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DMZ named one of ‘Canada’s Most Admired Corporate Cultures’ 2018/2019

TORONTO, November 22, 2018 – The DMZ, a leading tech accelerator based at Toronto Metropolitan University, has won Canada’s Most Admired Corporate Culture Award 2018/2019.

This prestigious national recognition, awarded by Waterstone Human Capital, acknowledges best-in-class Canadian organizations for having cultures which help to enhance performance and sustain a competitive edge.

“Culture is the foundation of our success at the DMZ, and recognition on this level from Waterstone Human Capital reflects the exceptional efforts of our high-performance team,” said Abdullah Snobar, executive director, DMZ. “We’ve created a community where diverse perspectives are encouraged, where opportunities to grow professionally and personally are available to everyone and where we make it a priority to always give back.”

To be named as one of Canada’s Most Admired Corporate Cultures affirms the DMZ’s values -‘equity over everything’, ‘founders first’ and ‘be great’- as an organization.

“At Waterstone we believe corporate culture drives performance and that it’s your organization’s greatest asset,” said Marty Parker, President and Chief Executive Officer of Waterstone Human Capital and Chair of Canada’s Most Admired™ Corporate Cultures. “What’s notable about the 2018 winners is their commitment to culture as a competitive advantage. They set an outstanding example for cultivating and sustaining great cultures that ultimately drive growth and performance. This year’s winning organizations are to be admired for the diverse and impactful ways they ensure culture underpins their success.”

Other awards the DMZ, and members of the organization, have won in the past year include:

  • Abdullah Snobar, executive director, DMZ, was named one of Canada’s Top 40 Under 40 by Caldwell Partners
  • The DMZ’s incubator program was named number one in the world by UBI Global
  • For the second year in a row, the DMZ won the Fintech and AI Award by The Digital Finance Institute


About DMZ:

The DMZ is a leading tech accelerator headquartered in Toronto, Ontario that helps high-potential startups grow and scale to world-class businesses. Also supporting ideation and validation stage startups, the DMZ’s incubator program has been ranked number one in the world by UBI Global. Since 2010, the DMZ has helped 371 startups raise over $539.7 million and foster more than 3,521 jobs.

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About Waterstone Human Capital:

Waterstone Human Capital is a leading retained executive search firm specializing in recruiting for fit and cultural talent management for entrepreneurial-minded, high-growth organizations across North America. The Canada’s Most Admired™Corporate Cultures and Canada’s Most Admired™ CEO programs are founded and presented by Waterstone Human Capital. These national programs annually recognize best-in-class Canadian organizations, and CEOs, for fostering cultures that enhance performance and help sustain a competitive advantage.

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About Canada’s Most Admired™Corporate Cultures:

This national program annually recognizes best-in-class Canadian organizations for having cultures that enhance performance and help sustain a competitive advantage. Forty winners are chosen across four categories; three are based on revenue (growth, mid-market and enterprise) and one not-for-profit category (broader public sector). Organization’s submissions are scored on six categories: vision and leadership, recruitment and hiring for fit, cultural alignment and measurement, retention, rewards and recognition, organizational performance and corporate social responsibility. The Canada’s Most Admired™Corporate Cultures program creates a benchmark of success for all those who are nominated.

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