Montreal (Quebec), November 16, 2020 – The Association québécoise des technologies (AQT), in collaboration with the Business Development Bank of Canada (BDC), CGI and the National Bank, is proud to announce the 8 companies finalists of the prestigious “ PME en lumière2020 ” competition. This competition aims to highlight and recognize the success of tech SMEs in terms of innovation and commercialization.
For this atypical year, the competition highlights the achievements of companies that have been able to innovate and adapt their solutions to help our society adapt to a new reality. With the COVID-19 pandemic, our habits and the traditional functioning of businesses are disrupted. Technologies therefore play a crucial role in keeping society functional and even in considering reopening by helping citizens to preserve their health and businesses to continue operating safely.
“ Well deservedly, for several months we have all raised the importance of health professionals, public transport, grocery stores, delivery services, or all workers who are considered essential service providers. But behind the scenes, not always recognized at their fair value, there was a techno community that worked hard to provide all the tools necessary to ensure the return of daily activities and the safe operation of businesses as quickly as possible. The pandemic has certainly accelerated technological trends with lasting impact beyond COVID-19. It is therefore very symbolic for AQT to reward SMEs which have contributed significantly to the functioning of society and to economic development in this time of crisis. “, said Nicole Martel, CEO of the Association québécoise des technologies.
The AQT and the award evaluation committee made up of seasoned industry representatives wish, through this recognition, to reward these companies and give them the encouragement and motivation that will allow them to continue to innovate.
The finalists of the “ PME en lumière 2020 ” competition are:
The name of the “Tech SME of the Year 2020” will be unveiled at a virtual gala to be held live on December 16, 2020 at 4:30 p.m. via our YouTube channel. The final score used to award the grand prize will be weighted in three parts: by quantitative and objective data (30%), by the vote of an independent jury (50%), as well as by the public vote (20%) . Internet voting will be available from December 7 to 16.
The Association québécoise des technologies (AQT), the essential tech business network, provides executives with a stimulating and world-class environment conducive to the growth of their business and industry. With its 500 members, it brings them together, allowing them to increase the performance of their organization. A self-funded nonprofit, AQT represents the entire industry in decision-making bodies and is among the Top 10 tech associations in North America. For more information: www.aqt.ca.
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