2017 Canada’s Most Admired Winners Announced!

Forty companies and five CEOs awarded for their commitment to culture


TORONTO, November 23, 2017  – Waterstone Human Capital, Canada’s leading cultural talent management firm, announces the 2017 winners of the Canada’s Most Admired Corporate Cultures and Canada’s Most Admired CEO program.  This national program, now in its 14th year, recognizes best-in-class Canadian organizations and CEOs for embracing cultures that enhance performance and sustain a competitive advantage.

Ten organizations and four CEOs are recognized as national winners in each of the following categories: Growth, Mid-Market, Enterprise and the Broader Public Sector. Unique in 2017 is the Transformational Leadership category under Canada’s Most Admired CEOs. This inaugural award recognizes a CEO that has accomplished the challenging task of leading a total transformation of a corporate culture – or cultures – during their career.

Canada’s Most Admired™ Corporate Cultures of 2017– Growth 

• ACL (Vancouver, BC)
• Club Auto (Thornhill, ON)
• Cority (Toronto, ON)
• Flight Centre Travel Group (Vancouver, BC)
• North Strategic (Toronto, ON)
• Nulogy (Toronto, ON)
• The PUR Company Inc. (Toronto, ON)
• Rockwood Custom Homes (Calgary, AB)
• Traction On Demand (Burnaby, BC)
• Yardstick Testing & Training (Edmonton, AB)

Canada’s Most Admired™ Corporate Cultures of 2017– Mid-Market

• Coast Capital Savings (Surrey, BC)
• D2L Corporation (Kitchener, ON)
• Flipp (Toronto, ON)
• Gore Mutual Insurance Company (Cambridge, ON)
• Killam Apartment REIT (Halifax, NS)
• Meridian Credit Union (Toronto, ON)
• O2E Brands (Vancouver, BC)
• Odlum Brown Limited (Vancouver, BC)
• PointClickCare (Mississauga, ON)
• Quantum Automotive Group (Burlington, ON)

Canada’s Most Admired™ Corporate Cultures of 2017 – Enterprise

• BMO Financial Group (Toronto, ON)
• Bruce Power (Tiverton, ON)
• Ledcor Group of Companies (Vancouver, BC)
• Mattamy Homes (Toronto, ON)
• Procter & Gamble Canada (North York, ON)
• SAP Canada Inc. (Vancouver, BC)
• Sienna Senior Living (Markham, ON)
• Sleep Country Canada (Toronto, ON)
• Teck Resources Limited (Vancouver, BC)
• West Fraser Timber Co. (Vancouver, BC)

Canada’s Most Admired™ Corporate Cultures of 2017 – Broader Public Sector

• Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario – Ottawa Children’s Treatment Centre (Ottawa, ON)
• Covenant Health (Edmonton, AB)
• Ducks Unlimited Canada (Stonewall, MB)
• Edmonton Economic Development Corporation (Edmonton, AB)
• Egg Farmers of Canada (Ottawa, ON)
• Energie NB Power (Fredericton, NB)
• NorQuest College (Edmonton, AB)
• Ontario Trillium Foundation – Fondation Trillium de l’Ontario (Toronto, ON)
• Travel Alberta (Calgary, AB)
• United Way Toronto & York Region (Toronto, ON)

Five CEOs were recognized as national winners in each of the following categories for 2017.

Canada’s Most Admired™ CEOs of 2017 

Growth – Debra Hewson, President and CEO, Odlum Brown

Mid-Market – Mike Wessinger, Co-Founder and CEO, PointClickCare

Enterprise – John Anderson, Chairman, President and CEO, The Oppenheimer Group

Broader Public Sector – Catherine Zahn, President and CEO, Centre for Addiction and Mental Health

Transformational Leadership – David Ossip, Chairman and CEO, Ceridian

“At Waterstone, we believe corporate culture drives performance and that it’s an organization’s greatest asset,” says Marty Parker, President and Chief Executive Officer of Waterstone Human Capital and Chair of the Canada’s Most Admired Awards Program. “Culture isn’t just about receiving additional work perks. It’s about a well-defined set of behaviours, or the values that govern them, that are reinforced, communicated and aligned throughout the organization. What’s remarkable about this list of 2017 winners is their commitment to culture as a competitive advantage. They are to be admired for the diverse and impactful ways they sustain culture as a driver for growth and performance.”

Celebrations for the Canada’s Most Admired Corporate Cultures and Canada’s Most Admired CEO awards will take place on Thursday, March 1, 2018 with three events in Toronto at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre. These include a Corporate Culture Summit, which is a learning event focused on corporate culture with speakers and breakouts featuring past award winners. A CEO-Only Summit, which features winning CEOs as panelists and a unique opportunity for the most senior executives across Canada to network together. The day concludes with the awards being handed out at the Canada’s Most Admired Gala. This year’s theme is “Culture on the Silver Screen,” which is an evening of celebration with more than 700 of Canada’s pre-eminent executives and leaders. Tickets for all events are available at CanadasMostAdmired.com.


About Waterstone Human Capital

Waterstone Human Capital is a leading cultural talent management firm. We see talent management as a continuum, inclusive of Executive Search & Recruitment, Cultural Measurement & Assessment and Cultural Alignment Advisory Services. Through these services we support entrepreneurial-minded, high-growth organizations across North America. We are also the founders of the Canada’s Most Admired™ Corporate Cultures and Canada’s Most Admired™ CEO programs. These national programs annually recognize best-in-class Canadian organizations, and CEOs, for fostering cultures that enhance performance and help sustain a competitive advantage.

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