North America Business Awards 2023

2 | North America Business Awards 2023 About the North America Business Awards 2023 North America is one of the most influential continents on Earth. A vibrant amalgamation of global heritage, North America exudes a rich symphony of culture, which in turn has had a significant social and cultural effect on the entire world. From unforgettable music to lifechanging cuisine, entrepreneurs and pioneers from this continent continue to amaze and delight international tourists. The significance of North American ingenuity does not end here, however. Intellectual giants from North America have enhanced society immeasurably with technological advancements in areas including healthcare, navigation, computing, and entertainment. New World Report is proud to recognize the businesses that make up this diverse and influential region’s economies with the latest annual instalment of the North America Business Awards 2023. Through these awards we aim to shine a spotlight on the achievements of North American businesses of all sectors and sizes! Sofi Parry, Senior Editor AI Global Media, Ltd. (AI) takes reasonable measures to ensure the quality of the information on this web site. However, AI will not assume any legal liability or responsibility for the accuracy, correctness or completeness of any information that is available through this web site. If errors are brought to our attention, we will try to correct them. The information available through the website and our partner publications is for your general information and use and is not intended to address any particular finance or investment requirements. In particular, the information does not constitute any form of advice or recommendation by us or any of our partner publications and is not intended to be relied upon by users in making or refraining from making any investment or financial decisions. Appropriate independent advice should be obtained before making any such decision. Any arrangement made between you and any third party named in the site is at your sole risk and responsibility.

Contents 5. Northwind Investment Group: Best Private Investment Firm 2023 - FloridaA 6. Cash Flow Mike: Financial Forecasting Coach of the Year 2023 (USA): Mike Milan 7. CoverEase Insurance Services, LLC: Insurance Comparison Network of the Year 2023 - USA 8. Hoaglandscap: Landscaping Contractor of the Year 2023 - Charlotte 9. Learn Brands: Best Cannabis Industry Training Platform 2023 10. RDG Communications: Best Independent PR & Communications Agency 2023 - Western USA 11. Clear View Systems: Best Currency Exchange Software Company 2023 12. AMP Talent Group: Most Empowering Talent & Branding Agency 2023 - Eastern Canada 13. Inventor Canada: Most Innovative New Product Development Company 2023 - Canada 14. Genesislink Consulting Services: Business Start-Up Empowerment Consultancy of the Year 2023 - Canada & Business Support Client Service Excellence Award 2023 15. Canatal Steel USA: Most Inspiring Coach & Motivator 2023 - Virginia Subcribe here:

North America Business Awards 2023 | 5 There are several distinctions that serve to distinguish Northwind from its industry competitors, and a primary reason is its methods regarding operating partnerships. The team place a key emphasis on the pre-existing knowledge of current management, well aware that this knowledge is nearly impossible to replicate, they rely on partnering with these managers to successfully manage daily operations. From here, when it is needed, the company is more than capable of providing support across areas of operations, finance, strategy planning, and acquisition execution, with its professionals sharing their wealth of experience to ensure partner success. Another key element that separates the business is its timely and professional execution. Bolstered by an excellent reputation and track record, the company never commits to a project that it is not wholly confident it can deliver upon. Thanks to a nimble size, entrepreneurial culture, and a noticeable lack of internal approval committees, Northwind buys quick and dependably, often turning things around within a month. Although this turn around may be quick, the company’s commitment is not, and it remains steadfast in continuing to make the correct decisions to foster the long-term health and success of a business. At the heart of its excellent methods and continued success is Northwind’s team, a group of professionals who have all worked closely and effectively for years. The team remains united in their customer approach, and employs an approach that is straight-talking, egalitarian, and transparent when partnering with companies. Just like the business owners that Northwind partners with, it too recognises the paramount importance of curating the correct culture in which to operate, and it is this which ultimately serves as the very foundation of the business. With a diverse set of opinions, perspectives, and experiences, and vital assets such as excellent people, capital, and a reputation most companies could only dream of, Northwind Investment Group strives to never take advantage of the people or businesses that it manages. For these reasons, the business has forged a place for itself at the forefront of the market, and is more than deserving of this award celebrating its expertise in the field of private investment. Contact: Fred Gaiotti Company: Northwind Investment Group Web Address: Private investment firm Northwind Investment Group has millions committed in capital across a host of different funds, making key investments in small- and medium-sized businesses that afford opportunities for growth in operations and finance. Specialising in bridging the gap between institutional investors seeking a high yielding investment and companies that can provide this but need additional funding, the business successfully provides an array of strategic financial opportunities. Moreover, by designing and executing a personalised and tailored creation plan for every business with which it works, the company’s timeless approach serves to generate an improved cash flow and a client’s overall earnings before taxes, depreciation, and amortisation. orthwind Investment Group expertly invests in a range of businesses across the export, import, distribution, logistics, and consumer sectors, prioritising those institutions which truly matter to suppliers, employees, and customers. The company truly believes that of all the clients which it collaborates with demonstrably benefit the markets which they serve, yet some are facing extreme challenges and others are doing well but could thrive under Northwind’s operation and expertise. With the business being highly skilled at navigating complex deals that are out of reach for other buyers, difficult transactions can be closed in as little as 30 days. While Northwind has the ability to buy businesses through a variety of means, whether this be simple asset, stock sales, or more complicated approaches, the same consistent level of exemplary service is afforded throughout, with the firm doing everything possible to keep managers, employees, and stakeholders involved across the acquisition process. One particular way that this is achieved successfully is through the valuing of simplicity, transparency, and integrity, which enables the company to successfully achieve what it sets out to do, working tirelessly to be the best transaction partner for businesses. The company also has a great deal of direct industry expertise under its wing, with this having allowed to carve out an effective niche for itself. It focuses on companies that are headquartered in North and South America and Asia, with these portfolio businesses typically having earnings before tax, depreciation, and amortisation of between $1-10 million at the point of initial investment, with Northwind then focusing on implementing equity investment between $1-25 million in the privately-owned companies. The investment period usually lasts between 4 and 6 years, and the company focuses on building value steadily over time. Best Private Investment Firm 2023 - Florida N

6 | North America Business Awards 2023 Nov23343 Based in San Antonio, Cash Flow Mike is a leading cash flow coaching and consulting firm that aims to empower entrepreneurs through financial education and practical solutions. With the company’s proven tools and seasoned expertise at their fingertips, business owners can effectively elevate their finances. Here, we dive into Cash Flow Mike’s excellent offerings in the wake of Founder Mike Milan’s success in the North America Business Awards 2023. Financial Forecasting Coach of the Year 2023 (USA): Mike Milan ash Flow Mike is committed to helping entrepreneurs to maximize the cash flow of their business by addressing their common challenges and providing them with actionable insights to foster their financial resilience. To accomplish this, the company offers a range of training programs, workshops, and resources designed to enhance financial literacy. For example, Cash Flow Mike’s flagship offering, the ‘Clear Path To Cash’ Self-Help Video Course, offers in-depth lessons and coaching that aim to revolutionize cash flow for businesses. Consisting of over 5 hours of video lessons, more than 30 spreadsheets, and many worksheets, the course provides clients with the ultimate resource for mastering the eight essential financial concepts. Alternatively, with Cash Flow Mike’s Weekly Coaching Subscription, clients can choose to embark on a journey of exploration and discovery in the form of dynamic 30-minute sessions. In this, they will dive deep into the financial concepts taught in the aforementioned ‘Clear Path To Cash’ program, covering everything from cash flow forecasting to working capital optimization. As part of this subscription, clients will receive expert guidance tailored to the unique needs of their business, allowing them to gain real-life answers to their most pressing questions. Moreover, for accounting professionals looking to maximize cash flow in their advisory services, Cash Flow Mike offers the ‘Clear Path To Cash’ Professional Certification Program, as part of which clients receive comprehensive training designed to elevate their expertise. Cash Flow Mike understands that navigating the intricacies of finance can be daunting, especially for emerging entrepreneurs and small businesses. However, the company is unique because of its ability to distil complex financial concepts into accessible and easily implementable bites of advice and information, avoiding any heavy financial jargon. Its strength truly lies in simplifying the complex to provide clients with actionable insights that they can leverage to make informed financial decisions in the future. Unlike its competitors, Cash Flow Mike is committed to making sure that its clients not only understand all the information they are provided with but also know how to apply it to their work in the future. Steadfast in its commitment to clarity and simplicity in its financial education services, the company effectively bridges the gap between detailed, theoretical financial concepts and their practical, real-world implementation. Furthermore, Cash Flow Mike sets itself apart through the highly personalized and client-centric approach it takes to its work. The company dedicates ample time to gaining an in-depth understanding of the unique needs and challenges each client faces, then works to tailor its solutions to align with their individual business objectives. Operating in an ever-evolving industry, Cash Flow Mike is committed to remaining at the forefront of any emerging developments. To this end, the company utilizes a number of proactive methods that enable it to stay ahead of the curve. Firstly, it fosters a culture of continuous learning amongst its team members, encouraging them to keep up to date with the latest industry trends, attend relevant conferences, and engage in useful educational programs. Secondly, Cash Flow Mike is equipped with an extensive network of industry connections, through which it collaborates with other professionals, organizations, and thought leaders to exchange insights, share best practices, and gain early awareness of emerging developments. Furthermore, by regularly attending webinars and networking events, the company maximizes its exposure to innovation and novel ideas. Lastly, Cash Flow Mike is committed to investing in technology, enabling it to leverage the most advanced tools and platforms in its work. Through this, the company ensures that its strategies and services align with the evolving landscape of financial education. The incredible mind behind Cash Flow Mike and its superlative services is Founder Mike Milan. For his outstanding work and the exceptional company that he has created, Mike has been named Financial Forecasting Coach of the Year in the North America Business Awards 2023. Currently, Mike and his team are developing a financial app that will mirror the foundational concepts taught in Cash Flow Mike’s flagship course. In this, they aim to provide clients with a practical and user-friendly tool that will help them implement the principles of effective cash flow management. Contact Details Contact: Mike Milan Company: Cash Flow Mike Web Address: C

North America Business Awards 2023 | 7 Insurance Comparison Network of the Year 2023 - USA CoverEase is an instant quote and purchase comparison platform that enables users to shop quickly and easily. It uses AI-powered technology to efficiently supply business insurance and employee benefits quotes, with business owners able to compare prices from the top insurance carriers at a mere glance. Amongst its current offerings you’ll find workers’ compensation insurance, cyber liability insurance, business owners and property insurance, group health dental & vision insurance, and term life insurance coverage to name but a few. he Direct-to-consumer site that CoverEase runs offers embeddable business insurance and more from its quoting and purchasing platform. The site enables channel partners to easily add business insurance products to their existing product offerings, and align their products with those offered by CoverEase. This provides customers with a better way to shop and purchase the exact insurance products they require. “CoverEase is the #1 marketplace to instantly shop, compare and purchase business insurance, employee benefits and life insurance. In 3 minutes, we find your business the best prices from the top insurance companies in the country.” As a business, the team behind CoverEase are particularly focused on three integral company growth ingredients. These are bettering the overall customer experience, working effectively together as a team, and always concentrating on the golden rule (which is an important guide dictating fair and ethical behaviour). These core values are something that cuts across the business, regardless of what department you work in, and contribute to the general culture and ethos of CoverEase. CoverEase believes wholeheartedly in treating others the way you’d like to be treated, and always remembering that people want to be respected. They realize that time is a valuable commodity, especially for business owners, and people appreciate talking to a real person, not being forced to email in a service request, and then wait ages for a reply. If the initial response doesn’t solve things, more delays ensue and customers can become very frustrated. CoverEase appreciates technology, and thinks it is especially amazing when it is sensibly combined with the golden rule. This provides the company with a simple mission, and that is to stand forth as experienced insurance professionals who always answer phone calls and emails with a smile. CoverEase is a model that offers considerable choices. It provides a plethora of solutions, knowing that one insurance company is not going to offer the best coverage at the best price all the time, as there are so many factors that go into pricing an account. CoverEase understands that business-related insurance is complex, and that business owners deserve choices, advice, and consultation to be sure they’re making the right decision. That’s why the company motto at CoverEase is “we’ll find you the most coverage at the best price with a top insurance provider.” The pricing by CoverEase’s carrier partners is fully transparent, which it believes is essential to allow people to find the best product in order to budget accordingly. This is important when businesses are working hard to save money wherever they can. The company offers a substantial product range including, amongst others, workers’ compensation, business package, general liability, cyber liability insurance, and pay-as-you-go workers’ comp insurance. In 2024 it plans to add its 10th workers’ compensation carrier to its lineup, further adding to the extensive breadth of industries covered. CoverEase is in the early stages of adding a carrier offering instant quotes/purchase for professional liability insurance, and as well as a new commercial package offering that is suitable for the majority of business types. It has an intention to extend its employee benefits offerings through carefully curated carrier partnerships, and an objective to continue aligning its digital platform with new channel partners that have a healthy understanding of the benefits gained through successful and strategic partnerships. CoverEase Insurance Services, LLC has been selected as the Insurance Comparison Network of the Year 2023 – USA in the North American Business Awards. Well done to CoverEase, a strategically valid and logical aide to the world of business insurance, and more. Company: CoverEase Insurance Services, LLC Web Address: Contact Name: Kim Nelson, [email protected] T Oct23598

8 | North America Business Awards 2023 Oct23582 Landscaping Contractor of the Year 2023 - Charlotte For over 20 years, Hoaglandscape has delivered exceptional landscaping services across the Charlotte region. Driven by a simple central ethos – to make the world a more beautiful place one job at a time – Owner, Brian Hoagland has quickly built a leading reputation for his, and his team’s, work. We spoke to Brian following his well-deserved success in the awards program. harlotte is an area of extraordinary growth in a variety of sectors, driven by significant investment and population growth. As it stands then, it’s the perfect place to anchor down, especially when it comes to meeting the demands of the latter. With this foundation, Hoaglandscape has become a well-regarded, leading business when it comes to all things landscape contracting, with a service quality that exceeds already burgeoning expectations. For Brian, the key to enduring success lies in keeping things simple and perfecting the basics. “We like to provide our clients with excellent customer service and low-maintenance, distinctive designs. Unlike most of its competitors, Hoaglandscape provides turn-key services that allow it to do both water features and the accompanying landscape that is needed to complete a project with amazing results. Hoaglandscape also offers hardscape services so its customer base can easily work with just one contractor.” “Hoaglandscape won a 2012 Aquascape “Top Frog” award for its business practices. Our projects have also been featured in several trade magazines.” Despite this distinguishing element, Brian is keen for his team – and the company as a whole – to remain ‘best-in-class’ through a commitment to continual professional development and training, both in-house and external. This is all part of the company’s development, with an internal culture that is focused on creating and nourishing a fun and productive working environment. Here, Ben offers more insight on that front. “We train all our employees to provide timely, courteous service that ensures our clients are comfortable during the entire design and construction process. At the same time, we like our employees to enjoy their job. Having fun while working hard is encouraged because we know this helps encourage teamwork and camaraderie.” “Hoaglandscape holds a North Carolina Landscape Contractor License (#1233) and is required to complete seven hours of educational classes and tests in order to keep the prestigious designation,” Brian continues. “The company is also a Master Certified Aquascape Contractor, one of less than 300 in the United States as a whole. The business attends an annual training event at Aquascape in Illinois, which is North America’s leading pond equipment manufacturer. This continuing education allows us to stay on top of new technologies and techniques.” Of course, these elements have also played a key role in allowing Hoaglandscape to continue to thrive in what is, in every regard, a challenging market – even considering Charlotte’s relative regional economic success. But Brian goes further still, diverting resources to capitalize on every opportunity that arises, as he continues. “In these challenging economic times, Hoaglandscape has ramped up its marketing to ensure it maintains its competitive spot within the region. Currently, our YouTube channel is a driving force for business as the company is committed to releasing educational and project videos on its channel.” Ultimately, the future of Hoaglandscape hinges on these elements working in tandem. Yet, with Brian and the team’s expertise, there can be no doubt that the company will have an extraordinary year ahead. For Brian, the future is one of continuous organic growth, as he concludes in his closing comments. “With a burgeoning population in the Charlotte region, Hoaglandscape looks forward to continuous growth. We are currently planning a six-digit project outside of Atlanta scheduled for January.” Company Name: Hoaglandscape Contact Name: Brian Hoagland, Owner Address: 321 Southfork Dr. Belmont, NC 28012 USA Web Address: Contact Email [email protected] Telephone Number: 980.522.6166 C

North America Business Awards 2023 | 9 products accurately, which in turn drives sales and enhances consumer satisfaction.” He continues, “Our vision for the future is to become the quintessential educational conduit through which cannabis brands can not only educate retail personnel but also inform and guide consumers across the U.S., promoting responsible use and a deeper understanding of the cannabis products they encounter. The values and goals that have propelled us to the forefront of our industry have only strengthened over time. As Learn Brands looks ahead, we remain committed to innovation, education, and community-building, continuing to lay the groundwork for a more informed and connected cannabis marketplace.” “Our training materials delve deeper into product knowledge, sales techniques, and customer service, tailored specifically for the cannabis industry.” As you may imagine, the future of Learn Brands is one of almost limitless potential. Though it’s one that has also been meticulously considered. From implementing an ‘Influencer Education Program’ later this year, to ‘Community Building Platforms’ in early 2024, Learn Brands knows where it’s going, and how to get there, as Max concludes in his closing comments. “In the latter part of 2023, we’re rolling out a comprehensive program tailored to educate influencers about the intricacies of cannabis products and the ethos of the brands we represent. This initiative is expected to foster authentic and knowledgeable promotion across various platforms. “Early 2024 will see the launch of a new platform feature aimed at community building. This will facilitate networking and collaboration among industry players, including retailers, influencers, budtenders, and brands, strengthening the ecosystem around cannabis education and sales. We’re also enhancing our analytics tools to provide brands with actionable insights on influencer and consumer behavior. This will enable them to tailor their marketing strategies and educational content more effectively. “Finally, throughout 2023 and into 2024, we’ll be forging strategic partnerships with key industry stakeholders to broaden our reach and impact. By focusing on these areas, Learn Brands is poised to not only increase our value within the existing market but also to redefine the boundaries of cannabis education and influence. In short, we envision Learn Brands as a beacon for the industry, where informed decisions and education drive market potential.” Company Name: Learn Brands Contact Name: Max Armstrong, Co-Founder and COO Address: 919 Terry St Golden CO 80401 Web Address: Contact Email [email protected] Telephone Number: 9703897606 The cannabis industry is a global goliath, maintaining its impressive momentum from the outset, and snowballing into further evolution and adaptation into other sectors. In this space, Learn Brands has forged a formidable reputation for its pioneering Learning Management System (LMS) that is tailor-made to cater to the cannabis industry at large. On the back of its deserved recognition in the program, we spoke with Learn Brands’ COO, Max Armstrong for more insight into its extraordinary work and achievements. imply put, Learn Brands is the best at what it does. With a foundation built on the back of educational excellence, incredible industry impact, customer satisfaction, and recognized thought leadership, it has become a crucial element on the greater industry landscape. That hasn’t come easily, of course. The success the company enjoys and flourishes in now has been created on the back of hard work, notable expertise, and a commitment to excellence that has demarcated it from competition. After all, the cannabis industry is nothing if not competitive, and Learn Brands has set a formidable benchmark for success that remains peerless in the current market. For Max, the steps to success balanced on knowing the industry, specifically what it needed to attain stability and create adaptability. “Our mission is clear yet revolutionary: to enhance and simplify the training of budtenders within the cannabis industry. Through the development of a comprehensive educational system, we establish connections among cannabis brands, retailers, and industry experts. This empowers them with the necessary resources to efficiently educate their retail staff and budtenders, thereby enhancing customer interactions.” It’s a simple idea, but one that has quickly revolutionized the cannabis industry to be more interconnected, collaborative, and ultimately, innovative. Knowledge sharing and inclusive community growth are the driving force behind Learn Brands as it exists today, empowered and emboldened by the efficacy of its past offerings. Now, it is keenly aware of where its strengths and future lie, as Max continues, “At our core, we hold a steadfast commitment to empowering knowledge sharing and facilitating growth within the cannabis community. Since our inception, we have successfully cultivated a robust network, which now includes over 60,000 users, 250 leading cannabis brands, and 3,000 retailers. Our user-friendly platform fosters a symbiotic relationship between brands and retailers, ensuring that the latter are well-equipped to represent Best Cannabis Industry Training Platform 2023 S

10 | North America Business Awards 2023 Oct23511 Communications and PR is an often-complex industry, yet it’s an industry that is absolutely crucial to the world of modern business. As it stands, if you’re a business that wants to be considered extraordinary, you need the best public relations solutions at your fingertips. Enter RDG Communications, which has carved out a reputation in this competitive space through utilizing every benefit of its size to best serve clients. We spoke with Principal and Executive Owner, Randy Gibson to find out more. Best Independent PR & Communications Agency 2023 - Western USA ith over 30 years’ experience in public relations for nonprofit groups, tribal nations, healthcare, bands, and small businesses, there are few who know the ins and outs of their work more than the team at RDG Communications. Especially when it comes to serving non-profits with the solutions that they need to thrive in this ever-competitive market. As a full-service PR agency, RDG Communications offers unprecedented peace of mind for companies that need to efficiently manage their internal resources to focus on what they’re best at, rather than be occupied with extraneous considerations. That’s where RDG Communications steps in, as Randy explains in more detail. “While we work with clients of all sizes, we are enthusiastic about our work and are able to produce high-quality results at a fast pace. Our goal is to present you and your message to the world and to promote the good work you do in making the world a better place.” “RDG Communications is a triballyowned, award-winning agency. We have been the recipient of a PRSA Upper Case Award, three MarCom Awards, and a MUSE Award for various services we have provided for our clients.” RDG Communications is all about offering smaller companies the tools to be able to match the pace of large corporations, which is all the more important when you are a small non-profit looking to change your corner of the world. “When you become our client, you become a member of our family, and we will always go above and beyond what you will get from large agencies. Things are continually changing in the world of PR and the mass media. With social media and YouTube, every subscriber is like a reporter. We work to keep up with the current trends and use a staff of experienced PR professionals along with young and upcoming executives who are fresh out of college and beginning their careers,” Randy adds. One area in which the company has distinguished itself has been in providing expert services to Native American nations of the United States and the First Nations people of Canada. Working to the individual needs of tribes across North America is interesting for a variety of reasons, which Randy highlights as, “equally rewarding because, like different nations of the world, each have their own histories, cultures, languages, and forms of government. It is important to understand those differences and be respectful of the different cultures and traditions”. By every measure, RDG Communications has thrived with those unique challenges, and cultivated a strong presence for aiding native populations with bestin-class solutions. Of course, that’s not to say it’s all been smooth sailing for the team. The significant economic uncertainty has hit non-profits more than most other spaces, resulting in a need for greater creativity when it comes to working within limited budgets. “Since we deal primarily with nonprofit organizations, we continually have challenges to their needs and wants compared with their budgets. It’s very difficult when an organization needs global promotion, but they have a budget of less than $1,000. However, if the organization has a good enough story to tell, we have often had success in getting them noticed in some larger markets. Because of sponsoring different clients, we often help them build partnerships with one another and we can purchase package deals where each group in the package can obtain services at a lower overall cost.” Ultimately, being a small agency has nurtured a honed agility and dynamism within the company, allowing for next-level client centricity. “We are able to give each of our clients individualized attention. When you contract with us, we become part of your team and you become part of our family. Also, as a small agency, we have much lower overhead, yet we offer the same services and have top-level connections like a large agency. This allows us to offer large agency services and smaller agency prices,” Randy says. With all of these pieces in place, RDG Communications has a future that will depend quite heavily on how the economy impacts the growth of the non-profit sphere. Yet, despite that, Randy remains ever-focused on the fundamental ethos of the company – helping to make the world a better place. Contact Details Company Name: RDG Communications Contact Name: Randy Gibson, Principal/Executive Owner Address: 180 N University Ave STE 270 Provo, UT 84601 Web Address: Contact Email [email protected] Telephone Number: 918-718-1320 W

North America Business Awards 2023 | 11 pecializing in the development of financial software for small and medium-sized businesses, CVS offers solutions designed to target a range of areas, including anti-money laundering (AML) compliance and reporting, sanction screening, know your customer (KYC) solutions, multi-currency accounting systems, and multi-currency point of sale systems. At the heart of the company is a commitment to crafting high-quality, adaptable, and scalable solutions that cater to the evolving needs of the world’s dynamic financial industry. Established two decades ago, CVS prides itself on the extensive experience it has gained in the development, production, and provision of professional currency exchange software, as well as the wealth of expertise it has built related to the delivery of secure financial and compliance software solutions. Operating in the competitive FinTech industry, CVS sets itself apart through its robust knowledge, strong value proposition, and excellent customer support, all of which contribute towards the client’s overall experience. On top of this, through its software solutions, the company is proud to offer unique features, which can be seen in its interface design, security features, speed of transactions, integration capabilities, and more. CVS further distinguishes itself through its competitive pricing. Since 2020, the global economy has shifted significantly, impacting travel, tourism, health and wellness, currency flows, and technology. The resulting challenges have led companies to reduce their budget for software procurement and development, forcing them to scale back their IT projects. To help its clients through these difficult times, CVS provides cost-effective software solutions and subscription models, accommodating budget constraints. Through this, the company enables businesses affected by economic challenges to benefit from cutting-edge, privacy-conscious solutions that offer enhanced security, improved compliance, and a better understanding of customer behaviors and trends. Thanks to its focus on exceptional customer service, software customization, and flexibility, CVS has been able to position itself as a trusted and reliable provider of financial software in the currency exchange community. This has allowed it to foster strong partnerships across various sectors, including hospitality, precious metals, financial institutions, private equity and venture capital, and travel and tourism. Internally, CVS operates based on a culture of innovation. Team members are encouraged to think outside of the box to come up with unique solutions to the challenges that clients are facing. To accomplish this, they conduct ongoing market research, aiming to identify emerging technologies and customer needs whilst keeping an eye on the competitive landscape. Best Currency Exchange Software Company 2023 Empowering the foreign exchange industry since 2003, Clear View Systems (CVS) is a financial software development company known for its award-winning one-stop solution for Money Service Business (MSB), CurrencyXchanger. Here, we dive into the many reasons why CVS stands head and shoulders above the rest, leading to its success in the North America Business Awards 2023. Furthermore, CVS invests in training programs and professional development courses designed to keep the team updated on the latest industry trends. The company is also proud to participate in conferences, seminars, and networking events, through which it engages with its peers, seeks insight into relevant market developments, and establishes potential collaborations. This focus on innovation and development can be seen in the pioneering nature of CVS’s various products and service offerings. With the recent expansion of CXR Cloud, a fusion of CurrencyXchanger’s best features and the adaptability of cloud technology, the company has been able to tap into new clients and markets. As a result, it has reached new sectors, including private investment, real estate, travel, tourism, and the gaming industry. Overall, CVS is more than just a software provider; it is a valued partner that supports businesses as they navigate the intricacies of the financial landscape. For this reason, the firm has been named Best Currency Exchange Software Company in the North America Business Awards 2023. Currently, CVS is working to integrate advanced artificial intelligence and machine learning capabilities into its transaction monitoring system, aiming to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of financial transaction analysis. The company is also developing a proprietary training data generator engine, a tool that produces synthetic data that mimics real transaction patterns. This will allow CVS to ensure that its AI models are trained on diverse and comprehensive datasets without compromising the security and privacy of customers’ data. Contact: Tiran Behrouz Company: Clear View Systems Web Address: S Oct23384

12 | North America Business Awards 2023 Oct23310 Most Empowering Talent & Branding Agency 2023 - Eastern Canada Talent agencies are built through an ability to find and nurture people to be the best they can possibly be. That’s their core role, and it’s one that often gets lost in the intricacies of the greater industry. However, AMP Talent Group has cultivated a strong reputation for dynamism and innovation in a space which is not only highly competitive, but also very difficult to navigate. Now, not only is AMP Talent Group seeing 2023 out in style with well-deserved awards recognition, but it is also celebrating its 20th anniversary next year! We speak with General Manager and Publicist, Sarah Johnson to find out more about this glowing agency. he nature of being in a highly competitive environment necessitates a drive to distinguish your services from potentially countless others. In the talent and entertainment industry, this can manifest in a plethora of different ways, from focusing on specific sub-sectors within the industry, to specific demographics, to specific markets. AMP Talent Group stands as a beacon of artistry and accomplishment within the industry, and it is looking forward to marking two decades of unrivalled excellence in 2024. A testament to resilience and creativity, its 20th anniversary celebration encapsulates a rich legacy of talent that has shaped the entertainment landscape. The agency has always been eager to deliver excellence in all aspects of the company and its operations. In this, the greater company ethos can be defined by a thoroughly creative attitude, driven through an undeniable expertise for its craft, as Sarah begins. “AMP Talent Group stands out in the industry through its exceptional branding, PR, and digital marketing services. Our team of skilled professionals combines creativity, industry knowledge, and strategic thinking to develop comprehensive strategies that amplify the visibility, reputation, and success of our clients. Through innovative approaches, we leverage emerging technologies, digital platforms, and data-driven insights to deliver personalized representation and effective marketing services. “Our track record of successful client engagements and collaborations showcases our ability to help clients achieve their goals and establish a strong reputation in the industry. Satisfied clients have praised our services, highlighting the positive impact we have had on their careers and projects. With our commitment to staying ahead of industry trends and our plans for expansion, AMP Talent Group is poised for a future of continued growth and success.” AMP Talent Group goes a step further in its efforts to distinguish itself by seamlessly incorporating PR marketing agency, AMP it up PR (LINK:, in addition to more traditional talent representation. Together, the team provides a potent one-two punch for talent under its label, meeting a variety of needs that other companies in this space cannot compete with. “With expertise in public relations, marketing strategies, and digital media, we tailor creative campaigns to build strong connections between clients and their target audiences. Further, AMP Talent Group operates based on a set of core values that drive their approach to talent representation and PR marketing. These core values include integrity, professionalism, innovation, and dedication to client success. Our primary goal is to serve as a trusted partner for our clients, supporting them in achieving their goals, and ensuring their long-term success.” “At AMP Talent Group, we take great pride in fostering a positive internal culture that drives our commitment to excellence in client services.” It will be no surprise at all to learn that AMP Talent Group ‘practices what it preaches’, with its approach to nurturing talent finding its roots in its ability to nurture its internal team too. There’s a fundamental understanding that a happy team provides the best possible support, and the company has thrived through keeping all parties happy and empowered, whatever their position. “We prioritize open and transparent communication within our team, emphasizing active listening and clear articulation,” Sarah says. “This ensures that everyone is on the same page and enables us to effectively understand and address our clients’ needs. “We also work hard to ensure a continuous learning mindset and encourage professional development among our team members. This helps us stay updated with industry trends, emerging technologies, and best practices, ensuring we deliver cutting-edge services to our clients. Finally, we place a strong emphasis on providing exceptional representation and client services. Our team is dedicated to going above and beyond to meet and exceed our clients’ expectations. We actively seek feedback from our clients to continuously improve our services and ensure their utmost satisfaction.” The future of AMP Talent Group is all about market expansion, with a number of projects in the pipeline to penetrate new markets, including the all too dominating US entertainment landscape. Such a move requires careful planning, but it’s a move that seems, in some ways, overdue. That market needs fresh blood, and the undoubtable expertise of AMP’s team is sure to impress. But for now, AMP is set on bolstering its already significant presence across Canada, as Sarah concludes. “We have several projects and plans in the pipeline. While specific details may be subject to change, we are focusing on strengthening industry partnerships, talent development, and growth, and expanding our digital presence. We are excited about the future and remain committed to providing exceptional services to our clients while pursuing growth and expansion opportunities.” Company Name: AMP Talent Group Contact Name: Sarah Johnson Web Address: Contact Email [email protected] Telephone Number: 416-568-9848 T

North America Business Awards 2023 | 13 The second naturally follows the first. Innovation is made moot if you don’t lead with open communication and collaboration, as Matthew continues. “We foster an environment where open communication is encouraged at all levels of the organization. Our team members are encouraged to share their ideas, provide feedback, and engage in constructive dialogue. This not only helps in problem-solving but also ensures that we are always striving for improvement. Equally, we have cross-functional teams that work together to address client needs comprehensively. This collaborative approach ensures that we tap into the diverse skills and expertise of our employees to provide clients with well-rounded solutions.” These values are punctuated with a commitment to diversity and ethical practices, working hand in hand to make Inventor Canada a pacesetter in a space that, while relatively niche, remains in high demand. All of this will remain fundamental to the way the company operates moving forwards, partnered with an ongoing push towards continual professional development – a vital element in any business looking to remain viable in this ever-changing economic landscape. Matthew shares some final thoughts in his closing comments. “In summary, our internal culture at Inventor Canada revolves around innovation, collaboration, and a relentless commitment to client satisfaction. By fostering a culture that encourages creative thinking, open communication, and a dedication to our clients’ success, we are confident that we provide the best possible service to meet their needs.” Company Name: Inventor Canada Contact Name: Matthew Taylor Web Address: Contact Email [email protected] Telephone Number: 4165222325 It may go without saying, but Inventor Canada is a company built firmly on innovation. In fact, innovation is in this company’s blood, driving all aspects of it to greater heights and greater development. We spoke with Inventor Canada’s Matthew Taylor to find out how it has come to be known as one of the most creative, dynamic and, indeed, innovative businesses in North America. atent law is a notoriously complex minefield, with a variety of considerations needed before someone can work towards patenting an idea. These considerations can vary dramatically too from country to country, even within North America. The fact is, you need expert and experienced guidance, and that’s where Inventor Canada comes into play, as Matthew explains in his opening comments. “At the end of the day, make sure you’re getting the advice relevant to you in your country of residence. We work exclusively with Canadian Inventors to protect those rights and make sure your rights are protected and always headed for success.” There’s not much Inventor Canada doesn’t offer in this space, operating as it does with a ‘full-service one-stop shop’ approach to its work. So, whether you need trademark filing, licensing negotiations, crowd funding, market research, investor agreements, prototype creation, or, quite simply, anything else regarding support for your patent and creation, Inventor Canada has it covered. This is a client-centric, creator-driven company at its heart, with the goal of filling a significant gap in the market when it comes to offering support and expertise. “Inventor Canada’s unique combination of expertise, customization, technology, global reach, innovation, and a customer-centric approach, as well as our commitment to ethical practices, sets us apart in the industry. We provide the best possible service to our clients, making us the top choice for Canadians seeking comprehensive patent research and innovation solutions.” “Collaboration is key to our success.” Yet, the company goes further still, ensuring its internal culture and team is built on its core values of innovation, collaboration, and client-centricity. For Matthew, this culture has proven to be instrumental in securing enduring success in this market, fueling a reputation for excellence and for delivering results. “We believe that our culture plays a pivotal role in ensuring our clients receive the best possible service from our firm. Here’s how we cultivate this culture. The first key aspect is innovation as a core value. We understand that innovation is at the heart of our business. We encourage all team members to think creatively and proactively when approaching challenges. We have regular brainstorming sessions, encourage new ideas, and promote a culture where every employee feels empowered to contribute their innovative thoughts.” Most Innovative New Product Development Company 2023 - Canada P

14 | North America Business Awards 2023 Oct23256 Based out of Canada, Genesislink Consulting Services (Genesislink) is a consulting firm that has achieved a global reach through its ability to empower entrepreneurs in what is, by every consideration, a challenging economic landscape. We spoke with CEO and Founder, Mary Yazdani following the company’s dual recognition in the awards program. Business Start-Up Empowerment Consultancy of the Year 2023 - Canada & Business Support Client Service Excellence Award 2023 rom the outset, Mary emphasizes how important ‘partnerships’ are for Genesislink Consulting Services and its enduring success in this ever-competitive market. By setting the professional relationships within this framework, Genesislink has showcased an incredible ability for dynamism through being able to best serve the needs of its clients, which since inception, has also brought new business into Canada. Here, Mary explains this in more detail. “At Genesislink, we strongly believe in the power of partnerships, knowledge sharing, and collective growth. Furthermore, showcasing our agility and our ability to adapt swiftly to changing market dynamics is essential. It’s this agility that allows us to stay at the forefront of industry developments and offer the best solutions to our clients. This has helped bring new businesses and talents to Canada, strengthening North America’s economy, and supporting businesses in leveraging stable and powerful infrastructures will reinforce our commitment to contributing to the local and global business landscape.” Let’s take a closer look at Genesislink’s team, which drives this success and development. With an internal culture catered towards open communication and collaboration, the company can tackle any potential challenges in a way that harnesses the total expertise and skill of the team in question. This diversity of thought has become a crucial element to the company’s ability to navigate any potential difficulty, as Mary touches on in her following comments. “Our internal culture at Genesislink is characterized by collaboration, innovation, and a strong commitment to excellence. We cultivate this culture through several key practices and principles. First and foremost, we prioritize the professional development of our team members, ensuring they stay updated with the latest industry trends and emerging technologies. This empowers our employees to provide our clients with the most current and innovative solutions. We also encourage crossfunctional collaboration, where diverse experts work together to tackle complex challenges from multiple angles. Also, as one of our core values is providing the best customer service, every employee puts the client as the first priority.” “This internal culture is instrumental in ensuring that our clients receive the best possible service from our firm.” Through a specialization of business development, strategic guidance in areas such as market research, financial analysis, and digital marketing, Genesislink has nurtured an approach that utilizes cutting-edge ideas and technology to deliver results for its clients. These processes, in tandem with the aforementioned focus on partnership, has proven itself to be a potent distinguisher for the team as a whole, allowing them to achieve consistent results over time in a challenging market. “Our core values are Trust, Transparency, Professionalism, Superior Customer Service, Innovation.” Yet, this market continues to move swiftly. For Mary, the team must remain apace of such developments and maintain their expert edge through continual professional development. “We actively invest in our team’s professional development, keeping them upto-date with the latest industry trends and technologies. Our thought leadership initiatives include sharing insights through blog posts, webinars, and industry events, contributing to the collective knowledge base. We also foster strategic collaborations and partnerships, allowing us to exchange insights and experiences with industry experts. By combining these practices, we adapt swiftly to changing dynamics, ensuring that we remain well-informed and positioned to capitalize on emerging opportunities for the benefit of our clients.” With all these elements working hand in hand seamlessly, Genesislink has everything in place to secure a pacesetting position in the industry. As is often the way with incredible success, the company is experiencing organic expansion with the introduction of new startups to bolster the already impressive options available to clients. “Building on our past successes, we’re continuing to expand our impact. We’re thrilled to announce that we’ve taken an amazing leap this year by introducing Robosafety, a system safety engineering startup. Our recent participation in TCXpo 2023 highlighted the critical need for enhanced safety measures in various industries. We’re actively working to develop cutting-edge tools and solutions that will address these safety requirements in the market. “In the coming months, we have exciting plans for the rest of 2023 and the first two quarters of 2024, including the launch of innovative projects, strategic partnerships, and initiatives aimed at driving economic growth and promoting entrepreneurship. Our commitment to bringing new talents and businesses to Canada, expanding North America’s economy, and enhancing the business landscape remains steadfast. This year, we helped six startups to be established in Canada and we are planning to help four more startups in 2023.” Contact Details Company: Genesislink Consulting Services Email: [email protected] Web Address: Address: Unit 564 , 1000 Innovation Dr. ,Kanata, ON, K2K 3E7, Canada Telephone: +1 343 809 8804 F