Introducing Your Best International Trade Award Top 10 Semi-Finalists

Exporting your product or service outside Canada presents opportunities for almost limitless growth. Our Best International Trade Award recognizes the company with an exciting and viable international trade business that is contributing to the British Columbia economy. It’s judged on the following criteria:

  • Strong Markets: This business understands its international and domestic markets, inside and out, and can demonstrate how that knowledge will help it to succeed.
  • Innovation and Value: This business goes beyond simply importing/exporting; it adds value to its products and builds the business by doing so.
  • Viability and Impact: This company helps build the BC economy by generative revenue in BC and creating and supporting jobs in BC. It can prove its viability and impact through past financial data and future projections.

Coffee whizz kids, Wize Monkey, are the world’s first vertically integrated coffee or tea company, and they were last year’s winners of the award. Who will take the plaudits in 2018? Here are your candidates, our Top 10 Semi-Finalists:

Atlas Manufacturing Ltd.

Location: Merville

Atlas Manufacturing is a Comox Valley-based business that specializes in equipment for the water, oil, gas and construction industries. They create innovative and effective equipment for customers located around the world.

Brosgall Legal

Location: Vancouver

Brosgall Legal specializes in notarization, authentication and consular legalization of official documents involved in international trade. This unique area of international law has allowed them to help thousands of local and international clients process documents for foreign use.

Domestic Objects

Location: Vancouver

Domestic Objects crafts gorgeous, handmade play tents for local and international markets. The company is owned and operated by Vancouver Mom, Sarah Jagger, who conducts regular trips to Indonesia, the Philippines and Taiwan in search of fabric, supplies and ideas.

Furever Dog Cleaning

Location: Victoria

Furever is the Canadian distributor for the K9000 Self Serve Dog Wash system. This self-serve dog washer is manufactured in Australia, and provides reliable, safe washing facilities for four-legged friends. The machines are adapted to the North American market using local components to conform to lacal safety standards.

Ironside Design Manufacturing

Location: Chilliwack

Ironside is a fully equipped fabrication, design and industrial supplies shop. They undertake a range of projects, from small, one-of-a-kind jobs, to mass production of units. The company has been in business since 1902.

New Stone Age Cabochons

Location: Victoria

Father and daughter team, Roze and Vicente, design, cut and sell unique cabochons. Roze uses social media and marketplaces like Etsy to sell these one-of-a-kind creations to jewelers around the world.

Search & Rescue Denim

Location: Vancouver

Located on Granville Island, Search & Rescue Denim creates custom, stylish, durable aprons for various service industries. Their aprons have received love from the likes of celebrity chef Jamie Oliver.

Vitalis Extraction Technology Inc.

Location: Kelowna

Vitalis is a Manufacturing company based in Kelowna, BC. Through constant innovation and with a strict focus on quality, Vitalis grew quickly to become one of the largest and most sophisticated manufacturers of Botanical Extraction Systems in the world.

World Tree Cop

Location: Victoria

The World Tree Carbon Offset Program is a sustainable timber investment based on the Empress Splendor tree, the fastest growing tree in the world. Empress trees provide valuable hardwood lumber within just 10 years. They also absorb 11 times more carbon than any other tree.

Wyssen Canada Inc.

Location: Revelstoke

Wyssen offers innovative solutions in preventive avalanche control. Their nine remote avalanche control towers above the Trans Canada Highway helped to keep the highway open, even in times of high avalanche risk.