GLOBE-NET, April 16, 2012 - Last week, BC
Business Magazine released its annual list of British Columbia's Top 20 most innovative
companies for 2012. Seven out of the twenty
companies, or one-third, are active players in the province's
growing "green" economy. This is an increase from the magazine's
2011 rankings, which highlighted only three such companies.
Making the Top 20 list is no easy feat. According to BC Business
Magazine's methodology, the nominees were sourced from a
province-wide, comprehensive survey that was then assessed by a
volunteer panel of innovation experts. From that selection, the
magazine's editorial staff made the final cut based on a stringent
set of criteria.
It has been said that innovation will be one of the most
important drivers of a greener economy and successful companies are
often those that are addressing human needs such as improved health
and environmental quality. With increasing consumer awareness and
demand for more environmentally-friendly products and services,
this year's winners showcase how green businesses are often more
resilient to market fluctuations and have shown strong growth
despite economic hardships.
This reality was also highlighted in a report released by GLOBE
Advisors in March 2012 entitled The West Coast Clean Economy: Opportunities for
Investment & Accelerated Job Creation, which
illustrates that progressive public policy frameworks in British
Columbia and the West Coast states of California, Oregon, and
Washington, have been driving clean technology innovation and
investment in the region's green economy over the last decade.
Edging out a competitive pool of over 56 other nominees, BC's
seven "green" innovators for 2012 exemplify an entrepreneurial
business mantra that has allowed them to overcome many of the
practical business challenges that have plagued others. Not only
are they innovators, but they are also leaders in their fields for
driving the greater economy towards a greener future. The sectors
represented by the winning companies include clean energy, energy
efficiency, green building, and environmental protection.
The seven green companies profiled by BC Business this year
Inc. A company with a revolutionary patented
desalination and brine treatment process that desalinates seawater
or brackish water to produce freshwater. The applications for their
technologies are significant; especially in areas of the world
where freshwater is a scarce resource.
Inc. Provider of products and
solutions that help utilities reduce inefficiencies and losses in
the electrical grid. Their solutions aim to reduce costs for the
utility and the end-consumer, as well as optimizing the usage of
Windows Ltd. A manufacturer of fiberglass
frames for window and door products, they have also developed the
award-winning 'Cascadia Clip' - a fiberglass thermal spacer for
exterior insulated walls that allows insulation to perform over
100% more efficiently than if traditional steel supports were used.
Their products allow consumers to not only earn credits towards a
LEED designation, but also save on energy costs.
Wind Power Inc. An advanced wind turbine
manufacturer with a specialized design for distributed wind power
applications. Its products can already be found across North
America and the United Kingdom with a momentum to expand into other
Inc. With many of their clients vouching
that their services are "the only acceptable way to do business,"
Debrand provides solutions to divert a selection of waste material
away from landfills. The diverted material is then processed and
made reusable in a wide variety of applications.
Canada Metal (Pacific)
Ltd. The company has developed an aluminum
alloy anode that sets a new industry standard for protecting
watercraft and docks from underwater corrosion. Traditional
sacrificial anodes made of zinc release minute amounts of cadmium,
a carcinogenic compound, into the surrounding water and with
millions of boats docked in marinas around the world, those minute
amounts quickly compound.
Company's breakthrough innovation is a radiant energy vacuum (REV)
dehydration technology, which will be a game-changer for
pharmaceutical and food applications. For the past 50 years,
freeze-drying has been the standard technology for large-scale
dehydration, but REV technology promises a faster, greener and more
economical alternative through significant energy efficiency.
The West Coast Clean Economy Report is a forward-looking
assessment of what is and what could be as the West Coast region
progresses toward a cleaner, lower-carbon economic future. The
report provides practical guidance on how to capitalize on the West
Coast region's single most powerful competitive advantage - a
cleaner and more sustainable economy.
For more information on the West Coast Clean Economy Report,