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.
Deadlines for all nominations
Oct - Nov 2017
Oct 6th, 2017
Deadline for 2017 submissions
The Nominations process
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
Reliance Home Comfort
Growth and Small Cap
Nicola Wealth Management
Broader Public Sector
Canada's Most Admired CEO's of 2015
David 'Patch' Patchell-Evans
Growth and Small Cap
Marc and Craig Kielburger
Broader Public Sector
Free the Children
President & Chief Executive Officer
Charles A. Jeannes was appointed President and CEO of Goldcorp in December 2008. Mr. Jeannes previously held the role of Executive Vice President, Corporate Development from November 2006 until December 31, 2008. Mr. Jeannes was former Executive Vice President, Administration, General Counsel and Secretary of Glamis Gold from 1999 until its merger with Goldcorp in November 2006.
Prior to joining Glamis, Mr. Jeannes worked for Placer Dome at its San Francisco and Vancouver offices as Vice President of Placer Dome North America. He holds a B.A. degree from the University of Nevada and graduated from the University of Arizona School of Law with honors in 1983. He practiced law from 1982 until 1994 as a shareholder and head of the natural resources section at Woodburn and Wedge in Reno, Nevada and has broad experience in mining transactions, public and private financing, permitting and international regulation.
David 'Patch' Patchell-Evans
Founder and CEO
David Patchell-Evans or ‘Patch’, as he prefers to be called, is the founder and CEO of GoodLife Fitness. Patch started his company from scratch, opening of his first club in 1979 in London, Ontario. From that modest beginning, GoodLife Fitness has grown to be the largest fitness company in Canada. That translates into 350 clubs and 1.2 million members. One in every 30 Canadians is a GoodLife member.
Patch has been unwavering in his big vision—to transform the health and wellness of Canadians by giving all Canadians the opportunity to live a fit and healthy good life.
To that end GoodLife helps youth ages 12-17 by providing free Teen Fitness each summer. GoodLife Kids Foundation has been inspiring kids to get active since 1998. The foundation partners with elementary school teachers to teach fitness skills for kids during after-school programs at no cost to schools and grants funding for physical activity programs for children with special needs.
In 2010 Patch officially became a global advocate for health and fitness. As Chair of IHRSA—the world’s leading health and fitness association representing 71 countries, he was instrumental in leading the charge to transform the world through fitness.
In 1999 Patch’s three-year old daughter Kilee was diagnosed with autism. Hoping to help other families devastated by this condition, Patch turned to research, education and clinical solutions. He co-founded with Dr. Derrick MacFabe the Kilee Patchell-Evans Autism Research Group at Western University which has received invitations to present their research at the Nobel Institute in Sweden. He volunteered as the President of Autism Canada. His has supported and enabled the building of the GoodLife Fitness Autism Family Hub in Richmond, B.C. opening in 2016.
The GoodLife Fitness Chair in Cardiovascular Rehabilitation and Prevention was established in 2012. Together, Peter Munk Cardiac Centre cardiologists and GoodLife elite Personal Trainers developed the first-of-its-kind partnership around cardiac rehabilitation.
GoodLife culture is one of continuous grow, innovation and gratitude expressed by giving back. The vision led by David Patchell-Evans is the value placed on helping all Canadians benefit from active, healthy lives.
CEO and Co-Founder
Mr. Wehuns Tan is the CEO and co-founder of Flipp Corporation (formerly Wishabi). Wehuns is responsible for driving the company’s vision which is to transform the retail industry by reinventing weekly shopping. Under Wehuns’ leadership, the company has grown exponentially now with more than 150,000 storefronts in the Flipp network. Leading retailers including Walmart, Sports Authority and Macy’s can be found on the Flipp platform. Wehuns also leads the strategic direction of the Flipp app, which is helping shoppers save time and money every week. Flipp has hit #1 in the App Store and named the #1 shopping app by USA Today.
Wehuns is known as a thought leader in the retail industry and has been published in Forbes, Bloomberg, MoneySense,The Globe and Mail, Canadian Grocer and PROFIT. Prior to launching Flipp, Wehuns worked at Microsoft, Cisco, HP and Deloitte. He graduated from the University of Waterloo's computer engineering program where he met the other founders of Flipp.
Marc and Craig Kielburger
Free the Children, Me to We
Marc Kielburger is a social entrepreneur, New York Times best-selling author and gifted orator.
Along with his brother Craig, Marc is co-founder of Free The Children, an international charity and educational partner that empowers youth to achieve their fullest potential as agents of change.
Marc is also the co-founder of Me to We, an innovative social enterprise that advances the vision of philanthropy and provides people with better choices for a better world. Half of Me to We’s net profit is donated to Free The Children, while the other half is reinvested to grow the enterprise and its social mission.
Every year, Marc and Craig organize a series of We Days, Free The Children’s signature domestic event attended by 200,000 students from 6,000 schools. We Day also reaches over 6 million viewers through televised broadcasts and has more than 3.7 million followers on Facebook.
Marc is author of 12 books and has shared the stage, and his voice, with Nobel Peace laureates, heads of state, celebrities, rock bands, actors and icons, including former Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev, Archbishop Desmond Tutu and Sir Richard Branson, among many others.
Craig Kielburger is a social entrepreneur. He is the co-founder of a family of organizations dedicated to shifting the world from ‘me’ to ‘we.’
He co-founded Free The Children in 1995 when he was 12 years old. The organization’s sustainable development model is active in eight developing countries serving more than one million beneficiaries.
In North America and the United Kingdom, WE Schools & WE Day provide comprehensive service learning programs to 10,000 schools. Every year 200,000 students earn their free ticket through service projects to attend 15 We Day stadium celebrations, which bring together some of the world’s greatest icons of social change.
Alongside his brother Marc, Craig is also the co-founder of ME to WE, an innovative social enterprise that seeks to support the work of Free The Children by providing socially conscious products and experiences.
Craig is a New York Times bestselling author, who has published 12 books. He holds 15 honorary doctorates and degrees, has received The Order of Canada, and was named Canada’s Most Admired CEO in 2015.
President and Chief Executive Officer, TELUS
Darren Entwistle joined TELUS in 2000 as President and CEO, becoming the longest-serving CEO amongst incumbent telecommunication companies worldwide. Under Darren’s leadership, TELUS has evolved from a regional telephone company serving Western Canada into a national data and wireless leader. Notably, since the beginning of 2000 through to early 2017, TELUS has generated a total shareholder return of 373 per cent. During this same timeframe, the TELUS brand has increased in value from a few hundred million dollars to $4.7 billion today and is ranked #1 for brand reputation by Leger Marketing.
Darren believes passionately that TELUS’ greatest asset is the nearly 50,000 talented individuals around the globe who comprise the TELUS team. This incredible level of engagement led to TELUS earning the distinction of being the sixth company ever inducted into the 10 Most Admired Corporate Cultures Hall of Fame by Waterstone Human Capital. Moreover, TELUS is the only organization to be inducted into the BEST of the Best Hall of Fame by the Association for Talent Development in recognition of its global excellence in learning and development.
In recognition of Darren’s exemplary contributions to the community and to Canada as a whole, in 2003 he was awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Golden Jubilee Medal and in 2012 he received the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal. In 2015, Darren received the President’s Award from the Institute for Performance and Development and in 2012 he was presented with the inaugural Innovator of the Year award from the Ontario Science Centre in honour of his contributions to innovation in science. Darren’s achievements have earned him several national and international awards in business, education and philanthropy.
President and CEO
Reliance Home Comfort
Sean is the President and CEO of Reliance Home Comfort, a Canadian leader in home and commercial services, providing water heaters, furnaces, air conditioners and other HVAC products, plumbing, protection plans and related services to more than 1.7 million customers across Canada. Since becoming President and CEO in 2013, Sean has focused on planning and implementing strategies to drive growth with an emphasis on strong execution, streamlining operations. In the process, he has improved productivity and profitability, and fostered a high performance culture — keeping the customer at the core of the business. In 2016, Reliance was recognized as Canada’s Top 10 Most Admired Corporate Cultures by Waterstone Human Capital, and Sean was awarded Canada’s Most Admired CEO.
Prior to joining Reliance, Sean was President at Acklands-Grainger, Inc. (AGI). He was responsible for all aspects of AGI’s business in Canada. Previous to his role as President, Sean was Vice-President, Sales & Marketing, leading several key sales initiatives, marketing programs, business services and inventory solutions initiatives. Under his tenure, AGI was ranked #1 on FORTUNE magazine's 2010 list of World's Most Admired Companies in the category of Wholesalers: Diversified, and twice recognized as one of Canada’s 10 Most Admired Corporate Cultures by Waterstone Human Capital.
Chairman & Chief Executive Officer
Nicola Wealth Management
A veteran of the financial services industry since 1974, John provides strategic leadership to Nicola Wealth Management, exercising his passion for providing innovative solutions to clients’ complex problems.His areas of expertise include investment management, estate and financial planning, as well as business planning with a focus on best practices for wealth building, exit strategies, and shareholder agreements.
In 2011, John was selected as the winner of the Earnst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year (Financial and Professional Services in the Pacific Region), in 2015 John was named the Winner of Business In Vancouver’s BC CEO of the Year Award – Small-Medium Private Company, and most recently, John was recognized as one of Canada’s Most Admired CEOs.
He is a Founding Member of CALU (Conference for Life Underwriters) and has continued to contribute to the organization for example, by serving as the Chair for the 2003 annual meeting.
John also sits on the Canuck Place Hospice Society Board of Directors. Using his business acumen to help develop and grow this and several other not-for-profit organizations over a number of years. These include The Pivot Law Society, a volunteer legal society defending the underrepresented issues facing Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside, and Bulembu International, a foundation dedicated to helping an abandoned African mining village become self-sufficient
President and Vice-Chancellor
Ray Ivany became the 15th President and Vice-Chancellor of Acadia University in April 2009. A native of Sydney, Nova Scotia, Ray was previously Chair of the Workers' Compensation Board of Nova Scotia and a Principal of the consulting firm, Ivany and Associates. Between 1998 and 2005, he was President and Chief Executive Officer of Nova Scotia Community College (NSCC) and, prior to that, served as Executive Vice-President at the University College of Cape Breton. In November 2012, he was appointed Chair of the Nova Scotia Commission on Building Our New Economy, and he currently Chairs the Nova Scotia Research and Innovation Trust, is Past-Chair of the Council of Nova Scotia University Presidents, Vice-Chair of Nova Scotia Business Inc., former Council Member of the National Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada, former Director of the Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada and, Director Nova Scotia Power Inc., Governor, Rothesay Netherwood School and is an Advisor of Mi’kmawey Debert Cultural Centre, of the Confederacy of Mainland Mi’kmaq.
Ray has a long history of executive leadership and community involvement in Nova Scotia and across Canada.
Ray has also advised various levels of government through appointments to the National Roundtable on the Environment and the Economy, Ontario Investing in Students Taskforce, and the Nova Scotia Premier's Fiscal Management Taskforce, and the Nova Scotia Commission on Building Our New Economy. His achievements have earned Ray several awards of distinction.
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