CEO of the Year

The CEO of the Year award was initiated in 2005 to recognize one individual, from within the ranks of the Top 50 CEOs, who is deemed by the judges to have had the most outstanding accomplishments during the past year.

The CEO of the Year is the only one of the Top 50 award winners who is given the opportunity to speak at the podium during the Top 50 CEO awards gala. As well, the CEO of the Year receives an extended profile within the magazine.

2020

Vivek Sood
Executive Vice President, Related Business
Sobeys
Read full story

 
2019

Mandy Rennehan
Founder & CEO
Frescho / RennDuPrat
Read full story: Talking a blue streak

 
2018

Barry Perry
President & CEO
Fortis Inc.
Read full story: You can go home again

 
2017

Brian Chafe
CEO
PAL Group
Read full story

 
2016

Larry Puddister
Co-chairman of Pennecon and CEO of Newcrete
Read full story: Rock Solid

 
2015

Jim Spatz
Chairman and CEO
Southwest Properties Ltd.
Read full story: And then…

 
2014

Anne Whelan
President & CEO
Seafair Capital
Read full story: Forged by fire

 
2013

Cathy Bennett
CEO
Bennett Group of Companies
Read full story: She’s the boss

 
2012

Henry Demone
President & CEO
Higher Foods Inc.
Read full story: Captain High-liner

 
2011

Wadih Fares
President & CEO
WM Fares Group
Read full story: The beautiful dreaming of Wadih Fares

 
2010

Frank Coleman
President & CEO
Coleman Group of Companies; Humber Valley Paving; Humber Valley Asphalt and Aggregates
Read full story: To be Frank

 
2009

Rob Sobey
President & CEO
Lawtons Drug Stores Ltd.

 
2008

Francis McGuire
President & CEO
Major Drilling Group International Inc.

 
2007

Pierre-Yves Julien
President & CEO
Medavie Blue Cross

 
2006

Bernard Imbeault
President & CEO
Pizza Delight Corporation

 
2005

Ken Rowe
Founder & CEO
I.M.P. Group International Ltd.