Known worldwide for its zero-energy solar powered LED lighting solutions, Victoria-based Carmanah Technologies walked away with the coveted Company of the Year Award at the 14th Annual Technology Impact Awards (TIAs) hosted by the BC Technology Industry Association (BCTIA) held last night at the Hyatt Regency Vancouver Hotel.

In 2006, LED lighting designer and manufacturer, Carmanah Technologies experienced a 61 percent increase in revenues and celebrated a milestone of over 250,000 installations in 110 countries. In addition to providing environmentally responsible lights to transit, outdoor advertising, marine, aviation, transportation and industrial worksite markets, Carmanah has achieved success entering new markets as a first mover with disruptive LED lighting technology.

Person of the Year went to Greg Peet, high-tech entrepreneur, executive, board director and angel investor. Greg was recognized for his contribution to the province of BC through creating successful global enterprises and supporting local charitable activities.

JDQ Systems won the Leadership in Social Responsibility award for its ‘3Spheres of Reciprocity’, a program that aims to break down the barriers between the spheres of business, community and academia.

And Team of the Year went to the Business Objects On Demand team who delivered a new Web 2.0 software-as-a-service offering called crystalreports.com, from concept to 37,000 subscribers in 12 months.

Other winners of the 2007 Technology Impact Awards are:

Most Promising Pre-Commercial Technology Nutri-Loc – a company that uses a state-of-the-art technology to preserve the flavour, freshness and nutritional value of fruits and vegetables without using chemicals or preservatives. http://www.nutriloc.com

Excellence in Product Innovation Top Producer, who produces sales and marketing solutions for realtors, for its Market Snapshot, a tool that allows realtors to offer customers real-time Multiple Listing Service (MLS) market updates and trend analysis. http://www.topproducer.com/

Best Application of Technology In Motion Technology for enabling wireless connectivity for moving vehicles so first responders, such as police or ambulances, can access the critical information they need from anywhere. http://www.inmotiontechnology.com/

Most Promising Start-up Mobidia for tackling one of the toughest problems for wireless carriers: delivering high-value multi-media mobile content from the last mile to the consumer device. http://www.mobidia.com/

Emerging Company of the Year Digital Payment Technologies for applying advanced electronics, hardware, software and the Internet to bring parking meters and pay stations into the 21st century. http://www.digitalpaytech.com/

“Tonight’s winners highlight our industry’s ability to produce innovative technology and bring it to markets across the globe. They also illustrate how technology has become so important to our traditional industries, increasing their efficiencies and global competitiveness, and how the everyday lives of British Columbians are enhanced” said Rob Cruickshank, President, BCTIA.

This marks the fourteenth year for the Technology Impact Awards, recognizing and celebrating exceptional leadership, innovation, and excellence within BC’s diverse technology industry. More than 750 representatives of BC’s technology and business community came together to recognize the province’s top technologies, companies, and individuals.

The Technology Impact Awards attract province-wide attention, with submissions received from across British Columbia, including Kelowna, Victoria and Vancouver.

For more information on the awards, the finalists and the winners, please visit: http://www.bctia.org/knowledge.