Vancouver Island’s top-growing companies for 2023

Find out which five businesses made the prestigious Globe and Mail rankings, plus two big wins in the local economy.


Welcome to this week’s Sunday Briefing, brought to you by COAST. In this issue, find out which five Vancouver Island-based companies have officially made the Globe and Mail’s list of Canada’s top-growing businesses for 2023, which organization scooped two gold awards repping the local economy, and where Victoria placed in Condé Nast Traveller’s readers’ choice awards.

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Five Vancouver Island-based companies have officially made the Globe and Mail’s list of Canada’s top-growing businesses for 2023.

The first Island business to break the rankings is Certn, placing 16th on the roster. Now counting 435 employees, the company’s yearly revenue growth is reported at 2,045 percent, with a CAD dollar figure of between $25 and $50 million.

Next is Alpha IT, which makes its way onto the board for the first time. The Nanaimo-based managed IT, cybersecurity, and web development service provider pulls in between two and five million Canadian dollars in revenue, and ranks 47th on the roster with its year’s revenue growth of 870 percent.

The third company to break the list is Victoria’s DeeBee’s Organics, which produces organic freezer pops. Like Certn, it’s the company’s second time in the rankings, where it’s placed 107th, thanks to its 439 percent revenue growth.

The other two local businesses to crack the top 500 were cloud services and solutions company Premier Cloud at number 140, and solar-powered outdoor commercial lighting firm First Light Technologies in 405th place.

Sixty-three other businesses from around B.C. ranked on the roster. If you’ve got a few minutes, it’s worth checking out the full list to see which local businesses are on an accelerated upswing.

Now, onto your daily briefing.


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🏦 Economic wins: The South Island Prosperity Partnership (SIPP) has received two gold Excellence in Economic Development Awards 2023 from the prestigious International Economic Development Council for its initiatives to strengthen Greater Victoria’s economy.

🌆 City wins: Condé Nast Traveller, a luxury and lifestyle travel magazine, says Victoria captured top marks in its annual Readers' Choice Awards of top cities. Victoria and Mexico's San Miguel de Allende, which ranked sixth, were the only cities in North America to make the list.

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