TEC Canada members and Chairs continue to make waves in their respective industries, and their achievements are grabbing the attention of both the media and the business world. From revolutionary business models to groundbreaking technological advancements, from their impactful philanthropic endeavours to prestigious award recognitions, these exceptional leaders have left an indelible mark on their respective fields.
We invite you to join us in applauding their recent achievements, as we honour their relentless pursuit of excellence and their commitment to making a meaningful impact in their industries and beyond.

2023 Rod Senft Family Business Conference Hosts Panel Discussion With TEC Canada Members

During the conference, a panel discussion took place involving Joanne Sigurdson, Eric Robert, and Miguel Cure, who discussed the significance of peer advisory networks like TEC Canada for family businesses.

During the conference, a panel discussion involved Joanne Sigurdson, Eric Robert, and Miguel Cure, who discussed the significance of peer advisory networks like TEC Canada for family businesses.

The Asper School of Business recently hosted the 2023 Rod Senft Family Business Conference, bringing together family business leaders, advisors, and academics to discuss succession planning in family enterprises. The two-day conference at the University of Manitoba campus focused on the theme “Succession Planning in Family Enterprise—Align the Family and the Business will Follow.”

During the conference, a panel discussion took place involving Joanne Sigurdson (TEC Chair), Eric Robert (Partner at Rawluk & Robert Chartered Professional Accountants Inc and TEC Canada member), and Miguel Cure (Founder & CEO MDM Sand & Gravel Ltd. and TEC Canada member), who discussed the significance of TEC Canada’s peer advisory groups for family businesses.

Learn the 2023 Rod Senft Family Business Conference and the importance of peer advisory in the context of local family businesses here.

Dr. Cory Hrushka Receives Queen Elizabeth II Platinum Jubilee Medal

We are excited to announce that Dr. Cory Hrushka, CEO of Insight Psychological and a valued member of TEC Canada, has been chosen as one of the recipients of the Queen Elizabeth II Platinum Jubilee Medal by the Government of Alberta. This prestigious award recognizes individuals who have made significant contributions to the province.

Dr. Hrushka has demonstrated a strong commitment to advancing healthcare and social services in the field of mental health. As a visionary leader, he has spearheaded community mental health programs, launched impactful fundraising campaigns, and provided valuable assistance to individuals who lacked access to proper care. He is dedicated to reducing the stigma surrounding mental health and works tirelessly to increase accessibility for all Albertans.

To learn more about Dr. Cory Hrushka and the other awardees, click here.

Novatech Analytical Solutions: Empowering Key Employees, Winning Silver at The 16th Emerging Medalists Competition

Novatech Analytical Solutions, a renowned distributor and integrator of customized analytical instrumentation solutions since 1986, is making headlines with its recent executive buyout. In a move that reflects the company’s core values and commitment to intrapreneurship, a private investor and six key employees have taken the reins of the organization.

The executive buyout, concluded in 2021, allows key individuals who have played a pivotal role in Novatech’s success to become shareholders. Frédéric Vergès, Matthew Welland, Karl Corriveau, Jean-Christophe Arènes, Stuart Simmonds, and François Godin are now part of the company’s ownership.

Karl Corriveau, President of Novatech Analytical Solutions and TEC Canada member, emphasizes the significance of this takeover, stating that it aligns with the company’s values and allows those who have been at the heart of its success to take charge. This transition marks an exciting chapter in Novatech’s journey, as it continues to evolve and thrive under the leadership and ownership of its dedicated team.

To learn more about Novatech’s recent award, click here or watch the video below!

Celebrating the Success of TEC Canada Member Justin Bruzzese: Finalist for EY Entrepreneur Of The Year 2023 Ontario

Justin Bruzzese, EY Entrepreneur of the Year 2023 Ontario Regional Finalist and TEC Canada Member

Justin’s exceptional leadership and innovative approach have propelled his businesses (Canadian Metal Buildings, Armour Steel and Hudson Harper West & Co.) to remarkable heights. His unwavering commitment to excellence, coupled with his relentless drive for growth, has set him apart as a true industry trailblazer. As a valued member of TEC Canada, Justin exemplifies the spirit of entrepreneurship and serves as an inspiration to fellow members.

Being recognized as a finalist for the EY Entrepreneur Of The Year award is a testament to Justin’s outstanding achievements and the significant impact he has made in the Ontario business landscape. His dedication, resilience, and passion for success have positioned him as a true role model for aspiring entrepreneurs.

We applaud Justin Bruzzese for this well-deserved recognition and wish him continued success on his entrepreneurial journey. His achievements highlight the remarkable talent within the TEC Canada community and serve as a testament to the transformative power of visionary leadership.

To learn more about Justin Bruzzese and other EY Entrepreneur Of The Year 2023 finalists, click here.

Lucas Griffin, and Secure-Rite Mobile Storage Inc., Win Gold in the Best of Kelowna Competition

We’re thrilled to congratulate Lucas Griffin, a proud member of a TEC Small Business group led by TEC Chair Shaune Eldred, and the entire team at Secure-Rite Mobile Storage Inc. for winning the Gold award in the ‘Best Storage Company’ category at 2023 Best of Kelowna awards!

Winning the Gold award in the Best of Kelowna competition is a testament to the tireless pursuit of excellence demonstrated by Secure-Rite Mobile Storage Inc. This significant recognition further solidifies their position as an industry leader, setting the standard for exemplary storage services. We applaud their unwavering dedication, professionalism, and outstanding contributions to the Kelowna business landscape.

Click here to congratulate Lucas Griffin and the Secure-Rite Mobile Storage Inc. team and then view the full list of winners here!

Sébastien Mailhot: TEC Canada Member and CEO of D-BOX Technologies, Honored with the Excellence Award at the 39th Prix Excellence

Front row – from left to right: Daniel Romero (Roll Out Racks Products), Dolorès Lévèque (Amélys), Patrick Biron (L’Atelier lafleche de fer inc – Groupe AFFI), Alexandre Cousineau (Lusier Metallic Coatings), Mélanie Dionne ( Gestion Horizon), Marc-André Thomas (Thomas Marine Group Inc.), Hélène Picard (AREO-FEU), Josée Guillemette (AREO-Feu), Wyslaine Sonia Kwemi (V&S Consulting Services) and Vanessa Joynathsing (V&S Consulting Services). Second row – from left to right: Juliette Brun (Juliette & Chocolat) David Montpetit (D-BOX), Matin Damphousse (SÉMECS), Lysanne Bourret (The Pretty Ugly Company), Pierre-Olivier Gendron (The Pretty Ugly Company), Laurent Dallaire (Innodal Laboratory and Cathie Guimond (Centre Rebuild).

The Dominique-Rollin gala, presented by Beneva and hosted by Isabelle Racicot, set the stage for a remarkable evening on May 25, 2023, at the Mortagne Hotel in Boucherville. With nearly 500 attendees, the event buzzed with excitement as it honoured the outstanding accomplishments of businesses on the South Shore.

This prestigious gala marked the grand finale of the highly regarded Prix Excellence competition, attracting a robust participation of almost 70 companies. Spanning 16 categories, the awards spotlighted the achievements of companies and individuals who have made exceptional contributions to the economic development of the greater South Shore region. Among these exceptional individuals, we proudly recognize Sébastien Mailhot, the Chief Executive Officer at D-BOX Technologies and a distinguished member of TEC Canada, for receiving the Excellence Award!

To learn more about the winners and all the finalists of the 39th edition of the Prix Excellence, click here

Pollard Windows and Doors: A Legacy of Family and Innovation for 75 Years

Join us in celebrating the remarkable journey of Pollard Windows and Doors as they mark their 75th anniversary. Founded by Norman Pollard and Frances Pollard, who immigrated from England in 1947 as war brides and settled in Hamilton, this family-built company has flourished over the years.

From its humble beginnings in a modest 400-square-foot garage, the Pollards laid the foundation for a family business that would span decades. Building upon their parents’ legacy, the children of Norman and Frances continued to propel the company forward, expanding its reach and establishing a reputation for excellence. Today, the torch has been passed to the third and fourth generations, ensuring a seamless transition of leadership and a commitment to evolving and modernizing the business.

Notably, Karen Pollard, a TEC Canada member and the President & CEO of Pollard Windows and Doors, plays a pivotal role in steering the company’s growth. With a focus on innovation and upholding the family values that have been at the core of Pollard’s success, Karen leads the charge in propelling the company into the future.

Click here to join us in celebrating their 75 years of remarkable achievements and looking forward to their continued success for generations to come.

TEC Canada Chair Gilles Prepoint and His TEC Small Business Group Members Embrace the Grand défi Pierre Lavoie

Gilles Prepoint, a distinguished TEC Canada Chair, and his TEC Small Business group members made notable contributions to the highly successful 13th edition of the Grand défi Pierre Lavoie. This event, aimed at promoting physical activity in Québec, brought together over 66,300 participants who collectively covered an impressive distance of 1,035,197 km.

We congratulate Gilles Prepoint for his leadership and François Bolduc-Teasdale—Co-Founder & CEO at OPTIS Engineering and TEC Canada member—for initiating the registration process. We also applaud the participation of:

  • Sylvain Boudrias, President of Darspec
  • Jean-Samuel Chenard, Founder and President of Motsai Inc.
  • Paul de Blois, Vice President of Kruger Recycling
  • John Di Marzio, President and CEO of Dimartech

—all other members of Gilles Prepoint’s TEC Small Business group who participated in spirit!

To congratulate Gilles and his members, click here.

Suzie Beaudoin, TEC Chair, Empowers Sorel-Tracy Chamber of Commerce: Advocating for Business Interests and Collective Prosperity

As the largest network of business professionals and companies in the region, the Sorel-Tracy Chamber of Commerce and Industry is dedicated to championing the interests of its members in public policies, and fostering an environment of innovation and competition. With a focus on promoting entrepreneurial freedom, the Chamber aims to contribute to the region’s collective wealth by coordinating the collaborative efforts of its members.

TEC Chair Suzie Beaudoin recently demonstrated her unwavering support for the Chamber by sponsoring the third hole of its annual golf tournament. Through her involvement, Suzie Beaudoin showcases her commitment to fortifying the local business community and fostering meaningful connections. Her sponsorship exemplifies the spirit of collaboration and engagement that propels the Chamber and drives the success of businesses in the region.

To learn more, connect with Suzie Beaudoin on Facebook and LinkedIn.

TEC Canada Member Sandrine Milante Recognized in Top 100 Canadian Professionals Magazine

We are delighted to announce that Sandrine Milante, CEO of TEC Canada member, will be featured in the prestigious Top 100 Canadian Professionals magazine. Sandrine’s outstanding commitment to environmental and social responsibility has garnered her this well-deserved recognition.

Passionate about driving positive change and progress, Sandrine not only exemplifies these values in her own business practices but also actively engages in community initiatives. With her expertise in manufacturing, she has gained widespread recognition throughout Quebec. Over the course of her career, she has been honoured with numerous awards, recognizing both her exceptional leadership skills and her dedication to social and environmental stewardship.

To learn more about Sandrine’s upcoming feature, click here.

Month after month, TEC Canada members come together in private advisory groups, united by the common goal of personal and professional growth. Guided by the principles of mentorship and support, they continually elevate one another as leaders, make more informed decisions, and achieve better results.
Stay tuned for more updates and inspiring success stories that will unfold within the TEC Canada community in the near future!

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