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.

Christopher Pfaff


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. 

Dino Medves

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

James Cowan


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.

John Anderson


Chairman, president and CEO of The Oppenheimer Group (Oppy), the premier North American fresh produce marketing and distribution company. Chairman of the Canadian and US Produce Marketing Associations’ North American Trade Committee.

Ken Wong


Distinguished Professor of Marketing at Smith School of Business (Queen’s University), 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.

Nancy MacKay


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

Real Gagnon

Founder and President of Trans-West, a logistic company that offers road transport, intermodal transport, trailer rental, brokerage and turnkey logistics services. The company today boasts 500 employees and a fleet that travels over 60 million kilometers each year from eastern Canada to the western and southern United States, primarily shipping food products.