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V2R Hall of Fame

Current and past winners and finalists

Congratulations to the 2019 V2R Awards winners!

In all four categories, our winners and finalists have proven that they’re at the forefront of Canadian innovation. From improving the customer and citizen experience to developing new technologies that have an environmental impact, this year’s winners are challenging convention to turn their vision into a reality.

We’d like to thank all of the amazing applicants for participating and being part of Canada’s innovation community.

The visionary

GHGSat Inc.

“High-tech, space-based, affordable” 

The builder

Vancouver Airport Authority

“Safe, efficient, transformational”

The reinventor

Sun Life Financial

“Empowering, credible, easy to use” 

The accelerator

British Columbia's Ministry of Health

“Transformative, patient-centric, impactful” 

2019 V2R Awards finalists

Read through the journeys of Canadian innovators as we celebrate this year's finalists who have made their mark on our country’s innovation story.

The visionary

Emerging company or start-up disrupting the status quo.

The builder

Mid-market organization breaking through in new ways.

The reinventor

Large enterprise reimagining the way they work.

The accelerator

Public sector organization driving new solutions.

Previous Vision to Reality Awards winners

2018 award recipients

The visionary: Small organization or startup

FREDsense Technologies

“The Field Ready Electrochemical Detector (FRED) is a portable and incredibly simple to use water chemistry kit. Data can be obtained in less than an hour from a simple cartridge system that anyone can use. Driven by synthetic biology, FRED uses bacteria to sense chemicals in the environment

—David Lloyd, CEO and Co-Founder, FREDsense Technologies

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The builder: Mid-market organization

Ballard Power Systems

“Our team has developed an innovative electrode design and fuel cell stack using a groundbreaking non-precious metal catalyst developed by our partner, Nisshinbo. This will accelerate the adoption of fuel cell technology for zero-emission power systems, including portable power, forklifts and heavy-duty vehicles (trucks, buses and trains).”

—Randy MacEwen, President and CEO, Ballard Power Systems

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The reinventor: Large enterprise

PCL Construction

“PCL eliminated its data centre and moved it to a 21st century computing model that rests on four technology pillars: cloud computing, field mobility, enterprise-wide integration and data analytics. We now deliver field-focused solutions that save time and enable data-driven decisions about a project’s schedule, quality, safety and financial performance.”

—Mark Bryant, Chief Information Officer, PCL Construction

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The accelerator: Public sector organization

BC Civil Resolution Tribunal

“With the CRT’s technology, British Columbians now have 24/7 free online access to strata (condo) and small claims dispute resolution services, including self-help tools, triage services and legal information and guidance. The CRT process provides flexibility and collaboration to resolve disputes as early and inexpensively as possible.”

—Shannon Salter, Chair, BC Civil Resolution Tribunal

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2018 award finalists

Small organization or start-up

CoudDX, Ontario

MindBridge Ai, Ontario

mnubo, Quebec

OTTO Motors, Ontario


Canada Drives, British Columbia

Geotab, Ontario

Klick Health, Ontario

Kruger, Quebec

Public sector

ATB Financial, Alberta

Invictus Games Toronto 2018, Ontario

OntarioMD Inc., Ontario

Ontario Digital Service, Ontario

2017 award recipients

Small organization or start-up

Upbrella Construction

“With Upbrella, high-rise construction starts with the roof and doesn't need a tower crane. The roof is equipped with lifting actuators, handling equipment and a protective enclosure. The workers, the building and the neighbours are fully protected all the time, allowing us to finish and deliver the first floors much faster.”

—Joey Larouche, CEO, Upbrella Construction

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Mid-market organization

Humber River Hospital

“North America's first fully digital hospital that provides an environment where through thoughtful design and interoperability, processes are fully automated, and where environmental and patient monitoring coupled with significant improvement in communication and the development of new technologies ensure safer, higher quality, efficient care.”

—Barbara Collins, President and CEO, Humber River Hospital

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Large enterprise

McKesson Canada

“RelayHealth allows patients to access their physician using their smartphone and gives them access to their complete health data so they can manage their own health.”

—David Mosher, Director, RelayHealth, McKesson Canada

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2017 award finalists

Small organization or start-up

Borrowell, Ontario

Law Scout, Ontario

Rover Parking, Ontario

Trulioo, Ontario


Club Coffee, Ontario

ScribbleLive, Ontario

Targray, Ontario

Zafin, Ontario

2016 award recipients

Small organization or start-up

Farmers Edge Inc.

“At Farmers Edge, we're committed to providing growers with the tools they need to sustainably increase yields through our fully integrated, precision agriculture platform. Ultimately, we're proving that both our platform and our approach to agriculture are globally scalable—capable of being tailored to new regions, with new crops and with disparate conditions—to sustainably feed the next 2 million.”

—Wade Barnes, President & CEO

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Mid-market organization

Hydrogenics Corporation

“At Hydrogenics, we solve some of the world’s biggest problems with the smallest and most abundant molecule, hydrogen. Our Power-to-Gas technology is a cost-effective and true utility-scale energy storage solution that has been recognized as a real 'game changer' in the industry.”

—Daryl Wilson, President & CEO

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Large enterprise

Celestica Inc.

“At Celestica, we are committed to leveraging our expertise in design, engineering, manufacturing and global supply chain to help our customers successfully launch products and improve their competitive advantage in their respective markets...We wanted to be more than just a solar panel manufacturer, and we set our sights on energy products, services, intellectual property (IP) and design—the elements that would lay the foundation to expand our energy offering globally.”

—John Nastasi, General Manager

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2016 award finalists

Small organization or start-up

Q4 Inc., Ontario

Rubikloud Technologies Inc., Ontario

Sensibill Inc., Ontario

Wealthsimple Financial Inc., Ontario


Hyperwallet, British Columbia

iQmetrix, British Columbia

Mohawk College of Applied Arts and Technology, Ontario

QHR Technologies Inc., Ontario

Large enterprise

D+H Corporation, Ontario

Ontario Public Health Integrated Solutions Branch, Health Services I&IT Cluster, Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care, Ontario

NAV Canada, Ontario

TD Bank Financial Group, Ontario

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