Meet the Company of the Year – Anchor 2021 TIA Finalists

Emerging as a BC Anchor is a huge accomplishment with wide-ranging benefits to the economy and ecosystem. This award acknowledges a company that is an established leader in the BC technology industry. Winners of this award exemplify financial, strategic, and product or service excellence, and are widely recognized as anchors of BC’s tech ecosystem.

The Company of the Year – Anchor award is presented in partnership with Deloitte.


AbCellera is a technology company that searches, decodes, and analyzes natural immune systems to find antibodies that its partners can develop into drugs to prevent and treat disease. AbCellera partners with drug developers of all sizes, ranging from large pharmaceutical to small biotechnology companies, empowering them to move quickly, reduce costs, and tackle the toughest problems in drug development.

AbCellera has had nothing short of a ground-breaking year. The company started the year raising their Series B financing from world class investors and finished the year going public with Canada’s largest ever IPO for a biotech company. 

It achieved these milestones while mobilizing its technology and team in response to the global COVID-19 pandemic.  In fact, AbCellera discovered the first monoclonal antibody authorized to treat COVID-19 in North America.  Additionally, AbCellera has begun breaking ground on new facilities and with plans to hire more than 1000 skilled scientific and technical professionals over the next several years, retaining top talent locally in British Columbia. 

Absolute Software 

Absolute Software provides world class Endpoint Resilience solutions and the industry’s only undeletable defense platform.  The company has successfully embedded this software in over a half-billion devices, enabling a permanent digital tether between the endpoint device and the enterprise. Absolute Software provides IT and Security organizations with complete connectivity, visibility, and control. Whether a device is on or off the corporate network, Absolute Software empowers them with the most effective security to ensure mission-critical apps remain healthy and deliver intended value.

Absolute was formed over two decades ago as an IT asset management company that could locate and retrieve lost or stolen laptops.  Since then, the company has become the pioneer of Endpoint Resilience and one of the largest publicly traded cybersecurity companies in Canada. With more than 500 employees globally, Absolute Software is headquartered in Vancouver, with seven regional offices worldwide. In November 2020, the Globe and Mail recognized Absolute CEO Christy Wyatt as CEO of the Year, based on the significant impact she had on the company and its strategy in her first three years.

Cymax Group Technologies

Cymax Group Technologies is an eCommerce technology company founded in 2004 and headquartered in Burnaby.  What sets the company apart from its competitors is its approach to developing seamless and exceptional online purchasing experiences.  Cymax Group Technologies builds the tech that runs eCommerce from design to delivery, which enables them to deliver solutions to address unique and complex problems. Cymax Channel Gate technology empowers their clients with AI-enabled product optimization, exclusive business intelligence and a suite of tools that enable faster launch and agility across multiple marketplaces.

Cymax Group Technologies believes that an anchor company has a responsibility to its team, its partners, and its community to embrace exploration and the discomfort of the unknown – to share insights and continuously move the dial of discovery.  Between 2018 and 2020, retail eCommerce sales in the home category increased by 78%, while Cymax eCommerce sales increased by 104%. The market is forecasted to grow at an average annual rate of 13% through 2025, and as an anchor company, they remain well-positioned to outpace that again.

WELL Health 

WELL Health Technologies Corp. is an omni-channel digital health company whose overarching objective is to empower doctors to provide the best and most advanced care possible while leveraging the latest technology and trends in digital health. WELL Health owns and operates 20 medical clinics, is Canada’s third-largest electronic medical records supplier serving over 2,000 medical clinics, operates a leading national telehealth service and is a provider of digital health technology solutions. 

As an anchor in the BC tech ecosystem, WELL Health is committed to fueling healthcare technology growth through investment. In 2020, WELL Health made 14 acquisitions and two minority investments, and the company is excited to continue investing in the tech and digital health ecosystem to fuel its growth.  WELL Health’s model is to be an active acquirer of both digital assets and primary healthcare services.  In addition, WELL Health has supported the digital transformation of Canada’s healthcare system during the challenging time posed by the COVID-19 pandemic.  This allowed the company to contribute to tackling COVID-19 in British Columbia and beyond.