You won’t find many CEOs who say that 2009 was a great year for business. With an economy suffering from one the steepest recession since the Second World War, many entrepreneurial companies barely survived, let alone thrived. Laying off staff, cutting costs and delaying expansion plans unfortunately became commonplace. But, in entrepreneurial fashion, the PROFIT 100 learned from the recession — and will be stronger for it.

Considering how tough last year was, the firms that make up PROFIT’s 22nd annual ranking of Canada’s Fastest-Growing Companies did extremely well. They’ve grown their annual revenue by an average of 1,752% over the past five years (2004-09), and no company on the list grew by less than 605%. (For good measure, we’ve also ranked the Next 100: Canada’s Fastest-Growing Companies, Nos. 101-200.)

While the recession may be over, the lessons learned over the past year will last forever and can be applied to any business. So, whether you’re just getting your entrepreneurial feet wet or have been running a company for years, our stories about Canada’s rising business stars and their effective management practices will give you the tools and inspiration to grow your own enterprise.

How to use our tables

The PROFIT 100 table ranks the 100 fastest-growing companies in Canada by percentage revenue growth from 2004 to 2009; while the Next 100 table features companies ranked from Nos. 101 to 200.

Clicking on a company’s name will take you to a profile with all our information about that firm. Each profile also features an Inside Track with further details on the company’s business.

The tables can be sorted in ascending or descending order by clicking on the name of the column that interests you.

The PROFIT 100 tables and profiles can be emailed, printed out in a printer-friendly format, or downloaded as a spreadsheet.

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