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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 that decides which companies will be awarded the ‘Best Managed’ designation. This judging panel is comprised of members from each of our program sponsors and rotating special guest representatives.

Brent Hesje

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CEO of Fountain Tire Ltd. an Edmonton based, privately owned, tire business that ranks in the top 10 tire chains in North America. Fountain Tire has been recognized as one of Canada’s Best Managed Companies since 1994.

Christopher Pfaff

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President and CEO of Pfaff Automotive Partners, one of the largest premium automotive dealer groups in Canada.  Chris continues to oversee the strategic direction of the company set on continued growth. 

Susan Niczowski

Summer Fresh Founder and President, Susan Niczowski was attracted early to the food industry. Since than, she has repeatedly reshaped the fine food landscape with an ever-evolving line of gourmet dips, salads and hummus, and has over 30 years of experience in the food industry ranging from Quality Assurance, to Food Service, Retail and Manufacturing.

Dino Medves

Senior Vice President and Head, Commercial Banking at CIBC, responsible for business lending, deposits and the client experience.

Ryan Thomas

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Head of Business Development - Diversified Industries, covering a broad range of growth sectors for the business development team at Toronto Stock Exchange and TSX Venture Exchange by leveraging over ten years of investment banking experience assisting small and mid cap issuers maximize their capital markets initiatives.

James Cowan

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Managing editor, special projects at Maclean’s magazine. James oversees the magazine's popular university rankings along with other high-profile special projects including Canada’s Best Managed Companies.

David Sculthorpe

David Sculthorpe is a seasoned business leader with experience both as an entrepreneur and a corporate executive. Before joining Smith School of Business to lead its executive education portfolio, he held leadership positions such as: CEO of the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada, President Cadbury Adams Canada, Regional President Warner Lambert Co. and Regional President Pfizer Co. in South America and most recently was Managing Director of Compass Rose Advisors. David has led workplace innovation and talent development, mergers and acquisitions, integrations, turnarounds and transformational change initiatives in Canada, United States, South America, Asia and globally.