The Canadian Chamber of Commerce and Grant Thornton LLP announced Collingwood, Ont.-based Agnora is the first-place winner of its Private Business Growth Award. The company was recognized Tuesday evening at a gala held at The Design Exchange in Toronto, along with other finalists.

Agnora's Richard Wilson and team accepts the 2016 Private Business Growth Award, presented by Kevin Ladner, CEO and Executive Partner, Grant Thornton LLP (left) and Honourable Perrin Beatty, President and CEO of The Canadian Chamber of Commerce (right).
Agnora’s Richard Wilson and team accepts the 2016 Private Business Growth Award, presented by Kevin Ladner, CEO and Executive Partner, Grant Thornton LLP (left) and Honourable Perrin Beatty, President and CEO of The Canadian Chamber of Commerce (right).

“We couldn’t be more honored to receive such a prestigious award.” says Richard Wilson, president and founder of Agnora. “Our sincere appreciation goes out to Grant Thornton and the Canadian Chamber of Commerce and most importantly, our people. It is through their dedication and exceptional talent that we are able to do extraordinary things.”

The Private Business Growth Award is a national award program designed to pay tribute to the integral role that Canada’s private businesses play in growing the country’s economy.

“This year’s winner has proven yet again that innovative leadership can result in new and prosperous growth pathways,” says Perrin Beatty, president and CEO of the Canadian Chamber of Commerce. “Agnora Inc. is one of Canada’s leading private businesses making their mark, helping to drive our economy forward.”

The 2016 winner and Top 10 Private Business Growth Award Finalists were selected by an independent Jury of accomplished business leaders, who recognized the companies for their successful, sustainable and holistic growth strategies. Jury members used five key criteria to assess strategic growth across various aspects of the nominees’ businesses: innovation; market development; people and culture; strategic leadership; and improvements in financial measures.