Media release

Team True North: Canada’s top-performing tech companies

Communitech leverages data to identify 35 Canadian firms on the path to $1B in annual revenue

TORONTO, ONT., June 15, 2022 —Capitalizing on the enormous strides made by Canadian tech companies in recent years, Communitech has unveiled Team True North – a proactive, data-based initiative to identify the country’s highest-potential tech companies and strengthen the entire Canadian tech ecosystem through all phases of the economic cycle.

Announced earlier this morning as part of TMX Investor Day, Team True North is a roster of Canadian innovation companies shown by verified data to have the highest probability of reaching $1B in revenue. As global markets experience volatility, past experience has shown that strong global leaders become even stronger. Team True North represents the 1 per cent of highest-performing global private companies in Canada. 

“Team True North confirms that Canada – with its diverse set of best-in-class firms from coast-to-coast – is well on its way to becoming the world’s top tech ecosystem,” said Chris Albinson, CEO and President at Communitech. “These companies have the highest probability of achieving billion-dollar status not only because of their impressive growth rates, but also their unwavering commitment to building trust into technology, which gives Canada a distinct global advantage.”

According to comprehensive data gathered by Silicon Valley Bank, analysis done by New York-based data science firm Two Sigma, and the model developed by Communitech for confirming high growth potential, each company in this first class of Team True North meets one of four criteria:

  • $20M-$39M in annual revenue with 60 per cent or more growth rate,

  • $40M-$79M in annual revenue with 40 per cent or more growth rate, 

  • $80M - $99M in annual revenue with at least 20 per cent growth rate, OR

  • +$100M in annual revenue with at least 15 per cent growth rate

The first cohort of Team True North companies had $5.1B in combined annual revenue with an average annual revenue of $141M as well as an average year-over-year growth of 149 per cent in 2021. As new data is received and verified, Communitech will update the roster of firms on Team True North. 

The inaugural lineup features:

“eSentire is honoured to be named to Team True North and to be recognized alongside such outstanding technology companies,” said J. Paul Haynes, President and Chief Operating Officer, eSentire, a leading global managed detection and response provider. “Team True North exemplifies just how diverse and comprehensive Canada’s technology sector is, and it signals to global technology leaders the growing momentum Canada’s tech companies are creating across the industry worldwide.”

Team True North is a key pillar of Communitech’s refreshed mission and vision previously shared at its 2021 annual general meeting. The True North Strategy included a sharpened focus on supporting tech founders with access to talent, sales opportunities, and growth capital. Team True North is supported by partners such as TMX (TSX, TSX-V), Ernst & Young, the Canadian Venture Capital & Private Equity Association and NRC-IRAP. 

“For many years, Canadian VC-backed companies were seen as a small, peripheral startup economy and not that important to Canada’s growth. Over the last five years, Canada has demonstrated that it can start, grow, and expand globally competitive companies. Communitech’s Team True North initiative provides tangible goals and strategies to accompany our companies and prove that they have the potential to transform Canada’s future economy,” said Kim Furlong, Chief Executive Officer, Canadian Venture Capital and Private Equity Association (CVCA).  

Updates to the roster of tech firms on Team True North will be published regularly and include companies that work with innovation hubs across Canada’s Tech Network, including MaRS, Invest Ottawa, Platform Calgary, BC Tech Association, Innovate Edmonton, TechAlliance, Viatec and ventureLAB.

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About Communitech:

Established in 1997 in Waterloo Region, Communitech was built by tech founders who saw the need for a community of support to help ensure the future prosperity of Canada. Today, Communitech is Canada’s leading innovation hub, supporting a community of more than 1,200 founders by providing accelerated opportunities to access talent, capital and sales.

As Canada’s tech supercharger, Communitech helps founders start, grow and succeed by: 

  • Hiring and retaining the smartest, brightest and most experienced people
  • Accessing growth financing at every stage
  • Selling to the biggest customers at home and around the world
  • Connecting the right people at the right time – peers who have been there before, coaches who can guide them through the difficult spots and partners from all over Canada