Local companies earn prestigious award

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Simpson Seeds and South Country Equipment honoured as best managed companies

The only thing greater than having one award-winning company in Moose Jaw is having two.

Two Moose Jaw companies are being recognized as 2012 winners of Canada’s Best Managed Companies Program. Simpson Seeds Inc. and South Country Equipment Ltd. were awarded and honoured by the international firm Deloitte.

Deloitte is the brand that nearly 200,000 professionals in independent firms throughout the world collaborate to provide audit, consulting, financial advisory, risk management, and tax services to selected clients.

“This year we welcome two remarkable Saskatchewan companies, Simpson Seeds Inc. and South Country Equipment Ltd. to the existing 15 companies who were successful in retaining their Best Managed Company standing,” said regional Deloitte partner, Clayton Veresh. “We are very proud of these companies for their leadership among Saskatchewan Private Businesses and their ability to demonstrate and raise the bar for business excellence in our province.”

“We qualified in November for regionals, but had to promise in December to keep it under wraps,” Greg Simpson of Simpson Seeds said on first finding out about winning the prestigious award. “Today we can officially say we are one of the top companies in Canada.”

“It’s an honour to receive a national award like this,” South Country Equipment Ltd. general manager Cameron Brodie told the Times-Herald. “What’s even more exciting was seeing two companies from Moose Jaw being awarded –– it speaks a lot about Saskatchewan and agriculture.”

Members from both companies will be heading to Toronto in April for a gala symposium where they will be officially recognized and honoured. The event will be hosted by CBC’s George Stroumboulopoulos with musical entertainment being provided by Canadian icon Burton Cummings.

“We’re really excited about it and looking forward to it,” Simpson said on the future trip. “We’ve been working at it a lot of years and worked hard on the application.”

Both of them agreed it’s a great opportunity and has been another learning experience for employees and further growth.

“It’s just another great chance to network and grow,” Brodie said. “We learned so much along the way in filling out the application that really made us step back and take a closer look at different business aspects.”

For more on this article pick up the next issue of the Times-Herald.

Organizations: South Country Equipment, Best Managed Companies, Simpson Seeds Times-Herald Saskatchewan Private Businesses CBC

Geographic location: Moose Jaw, Canada, Saskatchewan Toronto

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