Awards highlight Canada’s best SMEs doing business internationally
VANCOUVER—HSBC Bank Canada has announced the 12 finalists for its inaugural HSBC International Business Awards, celebrating the best of Canadian companies doing business abroad.
The awards recognize Canadian firms that have has success taking their products and services abroad.
Finalists and winners will be honoured at a gala on May 10 at the Art Gallery of Ontario in Toronto.
Brett Wilson of CBC Dragon’s Den will be the master of ceremonies.
Finalists were selected by a judging committee drawn from Canadian Business magazine, The Globe and Mail Report on Business, Import Export Canada, Economist Intelligence Unit, the Desautels Faculty of Management at McGill University, and the Sauder School of Business at the University of British Columbia.
PricewaterhouseCoopers has performed due diligence on all the finalists.
All applicants were majority Canadian‑owned; headquartered in Canada; generated 10 per cent of their revenue from activities outside of Canada; and have had sales of at least $2.5 million for each of the last two fiscal years.
The HSBC International Business Award finalists are:
HSBC International Business of the Year – small and medium‑sized enterprise
Manitoba Harvest Hemp Foods & Oils, Winnipeg, Man.
Organic Food Products
Mad Rock Marine Solutions Inc., St. John’s, N.L.
Toon Boom Animation Inc., Montréal, Que.
HSBC International Business of the Year – Large Enterprise
Evans Consoles Corporation, Calgary, Alta.
Control Room Console and Technical Furniture
Forensic Technology WAI Inc, Montréal, Que.
Ballistics and Firearms Identification Technologies
Stork Craft Manufacturing Inc., Richmond, B.C.
Leadership in International Trade – Asia-Pacific
B+H Architects, Toronto, Ont.
Architecture and Interior Design
BioteQ Environmental Technologies Inc., Vancouver, B.C.
Water Treatment Technologies
Pacific Prince Investments Inc. (SPF Pre-Cut Lumber), Port Coquitlam, B.C.
Canadian Wood Products
Leadership in International Trade – Latin America
Bassett & Walker International, Inc., Toronto, Ont.
Energold Drilling Corp., Vancouver, B.C.
Groupe Fordia Inc., Montréal, Que.