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Meet a new Best Managed company: United Van Lines

Deloitte Canada Insights podcast

Best ManagedWhat does it mean to become a member of the elite group that comprises Canada’s 50 Best Managed Companies? How can a private company tap into the community of business leaders to learn best practices and network with peers? Learn about the experience first-hand as we talk to Anne Martin, president of United Van Lines Canada Ltd., a new Best Managed company.

Canada’s 50 Best Managed Companies, now in its 18th year, is one of Canada’s premier business awards programs. It celebrates companies that demonstrate vision, passion and achievement in their daily business. To learn more about the program, or to apply in 2010, please visit Canada’s 50 Best Managed Companies.

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  • What does it take to win Canada’s 50 Best Managed Companies designation?
  • What’s involved in the Best Managed application process? What does it require of an aspiring company?
  • How do companies benefit from joining the ranks of Best Managed companies?


  • Anne Martin, president of United Van Lines Canada Ltd., a new recipient of the Best Managed designation
  • Bruce Chin, senior manager with Deloitte’s Private company services practice

Show notes

Canada’s 50 Best Managed Companies comprise an elite community of private companies. Joining the ranks of Best Managed Companies gives an organization and its employees the opportunity to celebrate this recognition. Anne Martin, president of United Van Lines Canada Ltd., shares what the designation means to the company. It serves as a rallying point for employees, a way to attract new talent, and an annual benchmark for the company’s performance. Like other Best Managed recipients, United Van Lines is leveraging the designation to boost its credibility in the marketplace and increase its national and even global exposure.

The application process has two parts. Phase I is the online application; phase II is a more in-depth application. This process requires the full effort of the management team and the entire company, as it focuses on articulating its strategy, its capability, its commitment and its financial performance. In 2009, the Best Managed program and application process were adapted to recognize the unique challenges of doing business in an economic downturn.


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