Best Buy: Powered by people

At Best Buy Canada, the tagline “Unleash the power of our people” isn’t just a clever catchphrase – it is a philosophy that’s put into action every day. “Our commitment is to provide our team with a workplace that encourages, supports and acknowledges performance and innovation,” explains Mike Pratt, president and COO of BBYC Ltd. “This allows us to deliver an unparalleled experience for our customers.” Pratt knows of what he speaks – his own career path is a shining example of BBYC Ltd.’s dedication to its employees’ success. “In 1990, I started on the floor at Future Shop as a sales associate after earning my economics degree from the University of Western Ontario,” he recalls. “Within two years, I was promoted to store manager and then to district manager and continued to be given opportunities that have allowed me to lead the company today.