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Early’s Farm & Garden Centre (Early’s) is one of the oldest businesses in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. “My grandfather started the business in 1907,” says Spencer A. Early, president of Early’s, who was named after the company’s founder. And the business has come a long way, as one of Early’s...

Early’s Farm & Garden Centre (Early’s) is one of the oldest businesses in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. “My grandfather started the business in 1907,” says Spencer A. Early, president of Early’s, who was named after the company’s founder. And the business has come a long way, as one of Early’s...

For hundreds of years the waters off the coast of Newfoundland have provided a bountiful harvest for those who call Canada’s easternmost province home. The area is said to be home of some of the world’s finest shellfish, with the Atlantic waters helping to create some of the heartiest,...

Situated along the Rocky Bay in the Hamilton Sound on the northeastern coast of Newfoundland and Labrador is the small community of Carmanville, home to Eastern Fish Markets Limited (EFM). The locally owned company has been a Carmanville name since 1980, supporting both retailers and wholesalers...

Centered in the beautiful Comox Valley on the east coast of Vancouver Island, Eatmore Sprouts and Greens Ltd. has been producing certified organic sprouts and microgreens for the last 40 years in Courtenay, British Columbia. The family...

Eaton Farm Bureau Cooperative (EFB) has been providing local farmers with a wide range of storage and marketing resources since 1947. EFB operates out of a single location in Charlotte, Mich., from which it services members mostly within a 20-mile radius of the facility.

Larry Crouch,...

Eaux Vives Water Inc., known better as the company’s brand, ESKA, has been in business since 2006. The source of the company’s product, however, dates back thousands of years. The brand name, ESKA, is a reference to eskers, the underground...

ECO-Technica Inc. (ECO) is a multidiscipline engineering and project services firm offering a wide variety of design and build services from its headquarters in Edmonton, Alberta. The business was founded in 2000 by a group of like-minded, innovative friends, and continues similarly today with...

John Harrison founded Ecotrend Ecologics Ltd. (Ecotrend) in 1987, but his family’s legacy in the import-export business stretches back four generations to 1894. John’s great-grandfather established the first foreign-owned import-export companies in Japan and imported the first automobile to that...

Elirpa Construction & Materials Limited (ECL) is a 60-year-old company imbued with the integrity, determination and commitment of a soldier. John J. Aprile – the father of ECL's current president, Mike Aprile’s father – returned to Toronto after serving heroically in World War II and found...

There may be plenty of food distributors, but there are few who manage to uphold the standards of personalized customer service that have come to define Elite International Foods Inc. (Elite). The Edmonton-based company began in 1997 selling Chef Paul’s Magic Seasonings as a part-time venture....

Alfonzo Criminisi and Alberto Tari founded Elite Sweets Brands Inc. (ESB) in 1990 as a small, basement-mentality cake and pastry business. “We both came from the meat industry,” says Criminisi, president of ESB, who still operates the business in partnership with Tari. “We were co-workers at a...

Elizabeth and Steven Marsh have been in the catering business for over a quarter of a century, and the couple is still welcoming challenging events with open arms. The pair founded Elizabethan Catering Services Ltd. (ECS) in their basement in 1985, a few years after moving to Canada from the...

A local ESSO dealer and farmer founded Emerge Ag Solutions (Emerge) in 1980 originally as Eston Farm Chemicals Ltd. (EFC). Today the growing business offers products and services to assist Saskatchewan farmers achieve growth goals and expand their businesses. Rob Owens, current president of...

A growing worldwide need for food, along with changes in consumer demand, research initiatives, and technological advances are a few of the issues the agriculture industry faces in the 21st century. Fortunately, agriculture was built on a foundation of innovation and is not an industry to shy...

Based in Campbellford, Ontario, Farmer-owned and 135-year-old Empire Cheese Co-op (Empire Cheese) is one of the region’s oldest cheesemakers. The cooperative has perfected its craft for more than a century and is still holding fast to old-fashioned traditions.

“We don’t use additives or...

It’s been a wild ride for Energold Drilling Corp. (Energold), as the company grew from just six drilling rigs in 2006 to a staff of roughly 2,500 in 22 countries operating a rig fleet 230 strong. Energold is one of the largest drilling service providers in the world for the minerals and energy...

Engel’s Bakeries Ltd., headquartered in Calgary, Alberta, hasn’t always been in the Harji family, but it seems that way. Originally founded by Gunther Engel in 1978, Engel’s was purchased by the Hirji family in 1988 after a decade of established business. Twenty years later it was purchased...

Engineered Assemblies Inc. doesn’t want a bigger piece of the pie. It wants a bigger pie. For the lightweight exterior cladding company, that means bolstering the entire industry, competitors included.

Engineered Assemblies supplies Canadian architects with European façades, specifically...

Engineered Assemblies Inc. (EA) is at the forefront of innovation in new product technology and a fundamentally different way of running business due to forward-thinking leadership. The Toronto-based company has risen to the top of the industry, helping architects despite its infancy through a...

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