This is the ninth year that KPMG in Canada has sponsored a survey that I would love to see conducted in the U.S. The survey, entitled Canada's Most Respected Corporations, asks 255 of the leading Canadian CEOs which companies they admire. The results are broken down into various categories and an overall ranking is given.

Financial performance, human resources management, innovation and product/service development, corporate social responsibility, high quality service/product, customer service, corporate governance, and long-term investment value are the measurements of success. The respondents are provided guidance on what should be evaluated in each of the categories. For example, human resources management includes consideration of workplace training, senior level succession planning, harmonious labor relations, and productivity enhancements via TQM.

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