PwC Canada announces its 2019 Vision to Reality award winners

13 May 2019 2 min. read

PwC announced the winners of its Vision to Reality (V2R) awards, which recognize innovation at organizations of all sizes in Canada. This year’s four winners were GHGSat Inc., Vancouver Airport Authority, Sun Life Financial, and British Columbia's Ministry of Health.

The field of eligible organizations had been previously whittled down to 20 finalists across a range of industries. The award winners across four delineated categories (visionary, builder, reinventor, and accelerator) were announced at an exclusive event at Arcadian Court in Toronto on May 9, 2019. The winners were selected by a panel of independent judges from the private and public sector.

“The visionary” award is given to a small organization with $0-50 million in revenue that has a new idea that is adding value to people, businesses, or society. “The builder” award is given for the same sort of innovation, but eligibility is limited to organizations with between $51 million - $1 billion in revenue.PwC Canada announces its 2019 Vision to Reality award winners

“The reinventor” award is presented to a company with more than $1 billion in annual revenue that has transformed how it operates or interacts with customers in a way that supports overall strategy and gears the company towards future success. “The accelerator” award is conferred on a public sector organization (of any size) which has launched a progressive initiative that positively impacts Canadians.

GHGSat, which uses high-resolution satellites to detect greenhouse gas emissions from industrial sites across the globe, won the “visionary” award. Vancouver Airport Authority, which launched the first automated border clearance kiosk in the world, won in the “builder” category.

Sun Life Financial won the “reinventor” award on the back of its new digital platform Lumino, which helps Canadians find healthcare providers and health innovations with built-in credible ratings and cost information to enable informed choices. BC’s Ministry of Health, meanwhile, won the “accelerator” award after launching an initiative that leverages virtual care technology to enable remote monitoring of patients in their homes.

"Congratulations to all winners and finalists! They are a testament to the endless possibilities that come from thinking big," Chris Dulny, chief innovation officer, PwC Canada, said. "Innovation affects every part of our lives and we hope that these awards help spur further innovative thinking in the rest of the Canadian business community which can strengthen the country's economy."