Innovation

The Next 100: Introducing Canada's Fastest-Growing Companies, Nos. 101-200

Written by ProfitGuide

We call them the Next 100, but there’s not a second stringer among them. Canada’s Fastest-Growing Companies, Nos. 101-200, are every bit as innovative and opportunistic as their PROFIT 100 counterparts. They’re tapping niche markets with top-notch products and services, investing in their people and thriving on the world stage. Indeed, many of these firms are well-known, including hardware and gardening behemoth RONA Inc. (No. 186), Lakeport Brewing Income Fund (No. 183) and Garda World Security Corp. (No. 145). On average, the Next 100 have more than tripled their annual revenue in the past five years and boast average 2005 sales of $71 million—impressive by any standard. Meet these 100 growth stars on the following pages.

Snapshot of the next 100

Average five-year revenue growth: 324%
average revenue, 2005 (million): $70.9
average number of employees: 625
jobs created over the past five years: 22,194
Where they’re from

Ontario 43 Alberta 19
Quebec 12 B.C. 20
N.B. 2 Manitoba 4
What they do

Business services 39
HR-related (10)
Marketing-related (7)
IT-related (8)
Health care (2)
Transportation (2)
Communications (1)
Other (9)
Manufacturing 20
Building products (3)
Consumer goods (2)
Food processing (2)
Communications (2)
Other (11)
Software development 12
Construction 7
Wholesale/distribution 5
Financial services 5
Retail 4
Consumer services 4
Biotechnology 2
Real estate 1
Agriculture 1
Export experts

No. of Next 100 exporters 57
Their average exports as a % of sales: 53%
Total export sales in 2004: $1.1 billion
Top five export destinations (firms):
U.S. 55
Western Europe 29
U.K. 26
Australia 26
Pacific Rim 16
Originally appeared on PROFITguide.com
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