BCEA Winners’ Profiles
Leadership Award Winner—Ryan Holmes, HootSuite
Ryan Holmes is the CEO of HootSuite. Thought leader, dog lover and serial entrepreneur, he has redefined the face of social media—bringing Twitter, Facebook and other social networks out of the dorm room and into the boardroom.
Holmes has grown HootSuite from a lean startup to a global leader in social media with 5 million users, including 79 of the Fortune 100 companies. A college drop-out, he started a paintball company and pizza restaurant before founding Invoke Media, the company that developed HootSuite in 2009.
Today, Holmes is an authority on the social business revolution, quoted in The New York Times and Wall Street Journal and called upon to speak at TEDx and SXSW Interactive Conferences. An angel investor and advisor, he mentors startups in Canada and around the world. Through HootSuite University, Holmes partners with major universities to deliver social media coursework to the next generation of business leaders.
International Business Studies Award Winner—Cory Boles
Originally from the University of Victoria, Cory is a now a BCOM student at the Sauder School of Business at UBC. Having worked for the Vancouver Airport Authority and participated in several case competitions at a global level has allowed Cory to gain valuable international experience. This eventually led Cory to spearhead an initiative to start an international case competition in Vancouver in March 2013. With twelve of the top schools in the world, representing six continents agreeing to send their teams, this event will be a milestone that highlights Vancouver’s achievements in international business studies. Cory has obtained the support of Sauder and the Commerce Students’ Society in the amount of $60,000. Back in UVIC, Cory Boles also led the local chapter of AIESEC, a non-profit organization that aims to promote international development.
Norsat International Inc
Norsat International Inc. is a leading provider of innovative communication solutions for challenging applications and environments. More specifically our satellite terminals, microwave components, and RF conditioning products permit the transmission and reception of data, audio and video from almost anywhere in the world including where traditional communication infrastructure is insufficient, unreliable, damaged or non-existent. Norsat has sold more than 2.5 million products in 87 countries around the world and is recognized as an industry leader in usability, service, support and total value.
Ironwood Clay Company Ltd
Ironwood Clay Company Ltd. is the largest supplier of Natural Oceanic Clay, a unique mineral rich clay. We process, manufacture and package our marine glacial product both for personal care and agricultural business. We provide GMP, organic certification to international companies as Boots the Chemist, Avalon Organics, Nuskin, LG Korea, Amore Pacific and others. Our unique formulation and products have allowed our company to increase sales of our exported goods by 50% annually for the last 3 years and 100% this year.
Nuheat is the industry leading manufacturer and marketer of floor heating systems for tile, stone and laminate/engineered wood. Also offering a complete line of freeze protection products for commercial and residential applications, Nuheat boasts a shelf presence in over 4,000 distribution points across Canada and the U.S. A Platinum Club member of Canada's Best Managed Companies, Nuheat's culture and employees are the driving force behind its continued success and growth.
Corvus Energy is a global supplier of energy storage solutions for industrial and commercial applications. Working with its clients needs in mind, Corvus delivers tangible value and rapid ROI by reducing operating costs and minimizing environmental impact. Corvus delivers solutions that make a difference today using proven robust technology developed specifically for heavy industrial use. Corvus, through local manufacturing and supply chain sourcing, provides local content and supports the local economy. Clients gain excellent energy storage and management products, rugged design, world quality manufacturing, and local supply.
Big Bad Boo
Big Bad Boo makes cartoons to teach kids about different cultures and languages. Their first cartoon Babak & Friends – A First Norooz, was followed by Mixed Nutz, a multicultural series. Mixed Nutz airs on PBS, ShawTV, BrazilTV, Family Channel Finland among others. 1001 Nights, their latest series, brings to life famous characters like Sinbad and Ali Baba. It is airing on Teletoon, Disney Asia, CBC, ORF Austria, RPT Portugal and Al Jazeera Children’s. They just launched oznoz.com, a channel for bilingual kids.
Tolko Industries Ltd
Tolko Industries Ltd. is a leading manufacturer and marketer of a broad range of forest products to customers around the world. Founded in 1956, Tolko has grown from a small sawmill in Lavington, British Columbia, to become a company diversified by geography and product. Tolko manufactures lumber, unbleached kraft papers, panel products, co-products, biomass power, and a growing number of specialty wood products in its operations across Western Canada.
Klohn Crippen Berger
Klohn Crippen Berger (KCB) is a leading engineering and environmental consulting firm with its head office in Vancouver and offices in strategic locations Canada, Peru, England and Australia. KCB offers a full range of services in oil and gas, mining, environmental, water, power and transportation. Formed in 1951, KCB has a long history of participation in some of the most challenging engineering projects in the world.
Cascadia Windows Ltd
Cascadia Windows Ltd. is an industry leader in the innovation and production of fiberglass construction products. As a specialist in windows, doors, and cladding support systems, Cascadia is known for demonstrating cutting edge technology pertaining to energy efficiency, sustainability and durability.
Cascadia was recently recognized by BC Business Magazine as the 8th most innovative company in BC in 2012.
International sales are a huge part of Cascadia’s success. Nearly half of all products are exported south of the border to meet the recent increased need for sustainable solutions.
Since 1970, Viking has become a dynamic aerospace company, servicing a global customer base with high quality aircraft modification, repair, and manufacturing services. In 2006, Viking acquired the design rights for the entire line of de Havilland heritage aircraft, and in 2007, launched the Twin Otter Series 400 Production Program. Current orders exceed $400M and over seventeen new aircraft have been delivered to countries around the world, including Libya, Maldives, Papua New Guinea, Peru, Russia, Seychelles, Switzerland, Tahiti, Turkey, and the United States.