Richmond Hill Announces 2018 Business Innovators of the Year

Four Richmond Hill businesses received Richmond Hill’s Innovators of the Year Award for their accomplishments in transforming industries and positively contributing to the Richmond Hill, Canadian and world economies. The first-ever awards reception took place on Tuesday, October 30 at the Richmond Hill Centre for the Performing Arts.
The four companies selected to receive the award were:  

Applanix
Born from advanced positioning technology expertise in 1991, Applanix is now one of the industry’s most recognized developers of inertial and GPS/GNSS solutions for mobile mapping. With a global reach, unequaled engineering excellence and worldwide 24/7 customer support, Applanix leads the world in high-productivity in-motion surveying, direct data geo-referencing and robust mobile mapping. 
Hibar 
Founded in 1974, Hibar Systems Limited is a privately owned, high technology Canadian company specializing in the design and manufacturing of custom automated machinery and precision liquid dispensing systems used by many of the world’s most recognized producers of consumer goods. With over 95% of their sales being export based, Hibar has established a worldwide reputation for technical innovation and quality. 
Laipac 
Laipac Technology Inc. is a leading company in the development of IoT (Internet of Things) products and solutions. Founded in 1999, Laipac now exports to over one hundred countries around the world. Their technology is used in everything from mobile healthcare, to lone workers, fleet management and law enforcement. 
Wysdom 
Wysdom is a full-service enterprise virtual assistant solution that uses machine intelligence to deliver customer care over social, web chat, search and IVR channels; giving businesses a single powerful platform to connect to customers, answer questions, complete purchases and transact any time, using natural language. 
“It is because of businesses such as these, that Richmond Hill is part of Canada’s largest technology cluster and a place where innovative companies want to be,” said Mayor Dave Barrow. “We are pleased to recognize these incredible companies and their talented staff, and I’m very proud to say that these companies call Richmond Hill home.”