PEER 1 Hosting Wins Gold in Best in Biz Awards 2013

Chief People & Performance Officer, Sheila Bouman, Honored for HR Transformation

Business Wire

VANCOUVER, British Columbia--(BUSINESS WIRE)--

PEER 1 Hosting, the global web infrastructure and cloud hosting provider, today announced that its Chief People & Performance Officer, Sheila Bouman, was named a gold winner in the “HR Exec of the Year” category of Best in Biz Awards. The Best in Biz Awards program is the only independent business awards program judged by members of the press and industry analysts.

PEER 1 Hosting’s purpose is to power human potential online, and the company believes that every interaction – with customers, partners, and especially employees – matters. Bouman joined the company as Chief People & Performance Officer to initiate a company-wide revolution and ensure that its people are engaged, committed and contributing their best to achieve this purpose. In the past year alone, she has worked to align business practices with the company’s vision and values, initiated a company-wide leadership program and revamped the onboarding and training process to help ensure immediate success. Bouman has made a significant impact on the company’s culture, and ultimately, redefined HR within the company to put its people first.

“When Sheila began consulting with PEER 1 Hosting in 2009, we knew she brought a fresh perspective to the traditional definition of HR,” said Gary Sherlock, PEER 1 Hosting CEO. “We are deeply committed to our people, and with Sheila’s guidance, are becoming the most human company on the Internet. She works diligently to ensure that every employee has the support they need to grow and learn both professionally and personally. Sheila could not be more deserving of this significant honor; the whole PEER 1 Hosting family is very proud.”

The third annual Best in Biz Awards program, focused on companies based or operating in North America, was the most competitive in its history, with more than 500 entries submitted. Best in Biz Awards 2013 honors were presented in more than 50 categories. Winners of Best in Biz Awards 2013 were determined by an independent panel of judges from top-tier news, business and technology publications, as well as broadcast outlets and analyst firms, such as Bloomberg Businessweek, Computerworld, Entrepreneur, eWeek Channel Insider, Fast Company, Financial Times, Fortune, Inc. Magazine, Network World, PC Magazine, Reuters and USA Today.

For a full list of gold, silver and bronze winners in Best in Biz Awards 2013, visit:

About PEER 1 Hosting

Peer 1 Hosting, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Cogeco Cable Inc. (CCA.TO), is one of the world's leading Web hosting providers for businesses delivering eCommerce sites, web & mobile applications, gaming and rich media, and SaaS platforms. Specializing in Managed Hosting, Dedicated Servers, Colocation and Cloud Services, Peer 1 Hosting is based in Vancouver, Canada, and founded in 1999 with European operations headquartered in Southampton, UK. Peer 1 Hosting has 16 datacenters and 20 points of presence worldwide. Peer 1 Hosting is built on two obsessions: Ping & People. ‘Ping’ represents its commitment to best-in-breed technology, founded on a high performance 10Gbps FastFiber Network(tm) connected by 16 state-of-the-art datacenters. ‘People’ represents its commitment to delivering outstanding customer service to its more than 13,000 customers worldwide, backed by a 100 per cent uptime guarantee. For more information visit:

About Best in Biz Awards

Best in Biz Awards recognizes top companies, teams, executives and products for their business success as judged by established members of the press and industry analysts. Best in Biz Awards honors are conferred in three separate programs annually: North America, EMEA, and International. Entries are currently being accepted in the third annual Best in Biz Awards 2013 EMEA (Europe, Middle East and Africa) program, until the final entry deadline on January 24, 2014. Any organization from any industry operating in EMEA may enter any of the more than 50 company, department or team, executive and product categories. For more information about the entry process and categories in the EMEA program, please visit:



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