Cority is the most trusted EHSQ software for assuring client success. Cority enables organizations to utilize Environmental, Health, Safety and Quality (EHSQ) software solutions to advance their journey to sustainability and operational excellence. Cority consistently enables client success by combining the deepest domain expertise with the most comprehensive and secure SaaS platform. With 30+ years of innovation and experience, Cority’s team of 350 experts serve more than 1,200 clients in 70 countries, supporting millions of end users. The company enjoys the industry’s highest levels of client satisfaction and has received many awards for its strong employee culture and outstanding business performance.
The most trusted EHSQ software for assuring client success
Our mission is to partner with organizations around the world to effect meaningful change in the way EHSQ programs are managed. We want to stand beside our customers as they protect the well-being of workers and the environment, ensure global compliance in the face of rapidly-evolving requirements, and advance towards sustainability and operational excellence. To do this, we must earn their trust and deliver a second-to-none experience with our company, products, and services.
Cority is trusted by leading organizations because our every-day actions exemplify the core values that are critical to the mutual success of Cority and its clients – integrity, quality, community, diversity, and customer centricity.
Our vision is a world in which EHSQ programs are embraced as key to an organization’s successful journey to sustainability and operational excellence, and where Cority is recognized as the single most trusted and sought-after EHSQ software partner around the world.
To achieve this, Cority will:
- Be transparent, from the top down
- Listen to and evolve with our customers so that we may effectively respond to and anticipate their needs
- Provide an all-star team of highly motivated and talented people, including real-world industry experts with a keen understanding of today’s EHSQ challenges
- Prioritize quality, data security, integrity, and availability by maintaining rigorous privacy policies compliant with our ISO 27001:2015 certification
- Support global requirements by incorporating initiatives like software and services in multiple languages, round-the-clock support, and international office locations
- Leverage the most advanced technology and processes to develop and deliver our products
- Build and maintain our team by creating a positive, engaging, and rewarding culture
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Today, Cority is the most trusted EHSQ software for assuring client success.
For more than 30 years, Cority has been on the leading edge of innovation in EHSQ software. We were built on a strong foundation of core values, powered by talented and engaged employees, and driven by an unwavering commitment to client success.
The Beginning of a Success Story and the Birth of an Industry
Cority was founded as Medgate in Toronto, Canada in 1985 by Murray Balcom. Medgate was awarded a major project for the development of an Occupational Health software solution for 3M.
With a successful reference client and quite possibly the first Occupational Health information management software solution, Medgate continued to commercialize and innovate on its first product, bringing Occupational Health solutions to organizations across Canada. A unique strategy saw the company recruit accredited industry practitioners to design, deploy, and support its solutions.
Hello USA and Industrial Hygiene
As Medgate grew during the 1990s, Murray Balcom expanded the company south of the border. Early experiences in the US market spurred Medgate’s growth beyond Occupational Health to offer an integrated Industrial Hygiene solution. Current EVP and CTO, Stan Marsden, was recruited to lead the development effort, launching the product at the 1992 American Industrial Hygiene Conference & Exposition.
With a growing roster of Tier 1 references from Canada, it wasn’t long before Medgate secured its first US client, Dakota Gas, for its newly launched Windows client-server OH and IH solution. The company grew with key software engineering hires and the continued strategy of tapping industry experts – including Occupational Health Nurse, Jill (Brodersen) Brown (now Cority’s VP, Professional Services) – to strengthen the company’s credibility, product, and domain expertise.
Foundation for Growth and Client Success
In the early 2000s, Stan Marsden led the development and launch of one of the EHS industry’s first web-based software solutions. Medgate welcomed President and CEO, Mark Wallace, to lead the company to the next level of growth and success. A lawyer by trade, Mark joined after leading another software company and after spending four years as VP, General Counsel at AT&T Canada. Mark’s mandate was to build a foundation for scalable, profitable growth and client success.
Medgate’s innovation continued in this period as it pioneered the first cloud-based Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) version.
Setting the Pace in Health and Safety Innovation
In 2006, the majority shareholder of Medgate considered a purchase offer from a US software company, and Mark asked the shareholder to let him buy the company on behalf of his management team. They agreed, but required personal guarantees on the indemnities from all managers. Mark convinced the shareholder to accept a guarantee from him alone, backed by the equity in his house. This MBO unleashed an ownership mentality at the company that pushed it to previously unfathomable heights.
Innovation accelerated as the company adopted an agile development methodology and introduced the GX and later, GX2 platform versions. As clients sought a more integrated and holistic approach to Environment, Health, and Safety, Medgate recruited experts like current Director of Product Management, John Easton. After leading the implementation of Toyota’s revered Safety Management System, John helped expand Medgate’s platform with the addition of both Safety Management and Environmental solutions.
Medgate acquired hundreds of new clients around the world – Toyota, CSX Transportation, Novellis, UN, NASA, Children’s Hospital Medical Center, Westmoreland Coal, Royal Vopak, GSK, Rio Tinto, Suncor, and BHP billiton – while experiencing unparalleled loyalty from its existing customers. The company grew to over 150 employees with offices in the USA, the UK, and Australia. Underlying this success and growth were strong core values and a culture of employee engagement and focus on client success.
The Most Trusted EHSQ Software
In 2016, Medgate received strategic investments from Norwest Venture Partners, Georgian Partners, and BMO Financial Group, allowing the company to take a lead role in consolidating the EHSQ software market. The following year, the company acquired IQS, a quality control software provider, and regAction, an environmental management software provider.
After growing the platform, making strategic acquisitions, and expanding globally, the time came to evolve the brand to better reflect the company’s market-leading position. And in 2017 Medgate re-branded to Cority, reflecting an organization on the move with a strong foundation of core values to assure client success: integrity, quality, community, diversity, and customer centricity. Cority brings these values together in a concise and modern name that enjoys global appeal.
In July 2019, Cority completed an investment from Thoma Bravo, LLC, in which the leading private equity investment firm became the majority investor in the company. Previous majority investor Norwest Venture Partners retained a significant stake in the business and re-invested over half of its proceeds as part of the transaction.
Cority is now the global leader in SaaS-based EHSQ software with over 800 global clients and 350 employees around the world.