PQA Testing Ltd. Makes the 2017 PROFIT 500

PROFIT and Canadian Business unveils 29th annual list of Canada’s Fastest-Growing Companies

September 15, 2017 – 2:00 PM Atlantic Time (ADT)

FREDERICTON, NB – Canadian Business and PROFIT ranked PQA Testing No. 481 on the 29th annual PROFIT 500, with a five-year revenue growth of 83%. PQA has made the PROFIT 500 for the second year in a row, while securing a rank for the third time in the last five years. The most prominent catalyst to the company’s growth over the past year has been its subsidiary, PLATO Testing, a network of professional Aboriginal software testers across Canada. PQA is excited to share the news surrounding its growth, as well as the growth of PLATO Testing, as both companies continue to trend upward, making a difference in Canadian business and a positive social impact.

The definitive ranking of Canada’s Fastest-Growing Companies, the PROFIT 500, will be published in the October issue of Canadian Business and at, ranking Canadian businesses by their five-year revenue growth.

“Companies become a part of the PROFIT 500 through innovative thinking, smart strategy and sheer grit,” says James Cowan, Editor-in-Chief of PROFIT and Canadian Business. “These firms demonstrate what Canadian entrepreneurs can achieve, both at home and across the globe.”

Keith McIntosh, PQA’s founder and co-CEO, is pleased that the growth within PQA and PLATO Testing has been recognized. “We at PQA continue to be proud to be maintaining our presence on the PROFIT 500 list.  The past few years of building PLATO Testing have been both exciting and invigorating in our organizations and have ignited a passion within to continue this mission.  We have every belief that PLATO Testing will continue to be a beacon to other companies looking to give back to Aboriginal communities while also giving individuals a path to personal growth and success.”

PQA specializes in the provision of solutions for software quality assurance in support of commercial and custom-developed software applications. PQA has in-depth experience the Financial Services, Insurance, Healthcare, Gaming, Telecommunications, Government and e-Learning industries throughtout North America and Europe.

While leveraging PQA’s 20 years of experience, PLATO Testing has become a strategic partner as it continues to deliver the post-secondary-accredited Aboriginal Software Tester Training program throughout Canada. Graduates of the program are offered full-time employment with PLATO Testing, where many find their first introduction to the IT industry, addressing Canada’s technology talent shortage while bringing meaningful training and employment to Aboriginal people nationwide.

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About PQA Testing

Founded in 1997, Professional Quality Assurance Ltd. (PQA) is Canada’s leading independent solutions provider of quality assurance and software testing services through a team of over 100 professionals. Headquartered in Fredericton, NB, PQA has additional delivery offices located in Halifax, NS, Moncton and Miramichi, NB, Calgary, AB, Mississauga, ON and Vancouver, BC.

PQA offers a “Test Smarter” testing process that includes methodologies, frameworks and tools to ensure that testing projects are conducted in a well-managed and consistent manner across the entire software development life-cycle. We apply and tailor our methodologies and approaches to match your development and testing life-cycle, keeping your objectives and goals in mind. PQA can add value at any point in your testing process to help ensure successful project delivery.

PQA testers are not part-time testers. We are dedicated professionals who will efficiently and innovatively test your application, reduce your risk and allow you to produce better quality software. Our experienced staff, proficient in the application of automated test tools and manual methodologies, can dramatically expedite testing times.

About PROFIT and

PROFIT: Your Guide to Business Success is Canada’s preeminent media brand dedicated to the management issues and opportunities facing small and mid-sized businesses. For 34 years, Canadian entrepreneurs across a vast array of economic sectors have remained loyal to PROFIT because it’s a timely and reliable source of actionable information that helps them achieve business success and get the recognition they deserve for generating positive economic and social change. Visit PROFIT online at

About Canadian Business

Founded in 1928, Canadian Business is the longest-serving, best-selling and most-trusted business publication in the country. With a total brand readership of more than 1.1 million, it is the country’s premier media brand for executives and senior business leaders. It fuels the success of Canada’s business elite with a focus on the things that matter most: leadership, innovation, business strategy and management tactics. We provide concrete examples of business achievement, thought-provoking analysis and compelling storytelling, all in an elegant package with bold graphics and great photography. Canadian Business—what leadership looks like.

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