Slideshow: CDN Top 100 Solution Providers winners for 2017

CDN Top 100 Solution Providers hit the winners circle

An unprecedented occurrence happened at this year’s CDN Top 100 gala: A photo finish so to speak. When CDN and its research partner for the Top 100, IDC Canada, tabulated the results and looked at them in detail, it was close – so close that it was in fact a statistical tie.

CDN Top 100 has reported ties in previous lists, most notably in the No. 100 spot. Following from that precedent, this year both the extraordinary solution providers CDW Canada and Softchoice will share the title of No. 1 Solution Provider of the Year. Pictured here are John Husband of Softchoice and J.D. Hupp of CDW Canada.

CDW Canada reaches the top for four straight years

Three-time No. 1 Solution Provider of the Year winner CDW Canada has come into its own in this “new era” of mobile and cloud.

This company consistently builds its pool of experts internally, which enables organizations of all sizes to leverage the right technology to turn ideas into reality and goals into results.

In 2016, this company became a Shining Star, as in a Dell Canada Shining Star, which is an award given to a new member of the Dell channel partner family that has demonstrated excellence and competencies in all of the Dell enterprise, client, endpoint management, and network security areas.

They have raised thousands of dollars for The Hospital for Sick Children through the Children’s Miracle Network and have also donated more than 130 teddy bears to this worthy cause. Pictured with Tech Data Canada’s Rick Reid is CDW Canada’s J.D. Hupp

Softchoice finds its way back to the top

Sharing the No. 1 Solution Provider of the Year spot is Toronto-based Softchoice, who has topped the CDN Top 100 list many times in the past.

This nationwide solution provider continues to deliver top-gear solutions, leading the pack in a marketplace. It has an abundance of talent and innovation under the hood.

Our top solution provider for 2016 recently appointed Vince De Palma as their new President and CEO, and with some big wins playing out, things are looking very good.

Pictured with Rick Reid of Tech Data Canada is John Husband, the VP of Sales for Softchoice and former President and CEO Dave MacDonald.

Compugen takes the No. 3 spot

The No. 3 Solution Provider of the Year was Compugen. The Richmond Hill, Ont.-based nationwide solution provider is a highly decorated company, having taken double-win honours at the 2016 Channel Elite Awards. Its revenue has been on the rise over the past few years, and this year it three-peats with a very deserving place in the CDN Top 100 “big three.”

And who can forget that this company made one of the larger channel partner acquisitions in history with its Metafore purchase.

Frank Fuser, Compugen’s VP Services is pictured with Dell EMC Canada channel chief Deanna Thomson.

ONX captures the No. 4 position

The list of awards amassed by ONX, the No. 4 Solution Provider of the Year, is long and speaks of a company that has worked hard across several decades to become one of the leading tech services and solutions providers in the world.

This company is known in the industry as an innovator. It is quick to embrace new and exciting tech, which has naturally made it an employer of choice for many brilliant, young tech minds.

Pictured with HP Canada channel leader Gary Drysdale is Marty Blake of ONX.


Long View Systems enters the Top 5

There may be no such thing as a secret to success, but the No. 5 Solution Provider of the Year Long View Systems of Calgary has made a huge mark in the industry merely by focusing on combining business and tech through their hybrid IT methodology, which looks to technology to overcome business challenges.

The company, which has made previous appearances in the higher ranks of the CDN Top 100 list, and has been recognized as one of Canada’s top 50 managed companies for five straight years, remains on track to build the best and most sustainable team-driven IT services, consulting, and procurement organization.

Pictured here with Ivan Brinjak, Sales Director for Long View Systems is HPE Canada’s Jas Sahota.

Newcomer of the Year is an IoT specialist

Being the rookie in the field is never easy, and only those who have a firm foundation end up separating themselves from the pack.
The winner of this year’s Newcomer of the Year award — sitting at an impressive #25 on the CDN Top 100 list — is an Internet of Things specialist called Convergint. The Calgary-based organization enjoyed a highly successful 2016 by going after the more than $600 billion market just in Canada. This company has made one acquisition after another, and is well positioned to make some serious noise this year and beyond.

A group shot of all of the CDN 2017 Top 100 winners


Fastest Rising Star is a security expert

This year’s Fastest Rising Star is taking aim at the pole position in a business that’s hot on right now: security.

MNP LLP acquired a veteran of the CDN Top 100 list in NCI, and increased it profile following last year’s gala. The move expanded the firm’s reach, allowing it to provide clients with service in new and vital areas such as enterprise risk.

This year, the combined company holds down the #23 spot, steering up an amazing 40 places from their position in last year’s list.

Pictured with MNP’s Eugene Ng is Jas Sahota of HPE Canada.

Herjavec Groups Security Solution Provider award

If there is one channel executive who has crossed lanes into the mainstream, it is the CEO of tonight’s Security Provider of the Year award Robert Herjavec.

The leader of this year’s award winner has become something of a household name with his appearance a celebrity investor on Dragon’s Den and Shark Tank. Under the leadership of the dynamic and charismatic entrepreneur, tonight’s top security solution provider has lapped the field moving from vendor of firewalls in 2003 to being one of the up-and-coming cyber security solution providers in North America — one that offers top-flight security gap analysis, breach remediation, and 24-7 cloud or hybrid network management services.

In a world of Wikileaks and email scandals, where every day true security is becoming more and more elusive, the Herjavec Group is emerging as one of the main players.

Pictured with Herjavec Group’s William Tysiak is Ajay Hood, Symantec Canada GM.

ASCA win’s first ever IoT Solution Provider award

IDC forecasts the Internet of Things business opportunity for Canada to reach $1.7 trillion by 2020.

ASCA Office Solutions is best known as a managed print services provider, it has expanded its business to include mobility, SaaS, business continuity, and now IoT with its managed data infrastructure services that can access information from any device anywhere. With more than 20 billion connected devices today, these types of solutions are going to be very important in the future.

With top-gear people in place and a plan to meet a wider range of its customers’ needs, this year’s top IoT provider is making no pit stops on the track to success.

Anthony Sarno of ASCA is pictured with Stafan Galloro of Rogers.

Groupe Access/Tenet named Top Mobile player

Mobility is one of the four mega-trends in business, and CDN has introduced Mobile as a top solution category.

Montreal’s Groupe Access, as the result of a merger with Top 100 solution provider Tenet Computer Group have won the first edition of the Mobile Solution Provider of the Year award. This solution provider has created several innovative mobile solutions, including GreenRack, Mobile Directory Brower, and NFC Asset Management.

This company has come a long way since first revved its engine in 1984, and has been a member of the CDN Top 100 list since its inception.

Kitty Atkinson was on hand to accept for Groupe Access from Rogers’ Stefan Galloro.

4 Office wins MPS Solution Provider of the Year award

This year’s Managed Print Services provider of the year is 4 Office Automation. The company has been doing managed print services for more than 35 years, and has introduced an unheard of eight-year replacement guarantee if anything goes wrong.

Bill Norgate along with Leland Brown of HP Canada at the CDN Top 100 gala.

Storage Solution Provider of the Year makes a Pivot

The Storage Provider of the Year award winner is Ottawa’s Teramach, A Pivot Company. The company was founded in 1996 and has become a true end-to-end IT service provider. Among this company’s clients are federal and provincial governments as well as public sector and commercial enterprises, for whom this company provides solutions, services, staffing, and world-class cloud expertise.

In Q4 2015, this company was acquired by Pivot Technology Solutions. Today, it offers an impressive portfolio of solutions that enables data center transformation, cloud, collaboration, end-user computer, and security and networking, as well as a comprehensive delivery model that includes advisory consulting, integration, implementation, and managed services.

Dell EMC Canada’s Deanna Thomson with Teramach’s George Kalogiros.

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