May 21, 2014
On May 20, the jury for the Les médaillés de la relève competition, presented by the National Bank/HEC Montréal Entrepreneurship Institute, PwC and BCF Avocats d’affaires, crowned three firms: Laiterie Chalifoux, Lallier Ste-Foy Honda and Transit Truck Bodies. The competition, now in its eighth year, salutes the successful transfer of a privately owned Quebec business by its owner to a team of family members or managers from within the organization.
“The strength of successions in Quebec is a positive sign for our economy,” says Jean-Paul Gagné, jury chair and Editor Emeritus of Les Affaires. “This competition once again introduced us to some talented entrepreneurs, driven by exceptional entrepreneurial spirit. We want to congratulate the finalists for their commitment and professional engagement.”
As Honorary Chair, Andrew Molson, Chair of the Board, RES PUBLICA Consulting Group, noted: “We are proud to celebrate entrepreneurs who decide to keep their firms going and to consolidate their operations by choosing succession. We salute everyone who entered the competition and congratulate the winners for their bold approach and business acumen.”
Congratulations to the winners!
Gold: Laiterie Chalifoux
Laiterie Chalifoux is a dairy producer specialized in making and distributing firm cheese. It was founded in 1920, when Alexandrina Pelletier began selling the surplus from her flock to her neighbours. The milk was rich and delicious, the door-to-door delivery was efficient, and business boomed. Over the past 30 years, the cheese maker has regularly won prizes for its cheeses. Today the company has 150 employees and strives to create an atmosphere where everyone feels a valued member of the firm.
Silver: Lallier Ste-Foy Honda
In 20 years in the automobile industry, Lallier Ste-Foy Honda has sold over 40,000 vehicles. The Duplessis family offers a complete range of new Honda vehicles and a vast inventory of used vehicles. Lallier Ste-Foy Honda is one of the leading Honda dealerships in the province and in the greater Quebec City region.
Bronze: Transit Truck Bodies
Transit Truck Bodies is recognized in Canada as a leading manufacturer of truck bodies. The company was founded in 1978, and since then has made a name for itself with its diversified, premium-quality products for moving merchandise. Its reputation for product excellence and employee commitment is second to none. The company is on the cutting edge of the market, offering a range of products and superior services that exceed its customers’ expectations.