2016 Vision to Reality Awards

Celebrating a nation of innovators

The pioneers who moved beyond uncertainty to discover new ways of working. The leaders who challenge tradition, who create and inspire change. The obstinate, the risk-takers, the driven. All those committed to the hard work of bringing vision to reality.

The Vision to Reality Awards program celebrates innovation across the Canadian business landscape, awarding Innovator of the Year awards to companies who have demonstrated notable growth or hit impressive benchmarks that are reshaping their industry. Together, we celebrate their dedication to new ideas.

Awards are distributed in three categories:

The Creator
Eligibility: Emerging companies

The Builder
Eligibility: Mid-sized businesses

The Disruptor
Eligibility: Large organizations


Nominations for the 2016 Awards open soon!

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Key dates

  • November 12: Application period opens
  • January 31: Application period closes
  • February – March: Judging process and interview period
  • September-October 2014: Interview period
  • April: Winners announced at Awards celebration event

The 2014 Award Winners

Innovator of the Year winner

Innovator of the Year finalists

Top 10 companies to watch

The 2013 Award Winners

Innovator of the Year

  • Frank & Oak

People’s choice award

  • Vena Solutions

Top 10 Up-and-coming Technology Companies

  • 500px
  • Bionym
  • Datawind
  • D-Wave Systems Inc.
  • Global Relay Communications Inc.
  • Method Integration Inc.
  • Thalmic Labs
  • UrtheCast
  • Vena Solutions
  • Wajam

All companies were honoured at PwC's Vision to Reality Awards event in Toronto. Read more about the winners.

The 2012 Award Winners

Innovator of the Year

  • Wattpad

Innovator of the Year Finalists

  • Acquisio
  • Infusion

Top Up-and-coming Technology Companies

  • 500px
  • BroadbandTV
  • Mobovivo
  • N8 Identity Inc.
  • Nulogy
  • UXP Systems
  • Vana Workforce

All companies were honoured at PwC's Vision to Reality Awards event in Toronto. Read more about the winners.

Innovator of the Year Award

The Innovator of the Year Award acknowledges the company that has best demonstrated the commercialization of an innovative technology solution. The innovation must be new, unique and a ‘game changer’ – and customer acceptance must be demonstrated.

Top 10 Up-and-Coming Technology Companies

All nominations for the Innovator of the Year will also be considered for the top 10 list of up-and-coming technology companies. These companies will have demonstrated significant promise and potential and be considered the companies to watch.

The 2011 Award Winners

Innovator of the Year

Burlington-based EcoSynthetix was selected as the 2011 Innovator of the Year Award winner by a group of industry panellists based on its innovation, financial performance and strategic direction.

Exit of the Year

Ottawa-based Protus won the Exit of the Year Award for striking the most lucrative deal in 2010 with US-based j2 Global Communications’ $213 million acquisition of the company in December 2010.

Both companies were honoured at PwC’s 2011 Connecting Vision to Reality Conference in Toronto.

The Top 4 Runners Up

  • Cavet Technologies Inc.
  • Calgary Scientific Inc.
  • IntelliView Technologies Inc.
  • Ostara Nutrient Recovery Technologies Inc.