WINNER: WhiteWater West Industries is a leading global designer and manufacturer of innovative water park products and active family attractions for world-class clients.
It specializes in waterslides, multi-level water play structures, wave-generating equipment, FlowRider stationary surfing machines, harnessed attractions, interactive play and other exciting water rides.
The company is dedicated to providing the ultimate ‘wow’ experiences to its clients and guests by delivering projects on time, on budget and to the industry’s highest quality and safety standards.
Its industry-leading innovation is driven by a team of more than 600 employees in 21 offices around the world, working together to complete more than 5,000 projects since 1980. Recently, WhiteWater was awarded Canada’s Best Managed Companies designation for its excellence in management and business practices.
In accepting the award, WhiteWater’s CEO and president, Geoff Chutter offered advice to the young entrepreneurs in the audience when he said, “Don’t compromise on getting the right people on the bus, sitting on the right seats.
“And furthermore, invest heavily in leadership training and individual training for your senior management folks.”
Chutter added, “If you get the right team, great things can happen.”
FINALIST: The building services industry is, and has always been, very competitive in terms of establishing a strong base, but also in earning the loyalty of those who work for your company and with your company.
From humble beginnings Cleantech Service Group has evolved into a full service commercial cleaning company that offers a board spectrum of services, providing work for more than 300 people. Their continued drive for excellence and industry leadership clearly resonates with their local client base and has allowed Cleantech to maintain very strong customer retention rate.
Driven by growth at lightning speed, Cleantech has never forgotten their roots, started by two brothers with an entrepreneurial spirit nearly 20 years ago. Today Cleantech is proud of their success and embrace the significance and value of giving back to the community they call home.
FINALIST: Albion Fisheries is a fresh seafood organization founded in 1963 and today employs over 500 people. Albion Fisheries supplies over 3,500 species and products, that are harvested locally in the Pacific Northwest, as well as oceans in New Zealand, Russia, and Ecuador to name a few.
Sustainability is a top concern at Albion which they take very seriously. They have led the industry for the past several years on this subject, always putting sustainability before sales. To this end they work very closely with the local Ocean Wise program and only source from reputable, traceable sources.
Albion Fisheries not only takes pride in the products they offer, but believe they have an obligation to support the communities they work in.