About the Hall of Fame

The BC Innovators Hall of Fame recognizes the key role of innovation to BC’s economy and the leaders that have left a legacy on this province, enriching our technology and innovation ecosystem and building a stronger BC economy.  Presented in partnership with the Government of British Columbia.

In this 30th anniversary year for BC Tech, we are thrilled to establish the Innovators Hall of Fame in partnership with the Government of British Columbia.

About this Award

This award recognizes the key role of innovation to BC’s economy and the leaders that have left a legacy on this province, enriching our technology and innovation ecosystem and building a stronger BC economy. Nominations are invited for new inductees in 2023.

Who Should be Nominated?

Nominees in this category must be:

  • BC Based leaders who have left a positive legacy
  • Champions of innovation, whether in tech or in other sectors

Evaluation Criteria – please complete the following:

1. Background: (100 words)*

Tell us briefly about the nominee, their career and some key accomplishments.

2. Nomination Pitch: (250 words)*

Tell us in your own words why you this individual exemplifies what the BC Innovators Hall of Fame represents.

3. Who else is supporting this nomination?*

Include the names and email addresses for anyone else who is supporting this nomination (max 4).
Note that there is no limit to how many nominations you can make, but each must be made in a separate submission.

Past winners of the Bill Thompson Lifetime Achievement Award and BC Tech Person of the Year Award will be inducted into the BC Innovators Hall of fame in this inaugural year:

  • Greg Aasen
  • Mark Betteridge
  • Jeff Booth
  • Michael Brown
  • Ward Chapin
  • Klaus Deering
  • David Demers
  • Norman Durieux
  • Gordon English
  • Haig Farris
  • Norm Francis
  • Roy Henderson
  • Judi Hess
  • Ryan Holmes
  • Hugh Ray
  • Moe Kermani
  • Paul Lee
  • Julia Levy
  • John MacDonald
  • Gordon MacFarlane
  • Greg Malpass
  • Amos Michelson
  • Jack Newton
  • Greg Peet
  • Shahrzad Rafati
  • Jonathan Rhone
  • Don Rix
  • Warren Roy
  • Laurie Schultz
  • John Seminario
  • Gerri Sinclair
  • Ken Spencer
  • Keith Spencer
  • Jim Spilsbury
  • Morgan Sturdy
  • David Sutcliffe
  • Shafin Tejani
  • James Topham
  • Ralph Turfus
  • Mossadiq Umedaly
  • Alan Winter
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Photo of Andrew Harries Andrew Harries

In 1993 Andrew co-founded Sierra Wireless with Norman Toms. During his tenure the company grew through IPO to over $200m in annual revenues. In 2004 Andrew co-founded Zeugma Systems as CEO. Tellabs acquired substantially all of Zeugma in 2010. Andrew chaired the board at Contractually through its acquisition by Coupa Software in December 2015.  In 2010-2013 he chaired the Science World board through the completion of a $38m renovation and expansion and a major capital campaign. …

Photo of Roy Henderson (1931-2012) Roy Henderson (1931-2012)

Roy Henderson co-founded RAE Industrial Electronics in 1967 along with Al Marion and Erhardt Jorgensen. The company expanded across the Country in the mid eighties and became a National Distributor with the purchase of a Winnipeg based company Cam Gard Supply. He was also appointed as the first executive director of the Electronics Manufacturers Association of BC, which later amalgamated with the Information Technology Association of Canada, BC Chapter (ITAC-BC) to form BC Tech in 1993.

Photo of Judi Hess Judi Hess

Judi Hess has spent over 40 years in the technology industry in British Columbia, from MDA to Creo to Copperleaf. Most recently she was the CEO of Copperleaf taking it from a fledgling company in 2009 to an IPO in 2021 reaching unicorn status. She was only one of two women to take a technology company public in the history of the TSX.…

Photo of Ryan Holmes Ryan Holmes

Founding social media management platform Hootsuite in 2008, used by 18 million people worldwide and 79 of the companies found on the Fortune 100, Ryan Holmes is known as a serial entrepreneur first becoming a paintball paraphernalia supplier while in high school and then an owner of a pizza-by-the-slice establishment. Dropping out of the University of Victoria, Hootsuite was a spin-off his digital media agency, Invoke.

Photo of David Hughes (1934-2020) David Hughes (1934-2020)

Born in Kingston upon Thames in England, David John Llewellyn Hughes was sent to boarding school at a young age in nearby Marlborough after WWII setting him on the academic path. Following a two-year stint in the army, Hughes graduated from Emmanuel College in Cambridge on a scholarship in 1957 and began his career as a programmer and systems analyst at International Computers Limited.…