Kids & Company named one of Canada's 50 Best Managed Companies for 2015 by Deloitte
(MARCH 9, 2016 – TORONTO) – Kids & Company, the leading provider of corporate-sponsored child care, has been named one of Canada’s Best Managed Companies for the third year in a row for its outstanding business performance.
“Our team across the country is honoured to receive this acknowledgment that recognizes our dedication to providing nurturing and educational child care,” said co-founder and CEO Victoria Sopik. “The talented people at Kids & Company have worked hard to forge meaningful relationships with corporate partners and families, and this honour proves we are on the right track when it comes to continuing our positive growth as an organization.”
Kids & Company credits the ongoing growth to corporate partners, devoted employees, and multitudes of families who utilize the more than 70 centres that offer a unique child care model that includes guaranteed placement, no late fees, secure web cams and proprietary educational programs.
“I would like to recognize the entire effort of Kids & Company. It takes a dedicated effort from an entire team to focus on a core vision, create stakeholder value and excel in the global economy to achieve this level of success,” said Peter Brown, Partner, Deloitte and Co-Leader, Canada’s Best Managed Companies program. “Best Managed companies embrace innovation, seize opportunities and inspire talent. They really set the bar high.”
Established in 1993, Canada’s Best Managed Companies is one of the country’s leading business awards programs recognizing Canadian-owned and managed companies that have implemented world-class business practices and created value in innovative ways. Applicants are evaluated by an independent judging panel on overall business performance, including leadership, strategy, core competencies, cross-functional collaboration throughout organization, and talent. The Best Managed program is sponsored by Deloitte, CIBC, National Post, Smith School of Business and MacKay CEO Forums. For further information, visit www.bestmanagedcompanies.ca.
Kids & Company named one of Canada's 50 Best Managed Companies for 2014 by Deloitte
(MARCH 10, 2015 – TORONTO) – For the second year in a row, Kids & Company, the leading provider of corporate-sponsored child care, has been named one of Canada’s Best Managed Companies in 2014 for excellence in business performance.
“This recognition is a testament to the dedicated team we have across the country who are committed to delivering nurturing and educational care to thousands of children on a daily basis,” said co-founder and CEO Victoria Sopik. “The partnerships Kids & Company have forged with Canada’s vibrant corporate community are strong and we look forward to continuing and building these long-standing relationships.”
Kids & Company has grown from one centre in 2002 in Toronto to nearly 70 centres across the country. More centres are scheduled to open over the next year and beyond. The company’s ongoing growth can be attributed to the clients’ demand for more centres, as well as its a unique child care model that includes guaranteed placement, no late fees, secure web cams and proprietary educational programs.
“Today’s market place is not just about financial performance; it is also about the investment in the people.
Kids & Company invests in their team to build up a strong and stable company. Best Managed companies are home grown companies making smart investments to achieve above average returns,” said Peter Brown, National Co-Leader of Canada’s Best Managed Companies Program and Senior Practice Partner, for Deloitte.
Canada’s Best Managed Companies continues to be the mark of excellence for Canadian-owned and managed companies with revenues over $10 million. Every year since the launch of the program in 1993, hundreds of entrepreneurial companies have competed for this designation in a rigorous and independent process that evaluates their management skills and practices. Program sponsors are Deloitte, CIBC, National Post, Queen’s School of Business and MacKay CEO Forums. For further information, visit www.bestmanagedcompanies.ca.
Kids & Company named one of Canada's 50 Best Managed Companies for 2013 by Deloitte
(MARCH 25, 2014 – TORONTO) – Kids & Company, the leading provider of corporate-sponsored child care, has been named one of Canada’s 50 Best Managed Companies for 2013 by Deloitte.
“This tremendous honour would not be possible without the more than 1,400 Kids & Company staff across the country who work tirelessly to provide nurturing care to thousands of children every day,” said Co-founder and CEO Victoria Sopik. “To be recognized as the only child care company on the 2013 list in Canada is a prestigious distinction.”
With the ongoing and growing support from corporate partners and the thousands of families who utilize the centres on a daily basis, Kids & Company has grown from one centre in 2002 in Toronto to 56 centres currently across the country, with more openings planned for the future. Kids & Company also expanded into U.S. in late 2013, opening its first American centre in Chicago.
Kids & Company provides a unique child care model that includes guaranteed placement, no late fees, secure web cams and proprietary educational programs such as Alpha-Mania, Mini Masters and Munchkinetics. The company also takes pride in preparing daily fresh and healthy meals from the Kidco Kitchen.
Established in 1993, Canada’s Best Managed Companies is a leading business awards program, recognizing excellence in Canadian-owned and -managed companies with revenues over $10 million. Best Managed companies exhibit a number of common attributes that have helped them create sustained growth. These attributes can be evenly classified among the three vital building blocks to sustainable growth: strategy, capability, and commitment. Program sponsors are Deloitte, CIBC, National Post, Queen’s School of Business and MacKay CEO Forums.
Winnipeg Biz announces Kids & Company as Best New Business
November 28, 2013
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
A NEW PLAN FOR DOWNTOWN
DOWNTOWN BIZ UNVEILS BOLD STRATEGIC PLAN
Downtown Winnipeg — Over 140 BIZ members and downtown stakeholders attended the Downtown BIZ’s 25th Annual General Meeting, to celebrate the fast-moving progress occurring at the heart of our city, and to highlight the BIZ’s achievements in 2013. After a year of vigorous consultation with BIZ members, stakeholders, and the community at-large, the BIZ also unveiled its Strategic Plan for 2014-2016 which highlighted the following strategic recommendations:
In a supportive role to CentreVenture, attract more people to live downtown. New residents help create activity at all hours of the day, frequent retail and cultural institutions and energize older buildings;
As the Sports, Hospitality, and Entertainment District unfolds, the BIZ is committed to channel its core functions – safety, cleanliness, placemaking, marketing and events – for this area;
Encourage destination retail at street level, with a focus on young entrepreneurs and small business owners, as they are important city catalysts. Retail is a critical amenity for the business community and growing residential base;
Enhance and strengthen partnerships with the aboriginal community with the creation of an Aboriginal Peoples’ Advisory Committee. This committee will serve as a formal liaison point between the BIZ and the aboriginal community and will incorporate an aboriginal perspective and voice to our programs;
Support the creation and/or the attraction of more evening and/or winter events, giving people unique and incredible reasons to visit the heart of our city;
Challenge urban sprawl, car culture, and the growing number of surface parking lots downtown;
Advocate for an integrated transportation strategy to better connect people to downtown; and
Work to end homelessness for a more socially and economically prosperous downtown.
“Our refreshed plan punctuates important promises, not mere declarations of hope, but commitments to act,” said Stefano Grande, Executive Director of the Downtown BIZ. “The strategies chosen show our commitment to our mandate but also a willingness to explore, evolve and change with the broader community in areas that need attention.”
At their annual meeting, the BIZ Management Board, staff and volunteers celebrated achievements completed since 2010:
Transferred the BIZ Outreach Program to the WPS Cadets, to help people who are intoxicated off the street and quickly for the safety of everyone downtown;
Advocating for a permanent solution to homelessness, through the BIZ’s CEO Sleepout that has engaged and mobilized the corporate community to get behind housing initiatives and employment programs. Since 2011, the BIZ has raised over $400,000 to hire over 30 homeless to contribute meaningfully to downtown;
Created CHAT, the Community Homeless Assistance Team, to help the homeless get off the street through connections with community supports. We have hired two Outreach Workers and have received numerous letters of support from downtown social agencies and shelters. We feel we can improve the safety of all of Winnipeggers by helping the homeless off the street and in a comprehensive manner;
Quietly launched the Watch Loss Prevention Team to better educate and support retailers, parkade owners and operators in the areas of loss prevention – helping to provide preventative tactics to stop retail theft in its tracks;
Improved peoples’ perception of downtown safety and cleanliness. Majority of people believe downtown is changing for the better! 90% of people feel safe during the day, a 33% increase since 2007. While more than 50% of people agree downtown is more clean. And 83% of downtown business owners are confident about the current and future direction of downtown Winnipeg;
Continue to host events that bring people downtown in the thousands. Our annual festival, ManyFest, continues to attract well over 50,000 people to the heart of our city. This year, we added Winnipeg’s first downtown food truck wars and it was a fan favourite – people were arriving in droves to sample their delicious cuisine offerings. Our Canada Day Living Flag event put downtown on the map in 2012 – when this mass photo-op was chosen to be an official Canada Post stamp, with over 10 million produced and circulated worldwide;
Played a lead role in addressing the impact of the closure of 2 grocery stores in and around our downtown. We brought stakeholders together to complete a market feasibility assessment for a downtown grocery store. Since its publication, CentreVenture has championed this issue to find our downtown a grocer. When we heard from local residents, our members, and the business community, we felt the need to do something to address this gap. With the assistance of Manitoba Hydro and CentreVenture, the BIZ created downtown’s first farmers’ market, a widely popular destination for Winnipeggers. From July to September, people arrived in the thousands to support the local economy and produce farmed right here in Manitoba. In November, we hosted a pilot winter farmers’ market and just like we had hoped, we saw people en masse.
“Downtown investment is back with a vengeance with 9 towers proposed or underway and $2 billion of investment added to downtown streets since 2005,” Grande proudly stated. “We’re expecting a residential rebirth with the downtown population approaching nearly 16,000 people, with almost 2,000 units of housing proposed.”
Grande added: “More events are popping up downtown than ever before, attracting millions of people. There’s increased public art and more police foot patrols. More is also being done to help the homeless off the street and into a better place.”
The BIZ also revealed its annual BIZ Achievement Award recipients for 2013:
Best New Business & Property Manager – Kids & Company Daycare / Green Valley Management
Most Outstanding BIZ Member Committed to Ending Homelessness & Improving Our City – Rob Johnston, RBC Regional President
Best Public Institution – Millennium Library Park
Best Not-for-Profit Institution – Youth for Christ
Best Arts and Entertainment (Not-for-Profit) – Prairie Theatre Exchange
Best Arts and Entertainment – The Metropolitan Entertainment Centre
Trending Hotspot – Rudy’s Eat and Drink
Timeless Classic (Fine Dining) – Hy’s Steakhouse & Cocktail Bar
Timeless Classic (Retail) – Canadian Footwear
Best Small Project (Huge Downtown Boost) – Metric Marketing
Download the BIZ’s 2013 Annual Report and/or Strategic Plan for 2014-2016 at www.downtownwinnipegbiz.com.
For more information:
Leader, Strategic Initiatives & Public Relations
Ph: (204) 958-4635; Cell: 997-3040
Kids & Company Founders Win RBC Momentum Award as part of the Prestigious RBC Canadian Women Entrepreneur Awards
(November 28, 2013 – TORONTO) – Victoria Sopik and Jennifer Nashmi, Co-Founders of Kids & Company, Canada’s leading provider of corporate-sponsored child care, won the RBC Momentum Award as part of the prestigious RBC Canadian Women Entrepreneur Awards at an awards gala last night.
The RBC Momentum Award recognizes entrepreneurs who have successfully overcome obstacles and capitalized on opportunities to deliver growth of 10 per cent or more year-over-year, for more than three years.
It acknowledges entrepreneurs who have created a flexible and responsive business that is able to adapt to changing markets and leverage opportunities for continued growth. This may come through expanded management, empowered employees, and demonstrated excellence.
“This amazing honour is a testament to the Kids & Company team who have dedicated themselves to giving working parents the peace-of-mind to trust their children in our hands and excel in the workplace,” said CEO Victoria Sopik, a mother of eight.
Research has found that 54 per cent employers report that child care services had a positive impact on employee absenteeism, reducing missed workdays by as much as 30 per cent.
“With the support of and growing demand from our corporate partners, Kids & Company has grown from one centre in 2002 to 49 licensed centres across the country today,” said CFO Jennifer Nashmi, a mother of three.
Kids & Company is continuing to grow, expanding its unique and proprietary child care programs into the U.S. in the upcoming months. The first U.S. location will open in Chicago in December, and other locations will launch in 2014.
The RBC Canadian Women Entrepreneur Awards are the pre-eminent national business awards recognizing the country’s leading female entrepreneurs. The awards are an initiative of Women of Influence Inc., an award-winning organization dedicated to advancing and fulfilling the needs of Canadian women in business. This year, approximately 3,000 women entrepreneurs across Canada were nominated for the RBC Canadian Women Entrepreneurs Awards.
Kids & Company Founders Win Prestigious Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year 2012 Award
(October 11, 2012 – TORONTO) – Kids & Company, the leading provider of corporate-sponsored child care has won a prestigious Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year® 2012 Ontario Award in the category of business-to- business products and services. The annual awards program honours outstanding businesses who have turned their unique business vision into a successful reality.
Kids & Company, currently with 44 child care centres across Canada, provides employees of corporate clients with guaranteed full-time, part-time and emergency back-up child care. The centres offer nutritious meals and snacks, proprietary education programs such as Alpha-Mania, Mini-Masters and Munchkinetics, as well as Music, French, and Sign Language for infants.
With studies showing work-life conflict costing Canadian companies up to $10 billion a year, Kids & Company has provided a solution for corporate Canada by creating an innovative model funded by companies looking to enhance their support of employees and help them better balance the demands on working parents.
This year, there were more than 300 nominees across Canada. Kids & Company was among a list of finalists chosen for their vision, leadership, and social responsibility in the business-to-business products and services category.
“We’re honoured to be selected from so many inspiring entrepreneurs,” said Victoria Sopik, Co-founder and CEO of Kids & Company. “Kids & Company was created to help employers support working parents by providing them with guaranteed access to worry-free child care. We are thrilled to see the positive response and growing demand we have received from both employers and their employees from coast-to-coast.”
Established in 2002, Kids & Company is celebrating its 10-year anniversary next month and has grown from one centre in one city to 44 centres in more than 21 cities across Canada.
Kids & Company wins Frontenac Heritage Foundation award for restoration and use of Wellington Street location in Kingston, Ontario
October 9, 2012 – The Frontenac Heritage Foundation will be awarding Canada’s leading corporate-sponsored child care provider, Kids & Company, for its conservation work at 126 Wellington Street, the Kingston location which opened last year.
The building where Kids & Company’s Kingston location is housed is the former Congregational Church, and an important heritage site in the community. Kids & Company has worked with the building’s owners Jay and Toby Abramsky to ensure the historical integrity of the building has been maintained while giving the space a modern day repurposing.
“We were thrilled to be able to locate our centre in such a wonderful and unique heritage location. We knew going in that we wanted to play our part to maintain the integrity of this beautiful space and stay true to the historic elegance while giving it a 21st century use,” said Victoria Sopik, Co-Founder and CEO of Kids & Company. “We thank the Frontenac Heritage Foundation for recognizing the efforts we have made to work with the building’s owners to preserve the space while providing our community with modern-day functionality.”
“Within the space, they have maintained what was the nave, with its stained glass windows, preserved the feel of the space and its decorations, and subdivided the floor space by partitions to meet the needs of the children through a sensitive repurposing of an important heritage building,” said Paul Christianson, Chair of the Awards Committee, Kingston Heritage Foundation.
This year marks the 40th Anniversary of the Kingston Heritage Foundation and the 30th Anniversary of their awards for the conservation of heritage structures in Kingston and Frontenac County.
Kids & Company will be presented with a Certificate of Appreciation at the Awards Ceremony taking place tonight, October 9, 2012, at the Renaissance Event Centre, 285 Queen Street, starting at 7 p.m.
Kids & Company wins Canada's inaugural Passion Capitalists Award
(November 13, 2012 – TORONTO) – Kids & Company, the leading provider of corporate-sponsored child care has been named one of ten winners of the 2012 Canada’s Passion Capitalists award. The awards recognize organizations that have achieved long-term success through their “passion capital” — the energy, intensity, and sustainability needed to generate superior results.
“We’re delighted to be named a winner of the inaugural Passion Capitalists award,” said Victoria Sopik, Co-founder and CEO of Kids & Company. “Kids & Company was created 10 years ago, establishing a model of child care that didn’t exist in Canada. We have certainly grown and succeeded in responding to the needs of working parents and their employers through passion, dedication and energy. We are thrilled to be recognized for these efforts and their accompanying success.”
The idea for Canada’s Passion Capitalists awards came when Paul Alofs, President and CEO of The Princess Margaret Hospital Foundation was writing the book Passion Capital. Knightsbridge Human Capital Solutions created the awards in partnership with Torys, Global Governance Advisors, as well as Business News Network (BNN) and The National Post, and the program launched in May 2012.
The 28 finalists represented a diverse range of sectors and industries, and winners were determined by a national judging panel.
For more information about the Passion Capitalist awards visit www.canadaspassioncapitalists.com.
Kids & Company Founders Victoria Sopik and Jennifer Nashmi named #11 on Profit Magazine's list of Canada's Top Female Entrepreneurs
(Toronto, October 15, 2013) — The 15th annual W100 ranking of Canada’s Top Female Entrepreneurs, produced by PROFIT Magazine and Chatelaine, has named Kids & Company’s Victoria Sopik, President and CEO and Jennifer Nashmi, CFO, number 11 on the list. This is the seventh year in a row Sopik and Nashmi have made the list.
Kids & Company is Canada’s leading corporate-sponsored child care provider, established in 2002 by Sopik and Nashmi who saw a need for a new model of child care to support working parents. Now with nearly 50 centres across Canada, Kids & Company is expanding into the United States later this year with a centre in Chicago.
“We are deeply honoured to be included on this prestigious list among such a distinguished group of Canadian
women entrepreneurs,” said Victoria Sopik, President and CEO of Kids & Company. “When we established Kids
& Company, our goal was to provide working parents with the support and peace-of-mind needed to be able to concentrate on their jobs and know that their child was in good hands. Making the W100 list for the seventh year in a row is a testament to the need for this service and we credit our growth to the support of our clients and the dedicated staff at each of our centres.”
“This year’s W100 are a dream group of ambitious, forward-thinking entrepreneurs who defy outdated notions of female entrepreneurship,” said Ian Portsmouth, Publisher and Editor-in‐Chief of PROFIT. “They are running sophisticated and sizeable businesses in challenging industries, and finding new ways to operate and innovate for growth and sustainability.”
“Ranking Canada’s To p Fem ale Entrepreneurs on a composite score based on the size, growth rate and profitability of their businesses, the W100 profiles the country’s most successful female business owners. Published in the November issue of PROFIT and the December issue of Chatelaine and online at PROFITguide.com and chatelaine.com, the W100 is Canada’s largest Annual celebration of entrepreneurial achievement by women.”
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