Meet our judges

A select group of independent members comprises our judging panel

Canada’s Best Managed Companies applications are reviewed each year by a judging panel who decides which companies will be awarded the ‘Best Managed’ designation. This judging panel is comprised of members from each of our five program sponsors.

Ian Portsmouth


Publisher, Canadian Business and former editor-in-chief of PROFIT, Canada’s first media brand for entrepreneurs and small business. Public speaker on business management and strategy.

Nancy MacKay


Founder & CEO of MacKay CEO Forums, the highest-impact and least-time intensive peer group for results-oriented CEOs across Canada.

Jon Hountalas

Executive Vice-President, Business and Corporate Banking at CIBC, responsible for all areas of business lending and deposits including strategy, sales, product development and the client experience.

Ken Wong


Member of the Board of Directors of the Canadian Marketing Association, Managing Partner, Knowledge Development with Level 5 Brand Consulting Inc., one of Canada’s most respected marketing professors and a 2006 inductee into the Canadian Marketing Hall of Legends.

Brigitte Vachon


Quebec leader of the Canada’s Best Managed Companies program. She has extensive expertise as an audit partner and as a business advisor serving private companies.

Mike Runia


Michael is the Managing Partner for Deloitte Private. As the Canadian leader for Deloitte Canada’s Private company and client practice, Michael is focused on bringing the best of Deloitte’s capabilities to this significant client base, assisting them with their growth strategies and the creation of shareholder value.