Peter Amstrong
Credit: Courtesy of Armstrong Group

Rocky Mountaineer founder Peter Armstrong

Rail tourism company wins national award for private business growth

Rocky Mountaineer is on the right track. At a recent ceremony in Toronto, the Vancouver-based rail tourism company received the 2017 Private Business Growth Award from the Canadian Chamber of Commerce and professional services firm Grant Thornton LLP. Founded in 1990 and led by president Steve Sammut, Rocky Mountaineer was one of 10 finalists for the fifth annual prize, which recognizes privately owned Canadian businesses. A jury of top corporate leaders chooses the winner based on innovation, market development, people and culture, strategic leadership and improvements in financial measures.

Next March, Peter Armstrong, founder and chair of Rocky Mountaineer owner-operator Armstrong Group, will be inducted into the Business Laureates of British Columbia Hall of Fame. This accolade, created by Junior Achievement British Columbia, celebrates B.C. business leaders who have shaped the province and the country. Armstrong will join some 60 fellow laureates in the Hall of Fame.