The Canadian Chamber of Commerce and Grant Thornton LLP announced Architectural Glass North America (AGNORA) is among the ten Finalists for its national 2016 Private Business Growth Award, which honors the role Canada’s private businesses play in growing the country’s economy.

“We are honored to receive this recognition from Grant Thornton and the Canadian Chamber of Commerce.” says Richard Wilson, president and founder of AGNORA. “We started out as a small company in Collingwood, Ontario, and have been able to grow and establish an international presence. We have set out to do what others weren’t willing to try and are incredibly grateful for such public recognition of these efforts.”

Award finalists are selected by an independent jury of business leaders for their successful, sustainable and holistic growth strategies, according to a release from AGNORA. They were selected based on five categories of criteria: innovation; market development; people and culture; strategic leadership; and improvements in financial measures.

All finalists will be awarded during a gala at The Design Exchange on November 16 in Toronto, where the first-place winner will be announced.

“The goal of this annual award is to showcase business success stories — when Canadian businesses strive to be innovative and embrace strategic thinking, they create jobs and build prosperity for communities across the country,” says Kevin Ladner, CEO of Grant Thornton. “I commend these finalists for their outstanding growth and success.”