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Canadian Private Businesses recognized for Achievements in Shaping Canada's Economic Landscape

TORONTOOct. 29, 2018 /CNW/ - The Canadian Chamber of Commerce and Grant Thornton LLP (Grant Thornton) are honoured to announce the 2018 Top 10 Finalists of the Private Business Growth Award.  

Celebrating its sixth year, the award recognizes ten of Canada's best private businesses who have completed outstanding achievements in strategic, sustainable and holistic growth.

Selected by an eight-person jury, the Top 10 Finalists were chosen based on a range of categories including innovation, market development, people and culture, strategic leadership and improvement in financial measures.

"Each of the Top 10 Finalists possess a likeminded commitment to hard work, passion and tenacity which wholly contributes to the strength and sustainability of the Canadian economy," said Kevin Ladner, CEO and Executive Partner, Grant Thornton. "These nominated businesses demonstrate a true devotion to the success of their local communities, which is worthy of recognition. I wish the best of luck to the Top 10 Finalists at the upcoming ceremony."

The 2018 Top 10 Finalists include:

  • Article (Vancouver, BC)
  • Busch Systems Interntional Inc. (Barrie, ON)
  • Canada Pump and Power Corporation (Ardrossan, AB)
  • Cooke Aquaculture Inc. (Blacks Harbour, NB)
  • Franchise Management Inc. (Woodstock, NB)
  • Hibar Systems Ltd. (Richmond Hill, ON)
  • Mint Health + Drugs (Edmonton, AB)
  • Orb™ (Halifax, NS)
  • Protocase Inc. (Sydney, NS)
  • Targray (Kirkland, QC)

"Canada's private businesses are among the most innovative and competitive in the country, and this award stands as both a testimony to their world-class abilities and inspiration for the next generation of Canadian champions," said the Hon. Perrin Beatty, President and CEO of the Canadian Chamber of Commerce. "Many of the nominees were identified through the grassroots network of regional chambers and boards of trade, who are on the frontlines of nurturing Canada's best businesses. As a result, this award is built upon the most meaningful criteria: hard-won recognition by your peers that have a full appreciation for the challenges of growing a business."

Members of the 2018 jury include:

  • The Honourable Perrin Beatty, President and CEO, The Canadian Chamber of Commerce
  • Kevin Ladner, CEO and Executive Partner, Grant Thornton LLP
  • Christiane Bergevin, President, Bergevin Capital
  • Peggy Cunningham, Professor and RA Jodrey Chair, Dalhousie University Business School
  • Malcolm Hunter, President, Deeley Group of Companies
  • Peter Snucins, President and CEO, Polycorp Ltd
  • Sean Stanleigh, Managing Editor, Globe Content Studio, The Globe and Mail
  • Paul Straus, Past President, Home Hardware Stores Limited

The official first place winner will be announced at the gala ceremony on November 28, 2018, at The Globe and Mail Centre. To learn more about the Private Business Growth Award, visit www.GrowthAward.com

About the Private Business Growth Award
The Private Business Growth Award recognizes Canadian-owned, privately-held businesses that have been in business a minimum of three years, have $5 million or more in revenues and have demonstrated outstanding strategic growth. The Private Business Growth Award is result of a partnership between The Canadian Chamber of Commerce and Grant Thornton and 2018 marks the sixth year this award has recognized and celebrated the successful growth of private businesses in Canada. A jury of high-profile Canadian business leaders select 10 finalists and one winning private business based on the following criteria: innovation, market development, people and culture, strategic leadership, and improvements in financial measures.

About Grant Thornton LLP in Canada
Grant Thornton LLP is a leading Canadian accounting and advisory firm providing audit, tax and advisory services to private and public organizations. We help dynamic organizations unlock their potential for growth by providing meaningful, actionable advice through a broad range of services. Grant Thornton LLP is a Canadian member of Grant Thornton International Ltd, whose member and correspondent firms operate in over 100 countries worldwide. A listing of Grant Thornton offices and contact information can be found at: www.GrantThornton.ca.    

About The Canadian Chamber of Commerce 
The Canadian Chamber of Commerce is the vital connection between business and the federal government. It helps shape public policy and decision-making to the benefit of businesses, communities and families across Canada with a network of 450 chambers of commerce and boards of trade, representing 200,000 businesses of all sizes in all sectors of the economy and in all regions. Follow us on Twitter @CdnChamberofCom.

SOURCE Grant Thornton LLP

For further information: or to arrange an interview, contact: Grant Thornton LLP: Julie Ibrahim, Media Relations Manager, T +1 416 604 8744, E Julie.Ibrahim@ca.gt.com; The Canadian Chamber of Commerce: Phil Taylor, Senior Director, Strategic Communications and Public Affairs, T +1 613 238-4000 ext. 2231, E ptaylor@chamber.ca