STRATEGY. CAPABILITY. COMMITMENT. These are the three vital building blocks to competitiveness. Each is illustrated in these engaging stories of ten exceptional businesses chosen from nearly five hundred past winners of Canada’s 50 Best Managed Companies program, one of this country’s most prestigious business awards.
Drawing on interviews with senior executives, owners, and founders of some of Canada’s most dynamic—and most interesting—enterprises, Building the Best: Lessons from Inside Canada’s Best Managed Companies delivers crisp and memorable lessons in how obstacles are overcome and success is achieved.
Step inside the boardrooms and the front lines of an array of fascinating companies—among them a winery, a restaurant chain, a toy maker, and a circus—to learn from real world experiences how the managers and entrepreneurs behind some of Canada’s most successful enterprises have overcome the challenges in their industries—and how their strategies can be applied to any business.
These rare glimpses of admired Canadian companies are compelling reading. And with perspective from the professionals at Deloitte and commentary by faculty members of Queen’s School of Business, this book is a must-read for anyone in business.
Companies featured in Building The Best :
Armour Transportation Systems (Moncton, N.B.): A small trucking company that leveraged its core competencies to become a leading transportation services business in Atlantic Canada, with continental reach.
Boston Pizza (Richmond, B.C.): A western Canadian restaurant phenomenon that has kept risk at bay in expanding across Canada and into the U.S.
Cirque du Soleil (Montreal, Q.C.): A global entertainment brand with a leadership vision that has produced a dazzling array of permanent and touring shows on which the sun never sets.
EllisDon (Toronto, ON): A building contractor that looked beyond shovels and cranes to take information technology by storm.
Harry Rosen (Toronto, ON): An upscale men's clothing retailer with a relentless focus on the customer experience.
Magnotta Winery (Vaughan, ON): An award-winning vintner (and brewer and distiller) whose unique strategy for growth has redefined its industry's retailing practices.
Mediagrif Interactive Technologies (Montreal, QC): An Internet start-up that made all the right financing moves in exploiting the potential of the business-to-business market.
National Leasing (Winnipeg, MN): A specialist in leasing small- to medium-size assets that has turned corporate culture into a cornerstone of profitability.
PCL Construction Group of Companies (Edmonton, AB): A diversified, multibillion-dollar construction company that has robust processes and a talent for spotting its own talent in its corporate foundations.
Spin Master (Toronto, ON): A children's products company that leverages strategic alliances in its agile pursuit of first-to-market innovation.
John Hughes is the national leader for Canada's Best Managed Companies program and leader of the Greater Toronto Growth Enterprise practice for Deloitte. Hughes has spent his career helping entrepreneurs and their management teams create value and grow their businesses. He has developed a broad range of expertise in issues unique to entrepreneurs in privately held companies, particularly where corporate ownership and families intertwine. He has extensive experience in strategic planning, corporate and personal taxation, mergers & acquisitions, and in transaction due diligence. As national leader, Hughes has been involved with Canada's Best Managed Companies program since its inception and is the co-author of Building the Best: Lessons from Inside Canada's Best Managed Companies.