Meet the Excellence in Technology Adoption 2021 TIAs Finalists 

The Excellence in Technology Adoption Award acknowledges the impact technology adoption can have to significantly improve performance, competitiveness, productivity, and employee engagement. The finalists of this award category exemplify how technology improves business results and can have a positive impact on the world.  Let’s get to know our #2021TIAs finalists!

The Excellence in Technology Adoption award is presented in partnership with Accenture.

Advanced Intelligent Systems 

Advanced Intelligent Systems is a leading Canadian robotics company with a mission to create affordable, practical robots for every task.  Their flagship autonomous robot, BigTop, eliminates the repetitive and strenuous tasks that are necessary in the horticulture industry, such as the movement and distribution of plant pots within a greenhouse.  

And for AIS, this is just the tip of the iceberg.  They are now on the international front line of pioneering R&D in autonomous robotic vehicles in the agriculture, healthcare, hospitality and warehousing industries in North America, Southeast Asia, and Europe.

AIS is also driven by their commitment to helping others adopt AI technology and robotics.  To reduce the time and effort needed, AIS has created a library of modules that other companies can assess to produce new robots of their own and solve new challenges across sectors.  


Boast.AI is a fintech platform that automates access to billions in R&D tax credits and innovation incentives so companies can fuel their growth while preserving equity and avoiding red-tape.  The companies’ founders observed significant flaws in the traditional system of R&D tax credits.  Not only was it complicated and difficult to navigate, but it also required a substantial time investment – typically 60-100 hours – to successfully prepare a claim. 

Through the adoption of AI technology, Boast.AI has been able to successfully develop a ground-breaking platform that allows organizations that are pushing the boundaries through research and development to access government tax credits easily and reliably.  Rather than 60-100 hours, Boast.AI reduces the time investment down to just 2-5 hours. For some companies, this represents the difference between being able to conduct the R&D work that keeps them globally competitive, and not being able to do so. 


As well as being a trusted bank with branches in over 80 countries around the world, HSBC also represents a technology powerhouse under the hood.  HSBC has played a role in developing and adopting technologies that help their customers bank securely and conveniently.  

Increasing demand for facial recognition technology in banking was exponentially accelerated at the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic.  At a time when it was impractical or unsafe to travel to the bank in person, HSBC assembled a team of experts from several departments within their organization and set out to develop a smarter, easier way to electronically verify a customer’s identity when they set up a new account.  Whereas in the past, a customer would be required to visit a branch in-person to verify identity, with HSBC’s EasyID, the process can now be successfully completed remotely in minutes, not hours.  

Limage Media Group 

As the pandemic began, Stephanie Limage felt compelled to tackle the issues of food and shelter insecurity in her home city of Vancouver, drawing from her own lived experiences, including homelessness and providing aid in Haiti following the 2010 earthquake. 

The team at Limage Media Group created Give + Share Humanitarian Software, led by Stephanie’s vision, which is a platform that bridges the gap between local government social services, and the beneficiaries who are receiving them.  While Give + Share has eleven different modules set up to provide resources to those in need, the two biggest components of the program are food mapping and shelter mapping.  The food map is a tool for communicating where meal programs are accessible to those who need them.  The shelter map does the same for shelter assistance.  

As a not-for-profit organization, Limage Media Group have adopted their Give + Share technology with the aim of improving the lives of those who desperately need help.  With the data they collect, they play a key role in the alleviating future harm and providing lifesaving resources to those in need.