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Top 10 finalists announced for Private Business Growth Award

The Canadian Chamber of Commerce and Grant Thornton LLP are proud to announce the 2017 Top 10 Finalists for the Private Business Growth Award.

Toronto, ON - October 16, 2017

Celebrating its fifth year, the award recognizes ten of Canada’s best private businesses who have made remarkable achievements in strategic, sustainable and holistic growth.

Selected by an 8-person jury, the Top 10 Finalists were chosen based on a variety of categories including innovation, market development, people and culture, strategic leadership and improvement in financial measures.

The 2017 Top 10 Finalists include:

“The finalists demonstrate a collective passion for hard work, commitment and perseverance which underlines their importance in the Canadian economy,” said Kevin Ladner, FCPA, CA, CBV, CEO and Executive Partner, Grant Thornton LLP. “Their desire to contribute to the prosperity of local communities is an inspiration, and I wish each success at the upcoming gala ceremony.”

“These companies are among the best and the brightest of Canada’s private businesses. Their accomplishments speak volumes about the entrepreneurial spirit and resourcefulness present in every region in Canada,” said the Hon. Perrin Beatty, President and CEO of the Canadian Chamber of Commerce. “It is impressive to see such a diverse range of businesses represented in the Top 10. By celebrating their achievements, we hope to inspire many more entrepreneurs to follow in their path.”

Members of the 2017 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, President, Home Hardware Stores Limited

The official first place winner will be announced at a gala ceremony on November 14, 2017, at The Globe and Mail Centre. To learn more about the Private Business Growth Award, visit

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 over 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.

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About Grant Thornton LLP in Canada

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