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UTSC alumni receive honours at Toronto Board of Trade Business Excellence Awards

Pristine Property Management Ltd. won the Business Growth category at the recent Toronto Board of Trade Business Excellence Awards ceremony. The company was founded by UTSC alumni Jonathan Agg and Adam Watson, seen here during the Leader 2 Leader seminar at UTSC.

Two UTSC alumni received top honours at the annual Toronto Board of Trade Business Excellence Awards on November 15 at the Toronto Congress Centre.

The ceremony is a chance for the board of trade to celebrate the entrepreneurial spirit and honour the contributions made by small- and medium-sized businesses to the Toronto Region business community.

In the Business Growth category, Pristine Property Management Ltd., owned by Adam Watson and Jonathan Agg, won the award. Watson co-founded the company with fellow UTSC student Jonathan Agg while the two were undergraduates in 2005. The company has grown tremendously since then and now provides full service grounds keeping and landscaping maintenance services

“We are really excited and honoured to win this award,” says Watson. “So much of our time is dedicated to running the day-to-day aspects of our business that we don’t get a chance to just sit back and reflect on what we’ve been able to accomplish.” 

The company has grown by focusing on the condominium market and by offering a wider range of services. Pristine’s sales have more than doubled from 2009 to 2011 and the company is well on its way to doubling those totals in 2012. Much of this success is owed to Pristine’s corporate strategy of “owning the supply chain” by acquiring companies that provide core services for their business. 

The Board of Trade recognized ClearView Strategic Partners Inc., a corporate governance and compliance consulting company founded by Ron Paquette (BA, 1979), with its Innovation award.

Founded in 1997, ClearView serves clients in the financial services, retail, transportation, packaging, natural resources, publishing, media, delivery and logistic services sectors.

ClearView was the first to introduce the concept of ethics reporting programs, allowing employees and third parties to report incidents that are contrary to the code of ethics of their organization. 

By re-focusing these programs from whistleblower tools to ethics reporting, ClearView helps organizations to continually focus on doing the right things rather than catching employees doing the wrong things.

ClearView’s clients are encouraged to focus firmly on their code of ethics (or code of conduct) and not on the reporting process, representing a significant innovation in the field.

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