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Frank & Oak takes top spot in Deloitte’s Technology Fast 50™ awards, winners share impressive growth rates and report finding and attracting talent a concern

Toronto, Ontario (November 12, 2015) — Deloitte announced the winners of its Technology Fast 50™ program today. Companies were selected for their technological innovation, entrepreneurship, leadership and rapid growth. Now in its 18th year, Technology Fast 50 celebrated companies with an average four-year growth rate of 1,293%.

Contemporary menswear brand and online retailor, Frank & Oak topped this year’s Technology Fast 50 list with a four-year revenue growth rate of 18,480%. Based in Montreal, the technology-driven brand has created a dedicated community of followers by offering personalized style advice, curated product selections, and an elevated shopping experience via its online platform and retail stores.

Corvus Energy manufactures high-power energy storage systems for marine, oil & gas, and port applications. Based in Richmond, they secured second place by increasing revenues by 16,943% since 2011. Rounding out the top three, global online gaming company, Amaya Inc. from Pointe-Claire, saw 3,645% growth over the last four years.

“The tremendous gains and innovation demonstrated by this year’s Fast 50 winners are exciting,” said Robert Nardi, technology, Media and Telecommunications (TMT) Managing Partner and Leader for Deloitte’s Technology Fast 50 program. “It signals that the sector is strong and that we have the right conditions here in Canada to encourage and nurture small businesses as they grow and scale up.”

Nardi also noted that, as in past years, about half of the Fast 50 companies come from Ontario. But in an encouraging sign of the depth and breadth of the innovation economy across Canada, eight of the 12 companies with the highest growth rates come from Quebec and British Columbia.

Deloitte’s annual survey of CEOs of Technology Fast 50 companies found that the nearly two thirds of companies said that talent was either their #1 or #2 most significant issue.

“Young Canadian tech companies from coast to coast are experiencing staggering growth,” Nardi said. “However, for these firms to maintain their trajectory they need to have the right talent mix. For today’s fast-growing companies, finding and attracting talent is of great importance.”

The demographics of Technology Fast 50 companies demonstrate that they are hiring the workers of tomorrow: 50% of all employees are millennials born after 1981. The technology gender divide applied to Fast 50 companies though: two thirds of companies said that fewer than 30% of job applicants were women, and that was reflected in hiring, with fewer than 30% of recent hires being women. In some good news, retention of female hires isn’t a significant problem, with 90% of companies surveyed reporting that women were leaving at the same or lower rates than men.

According to Deloitte’s Future of Canada series, The Age of Disruption: Are Canadian Firms Prepared?, only 13% of organizations are ready for significant technology-driven disruption. However, the Technology Fast 50 survey findings showed that Fast 50 companies are preparing for and investing in emerging disruptive technologies.

“It’s not surprising that the Fast 50 companies are ahead of the curve and making investments in disruptive technologies,” said Nardi. “In many ways, these are the companies that larger more established corporations will eventually look to for investment, because of their use of innovative technology.”

Nearly three quarters (70%) of companies are thinking about the impact artificial intelligence will have on their business, while 39% are taking concrete action in preparation. The impacts of crowdsourcing, crowdfunding, cloud computing and the Internet of Things are being considered by more than 77% of Fast 50 companies, while more than half (54%) of those surveyed are actively preparing. Robotics and 3D printing are on the minds of a third of surveyed CEOs (37% and 33%, respectively), but less than 20% (11.5% and 17%) have taken concrete actions in preparation.

Fast 50 companies are both private and public companies representing a variety of industry and sub-sectors including hardware, software, telecommunications, emerging technology and digital media. This year, more than half of the winners represented the software industry (31) and 22 companies were new to the program.

Deloitte also announced winners of the Companies to Watch (CTW) and Leadership Award categories.

To view the CTW and Leadership award winners, please visit www.fast50.ca
 

Rank Growth % Company name City Province

1

18 480 %

Frank & Oak

Montreal

Quebec

2

16 943 %

Corvus Energy

Richmond

British Columbia

3

3 645 %

Amaya Inc.

Pointe-Claire

Quebec

4

2 487 %

Budge Studios

Montreal

Quebec

5

2 327 %

iotum

Toronto

Ontario

6

1 683 %

Adrenaline Amusements

Terrebonne

Quebec

7

1 250 %

HootSuite

Vancouver

British Columbia

8

1 154 %

Magnet Forensics Inc.

Waterloo

Ontario

9

1 123 %

AcuityAds Inc.

Toronto

Ontario

10

1 032 %

Aeryon Labs

Waterloo

Ontario

11

1 003 %

Traction on Demand

Burnaby

British Columbia

12

808%

Appnovation Technologies

Vancouver

British Columbia

13

759%

ScribbleLive

Toronto

Ontario

14

694%

Mindable

Sherwood Park

Alberta

15

678%

JUICE Mobile

Toronto

Ontario

16

630%

Optosecurity Inc.

Quebec

Quebec

17

596%

Addictive Mobility

Toronto

Ontario

18

590%

Dejero Labs

Waterloo

Ontario

19

561%

Eddyfi

Quebec

Quebec

20

436%

Clio

Burnaby

British Columbia

21

421%

QuickMobile

Vancouver

British Columbia

22

400%

Dealer-FX

Toronto

Ontario

23

390%

AskingCanadians

Toronto

Ontario

24

378%

360incentives

Whitby

Ontario

25

365%

Redknee

Mississauga

Ontario

26

352%

Nulogy Corporation

Toronto

Ontario

26

352%

Avigilon Corporation

Vancouver

British Columbia

28

343%

Zafin

Vancouver

British Columbia

29

336%

Digital Extremes

London

Ontario

30

309%

Big Blue Bubble

London

Ontario

31

307%

Crakmedia

Quebec

Quebec

32

305%

Miovision Technologies Inc

Kitchener

Ontario

33

262%

Vendasta Technologies, Inc.

Saskatoon

Saskatchewan

34

250%

Symbility Solutions

Toronto

Ontario

35

232%

eXplorance

Montreal

Quebec

36

223%

Achievers

Toronto

Ontario

37

214%

Aquatic Informatics Inc.

Vancouver

British Columbia

38

212%

CM Labs Simulations

Montreal

Quebec

39

209%

5N Plus Inc.

Saint-Laurent

Quebec

40

207%

CloudOps

Montreal

Quebec

41

204%

STI Technologies Limited

Halifax

Nova Scotia

42

202%

eSentire

Cambridge

Ontario

43

190%

Real Estate Webmasters

Nanaimo

British Columbia

44

188%

Klick

Toronto

Ontario

45

159%

Igloo Software

Kitchener

Ontario

46

157%

3esi

Calgary

Alberta

47

154%

VIZIYA Corporation

Hamilton

Ontario

47

154%

Etelesolv

Lachine

Quebec

49

150%

PointClickCare

Mississauga

Ontario

50

144%

Thinking Capital

Montreal

Quebec

2015 Technology Fast 50 winners

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