Selected from a pool of over 900 nominees, Ken is recognized as one of Canada’s outstanding young business leaders for his transformative contributions to the global travel industry.
Plusgrade is proud to announce that its Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Ken Harris, has been named a recipient of Canada’s Top 40 Under 40® for 2020—a very well-deserved achievement for an exceptional leader whose vision has changed the way the world travels.
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Founded in 2009, Plusgrade is a travel-technology company responsible for generating billions of dollars of new revenue opportunities for the more than 70 premier airlines and cruise lines it serves across 50 countries. After Ken identified a compelling opportunity through his own passenger experience, the made-in-Montreal company grew from an idea to a globally-recognized leader in the ancillary revenue space. Through over a decade of Ken’s leadership, Plusgrade’s solutions have been used by several millions of international travelers to upgrade their experiences, and proudly represents the best of Quebec and Canada to the world.
"It's an incredible honour and privilege to receive this recognition alongside some of Canada's most distinguished young leaders," shared Ken Harris. "I am proud to share this accomplishment with my talented and dedicated team in Montreal, New York, and Singapore. This win is ours to celebrate, together."
Ken and his peers were selected from over 900 nominees by an independent Advisory Board, comprising 25 business leaders from across Canada. Honourees were chosen on four key criteria: Vision & Innovation, Leadership, Impact & Influence, and Social Responsibility.
The 2020 Top 40 Recipients were announced today on BNN Bloomberg and in National Post. Recipients will be honoured at a series of events to take place in 2021.
This award comes on the heels of the launch of Plusgrade’s newest product: Dynamic Seat Blocker. Designed to elevate how airlines capture incremental revenue and meet the evolving needs of passengers in a COVID-19 economy, Dynamic Seat Blocker is a revenue recovery tool that leverages a new type of enhanced seating options for additional comfort and space to improve the overall travel experience.
About Canada's Top 40 Under 40®
Canada’s Top 40 Under 40® is an annual recognition of the exceptional achievements of 40 outstanding Canadians under the age of 40. The program is supported by several prominent organizations all enthusiastically committed to Top 40’s success, including: Founder and Managing Partner Caldwell; Presenting Partner MNP; National Partner Gluskin Sheff + Associates Inc.; Media Partners BNN Bloomberg and National Post; Travel Partner Air Canada; Event Partner ergoCentric Seating Systems; and Research Partner Caliper; with fact checking and verification by Inline Reference Check.
Founded in 1995 by Caldwell, Top 40 has recognized more than 800 outstanding Canadians to date and is the country’s most coveted award for young business leaders. Honourees have a remarkable track record of achievement after they are named; the ranks of Top 40 alumni include hundreds of nationally and internationally prominent CEOs, executives, entrepreneurs and community leaders.
Plusgrade provides innovative revenue-generating solutions for the global travel industry. As the recognized leader in a key segment of the ancillary revenue and merchandising space, Plusgrade helps travel providers worldwide manage, optimize, and capture high-margin revenue generated from upgrades, unsold inventory, and other premium services. Headquartered in Montreal, Canada, with offices in New York and Singapore, Plusgrade has created billions of dollars of new revenue opportunities for the more than 70 premier airlines and cruise lines it serves across 50 countries. For more information, please visit: plusgrade.com
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