Canada's 50 Best Managed Companies Announced

United Van Lines (Canada) Ltd. attains Gold Standard designation

TORONTO, Feb. 27, 2013 /CNW/ - United Van Lines (Canada) Ltd. is honoured to be recognized as a winner of Canada's 50 Best Managed Companies program in 2009 and has demonstrated their commitment to the program and successfully reapplied for the designation as a Gold Standard in 2012.  For the fourth year in a row, United Van Lines has been part of the outstanding Canada's Best Managed Companies program.  United Van Lines (Canada) Ltd. is the first mover in the household goods industry to have won this award.

Canada's 50 Best Managed Companies is Canada's leading business awards program, recognizing excellence in Canadian owned and managed companies.

"As we celebrate our 20th anniversary, we would like to congratulate United Van Lines (Canada) Ltd. and its entire workforce.  Achieving Canada's highest level of Canadian business excellence takes a united effort and we are privileged to acknowledge such a strong team," said John Hughes, National leader for Canada's Best Managed Companies program and leader of the Greater Toronto Growth Enterprise practice for Deloitte."

2012 winners of the Canada's 50 Best Managed Companies award, along with the Gold Standard winners, Requalified and Platinum Club members will be honoured at the annual Best Managed gala in Toronto on April 16, 2013.  On the same date, the Best Managed symposium will address leading-edge business issues that are key to the success of today's business leaders.

United Van Lines (Canada) Ltd. work extensively to make significant improvements that resulted in efficiencies within their entire organization.  Their plan to attract capital and manage finances led to growth in the leasing division and increased overall shareholdings.  United Van Lines (Canada) Ltd. were instrumental in developing new programs throughout the organization and innovative systems that provide a higher standard of care to customers and Members.

Anne Martin, President expressed, "Becoming a Gold Standard winner is a result of the hard work of many people including our employees, our Board of Directors and the Member community from across the country.  We celebrate this recognition and outstanding achievement with all of these extraordinary people whose collective talents and commitment make a difference to our customers each and every day.  As United Van Lines is celebrating its 60th year in business, our leadership and innovation in the moving industry have led the way.  Moving with Care - Everywhere Since 1953."

About Canada's Best Managed Companies:  Canada's Best Managed Companies continues to be the mark of excellence for Canadian-owned and managed companies with revenues over $10 million.  Every year since the launch of the program in 1993, hundreds of entrepreneurial companies have competed for this designation in a rigorous and independent process that evaluates their management skills and practices.  The awards are granted on four levels: 1) Best Managed winner (one of the 50 new winners selected each year); 2) Requalified members (repeat winners retain the Best Managed designation for two additional years, subject to annual operational and financial review); 3) Gold Standard winner (After three consecutive years of maintaining their Best Managed status, these winners have demonstrated their commitment to the program and successfully reapplied for the designation.  Companies may requalify for two additional years, subject to annual operational and financial review; 4) Platinum Club member (winners that maintain Best Managed status for a minimum of six consecutive years).  Program sponsors are Deloitte, CIBC, National Post, Queen's School of Business and MacKay CEO forums.

About United Van Lines:  United Van Lines (Canada) Ltd. operates both the United Van Lines and Mayflower Canada brands in Canada.  A van line offering local and long distance moving, innovative container moving, economical do-it-yourself moving, cross-border and overseas moving services with a network of moving companies that services moves within Canada, the United States and globally.

SOURCE: United Van Lines Canada Ltd.

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