Past Honorees



Founded in 1998, lululemon is one of the greatest retail success stories of the past 20 years. So much more than $98 stretch pants that help make them famous, the brand thrives by resonating more on what it stands for than what it sells.

VICE Media

VICE launched in 1994 as a 'punk zine', and in just 20 years is now considered by many to be THE media company of the future.


Converse began in 1908 as a rubber shoe company specializing in galoshes. Soon after, they started making sneakers and created a canvas basketball shoe named “All Star”.


Founded in August of 2008 in small San Francisco loft by three friends who had a clever idea to help them pay their rent, Airbnb has exploded onto the scene and is completely reinventing the hospitability industry.

Movember Foundation

An idea birthed in an Australian pub by a few friends is now one of the most envialble non-profits on the planet. Each November hundreds of thousands of men and women across the globe join together to raise awareness and funds for men’s health.


Hamilton Carhartt, founder of Carhartt in the late 1800’s, once said, “I believe that when a man wears an article that I manufacture, his self-respect is increased because he knows that it is made by an honest manufacturer..."


Claiming you are “probably the best site in the world” is a bold statement for some brands, but TheChive makes a compelling argument for why it may in fact be true for them.

Molson Canadian

Molson has been making beer before there even was a Canada. 230 years later, the brewer’s flagship lager continues to dominate beer sales in North America, and has become a beacon for Canada around the world.

Maple Leafs Sports & Entertainment (MLSE)

As the parent company of the Toronto Maple Leafs (NHL), Toronto Raptors (NBA), Toronto FC (MLS) and Toronto Marlies (AHL), the Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment group champions some of the most beloved brands with the most engaged fans in pro sports.

Honorable Mention


The story of car2go is like the whole concept: sensational. Five years after it started in the German city of Ulm, in 2008, car2go is alive and well in 29 North American and European cities.

Honorable Mention

Costa Del Mar

In 1983, a group of hardcore fishermen who spent their days exploring the globe and battling extreme elements came to realize that the sunglasses they were relying on weren't as hardcore as they needed them to be.

The Inner Circle

See which brands have attained cult brand status.

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