It is with great sadness that we say goodbye to our Founder and Co-Chairman, Mr. Ches Penney, who passed away January 26th 2017, surrounded by his loving family. Born February 28th 1932, Mr. Penney lived a long and full life, and we are thankful to have had the opportunity to work with him, learn from him, and laugh with him.
Mr. Penney was a visionary leader known for his transparency, his grit, his charity, and his humility. The Penney Group of companies employ a combined 3,000 people, in six provinces throughout Canada, and have earned national accolades such as the Canada’s Best Managed Companies designation. Mr. Penney has been recognized on a personal level for his business success and philanthropy; he was named to the Order of Canada and the Order of Newfoundland and Labrador, was awarded an honourary degree from Memorial University, and received numerous other awards and honours throughout the course of his career.
Indeed, Mr. Penney was a successful business person. But his accomplishments as a people person were even greater. He partnered with and employed talented, passionate people, and empowered them with the balance of support and autonomy that ensured they would succeed. We are eternally grateful to him for mentoring us, and we commit to honouring his legacy by continuing the work he was so passionate about, while upholding the values he imparted to us: hard work, honesty and integrity.
Headquartered in St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador, we are proud to have earned the reputation as one of the largest and most diversified group of companies in Atlantic Canada.
Together, with our partners, we share strong core values of safety, integrity and respect. We have an unwavering commitment to our people, our clients and our communities. A forty-year track record of business success has paved the way for our future growth.