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TORONTO, ON (November 15, 2017) – The Canadian Chamber of Commerce and Grant Thornton LLP are proud to announce the 2017 Private Business Growth Award winner – Rocky Mountaineer.

Celebrating its fifth year, this prestigious award shines a light on Canada’s best private businesses who accomplished remarkable achievements in strategic, sustainable and holistic growth.The winner was selected by an 8-person jury, based on a variety of categories including innovation, market development, people and culture, strategic leadership and improvement in financial measures.

“Rocky Mountaineer demonstrates how a business with a strong entrepreneurial spirit, a vision for the future and a winning culture can attain success,” said Kevin Ladner, CEO and Executive Partner, Grant Thornton LLP. “I am honoured to recognize this innovative business and wish them continued success in the future.” 

With state-of-the-art trains that travel across routes through the Pacific Northwest and into the heart of the Canadian Rockies, Rocky Mountaineer offers daylight journeys that provide unparalleled views of the scenery, exceptional guest service and an authentic Canadian experience.

Rocky Mountaineer has becomeone of the largest privately-owned rail tourism services in the world by successfully combining innovative rail car design, investment in their people, industry and communities to deliver an internationally-renowned luxury travel experience.

“By combining the beauty of the Canadian landscape with exemplary industry practices, Rocky Mountaineer provides an experience that will make visitors look forward to returning,” said the Hon. Perrin Beatty, President and CEO of the Canadian Chamber of Commerce. “Their constant drive for excellence, their focus on innovation and their contributions to the community make them a fantastic choice for this important award.”

Rocky Mountaineer and fellow Top 10 Private Business Growth Award Finalists were recognized at a gala held at The Globe and Mail Centre on November 14, hosted by comedian, James Cunningham. To learn more about the Private Business Growth Award, visit

About the Private Business Growth Award

The Private Business Growth Award recognizes Canadian-owned, privately-held businesses that have been in business a minimum of three years, have $5 million or more in revenues and have demonstrated outstanding strategic growth. A partnership between The Canadian Chamber of Commerce and Grant Thornton LLP, 2017 marks the fifth year this national business award has recognized and celebrated the successful growth of private businesses in Canada. A jury of high-profile Canadian business leaders selects 10 finalists (the Top 10) and one winning company based on the following criteria: innovation, market development, people and culture, strategic leadership, and improvements in financial measures.

About Grant Thornton LLP in Canada

Grant Thornton LLP is a leading Canadian accounting and advisory firm providing audit, tax and advisory services to private and public organizations. We help dynamic organizations unlock their potential for growth by providing meaningful, actionable advice through a broad range of services. Together with the Quebec firm Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton LLP, Grant Thornton in Canada has approximately 4,000 people in offices across Canada. Grant Thornton LLP is a Canadian member of Grant Thornton International Ltd, whose member and correspondent firms operate in over 100 countries worldwide. A listing of Grant Thornton offices and contact information can be found at:    

About The Canadian Chamber of Commerce

The Canadian Chamber of Commerce is the vital connection between business and the federal government. It helps shape public policy and decision-making to the benefit of businesses, communities and families across Canada with a network of over 450 chambers of commerce and boards of trade, representing 200,000 businesses of all sizes in all sectors of the economy and in all regions. Follow us on Twitter @CdnChamberofCom.


For further information, or to arrange an interview, contact:

Grant Thornton LLP:

Victoria Rivers

Media Relations Manager

T +1 416 607 4163



The Canadian Chamber of Commerce

Will Dubreuil

Director, Public Affairs and Media Relations

T + 613 797 1860