BBTV Founder & CEO Sharzad Rafati

Shahrzad Rafati, Founder & CEO, BroadbandTV Corp. Named One of Canada’s Top 19 Tech Titans

Canada's Tech Titans: Top 19 of 2019 annual award honours Canada's top 19 most prominent innovative technology leaders.

Wednesday, November 6th, 2019

Vancouver, B.C.: BroadbandTV Corp. (BBTV), an enabling platform for content owners that is advancing the world through the creation, distribution, management and monetization of content is pleased to announce Shahrzad Rafati, Founder & CEO, BBTV has been named one of Canada’s Tech Titans: Top 19 of 2019.

Founded by Plastic Havas and presented by IBM & Havas Canada, this annual award honours Canadian technology leaders who have disrupted an industry through the use of technology, led a digital transformation, and/or used technology in innovative ways to deliver business value, whether by creating or enhancing a key competitive advantage, optimizing internal or external business processes, enabling growth or enhancing client relationships.

"This accolade is a testament to the amazing work done by the whole BBTV team, as we continue to build one of the most successful media technology companies in the world,'' comments Shahrzad Rafati, Founder & CEO, BroadbandTV. “Today we achieve tens of billions of monthly views across 587 million unique viewers, positioning us as the second largest video property after Google*. In addition we have strong financial performance, combined with operating a truly quadruple bottom line business and a 0% gender pay gap. Despite all of this, it's really just the beginning."

Shahrzad actively pursues ways to encourage social change and is a champion for equality in all forms. She is passionate about job creation, education, and advancing opportunities for women, girls, and refugees. In September 2018, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau appointed her to represent Canada on the G20 Business Women Leaders Task Force, a global initiative to drive actionable, measurable, and results-driven solutions to impact women’s economic empowerment. She is Vice Chair of Invest in Canada, and sits on a variety of boards across the technology, media and design industries, including HootSuite.

A known thought leader in entrepreneurship, and the media and technology space, Shahrzad is credited with pioneering both the business model that made peace between large entertainment entities like the NBA and their fans that were uploading copies of their content online. She has been broadly recognized by industry and community groups for her contributions to the media industry and entrepreneurship. Recently, she was named the 2018 Ernst and Young Pacific Entrepreneur of the Year Award in the technology category, honoured as one of Canada’s Top 40 under 40, selected as one of The Hollywood Reporter’s Most Powerful Women in Global Television, awarded Person of the Year by the British Columbia Technology Association, 2019 AdAge, Creativity Awards, Visionary/Founder of The Year,and was named to TheWrap’s Innovators List.

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*Based on: Top 12 Countries = June 2019 comScore Video Metrix Media Trend - Desktop and Mobile - Top 100 Video Properties Report: United States, Canada, Argentina, Brazil, France, Germany, India, Indonesia, Italy, Mexico, Spain, United Kingdom

About BBTV

BroadbandTV (BBTV) is a media-tech company that is advancing the world through the creation, distribution, management and monetization of content. As of May 2019, BBTV generates tens of billions of monthly impressions, and in February it achieved 575 million unique viewers which consume 46.9 billion minutes of video content per month. BBTV is the second largest video property across the top 12 countries of the world in terms of unique viewers following only Google as of Feb 2019. BBTV provides end to end management, distribution and monetization solutions to content owners around the globe by providing innovative technology and leading services. BBTV has built proprietary VISO technologies leveraging deep learning, signal processing, and big data to power its ecosystem.

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