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Cooke Aquaculture finalists in Canadian business awards, awarded for achievements in shaping Canada’s economic landscape. 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 possesses a like-minded 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

    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. A joint initiative between The Canadian Chamber of Commerce and Grant Thornton LLP, 2018 marks the sixth year this national business award has recognized and celebrated the successful growth of private businesses in Canada. A jury of high-profile Canadian business leaders selects 10 finalists and one winning company based on the following criteria: innovation, market development, people and culture, strategic leadership, and improvements in financial measures.