Deloitte unveils Fast 50 but just 7 from Quebec

Just seven tech companies from La Belle Province made it onto Deloitte’s Technology Fast 50 program, and none of those teams made it into the top 10. Still, there was much to celebrate all around Canada.

The Fast 50 rating system judges companies by their growth over the past four years.

The highest honour in Quebec went to Montreal’s PlusGrade, a fascinating revenue upgrade platform for the airline industry. The company also has an office in New York, and notched a respectable 1,312 per cent growth.

Deloitte is calling this year’s group “a class of companies that are more diverse and growing faster.” Over four times as many winners had greater than 40 per cent women hires than last year (32 per cent vs. just 8 per cent in 2015) and achieved strong average three-year revenue growth of 2,652 percent, more than double the same figure for 2015 winners.

“Technology Fast 50 winners are just the kind of companies we need in order to compete on a global basis and grow more prosperous as a nation,” said Anders McKenzie, Technology, Media and Telecommunications (TMT) Managing Partner and Leader for Deloitte’s Technology Fast 50 program. “They push the boundaries of innovation and make investments to bring new products and services to market. These are bold companies that pursue growth aggressively and are rewarded with increased revenues.”

Technology Fast 50 companies are selected for “demonstrating innovation, leadership and rapid revenue growth.” Deloitte also celebrated winners of its Companies-to-Watch (CTW) category for early stage growth and its Leadership Award category.

The company that took top spot, Vancouver’s UrTheCast, achieved a mind-blowing 72,938 per cent growth from 2012 to 2015. a Vancouver-based technology company that serves the rapidly evolving geospatial and geoanalytics markets with a wide range of information-rich products and services.

Cooledge Lighting Inc. took second spot, another Vancouver-based company that specializes in delivering innovative lighting solutions, with a growth of 16,966 percent between 2012 and 2015.

In the third spot is Calgary-based Benevity Inc., a global leader in online workplace giving, matching, volunteering and integrated grant management solutions, achieving a growth rate of 5,869 percent.

Thirty-one companies on this year’s Technology Fast 50 program are first-time winners. The majority of the Technology Fast 50 winners are from Ontario (26), followed by British Columbia (12) and Quebec (7) with the remaining balance from the Prairie region. This year’s Leadership award winners include Aeryon Labs, Big Blue Bubble, Klick, Index Exchange and Real Matters. This prestigious category recognizes organizations for demonstrating innovation and leadership.

Deloitte’s annual survey of Technology Fast 50 company CEOs found that developing more inclusive leadership skills, hiring a more diverse employee base and establishing senior managers and managers as models for inclusion are the top three steps that winners believe their company should take.

“It’s encouraging that Fast 50 companies are not only investing in innovation and pursuing better business outcomes, but they also understand the value of leveraging diverse perspectives and experiences to propel their businesses forward,” said McKenzie.

Rank Growth % Company name City Province
1 72938.0% UrtheCast Vancouver British Columbia
2 16966.1% Cooledge Lighting Inc. Richmond British Columbia
3 5869.7% Benevity Inc. Calgary Alberta
4 3809.2% Maropost Toronto Ontario
5 3802.6% Prodigy Ventures Toronto Ontario
6 2703.4% Canada Drives Vancouver British Columbia
7 2146.8% iotum Toronto Ontario
8 1704.5% Sortable Kitchener Ontario
9 1640.3% Wave Toronto Ontario
10 1519.6% Axonify Waterloo Ontario
11 1312.6% Plusgrade Montreal Quebec
12 1080.9% Big Blue Bubble London Ontario
13 998.5% MobileLIVE Richmond Hill Ontario
14 863.8% Unbounce Vancouver British Columbia
15 818.4% JUICE Mobile Toronto Ontario
16 815.4% You.i TV Kanata Ontario
17 662.1% Clearpath Kitchener Ontario
18 606.8% Top Hat Toronto Ontario
19 586.7% Magnet Forensics Inc. Waterloo Ontario
20 577.0% PixMob Montreal Quebec
21 573.2% Traction on Demand Burnaby British Columbia
22 544.4% Vena Solutions Toronto Ontario
23 503.8% Corvus Energy Richmond British Columbia
24 494.0% Aeryon Labs Waterloo Ontario
25 481.3% XYZ Technologie culturelle Montréal Quebec
26 473.1% Financeit Toronto Ontario
27 448.6% Appnovation Technologies Vancouver British Columbia
28 441.6% 8D Technologies Montréal Quebec
29 430.4% ScribbleLive Toronto Ontario
30 414.5% Livestock Water Recycling Inc. Calgary Alberta
31 395.4% EventMobi Toronto Ontario
32 390.7% Neurio Vancouver British Columbia
33 383.5% Dealer-FX Toronto Ontario
34 367.3% Solido Design Automation Saskatoon Saskatchewan
35 360.6% eSentire Cambridge Ontario
36 341.8% Eddyfi Quebec Quebec
37 332.0% Dejero Labs Waterloo Ontario
38 330.6% VistaVu Solutions Inc. Calgary Alberta
38 330.6% Embrionix Laval Quebec
40 323.5% 360insights Whitby Ontario
41 314.7% Clio Burnaby British Columbia
42 307.8% AcuityAds Inc Toronto Ontario
43 299.8% Copperleaf Vancouver British Columbia
44 299.5% Kinova Inc. Boisbriand Quebec
45 293.0% Resolver Toronto Ontario
46 287.0% Big Viking Games London Ontario
47 269.5% ProntoForms Ottawa Ontario
48 268.4% Avigilon Corporation Vancouver British Columbia
49 252.3% Vendasta Technologies, Inc. Saskatoon Saskatchewan
50 230.2% Zafin Vancouver British Columbia

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