TORONTO – Cooke Aquaculture won the national Private Business Growth Award out of a field of 10 finalists at a gala event Wednesday night in Toronto.
In its sixth year, the gala organized by The Canadian Chamber of Commerce and Grant Thornton celebrates Canada’s best private businesses that have accomplished outstanding successes in strategic, sustainable and holistic growth.
An eight-person jury selected the winner, based on a variety of categories including innovation, market development, people and culture, strategic leadership and improvement in financial measures.
“It’s an honour to recognize Cooke Aquaculture with the Private Business Growth Award, as they exemplify a business with a tenacious pursuit for innovation and growth,” said Kevin Ladner, CEO and Executive Partner, Grant Thornton, in a release.
“By combining innovation, sustainability and high standards into their everyday practices, Cooke Aquaculture provides the very best the ocean has to offer,” said Perrin Beatty, President and CEO of the Canadian Chamber of Commerce. “Their pursuit of economic growth while ensuring they protect the environmental integrity of our Canadian waters is one of the many reasons they make an exceptional choice for this year’s Private Growth Award.”
In a video produced for the event, CEO Glen Cooke says the company that launched in 1985 has experienced rapid growth in the decades since – tripling in size in 1995 and doubling in size every three years since then. Cooke operates in 10 countries and has a workforce of around 9,000 people.
“We started with two cages, 5,000 salmon in the water,” said Cooke. “Today, we would raise millions of fish. We actually 100,000 metric tonnes of farmed salmon around the world.
Banner photo: Kevin Ladner, CEO and Executive Partner at Grant Thornton LLP; Glenn Cooke, CEO of Cooke Aquaculture Inc.; and Perrin Beatty, President and CEO at The Canadian Chamber of Commerce. (Image: CNW Group/Grant Thornton LLP)