About the award

Grant Thornton and the Canadian Chamber of Commerce invite private businesses to step into the spotlight with the 2018 Private Business Growth Award. Now in its sixth year, this prestigious award is open to private businesses registered and operating in Canada for three full years as of Dec. 31, 2017, and with annual revenues of at least $5 million. It’s easy to apply, or to nominate a business in your community – and it could pay off in a big way tomorrow. The Private Business Growth Award is a platform for recognition, exposure and networking that can help take Canadian private businesses to the next level.

What does it take to get to the Top 10?

A jury of eight dynamic Canadian business leaders look for success stories that go beyond the basics of good business management. They’re inspired by strategic, sustainable growth in one or more of the following areas:

If you’ve developed new products, processes or services that led to significant economic benefits, you’re an innovator. Tell us how you applied new thinking to an old problem, and how this fueled your growth story.
Market development
Market development
Chances are you identified a new market opportunity as part of your growth strategy. Tell us how you attracted new customers and/or launched new product or business lines within Canada or internationally.
People & culture
People and culture
Recognizing that a positive workplace culture is key to success, tell us how you invest in training and development to help your employees perform at their best, while maintaining a healthy work-life balance.
Strategic leadership
Strategic leadership
This is your chance to highlight the strengths and capabilities of your leadership team, and any innovations related to strategic planning, succession planning, stakeholder relations and organizational structure. We would also like to hear about your company’s impact on the community through charitable or industry initiatives.
Financial measures
Improvements in financial measures
Revenue and profitability is a quantifiable indicator of success and this information must be included as part of your submission. Data tables can be appended.

The deadline to apply is July 12, 2018. The Top 10 Finalists will be announced in early October. The awards ceremony takes place at a gala event in Toronto on November 28th, 2018. To find out more, visit our FAQ page or contact us.

Media releases

November 15, 2017 – Toronto

Rocky Mountaineer Chosen as 2017 Private Business Growth Award Winner

The Canadian Chamber of Commerce and Grant Thornton LLP are proud to announce the 2017 Private Business Growth Award winner – Rocky Mountaineer.

Ocober 16, 2017 – Toronto

Canadian Private Business Growth Award – Nominate a Business Today

The Private Business Growth Award program, presented by the Canadian Chamber of Commerce and Grant Thornton LLP commences this month, recognizing some of Canada’s top private businesses.

April 18, 2017 – Toronto

Announcing the 2016 Private Business Growth Award winners

The Canadian Chamber of Commerce and Grant Thornton LLP, proudly announce the 2016 Private Business Growth Award winner – AGNORA Inc.

“We're so honoured to be recognized and included in such a prestigious award. When our name falls in a group with them (Grant Thornton and The Canadian Chamber of Commerce) then we feel it is great recognition to have.”

Victoria Sopik, Co-founder and CEO, Kids & Company
(Honour Roll 2015)

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The Canadian Chamber of Commerce
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