TORONTO, Ont. – Deloitte announced the winners of its 2015 Canada’s Best Managed Companies earlier this month, and several trucking industry businesses made the list, including Alberta company First Industries Corporation, parent company of First Truck Centre.
“I’m extremely proud of my team,” said David Leeworthy, president and CEO of First Truck Centre. “It’s a nice feeling when Daimler Trucks North America, a multi-billion dollar, global organization, looks to us here in Western Canada for input on programs prior to rolling them out nationally, but when we received word we were going to be recognized as one of the Best Managed Companies, that was national recognition that is a direct result of the hard work our team puts in every day.”
In addition to First Industries, other trucking businesses recognized by Deloitte as a Best Managed Company included Quebec’s C.A.T. Inc., Jefo and truck manufacturer Transit Truck Bodies and Ontario’s Liberty Linehaul Inc., Campbell Bros. Movers Ltd. and Jed Express Ltd.
Deloitte said winners are resilient as seen by their sustained growth year over year, attention to changing markets, investment in technology and a focus on leadership and success planning.
“With many unknowns surrounding today’s economic outlook, keeping a close eye on market conditions is critical for all Canadian businesses, but especially for privately owned enterprises,” said Peter E. Brown, national co-leader of Canada’s Best Managed Companies program and partner, Deloitte Private. “Best Managed companies identify and prepare for potential swings in the market ahead of time. This allows them to adapt their business models and shift investment strategies to areas that are still important to the business, while simultaneously being shielded from adverse market consequences.”