The Best Managed programme award winners are among the best-in-class Canadian owned and managed companies with revenues over $15 million demonstrating strategy, capability and commitment to achieve sustainable growth.
The programme, which has been running for 26 years, is one of the country’s leading business awards programmes recognising Canadian-owned and managed companies for innovative, world-class business practices.
Cooke Aquaculture farms salmon in Atlantic Canada, Maine in the US, Shetland and Orkney in Scotland, and in Chile.
“Serving our customers while focusing on environmental stewardship remains at the forefront of our sustainable growth strategy,” said Cooke chief executive Glenn Cooke in a press release.
“Regardless of what country we operate in or sell to, we understand that our relationship with the environment is vital to our business and to producing top quality seafood.
“We view this as a significant component of our corporate social responsibility. There is always room for improvement – and we continue to try new techniques, implement new practices and test new equipment. We know the company depends on a healthy marine environment for growing and harvesting seafood.”
Exporter of the Year
In January, Cooke Aquaculture was recognised by Natural Resources Magazine’s Industry Excellence Awards as Exporter of the Year and received an honourable mention for being the first company in Atlantic Canada to use mechanical delousing on farmed salmon.
“Additionally, caring for the communities where we operate is a big priority,” said Cooke. “Providing good jobs and contributing to the success of local communities is of personal importance to me and my family, and we will continue to do everything we can to support our people at work and at home.”
In Atlantic Canada, Cooke Aquaculture spends more than $231 million annually buying from 1,269 local small and medium businesses across New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island, Nova Scotia and Newfoundland.
“As a family-owned company, we believe in buying from local suppliers whenever possible. As we grow, so does our economic impact here at home in Atlantic Canada. We appreciate all the small and medium businesses that support us and the thousands of hardworking families working in aquaculture,” added the CEO.