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Habanero

Information Technology / IT Consulting
www.habaneroconsulting.com

Head office: Vancouver, BC
Employees: 50
Times on Cdn list: 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017


Habanero’s focus on coaching instead of traditional performance management is a big differentiator for the organization. Employees consistently identify the coaching program as a key driver of employee engagement.

Every organization can be exceptional if it engages and empowers its most important activators of change – its employees.

— Steven Fitzgerald - President, Habanero

Wynford / EventSimple

Professional Services
www.wynfordtwg.com/

Head office: Toronto, ON
Employees: 75
Times on Cdn list: 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017


This year, all team members worked collaboratively on the creation of their annual corporate goals by describing what the company’s three key pillars meant to them individually, making it a two-way conversation instead of a top-down mandate.

Resolver Inc.

Information Technology / Software
www.resolver.com

Head office: Toronto, ON
Employees: 120
Times on Cdn list: 2017


Resolver’s career development programs turn “jobs” into “careers.” Employees receive $2,000 in learning and development to build competencies for leadership with the goal that 75% of roles are filled internally through lateral or vertical progressions.

eXplorance Inc.

Information Technology / Software
www.explorance.com

Head office: Montreal, QC
Employees: 106
Times on Cdn list: 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017


eXplorance has developed a series of personalized rewards, each one tailored for the recipient and their family. Hero awards allows employees to recognize colleagues, and CEO Awards recognize those who have gone above and beyond.

Axis Communications

Information Technology
www.axis.com

Head office: Mississauga, ON
Employees: 26
Times on Cdn list: NA


At every five-year anniversary, Axis Communications offers its full-time regular employees a three-week paid sabbatical and $2,000 to spend during the time away from work.

AppCentrica Inc.

Information Technology
www.appcentrica.com

Head office: Toronto, ON
Employees: 53
Times on Cdn list: 2017


The corporate strategy map at AppCentrica contains assignments for leadership, managers and staff alike. This emphasizes that staff have a direct role in steering the strategic direction of the company and helping achieve organizational goals.

SaskCentral

(Credit Union Central of Saskatchewan)

Financial Services & Insurance / Investments
www.saskcentral.com

Head office: Regina, SK
Employees: 73
Times on Cdn list: 2007, 2008, 2010 to 2017


SaskCentral’s Truth and Reconciliation Working Group actively promotes the Rights of Indigenous Peoples within the organization. This group provides different learning events and opportunities that are focused on reconciliation with Indigenous Peoples.

Isaac Operations

Professional Services / Consulting – MGMT
www.isaacteam.com

Head office: Toronto, ON
Employees: 28
Times on Cdn list: NA


Employees at Isaac Operations are more than co-workers; they are friends. Isaac pays 50% toward weekend activities where five or more employees go to an event together. Examples include camping, music festivals and road trips.

True North Automation

Industrial Services / Engineering
www.truenorthautomation.com

Head office: Calgary, AB
Employees: 66
Times on Cdn list: 2014, 2016, 2017


Every quarter a True North Automation ‘All Star’ is chosen. Their story is broadcast on the TV screens in the kitchens highlighting why the True North All Star was selected.

Statflo

Information Technology / Software
www.statflo.com

Head office: Toronto, ON
Employees: 54
Times on Cdn list: NA


Transparency is a key part of how Statflo operates. Management communicates openly and regularly about milestones, key developments and sales. Every employee has insight into how the business is doing. It means no surprises or uncertainty.

Sklar Wilton & Associates

Professional Services / Consulting – MGMT
www.sklarwilton.com

Head office: Toronto, ON
Employees: 38
Times on Cdn list: 2017


Sklar Wilton & Associates pioneered a whole person development program. Topics from this popular program have included: mindfulness, goal setting, energy management, healthy movement, sleep strategies, meditation and resilience.

Eyereturn Marketing

Information Technology / Software
www.eyereturnmarketing.com

Head office: Toronto, ON
Employees: 75
Times on Cdn list: NA


Eyereturn offers extended weekends during the summer. On a rotation schedule, each team selects employees who can leave at 1 pm on Friday, staying connected by phone while they drive to cabins, sit on patios and enjoy the sunshine.

Simply Green Home Services Inc.

Retail
www.mysimplygreen.com

Head office: Toronto, ON
Employees: 69
Times on Cdn list: 2016, 2017


The Simply Spotlight award at Simply Green is given weekly, along with a $100 bonus, to a team member who best exemplifies the organization’s values. The recipient’s bio is also featured in the weekly e-newsletter.

Uken Games

Information Technology / Software
www.uken.com

Head office: Toronto, ON
Employees: 90
Times on Cdn list: NA


To reduce bias, hiring is done by a committee that includes peers, managers and cross-functional team members. They use a combination of behavioural, technical and experiential questions. Final hiring decisions must be unanimous.

Diff

Information Technology
www.diffagency.com

Head office: Montreal, QC
Employees: 55
Times on Cdn list: NA


Diff employees spend a lot of time at their computers, and comfort is key. Diff budgets $3,000 per employee for the best laptops, chairs and desks. Each team receives a bonus budget for their tech-desires.

Eagle Professional Resources Inc.

Professional Services / Staffing & Recruitment
www.eagleonline.com

Head office: Ottawa, ON
Employees: 92
Times on Cdn list: 2015, 2016, 2017


Eagle Professional Resources provides three paid days for employees to celebrate themselves. The first on their birthday. The second for any day related to their ethnicity, culture or religion. The third to volunteer in their community.

Norima Consulting Inc.

Information Technology / IT Consulting
www.norimaconsulting.com

Head office: Winnipeg, MB
Employees: 70
Times on Cdn list: NA


Employees at Norima Consulting choose their annual review format. Face-to-face meeting with no formal documentation; pre-meeting questions to answer and consider in advance; 360-degree feedback. This personalized approached helps meet people where they’re at.

GroupeX Solutions

Information Technology / IT Consulting
www.groupex-solutions.com

Head office: Toronto, ON
Employees: 47
Times on Cdn list: NA


GroupeX provides full support and communication with their remote employees, ensuring they participate in online company contests and promotions such as their $50 coffee card giveaways and quarterly Town Hall meetings.

Cresa Alberta

Professional Services
www.groupex-solutions.com

Head office: Calgary, AB
Employees: 23
Times on Cdn list: 2017


If revenue targets at Cresa Alberta are achieved for the year, the entire staff enjoys an all-expenses-paid three- to four-day trip. No work is done – they simply celebrate their success.

Sparkrock

Information Technology / Software
www.sparkrock.com

Head office: Toronto, ON
Employees: 63
Times on Cdn list: 2016, 2017


Sparkrock encourages its employees to commute via bicycle through a program called SPARKROCK BIKES and rewards employees who do so with $5 per day. They also provide ample bike parking and host seasonal tune-up clinics.

Bloom

Professional Services / Advertising and Marketing
www.makeitbloom.com

Head office: Montreal, QC
Employees: 40
Times on Cdn list: 2017


Employees at Bloom get 10 flexible days to work from home as they wish.

Pace Technical Services Inc.

Information Technology / IT Consulting
www.pacetechnical.com

Head office: Markham, ON
Employees: 26
Times on Cdn list: 2017


Beyond the extended health benefit program, employees are given a $200 yearly wellness benefit that can be used for a gym membership, smoking cessation, prenatal classes or any health-care program not already covered.

Capital Engineering

Professional Services / Consulting Engineering
www.capitaleng.ca

Head office: Edmonton, AB
Employees: 88
Times on Cdn list: 2012, 2013, 2015, 2016, 2017


With a nod to their mathematical roots, on March 14 (3.14) Capital Engineering hosts a pie tasting with many delicious options as well as a pie eating contest.

BlueDot Inc.

Health Care
www.bluedot.global

Head office: Toronto, ON
Employees: 43
Times on Cdn list: NA


BlueDot regularly has people graduating from different programs. To commemorate these milestone events, the company holds mini graduation ceremonies where employees are presented with diplomas from BlueDot Inc. for having completed a “Masters of Awesome.”

Teach Away

Professional Services / Education and Training
www.teachaway.com

Head office: Toronto, ON
Employees: 43
Times on Cdn list: NA


Whether it’s Toronto, Vancouver or Edinburgh, Scotland, Teach Away encourages employees to visit their global offices. Employees can work from another Teach Away location while enjoying the opportunity to travel at the same time.

When we’re all learning together, we see fun, sustainable growth. That’s our flywheel.

— Sarah Liverance - Partner, Sklar Wilton & Associates

Electromate Inc.

Industrial Services / Industrial Design
www.electromate.com

Head office: Vaughan, ON
Employees: 28
Times on Cdn list: NA


To maintain a well-rounded approach to personnel, management and productivity, the senior leadership team at Electromate is coached by three coaches: an HR Coach, a Leadership Coach, and a Sales Process & Methodology Coach.

Climax Media Inc.

Information Technology
www.climaxmedia.com

Head office: Toronto, ON
Employees: 43
Times on Cdn list: 2016, 2017


Once a month, Climax Media holds “Campfire.” At this informal exchange, they discuss upcoming events, projects and general updates. Ideas and questions are encouraged. While they don’t actually light fire, there is a warm glow!

TechBlocks

Information Technology / IT Consulting
www.tblocks.com

Head office: Vaughan, ON
Employees: 34
Times on Cdn list: 2017


On the last Friday of every month, TechBlocks caters lunch for the whole team including contractors, part-time and remote employees. It’s a great opportunity to learn what is going on throughout the organization.

HRdownloads

Professional Services
www.hrdownloads.com

Head office: London, ON
Employees: 74
Times on Cdn list: 2011, 2012, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017


HRdownloads recognizes employees with Superhero Status Cards. Superhero Cards come with a personalized message and a time-off amount ranging from 15 minutes to an hour. Employees can save up cards for a full day off.

EventMobi

Information Technology
www.eventmobi.com

Head office: Toronto, ON
Employees: 78
Times on Cdn list: NA


EventMobi hired an Employee Success Coach for employees to talk to confidentially about issues they are having. This coach is now part of the fabric at EventMobi, confidentially coaching employees through challenging work situations.

Managing Matters

Professional Services / Business Process Outsourcing
www.managingmatters.com

Head office: Toronto, ON
Employees: 29
Times on Cdn list: NA


Managing Matters recently introduced Passion Days. This paid time off allows employees to spend the day doing something they are personally passionate about. Pursuing individual passions brings positive results for the employee and the business.

Opencare

Information Technology
www.opencare.com/careers

Head office: Toronto, ON
Employees: 21
Times on Cdn list: NA


Opencare provides each employee with access to a performance psychologist who is available for sessions to discuss any personal/professional roadblocks. All sessions are kept confidential.

Mercatus Technologies Inc.

Information Technology / Software
www.mercatus.com

Head office: Toronto, ON
Employees: 69
Times on Cdn list: NA


Mercatus has “collision zones” within its office environment. What this means is that the physical design of the company’s office space is set up in a way that encourages spontaneous conversations and the sharing of ideas.

UPGC Inc.

Hospitality / Food and Beverage Service
www.upgc.com

Head office: Vaughan, ON
Employees: 25
Times on Cdn list: NA


Yearly, UPGC hosts an engaging offsite team-building event. This year at a Paint Lounge, associates collaborated to bring a piece of artwork to life. The paintings are now proudly displayed around the office.

Consumer Protection BC

Social Services and Government Agencies / General public administration activities
www.consumerprotectionbc.ca

Head office: Victoria, BC
Employees: 45
Times on Cdn list: 2017


Consumer Protection BC encourages continuous learning through education and training, based on individual needs and organizational requirements. This includes time to attend courses, full or partial payment of tuition, professional membership dues and conference/workshop attendance.

Bryson Insurance

Financial Services & Insurance / General Insurance
www.brysoninsurance.ca

Head office: Ajax, ON
Employees: 37
Times on Cdn list: 2016, 2017


Bryson Insurance has an entire team-building program dedicated to health and wellness. This past year, a team embarked on a journey to the bottom of the Grand Canyon. An epic adventure has a way of transforming relationships!

VFS Canada Inc.

Financial Services & Insurance / Banking/Credit Services
www.vfsco.com

Head office: Aurora, ON
Employees: 47
Times on Cdn list: NA


To support employee career development, VFS Canada offers short-term assignments in different locations to learn and share best practices.

Search Engine People

Professional Services / Advertising and Marketing
www.searchenginepeople.com

Head office: Pickering, ON
Employees: 60
Times on Cdn list: NA


By providing employees with a variety of work options, the company creates a win-win scenario. This includes flexible hours and the opportunity to work remotely from anywhere one to two days per week.

Tourism Toronto

Hospitality
www.seetorontonow.com

Head office: Toronto, ON
Employees: 81
Times on Cdn list: NA


Tourism Toronto is a proud supporter of the ‘Relax, Recharge, Renew’ program, providing parents of children with special needs a much-deserved break. The program is run by employee volunteers and over 500 families have benefited.

Adoxio Business Solutions Ltd.

Information Technology / IT Consulting
www.adoxio.com

Head office: Calgary, AB
Employees: 74
Times on Cdn list: NA


Adoxio has a tradition called Scotch Friday. A team member brings in a bottle of scotch and the entire office gathers in the kitchen for a toast and to talk about highlights of the week.

Rittal Systems Ltd.

Manufacturing & Production / Basic metals and fabricated metal products
www.rittal.ca

Head office: Mississauga, ON
Employees: 49
Times on Cdn list: 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017


Rittal provides training to meet a wide range of employee needs and style preferences. This includes online training, microlearning, the Rittal Academy and opportunities to attend relevant industry and peer networking events.

Proof Experiences Inc.

Professional Services / Advertising and Marketing
www.proofexperiences.com

Head office: Toronto, ON
Employees: 36
Times on Cdn list: NA


Proof Experience recognizes five-year anniversaries with a Milestone Trip Reward: $4,000 plus an extra week of vacation for travel. Ten years earns a Milestone Experience Reward: $5,000 for an international industry-based experience.

Clintar Commercial Outdoor Services

Industrial Services
www.clintar.com

Head office: Markham, ON
Employees: 17
Times on Cdn list: NA


As part of its work appreciation efforts, Clintar ensures ALL staff are involved in social events. These events are used to highlight the success employees bring to Clintar and to recognize the entire team effort.

Zomaron

Information Technology / Software
www.zomaron.com

Head office: London, ON
Employees: 78
Times on Cdn list: NA


A company that eats together, stays together. As such, Zomaron regularly offers catered employee lunches that bring everyone together and help grow trusting relationships interdepartmentally.

Pong Game Studios Corp.

Information Technology / Software
www.pongstudios.com

Head office: Woodbridge, ON
Employees: 75
Times on Cdn list: NA


Employees at Pong Game Studios visit client sites to see their finished product at work. The trips are inspirational, and upon their return, the employees are motivated to remain leaders in the industry.

Tile Shoppe

Retail
www.tileshoppes.com

Head office: Concord, ON
Employees: 50
Times on Cdn list: NA


Whenever a Tile Shoppe store reaches its monthly sales target, every team member at the store receives a prepaid credit card. The perk ranges from $25 to $1,000 with the two-year average being $100.

Voices.com

Information Technology / Internet Service Provider
www.voices.com

Head office: London, ON
Employees: 96
Times on Cdn list: NA


Before joining Voices.com, new employees meet the company’s co-founders (CEO and CBO). Learning the history of the company, and getting to know those who built it, allows the employee to confirm their decision to join.

Kincardine Family Health Team

Health Care
www.kincardinefht.ca

Head office: Kincardine, ON
Employees: 15
Times on Cdn list: NA


Performance-Based Recognition is a priority at Kincardine Family Health Team. Annually, team members receive between $2,000 and $6,000 as recognition for their personal contributions to the organization.

DAS Canada

Financial Services & Insurance
www.das.ca

Head office: Toronto, ON
Employees: 45
Times on Cdn list: 2016


Every employee at DAS is automatically added to the group Legal Expense Insurance (LEI) policy, so they have access to justice and legal resources if the need should ever arise.

Canada Dry Mott’s

Manufacturing & Production / Food products / Beverages
www.canadadrymotts.ca

Head office: Mississauga, ON
Employees: 81
Times on Cdn list: NA


The Rapid Continuous Improvement (RCI) program at Canada Dry Mott’s is a fundamental part of the company’s strategy. The company believes in employee-led change to improve safety, quality, delivery, productivity and growth.


Produced by Randall Anthony Communications. The Globe’s Editorial Department was not involved in its creation.


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