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2014 Winners

Advancing Technology & Innovation Category:

Avigilon (also awarded the Leadership Award)

Avigilon Corporation is defining the future of protection through innovative end-to-end security solutions. Avigilon’s industry-leading HD network video management software, megapixel cameras, access control and video analytics products are reinventing the security market. Information about Avigilon can be found at


Consumer Products Category:

Arc’teryx (also awarded Exporter of the Year)

Arc’teryx is a technical high-performance outerwear and equipment company based in North Vancouver and known as the industry leader of manufacturing and design innovations in climbing, skiing and alpine technologies. Founded in 1989 as a small 4 person operation working out of a basement in Kits, the company now employs over 600 in the lower mainland, all with the single focus of designing the lightest, best performing and highest quality products.


Digital Media & Entertainment Category:

Paperny Entertainment Inc.

Award-winning Paperny Entertainment, run by David Paperny, Audrey Mehler and Cal Shumiatcher, is one of North America’s pre-eminent producers of high-quality factual television programming and an emerging leader in new media and interactive projects. From ground-breaking documentaries and documentary series to popular reality and lifestyle programmes, Paperny Entertainment has produced over 400 hours of provocative television since its inception in 1994. Seen on 15 networks across Canada and in 36 countries worldwide, Paperny Entertainment’s programmes excel in capturing the essence of the human story.


Manufactured Products Category:

IPlay Co.

International Play Company Inc. is a global leader in the design, manufacturing and installation of premium-quality, fun, safe and durable play structures for children. In its 15-year history, IPC has sold over 2,600 play structures to over 60 countries worldwide. IPC is very proud to have built the world’s largest children’s indoor soft-play park for Billy Beez, a family entertainment inaugurated on May 25, 2013 in the Mall of Dhahran, Al Khobar, Saudi Arabia.


Minister’s Award for Export Job Creation:

Paper Excellence Canada Holdings Corporation

Paper Excellence Canada is an exciting new entrant and value-added natural resources (pulp and paper) exporter – with sales growing at 30% annually. PEC has grown through logical acquisitions from a single mill base to a multinational group producing more than 2.5 million tonnes of pulp and 0.5 million tonnes of paper, with over 2,800 employees in the last few years. PEC achieves this through innovation, excellence in management and unwavering belief in desire to deliver value to customers. Our spirit is to constantly challenge the limit, and tirelessly strive for victory.


Natural Resources Category:

Polaris Minerals Corporation

Polaris exports millions of tons of high quality sand and gravel construction aggregate each year into Pacific coastal cities for the manufacture of concrete used in the most rigorous structural applications including the construction of iconic infrastructure projects such as the new San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge, Golden Gate Bridge seismic upgrade and Hickam Air Force Base runways in Hawaii. Polaris has been widely recognized for ground breaking relationships with First Nations that are now valued partners in its business. The company’s quarry operation, dedicated ocean ship loading berth and a receiving terminal in San Francisco Bay, were completed in 2007.


New Exporter Category:

DeeBee’s SpecialTea Foods Ltd.

Created by Dionne Laslo-Baker, a health-conscious mom with a Ph.D. in Maternal-Fetal-Toxicology, Deebee’s Organic TeaPops are the world’s first organic tea based frozen novelty. TeaPops are certified organic, Non-GMO, kosher, vegan, gluten-free, are between 25-50 calories, and are one of the first products to use coconut sugar as the sweetener. Started in the family’s kitchen two years ago, DeeBee’s launched into Thrifty Foods one year ago, the rest of Canada in April 2014, and into the US market in May.


Professional Services Category:

Buckland & Taylor

Buckland & Taylor provides specialized bridge engineering services to clients worldwide from its head office in North Vancouver, BC, Canada, its offices in Edmonton, AB and Halifax NS, Canada and from its US offices in Seattle, WA, Oakland, CA and New York City, NY. Founded in 1972 with a goal of providing the highest standard of bridge engineering, the Company is now recognized throughout North America and internationally as a leader in the design, evaluation, rehabilitation and construction engineering of bridges of all types and all sizes.


Sustainability Category:


Gardein ™ (garden + protein) is a sustainable protein brand that creates delicious food made from plants. A trailblazer in developing tasty products that are good for you and mindful of the planet, Gardein offers the widest variety of award-winning meatless meals and snacks. Made from non-GMO soy and wheat, ancient grains and veggies, Gardein’s innovative products deliver the taste, texture and nutrition of meat with less fat, less calories and no cholesterol. Available at over 22,000 retail locations, restaurants, universities, colleges and food service venues across Canada and the US, Gardein is also sold in Germany, the Caribbean, Saudi Arabia, Mexico, Costa Rica, Panama and Columbia.