Global Relay wins 2015 Private Business Growth Award

Award presented by Grant Thornton LLP and The Canadian Chamber of Commerce recognizes and celebrates private businesses demonstrating leadership in strategic, sustainable growth

TORONTO/OTTAWA, Nov. 26, 2015 /CNW/ - Grant Thornton LLP and The Canadian Chamber of Commerce are pleased to announce Global Relay Communications Inc. as the winner of the 2015 Private Business Growth Award. The Vancouver, BC-based business was presented with the award at a gala at the Design Exchange in Toronto last night. Global Relay was chosen from an impressive group of 10 finalists selected for their outstanding leadership, forward thinking and commitment to building sustainable private businesses.

Global Relay designs and develops cloud-based solutions that allow organizations to preserve, access, search and analyze their email, as well as other electronic communications. Founded in 1999 as a three-person tech start-up, Global Relay had its sights set on the future from day one—and it paid off. Sixteen years later, this company is embracing two of the biggest technology trends—cloud and big data—as a leading provider of cloud-based electronic message archiving, compliance and eDiscovery solutions for the global financial sector with 20,000 customers—including 22 of the top 25 global banks—in 90 countries worldwide.

"Global Relay's exceptional story shows us how a long-term vision and a lot of hard work can turn into something truly remarkable,"said Phil Noble, Executive Partner and CEO, Grant Thornton. "By setting its sights high, aggressively exploring new global markets and placing a heavy emphasis on innovation, Global Relay is well-positioned to succeed on the world stage and is a role-model enterprise in helping propel Canada into the new economy."

"Global Relay—along with all of this year's Private Business Growth Award finalists—excels at thinking outside the box," said Perrin Beatty, President and CEO of the Canadian Chamber of Commerce. "This ability to see things differently—and fearlessly embark on the road less travelled—is a significant advantage in the marketplace, and one that all private business should try to leverage if they want to experience truly sustainable growth. This is the kind of innovation Canada needs."

The Gala celebration also recognized the other nine finalists for the 2015 Private Business Growth Award. They include (in alphabetical order):

  • Baby Gourmet, Calgary, AB
  • Cooke Aquaculture, Blacks Harbour, NB
  • dentalcorp, Toronto, ON
  • Fiera Foods Company, Toronto, ON
  • Kids & Company, Richmond Hill, ON
  • Medgate Inc., Toronto, ON
  • Nicola Wealth Management, Vancouver, BC
  • Skyline Group of Companies, Guelph ON
  •, London, ON

This exceptional group of finalists—including the winner, Global Relay— were chosen by a jury of eight notable business professionals from across the country that used the following five criteria to determine both the finalists and the final winner:

  • Innovation: Developing new products and services, bringing old products to market in a new way as well as improving the efficiency and effectiveness of internal processes.
  • Market development: How they go to market and expand into new domestic or international markets.
  • People and culture: Investing in their people by helping employees learn and develop as a critical part of overall growth.
  • Strategic leadership:  How they interact with partners, stakeholders, their succession planning and community involvement.
  • Improvements in financial measures: Ensuring revenue growth and improvements in profitability.

As the winner, Global Relay receives a one-year membership to the Canadian Chamber of Commerce and complimentary accounting and/or advisory services from Grant Thornton LLP.

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, 2015 marks the third 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 selected 10 finalists and one winning company based on the following criteria: innovation, market development, people and culture, strategic leadership, and improvements in financial measures. For further information, visit

About Grant Thornton LLP
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 firms operate in over 100 countries worldwide. For further information, visit

About the Canadian Chamber of Commerce
The Canadian Chamber of Commerce is the vital connection between business and the federal government. Through its 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, it helps shape public policy and decision-making to the benefit of businesses, communities and families across Canada. For further information, visit and follow us at @CdnChamberofCom

SOURCE Grant Thornton LLP

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For further information: Sheila Scott, National Marketing Manager, Grant Thornton LLP, T +1 416 607 2684, E Or G. Will Dubreuil, Director, Public Affairs & Media Relations, The Canadian Chamber of Commerce, T +1 613 238 4000 x231, E


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