam and BC Tech:  Be of Service, Succeed Together, Pay it Forward.


Spirit of BC Tech

The ‘Spirit of BC Tech’ award will be a crowdsourced award with the community voting for the winner. The winner of this award would be an individual, company, newsmaker, campaign, or collaboration that best exemplifies the spirit of our BC Tech community: being bold and succeeding together.


2018 TIAs Early Bird Tickets on Sale Now

Join us on Friday, June 1st, 2018 at the Vancouver Convention Centre, as we celebrate the change makers, the up-and-comers, the innovators, and the bold. Get your Early Bird tickets and save $50 today!

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Early Bird Deadline: May 4, 2018