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
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
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
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
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
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
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.