Meet the Finalists for ‘Excellence in Industry Innovation’

About this award: Selected from the three Finalists showcased, the winner of this Technology Impact Award presents a prime example of innovation significantly improving performance, competitiveness, productivity and employee engagement. The winner of this award will show how technology improved results and had a positive impact on the whole organization. The 2022 “Excellence in Industry Innovation” award is presented in partnership with Accenture.

Seaspan Shipyards

With three, modern shipyards on the west coast, Seaspan Shipyards has grown the expertise and facilities to be a full-life cycle partner with Canada to design, build, and maintain its fleet for the Canadian Coast Guard and Royal Canadian Navy. Seaspan’s Earned Value Management System (EVMS) uniquely integrates diverse tools and systems to enable data-driven decision making. It provides multidimensional insights, reduces cycle times, automates myriad processes, and improves data quality to drive performance.

Key stat: Seaspan’s EVMS generates more than 6,000 weekly cost and schedule reports, across five ship programs, in less than three hours.

TechBrew Robotics

This industrial automation innovator based in Salmon Arm helps companies develop their processes using machine vision, robotics, artificial intelligence (AI), and other technologies. With the help of industry partners, TechBrew has developed, demonstrated, and deployed a vision-guided robot system for harvesting, processing and packing mushrooms. Automated harvesting offsets labour supply issues and improves crop yield by up to 20 percent, with AI and robotic harvesting, as well as optimized upstream processes, having the potential to push that number even higher.

Key stat: TechBrew expects an order for up to 50 robots by the end of the 4nd quarter of 2022, with expected delivery six months later.

Vancouver Airport Authority (YVR)

YVR is expanding its role by connecting the community and economy to data, ideas and new technology as it reimagines the meaning of digital transformation for an airport. Through YVR’s Innovation Hub, the airport launched its digital twin – a virtual, real-time interactive representation of YVR’s terminals and airfield located on Sea Island, the traditional and unceded territory of Musqueam. Through the integration of sensors and historical and real-time data, the digital twin presents key information through 2D and 3D visualization, enabling data-driven decision making and optimizing operation. As well as improving the passenger experience and logistics, the digital twin is designed to lead innovation in the community by solving challenges in other industries, contributing to the sustainable growth of the region.

 Key stats: YVR is also leading innovation in climate action. From renewable energy sources that power its terminals to operational efficiencies made possible through clean technology and its innovative digital twin, YVR is the first airport in Canada to commit to net zero emissions by 2030, accelerating its original climate commitment by 20 years from 2050.