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Who sponsors the award?
The Private Business Growth Award is sponsored by The Canadian Chamber of Commerce and Grant Thornton LLP. The Globe and Mail is the generous media sponsor of the award program.
What are the criteria to apply?
To be eligible for the award, private companies must be active in a profitable business registered and operating in Canada for three full years as of December 31, 2016 and meet all eligibility criteria. Companies registered in Canada with offices or branches in other countries are eligible. Companies must have annual revenues of at least $5 million. Publicly-funded and not-for-profit businesses are not eligible to apply.
Who are the past winners?
2016 Top 10 Finalists
The 2016 Top 10 Finalists


Our winners have ranged in company size, location and industry. They include GreenField Specialty Alcohols Inc. (2013), Polycorp Ltd. (2014), Global Relay (2015) and AGNORA (2016). The jury feels strongly that all Top 10 Finalists are recognized and celebrated for their impressive strategic growth.

To learn more about these companies, please view 2016 Top 10 Finalists videos.
What is the Private Business Growth Award Honour Roll?
The Private Business Growth Award Honour Roll pays tribute to companies that have been chosen as a Top 10 Finalist by the jury for 3 years, thereby demonstrating tremendous growth and success - a distinctly honourable achievement!
The Private Business Growth Award Honour Roll includes:
What is the difference between a nomination and a submission?
Anyone can make a nomination for the Private Business Growth Award and we encourage everyone in the business community to do so—it is a way to let us know that a good growth story is out there. Once a company has been nominated, we will contact them directly to encourage them to complete a submission form. A submission is the official application for the award, providing the jury with more detailed company information. The submission form must be completed and submitted by the company applying for the award. Only companies that have completed a submission form will be considered for the award.
Can I nominate my own business for the award?
Absolutely! We encourage you to.
What are the evaluation criteria?
Businesses will be evaluated based on strategic, sustainable growth in the following areas:
  • innovation
  • market development
  • people and culture
  • strategic leadership
  • improvements in financial measures
A company does not have to satisfy each of the selection criteria to be considered, however companies that satisfy more selection criteria may receive a higher overall score from the jury. The jury is looking for success beyond just good business management—your submission should articulate your company's history of strategic and sustained growth.
Do I have to include financial information?
Yes, the jury must be able to evaluate growth based on financial measures too. However, we can assure you that the information is kept in the strictest of confidence and is only available to the jury and award administrators, who have all signed non-disclosure agreements.
Who is on the jury?
The 2017 Private Business Growth Award jury consists of the CEOs of the two sponsors and six well-respected Canadian business leaders, including:
  • 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
What does the winner receive?
In addition to beautiful Private Business Growth Award commemorative statues, each Top 10 Finalist will be honoured at a gala celebration in Toronto on November 14, 2017. Finalists will also have the opportunity to share insights and best practices at an exclusive CEO roundtable held in advance of the gala. Top 10 Finalists also have their accomplishments highlighted on the Private Business Growth Award website, in print and digital ads in The Globe and Mail (our media partner), in a news release and in a company video profile. The winning business will receive a one-year complimentary membership to The Canadian Chamber of Commerce as well as complimentary accounting and/or advisory services from Grant Thornton LLP valued at $25,000.
What are the key dates?
Submissions must be received by midnight PST on July 14, 2017. Top 10 Finalists will be announced October 16, 2017 and the winner will be announced at the gala celebration on November 14, 2017.
Where can I get more information?
Please email any questions to or call Andrea Mascarenhas at +1 416 360 5065.