Tarpon has been named one of Canada’s Best Managed, a program sponsored by Deloitte, CIBC Canadian Business Smith School of Business and MacKay CEO Forum. This is the 11th consecutive year for Tarpon and the 4th year holding the program’s prestigious Platinum Status – awarded to companies for over seven years on the list.
Despite a year with historically low commodity prices, Tarpon was able to continue to expand their geographic footprint with an acquisition in Saskatchewan, while leadership re-focused their vision and strategic thinking that paved the way for entry into other industry segments such as solar and wind power, mining and agriculture. In 2016 Tarpon was able to strengthen its offering in fiber optic installation by obtaining certification in Corning’s Network of Preferred Installers (NPI) program, benefiting Tarpon’s clients with reduced material costs and assistance with architectural design and implantation of fiber optic networks.
In addition to their growth into the renewable energy sector, Tarpon recognized the opportunity to leverage that entry with their existing relationships with local Indigenous groups, where many of the new renewable energy projects are located. Partnerships with the West Moberly First Nation (Tarpon WestMo Services), the Metlakatla and Lax Kw’alaams First Nations (CT Tarpon Electrical Services) and Whitecap Dakota First Nation (Whitecap PTW) have been valuable assets in helping industry navigate the regulatory landscape while also fulfilling negotiated aboriginal content requirements.
Internally, Tarpon’s leadership proved to employees that, despite the industry outlook, the company’s quality, health and safety programs remain a priority. Greg Young has challenged the entire Tarpon organization to treat quality in the same vein as health and safety. A safe and quality job is a productive job.
Young also believes a commitment to the health and safety of Tarpon employees provides the foundation for an invested workforce, “The Safety Stand Down program at Tarpon is considered an invaluable part of Tarpon’s safety culture, whereby executives tour Tarpon offices and meet with front-line workers to discuss safety on the job. The in-person discussions provided valuable comments about our commitment to not only provide a productive and efficient work place, but one that prioritized personal and team safety above all else.”
Mr. Young, on behalf of all Tarpon managers and executives, would like to thank all 1,200+ employees for their hard work and dedication, “The commitment and sacrifice shown by our Tarponators during this downturn inspires us on a daily basis. Because of them, we strive to do our best as we set the course for Tarpon’s future.”
“Best Managed companies deserve recognition for their entrepreneurial approach to excelling in an uncertain economic climate. They truly bring out the best in Canadian business leadership,” said Peter Brown, co-leader of Canada’s Best Managed Companies program and partner at Deloitte.
2017 winners of the Canada’s Best Managed Companies award will be honoured at the annual Canada’s Best Managed Companies gala in Toronto on April 19, 2017. On the same date, the Best Managed symposium will address leading-edge business issues that are key to the success of today’s business leaders.
About Canada’s Best Managed Companies
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 4-6 consecutive years); 4) Platinum Club member (Winners that have maintained their Best Managed status for seven years or more).
Program sponsors are Deloitte, CIBC, Canadian Business, Smith School of Business and MacKay CEO Forums. For further information, visit www.bestmanagedcompanies.ca.