Deloitte announced the winners of its Fast 50 program a couple of weeks ago, and I had the pleasure of accepting our award from Erica Pretorius, Partner, Enterprise Risk, at Deloitte (shown at right), along with my colleague Boudewijn Neijens, at the BC Winners’ and Finalists’ Event on November 16th.
While the Deloitte Technology Fast 50 program™ is in its 19th year, this is the first time Copperleaf applied and we were thrilled to have been selected! In fact, we’re one of 31 companies on this year’s list that are first-time winners, and one of 58 Canadian companies that also made the Fast 500™ ranking of the fastest growing technology companies in North America.
The award celebrates companies from across Canada for demonstrating innovation, leadership, and rapid revenue growth over the last four years of operations. Qualifying companies must have revenues of at least $5 million, own proprietary technology, and conduct R&D in Canada.
What’s interesting about this award is that they look beyond the financial statements. There is also a formal interview process, where representatives from Deloitte met with us face-to-face to learn more about our business, the size of the market we’re in, our organization and management team, our culture and our goals for the future.
The end result is a list of the top 50 companies across Canada that have not only achieved impressive revenue growth, but that are also more diverse than ever before. According to Deloitte, 32% of this year’s winners (compared to only 8% last year) indicated that more than 40% of their new hires were women, a key indicator of progress on diversity and inclusion.
It’s also great to see the growing number of companies from BC on the list. While the majority of Fast 50 winners were from Ontario with 26 companies on the list, BC came in second place with 12 companies featured this year, followed by Quebec with 7. In fact, the top three winners were all from Western Canada, and the top two spots were claimed by Vancouver companies.
All in all, a great accomplishment for Copperleaf, and exciting news for the tech sector in BC!
Congratulations to all of our fellow winners! Feel free to check out the full list here.
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