Upper Canada Wins Best Managed Gold Standard

Upper Canada Forest Products has been recognized as a 2021 Best Managed Gold Standard Winner by the Canada’s Best Managed Companies Program for the quality and integrity of their management and resulting business performance.

Upper Canada Forest Products is part of the UCS Forest Group of Companies, which includes Sierra Forest Products in the US, UCS Global internationally, and A&M Wood Speciality in Ontario. Upper Canada has been serving Canadian customers for 35 years, with facilities in Vancouver, Victoria, Kelowna, Edmonton, Calgary, and Toronto.

The UCS Forest Group is North America’s premier distributor and importer of high-quality hardwood lumber, specialty softwoods, and decorative surfaces. This group of companies has been serving the architectural millwork industry for over 30 years through their U.S. and Canadian distribution facilities. They seek to help their customers build their businesses by providing innovative solutions and unparalleled service.

The prestigious Deloitte program honours excellence in Canadian, privately owned, and managed companies. The award marks the fifth time in as many years that Upper Canada has won Best Managed status and their second year in a row winning the Gold Standard designation.

“We’re extremely proud to be recognized as one of Canada’s Best Managed Companies for a fifth consecutive year. Our culture of care is critical to our success and nurtured by our values —professionalism, integrity, commitment, innovation, and sustainability,” says Warren Spitz, President and CEO of the UCS Forest Group of Companies. “Achieving the Best Managed Gold Standard award level speaks to our commitment to our people — a foundational commitment that began the day I started Upper Canada 35 years ago. As we always say, ‘None of us has all the answers, but together we do.’ This company is a team and a family, which is how we are continually Delivering the Difference.”

Canada’s Best Managed Companies continues to be the mark of excellence for Canadian-owned and managed companies with revenues over $15 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) Canada’s Best Managed Companies new winner (one of the new winners selected each year);

2) Canada’s Best Managed Companies winner (award recipients that have re-applied and successfully retained their 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 retained their award for  four to six consecutive years);

4) Platinum Club member (winners that have maintained their Best Managed status for seven years or more). Program sponsors are Deloitte Private, CIBC, Canadian Business, Smith School of Business, and TMX Group.

Every year, hundreds of entrepreneurial companies compete for the Canada’s Best Managed Companies Award in a rigorous and independent process. The 2021 winners were honoured at virtual events, which culminated in a Gala on May 6, 2021.

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