March 25, 2014 05:00 ET

Canada's Best Managed Companies Achieve Double Digit Growth

High growth and success attributed to focused strategy and investment in people

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - March 25, 2014) -

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Deloitte today announced the winners of Canada's Best Managed Companies program. The award recognizes Canadian privately owned and managed companies for outstanding business performance and innovative management. Winning companies achieved success through investing in their people. They showed resolve and ability to build and grow sustainable businesses for the long term with double digit growth, outpacing Canada's forecasted 3 percent economic growth rate. More impressively those that have significant exports, grew those export sales by over 40 percent.

"Best Managed companies lead the way with a clear vision focused on growth in new markets and product lines to drive profitability. They put the right people with the right skill sets in place, because that's what drives financial results," said John Hughes, Deloitte Canada's Managing Partner, Growth Enterprises, and National Leader of Canada's Best Managed Companies program. "Best Managed companies are willing to share insights that can help all private companies grow, and that's important for Canada as a whole."

Best Managed companies focus on their people through internal employee relations, investment in skilled talent, partnerships with external sources and strengthening relationships with customers. They communicate more and recognize individual contributions using key performance indicators to successfully move the business forward. Many of this year's winners hired senior people with specific skill sets to accelerate their development and add value and deliver outcomes.

"Achieving the Best Managed designation speaks to strong corporate leadership. In looking at this year's applicants, what stood out for us with the winners was that they are more dedicated than ever to pursuing profitable growth," says Dino Medves, Senior Vice-President, Commercial Banking, CIBC, a long time sponsor of the program. "In the face of a changing global marketplace, these companies are building efficiencies and driving down costs. By growing aggressively and profitably, they are strategically expanding their operations, while making a significant contribution to the Canadian economy."

Key areas of focus for Best Managed companies include:


During the recession, many companies focused on cost cutting to match expected declines in revenue. As the economic picture improves, Best Managed companies are coming out ahead because they shifted their focus from cost cutting to growth and profitability. Best Managed companies concentrate their efforts on a specific segment or customer base which has generated on average higher revenue growth and profitability.


Best Managed companies engage their people in meaningful conversations to help their team members understand their organization's overall purpose and vision. With talent being the most important aspect of success, working conditions, opportunities for growth, training and development, along with self-reflection through non-routine questionnaires have been integral to determining if organizations are doing the right thing to win. Employee surveys and discussions help a company define its "higher purpose" about why it exists and how it adds value to stakeholders, customers and employees.

M&A activity as a prime driver of growth

Deals that involve more risk and are greater in complexity can have a transformational impact as a growth strategy. Many Best Managed companies have taken an M&A mindset to further their market reach, find economies of scale for purchases and develop talent pools that can build strategies to reach new markets and customers.

Closing the productivity gap

Deloitte research found that lagging firm-level investment and risk taking by mature Canadian companies in areas like technology and machinery and equipment leaves Canada lagging behind the US and other developed countries.

Helping to close that gap, Best Managed companies made investments in enterprise resource planning systems and customer relationship management systems that help increase productivity to sell into their customer base and attract new customers more efficiently.

Investments made in technology and infrastructure have seen above average returns for greater employee productivity, accelerated growth and development in new products and services that offer a competitive edge.


Continued investments in capital assets and technology help drive innovation to grow profitability. Best Managed companies are expanding operations to capture more complex and multi-national projects with multiple disciplines and partners to create a more compelling profit story.

2013 Canada's Best Managed Companies Winners

Company Name Sector Region Website
Global Relay IT British Columbia
Island West Coast Developments Ltd. Construction British Columbia
Purdys Chocolatier Retail British Columbia
Borger Group of Companies Construction Alberta
CCI Inc. Oil & Gas Alberta
Community Natural Foods Ltd. Grocery Alberta
Graycon Group Ltd. IT Consulting Alberta
Jersey City/Capz Canada Retail Alberta
KUDU Manufacturing Alberta
Sealweld Corporation Manufacturing / Services & Training Alberta
Upside Engineering Ltd. Engineering / Design Alberta
Vista Projects Limited Engineering Alberta
FourQuest Energy Oilfield Services Alberta
Landmark Group of Builders Construction Alberta
PrairieCoast Equipment Retail Alberta
Scandinavian Building Services Commercial Cleaning / Janitorial / Maintenance Alberta
Westcorp Inc. Real Estate Alberta
Arconas Manufacturing Ontario
Canadian Tire Corporation, Limited Retail Ontario
Charger Logistics Inc Transportation & Logistics Ontario
Deep Foundations Contractors Inc. Construction Ontario
Kids & Company Childcare Ontario
Maxium Financial Financial Ontario
Modu-Loc Fence Rentals Construction & Events Ontario
Molinaro's Fine Italian Foods Ltd. Food Manufacture / Retail Ontario
MHS Inc. Publishing Ontario
Skyline International Development Hospitality / Real Estate Ontario
ASTOUND Group Design & Fabrication Ontario
Napoleon Group of Companies Manufacturing Ontario
Deslaurier Custom Cabinets Inc. Custom Cabinets & Millwork Ontario
J.L. Richards & Associates Limited Engineering / Architecture / Planning Ontario
Voyageur Transportation Services Transportation Ontario
CenterLine (Windsor) Limited Welding Equipment Ontario
Flanagan Foodservice Inc. Food Service Distribution Ontario
peopleCare Inc. Senior / Long-Term Care Ontario
PointClickCare Technology Ontario
Driving Change Automotive Group Ltd. Auto Dealership (Automotive) Saskatchewan
FWS Group of Companies Design-Build / Construction Manitoba
J. Sonic Services Inc. Hardwood Flooring / Consumer Electronics Quebec
Laurentide Controls Automation Solutions Quebec
Lanctôt Ltée Sporting Goods / Apparel / Ophthalmic Frame Distributor Quebec
Lemay Architects / Designers / Urban Planners Quebec
Agri-Marché Inc. Animal Feed / Breeding Farms & Grain Trading Quebec
Momentum Technologies Inc. Professional Services Automation / IT Quebec
AMEC Black & McDonald Limited Oil & Gas Services Atlantic
Cherubini Metal Works Limited Structural Steel Atlantic
J.W. Lindsay Enterprises Limited Construction Atlantic

About Canada's Best Managed Companies

Canada's Best Managed Companies continues to be the mark of excellence for Canadian-owned and managed private companies with revenues over $10 million. Every year, since the launch of the program in 1993, hundreds of entrepreneurial companies have competed for this designation in a rigorous and independent process that evaluates their management skills and practices. The awards are granted on four levels:

  1. Best Managed winner (one of the 50 new winners selected each year).
  2. Requalified member (repeat winners retain the Best Managed designation for two additional years, subject to annual operational and financial review).
  3. Gold Standard member (winners that retain the Best Managed designation for four to six consecutive years).
  4. Platinum Club member (winners that maintain Best Managed status for a minimum of six consecutive years).

Program sponsors are Deloitte, CIBC, National Post, Queen's School of Business and MacKay CEO Forums.
The 2014 Best Managed program will introduce an Alumni Category open to past winners that no longer meet the current program ownership criteria. Nominations will be open for past Best Managed winners that are predominately managed in Canada that are in good standing with its reputation and results. The new Alumni Category will provide successful applicants with an opportunity to share in the program.

About Deloitte

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