McRock Capital, a leading venture capital fund manager focused exclusively on the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), announced the 2018 winners of the annual McRock IIoT Awards during its 7th Annual McRock IIoT Symposium in Montreal today.
The 2018 McRock IIoT Awards recognizes organizations and individuals in three categories: IIoT Corporate Leader of the Year, IIoT Entrepreneur of the Year, and IIoT Diversity Leader of the Year. The 2018 winners were selected by an industry-led judging committee.
McRock IIoT Entrepreneur of the Year This award is presented to an individual that has experienced success in the IIoT as a founder and/or business leader in setting strategy, a developer creating a product, and everything in between. Worximity president & founder, Yannick Desmarais, is awarded the McRock IIoT Entrepreneur of the Year 2018.
Worximity’s Emilie A.Lachance (for Yannick Desmarais)
Yannick Desmarais is the president & founder of Worximity. Founded in 2011, Worximity has helped improve the performance of more than 1,000 production lines across North America, in Europe and Australia with its connectivity solutions, which enable factory managers and workers to monitor their production in real time. The
Worximity story begins with one entrepreneur's quest to find the perfect tool for real-time production monitoring in the manufacturing industry. Yannick, at the time maintenance and continuous improvement manager in an agro-food factory, travelled the globe in search of a technology with the potential of displaying KPIs in real time. Yannick never found the technology he was looking for but he did find a solution. He decided to create his own monitoring technology in 2011. The following two years were quite productive, culminating with the launching of the first version of TileBoard, the real-time dashboard. Since then, Worximity received financial support from a VC, located to new offices in the heart of Old Montreal and its qualified team of experts is growing exponentially. With the rise of IIoT and Industry 4.0, based on connected objects, Worximity, with thousands of connected pieces of equipment thanks to its TileConnect sensors, is playing a key role in this next industrial revolution, making businesses more connected, more efficient, and better performing.
“I am extremely honoured to be receiving the McRock IIoT Entrepreneur of the Year Award. It is quite an honour for me to be distinguished among the so many talented people,” said Yannick Desmarais, president & founder of Worximity. “It is clearly a sign that Montreal is thriving and has been an incredible journey so far and I’m really excited about the future of the company and IIoT. We live in extraordinary times where new technologies such as data science, machine learning and artificial intelligence are allowing us to push back boundaries and cross new frontiers.
Special thanks to Yves-Eric Laliberté, who believed in us since day 1, Nicolas Bélanger and W Investments, Colette Roy and Le Fonds de solidarité FTQ, who joined the adventure early on and opened doors for us, Benoit Mignacco and Bernard Melamet from Business Development Bank of Canada and Olivier Metz from Investissement Québec, for their financial support and for encouraging our innovation endeavours.
Finally, I would like to thank the incredible Worximity tribe for all of their hard work and dedication and for helping make dreams come true on a daily basis. Working with you is a true pleasure. I sincerely believe that the best is yet to come. Congratulations to each and everyone of you! This is our award!”