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Silicon Valley North it may be, but Vancouver plays host to successful businesses in a wide array of sectors and industries. A goodly number of the names on the 2016 PROFIT 500 ranking of Canada’s Fastest-Growing Companies hail from the city, including the overall No. 1, Canada Drives.

The 61 firms from Metro Vancouver on this year’s ranking grew their revenues an average of 879% between 2010 and 2015, creating an additional 4,337 full-time equivalent (FTE) jobs over that period. Collectively they employed 6,003 full-time and 1,544 part-time employees in 2015.

Here is the complete list of Vancouver’s Fastest Growing Companies for 2016.

1. Canada Drives

PROFIT 500: No. 1
Head Office: Vancouver, B.C.
Growth (2010–2015): 12,686%
Revenue (2015): $20–50 million
Employees (2015, full-time equivalent): 111

What it does: Facilitates auto financing for consumers through an online portal

2. Buyatab Online

PROFIT 500: No. 3
Head Office: Vancouver, B.C.
Growth (2010–2015): 10,735%
Revenue (2015): $20–50 million
Employees (2015, full-time equivalent): 27

What it does: Develops software-as-a-service that helps merchants sell online gift cards

3. Traction on Demand

PROFIT 500: No. 21
Head Office: Burnaby, B.C.
Growth (2010–2015): 3,335%
Revenue (2015): $10–20 million
Employees (2015, full-time equivalent): 206

What it does: Develops and consults on cloud-based software, specializing in Salesforce.com implementations

4. Milo Enterprises

PROFIT 500: No. 22
Head Office: Vancouver, B.C.
Growth (2010–2015): 3,291%
Revenue (2015): $10–20 million
Employees (2015, full-time equivalent): 26

What it does: Manufactures pest control and gardening products

5. Merchant Advance Capital

PROFIT 500: No. 23
Head Office: Vancouver, B.C.
Growth (2010–2015): 3,234%
Revenue (2015): $5–10 million
Employees (2015, full-time equivalent): 28

What it does: Provides financing to small businesses

6. Appnovation Technologies

PROFIT 500: No. 57
Head Office: Vancouver, B.C.
Growth (2010–2015): 1,414%
Revenue (2015): $20–50 million
Employees (2015, full-time equivalent): 270

What it does: Provides open-source software development, IT services and consulting

7. Certified Battery

PROFIT 500: No. 63
Head Office: Burnaby, B.C.
Growth (2010–2015): 1,209%
Revenue (2015): $5–10 million
Employees (2015, full-time equivalent): 28

What it does: Sells replacement parts for consumer electronics through an online store

8. Indochino

PROFIT 500: No. 65
Head Office: Vancouver, B.C.
Growth (2010–2015): 1,187%
Revenue (2015): U.S.$20–50 million
Employees (2015, full-time equivalent): 167

What it does: Manufactures and sells made-to-measure men’s apparel via online and physical retail channels

9. Eco Paving

PROFIT 500: No. 66
Head Office: Coquitlam, B.C.
Growth (2010–2015): 1,177%
Revenue (2015): $2–5 million
Employees (2015, full-time equivalent): 24

What it does: Manufactures and installs recycled rubber paving surfaces for residential and commercial clients

10. Copperleaf Technologies

PROFIT 500: No. 70
Head Office: Vancouver, B.C.
Growth (2010–2015): 1,081%
Revenue (2015): $10–20 million
Employees (2015, full-time equivalent): 58

What it does: Develops decision analytics software for infrastructure and asset management companies

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The Next 15:

11. Avigilon

PROFIT 500: No. 72

What it does: Designs and manufactures surveillance cameras and develops network video management software

12. Saje Natural Wellness

PROFIT 500: No. 74

What it does: Sells all-natural health and beauty products through its own stores and online

13. Impact Recruitment

PROFIT 500: No. 77

What it does: Offers professional recruiting services

14. All Inclusive Marketing

PROFIT 500: No. 90

What it does: Strategizes and delivers digital marketing campaigns for consumer brands

15. RR Plett Trucking

PROFIT 500: No. 97

What it does: Offers long-haul transportation and container drayage services

16. Famoso Neapolitan Pizzeria

PROFIT 500: No. 105

What it does: Franchises a chain of pizza restaurants across B.C., Alberta, Saskatchewan and Ontario

17. Venue Kings Ticket Brokers

PROFIT 500: No. 106

What it does: Offers online ticket-brokering services for concerts and sporting events

18. TEEMA Solutions Group

PROFIT 500: No. 128

What it does: Provides permanent and contract staffing services

19. TAK Logistics

PROFIT 500: No. 129

What it does: Provides short-distance transportation and warehousing services

20. Cypress Solutions

PROFIT 500: No. 132

What it does: Manufactures and sells wireless networking equipment for industrial and commercial clients

21. Lantrax North America Logistics

PROFIT 500: No. 190

What it does: Provides third-party freight broker services for the trucking industry

22. Kasa Supply

PROFIT 500: No. 197

What it does: Wholesales and retails housing maintenance supplies

23. FCV Interactive

PROFIT 500: No. 211

What it does: Designs and executes digital campaigns

24. Everland Natural Foods

PROFIT 500: No. 223

What it does: Manufactures branded and private-label organic foods and supplements

25. Global Relay

PROFIT 500: No. 230

What it does: Provides cloud-based messaging and archiving software

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Other fast-growing companies from Metro Vancouver on the 2016 PROFIT 500:

26. JMG Carrier (No. 250); 27. Atlantis Programs & Pedalheads (No. 256); 28. Nurse Next Door Home Care Services (No. 282); 29. Reliance Foundry Co. (No. 288); 30. iQmetrix (No. 289); 31. Happier IT (No. 292); 32. Gibraltar Holdings (No. 293); 33. ResponseTek Networks Corp. (No. 300); 34. Annex Consulting Group (No. 302); 35. Iridia Medical (No. 307); 36. Dominion Lending Centres (No. 309); 37. Bacchus Law Corp. (No. 314); 38. Softlanding Solutions (No. 326); 39. Icron Technologies Corp. (No. 327); 40. Crelogix (No. 328); 41. Pacific Quorum Properties (No. 329); 42. LGM Financial Services (No. 336); 43. Ecofish Research (No. 341); 44. General Credit Services (No. 348); 45. Clevest (No. 358); 46. 1-800-GOT-JUNK? (No. 359); 47. Synergy Trucking (No. 367); 48. Creative At Home (No. 373); 49. TIO Networks (No. 382); 50. Targa Contracting (No. 393); 51. Radial Engineering (No. 396); 52. Prizm Media (No. 409); 53. Binary Stream Software (No. 422); 54. Photon Control (No. 425); 55. Mira Floors & Interiors (No. 447); 56. Flexstar Packaging (No. 457); 57. IT/IQ Tech Recruiters (No. 472); 58. Left Coast Naturals (No. 473); 59. Norsat International (No. 477); 60. Blue Chip Logistics (No. 494); 61. Marcon Metalfab (No. 500).

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