May 5, 2021

Oppy receives double decade honors for Best Managed

Canada’s leading business awards program recognizes Oppy for 20th year

Proving its adaptability for 20 years and beyond, Oppy has been chosen as one of Canada’s Best Managed companies yet again, as the grower, marketer and distributor of fresh produce emerges from an unprecedented year.

Applicants for this prestigious award are analyzed by an independent judging panel comprised of representatives from program sponsors in addition to special guest judges. Evaluated by overall business performance, successful candidates also demonstrate leadership in areas of strategy; capabilities and innovation; culture and commitment, and financials to achieve sustainable growth. Oppy has been chosen every year since it first applied in 2001, and has been a part of the program’s Platinum Club for 14 years.

“It’s an honor to be recognized for the 20th time,” said Chairman, CEO and Managing Partner John Anderson, recently named the recipient of the 2021 CPMA Lifetime Achievement Award and 2021 BCPMA Lifetime Achievement Award. “Even for a company as enduring as Oppy, two decades is a long time in the life of an organization. We’ve seen a lot of change and have made the most of the opportunities that came our way. I believe our terrific team, strategic vision for the future and ability to continuously adapt have made it possible for us to sustain this honor, and I’m really proud of everyone involved.”

Companies were also judged by new performance metrics in 2021, such as enabling a remote workforce, making employee health a top priority, acting with an increased sense of purpose and social responsibility and a significantly heightened focus on cash flow. Anderson credits adapting quickly and seamlessly to a work-from-home environment, pivoting to changing consumer buying habits and maintaining a culture of great people working together as a few reasons why Oppy was able to deliver on this updated evaluation.

This recognition follows Oppy’s 2021 distinctions including BC’s Top Employers, Canada’s Most Admired Corporate Cultures and Canada’s Top 100 Employers.

Winners will be honored at a virtual gala that will address leading-edge business issues key to the success of today’s leaders. Anderson will sit on the “Leading Canadian Business Forward Through Purpose” panel session which will cover how Oppy has embedded purpose into its business and how its journey around social responsibility and sustainability has contributed to an engaged workplace driven by creativity and innovation.

The Best Managed program is sponsored by Deloitte, CIBC, Canadian Business, Smith School of Business and TMX Group.

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