Voices Project Wins Gold at 2018 Constantinus International Awards
London, ON | October 22, 2018
The Business Development Bank of Canada’s (BDC) Voices project, “Voices’s Growth Journey” was announced as the winner of the 2018 Constantinus International Gold Award as the Best Project at the International Constantinus Awards on October 18, presented at the International Council of Management Consulting Institute’s (ICMCI – now known as CMC-Global) congress in Milan, Italy. The project was also awarded the National Champion award for Canada.
The International Constantinus Awards showcase excellence in consulting services worldwide. This is the first year that a Canadian project was submitted for consideration.
“Voices’s Growth Journey,” a project which began in 2016, included strategic growth planning, leadership development, and execution support from BDC, the results of which contributed to Voices cementing its position as the undisputed leader in the voice over industry with the largest market share online. The project was named as a winner of the 2018 Canadian CMC Project of the Year award by the Canadian Association of Management Consultants (CMC-Canada) in July, and was moved forward to be considered for the 2018 Constantinus International awards.
“BDC has been a great supporter of Voices for many years, so when we were faced with the strategic challenge of accelerating our already fast growth in a sustainable and achievable – yet aggressive – way, we knew that BDC would help our company really deliver on our vision,” says Voices CEO David Ciccarelli. “BDC and Glenn Yonemitsu, the lead on this project, have been invaluable partners to our organization and contributors to our significant achievements to date. We couldn’t be happier that their project with our company, along with their great consulting work, has been recognized by this prestigious organization and award.”
“Voices is a great example of how a committed entrepreneur can benefit from a disciplined growth strategy approach when combined with expert support,” said Glenn Yonemitsu, Senior Executive Advisor, BDC Advisory Services. “We are proud of Voices’s tremendous progress as they participated in our Growth Driver Program, which was created to accelerate the growth of high-potential and scalable mid-sized companies. Our teams meshed well to produce strong results, and we are excited to see what the future has in store for Voices.”
120 projects representing 20 countries were evaluated for the 2018 awards. Of the projects selected for the final round, three were from Canada, including the Voices project. Canada swept the podium with all the top awards, with “Voices’s Growth Journey” taking Gold and National Champion. TDV Global from Ottawa and Clearthink Group from Edmonton tied for Silver.
“These award winners demonstrate the significant difference even a small engagement with a Certified Management Consultant can make for our Canadian and international clients,” said Mike Watson, CMC-Canada’s National Board Chair. “CMC-Canada thanks all of its members who submitted projects for this year’s awards – we’re looking forward to next year’s submissions and continuing to highlight the work of CMCs in delivering superior results for their clients.”
The series of Constantinus Awards was established to promote the consulting sector and the individual outstanding consulting projects at national and international levels. This is the eighth year of the awards.
Founded in 2005, Voices is the largest global online marketplace for audio and voice over products and services comprised of more than half a million business clients and voice actors. Its flagship website, https://www.voices.com/, records approximately two million unique visitors annually and has enabled over 300,000 transactions to date. Headquartered in London, Canada, the Company employs more than 120 people and has clients and voice talent in 160 countries.
BDC is the only bank devoted exclusively to entrepreneurs. It promotes Canadian entrepreneurship with a focus on small and medium-sized businesses. With its 123 business centres from coast to coast, BDC provides businesses in all industries with financing and advisory services. Its investment arm, BDC Capital, offers equity, venture capital and flexible growth and transition capital solutions. BDC is also the first financial institution in Canada to receive B Corp certification. To find out more, visit bdc.ca.
The Canadian Association of Management Consultants (CMC-Canada) fosters excellence and integrity in the management consulting profession as a whole. CMC-Canada administers, and its Regional Certifying Institutes confer, the CMC designation in Canada. The Association and its members advocate for the CMC designation and are dedicated to advancing the profession and delivering the benefits of those efforts to the client community. Learn more: www.cmc-canada.ca.
CMC-Global (formerly ICMCI) is an international membership organization and a network of the management advisory and consultancy associations and institutes worldwide, who have a common purpose and shared values and goals. Learn more: www.cmc-global.org.
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