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Selection Process

Employers are evaluated by the editors of Canada's Top 100 Employers using eight criteria, which have remained consistent since the project's inception:

1. Physical Workplace

2. Work Atmosphere & Social
3. Health, Financial & Family Benefits

4. Vacation & Time Off

5. Employee Communications

6. Performance Management

7. Training & Skills Development

8. Community Involvement

Employers are compared to other organizations in their field to determine which offers the most progressive and forward-thinking programs.

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Companies by Name  (K-Z)  (A-J)

Kinaxis Inc.

Software Publishers - Kinaxis Inc. develops supply chain management software for a variety of commercial customers in the aerospace and defense, automotive, consumer product, electronics, high technology and industrial sectors. Excellent performance is recognized in a variety of way, including cash bonuses (up to $4,000), NHL hockey tickets, gift certificates, movie passes and family evenings out.

L.V. Lomas Limited

Process, Physical Distribution and Logistics Consulting Services - Founded in 1960, L.V. Lomas Limited is a specialty chemical distributor. Provides maternity and parental leave top-up payments for employees who are new mothers, fathers or adoptive parents (to 100% of salary for 17 weeks).

Left Coast Naturals

Dried and Dehydrated Food Manufacturing - Left Coast Naturals is a manufacturer and distributor of organic and natural food products. A West coast success story that continues to grow at a rapid rate, increasing its workforce by 25% in the past year.

Longbow Advantage Inc.

Other Computer Related Services - Founded in 2002, Longbow Advantage Inc. is a software consulting company that specializes in RedPrairie products. Encourages employees to pursue additional education with generous tuitions subsidies for job-related courses (to $5,000 per year).

Macadamian Technologies Inc.

Custom Computer Programming Services - Founded in 1997, Macadamian Technologies Inc. is a provider of user experience design and software development services. Offers additional financial rewards including signing bonuses for some employees, referral bonuses and a defined contribution pension plan.

Magna Electric Corporation / MEC

Electrical Contractors - MEC is a provider of electrical consulting, manufacturing, contracting, field testing and commissioning services, as well as training services to industrial, commercial and utility sectors across North America. New employees start at three weeks of paid vacation allowance and can schedule additional time off through a formal earned day off program.

Messaging Architects Inc.

Custom Computer Programming Services - Messaging Architects Inc. is a provider of email compliance and risk management controls and services. Is an enlightened smaller employer that cultivates an ownership culture through a share purchase plan, available to all employees -- and also lets everyone enjoy the fruits of their labour with profit-sharing.

Nature's Path Foods Inc.

Breakfast Cereal Manufacturing - Nature's Path Foods Inc. is a manufacturer of organic and natural breakfast foods. Supports ongoing employee development through in-house training programs and subsidies for tuition and professional accreditation.

North Cariboo Flying Service Ltd.

Nonscheduled Chartered Passenger Air Transportation - North Cariboo Flying Service Ltd. is a provider of aircraft charter services in British Columbia. In support of maintaining active, healthy lifestyles, the company manages an employee sponsorship program for employees who participate in organized athletics, arts or community events (up to $1,000 per employee).

Olympia Financial Group Inc.

Trust, Fiduciary, and Custody Activities - Olympia Financial Group Inc. is a non-deposit taking trust company that provides services in private health services plan administration, self-administered plans and foreign exchange. Encourages employees to be active members of the community by providing paid time off to volunteer with local charitable organizations.

The Pythian Group Inc.

Computer Systems Design Services - Established in 1997, The Pythian Group Inc. is a provider of remote database administration services and consulting for Oracle, Oracle Applications, MySQL and SQL Server. Encourages employees to pursue additional education with generous tuition subsidies for courses taken at outside institutions, to $5,000 per year.

QHR Technologies Inc.

Computer Systems Design Services - QHR Technologies Inc. is a designer of IT systems for the Canadian healthcare and social services industries. Provides maternity and parental leave top-up payments to employees who are new mothers (to 75% of salary for 20 weeks) and offers a generous subsidy for in vitro fertilization (IVF) when needed (to $15,000).

Read Jones Christoffersen Ltd. / RJC

Engineering Services - RJC is a consulting engineering firm that specializes in structural engineering, structural restoration and reinforcement of heritage structures, and building science/building envelope services. Employees can take advantage of a variety of alternative work arrangements including flexible hours, telecommuting, shortened and compressed work weeks and reduced summer hours.

RedPoint Media Group Inc.

Perodical Publishers - RedPoint Media Group Inc. is an independent magazine publisher. Hosts a number of social events throughout the year including winter holiday celebrations, pancake breakfasts during the Calgary Stampede and themed lunches such as "Weinie Wednesday" and "Frank Fridays".

ResponseTek Networks Corp.

Custom Computer Programming Services - Founded in 1999, ResponseTek Networks Corp. is a developer of experience-based management software. Supports ongoing employee development through formal mentoring, in-house and online training programs and tuition subsidies for job-related courses.

Richter LLP

Offices of Certified Public Accountants - Richter LLP, formerly RSM Richter Chamberland LLP, is one of the largest independent accounting, business advisory and consulting firms in Canada. Provides excellent financial benefits including signing bonuses for some employees, year-end bonuses for all and generous referral bonuses for employees who refer a candidate that is successfully hired by the organization (to $4,000).

Rogers Insurance Ltd.

Insurance Agencies and Brokerages - Founded in 1977, Rogers Insurance Ltd. is an independent Canadian insurance brokerage. New employees receive three weeks of paid vacation allowance to start as well as additional personal paid days off, which can be scheduled throughout the year.

The Rohit Group of Companies

New Multifamily Housing Construction (except Operative Builders) - Founded in 1986, the Rohit Group of Companies is a real estate company in Western Canada. Helps employees save for retirement with matching RSP contributions, to 5% of salary.

Shouldice Designer Stone Ltd.

Concrete Block and Brick Manufacturing - Shouldice Designer Stone Ltd. is a manufacturer of stone veneers and architectural products. Is an active member of the community, recently working with the Shallow Lake Minor Hockey League to encourage young athletes to participate in the program through subsidized registration fees.

Solvera Solutions

Custom Computer Programming Services - Solvera Solutions is an information technology and business consulting firm in western Canada. Encourages employees to save for the future with contributions to a defined contribution pension plan.

Taiga Building Products Ltd.

Construction and Mining (except Oil Well) Machinery and Equipment Wholesalers - Taiga Building Products Ltd. is a distributor of building materials to building supply dealers and industrial manufacturers. Employees receive five paid personal days-off, which can be scheduled throughout the year.

Verafin Inc.

Custom Computer Programming Services - Founded in 2003 Verafin Inc. is a provider of fraud detection and AML software for the financial industry. Part of a group of smaller employers that have introduced a flexible "no limit" vacation policy that lets employees decide how much time they need in any given year.

Wynward Insurance Group

Property and Casualty Insurance Carriers - Wynward Insurance Group is a provider of specialized insurance programs for Canadian businesses. Helps older workers prepare for the future with retirement planning assistance and generous contributions to a defined benefit pension -- and also offers peace-of-mind with health benefits coverage that extends to retirees, with no age limit. Inc.

Internet Publishing and Broadcasting - Inc. is a leading developer of online software that is used by individual and business clients worldwide for a variety of applications, including currency exchange, conversion, trading, as well as international payment processing and tracking. An enlightened employer that offers generous maternity and parental top-up payments to employees who are new mothers (to 95% of salary for 52 weeks) and parental leave top-up for new fathers or adoptive parents (to 95% of salary for 35 weeks).

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