Most Admired CEO™


Founded by Waterstone Human Capital and MacKay CEO Forums, The Canada's Most Admired CEO™ award runs in conjunction with the Canada's 10 Most Admired Corporate Cultures™ program  and recognizes the country's most admired CEO's. Winners have fostered a culture within their organization that enhances performance and sustains a competitive advantage.

So Who's Eligible?

A nominating committee of the board selects a few CEO's for nomination each year from a pool of past-winning Canada's 10 Most Admired Corporate Cultures organizations and other exceptional Canadian organizations. Nominated CEO's who choose to make a submission are evaluated by a board of their peers in the following four categories: Enterprise (revenues $500 million and above), Mid-Market ($50 to $600 million), Growth (revenues over $10 million and under $50 million, with more than 25 employees) and Broader Public Sector (not-for-profit, government agencies, and crown corporations). One winner in each category will be chosen, for a total of our four winners.

Program Timelines

August 2017

Deadlines for all nominations

Oct - Nov 2017

Submission review

Oct 6th, 2017

Deadline for 2017 submissions

June 2017

The Nominations process

officially begins

Once nominated, candidates are approached by Waterstone Human Capital

and asked to make a detailed submission to the program.

Canada's Most Admired CEO's of 2016

Sean O’Brien


Reliance Home Comfort

John Nicola

Growth and Small Cap

Nicola Wealth Management

Darren Entwistle



Ray Ivany

Broader Public Sector

Acadia University

Canada's Most Admired CEO's of 2015

David 'Patch' Patchell-Evans


GoodLife Fitness

Wehuns Tan

Growth and Small Cap

Flipp Corporation

Chuck Jeannes



Marc and Craig Kielburger

Broader Public Sector

Free the Children

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Culture Connection

Culture isn't just connected to performance; it drives performance. Today's top companies invest in their corporate culture because they know corporate culture is the single greatest competitive advantage they have.

The Waterstone Culture Dashboard™ is an annual survey of your team members that is designed to help you do two things: to identify and articulate your culture; and, to benchmark your culture against the behaviours that drive winning cultures – specifically, those of Canada’s 10 Most Admired Corporate Cultures™.

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By helping our clients with cultural talent management services, we help organizations unleash the power of their corporate culture, to drive performance and growth.