CANADA'S TOP 100 EMPLOYEES

TOP 10 SMALL EMPLOYERS

KEN MACQUEEN October 11 2004
CANADA'S TOP 100 EMPLOYEES

TOP 10 SMALL EMPLOYERS

KEN MACQUEEN October 11 2004

MOVING UP FAST

"When I was serving in the military, I read an article in Maclean's about Christine Silverberg, who was then deputy chief of Hamilton Police. She went on to Calgary, becoming the first woman to head a major police force. In the military, there aren't a lot of female senior role models. I thought, Hamilton is so progressive, so I applied. I want to be chief of police-I'm committed to this. It's totally attainable here, because you can determine your career path. That's why I'm now acting as a recruiter for five years. It allows me to see if I really want to do this."-Jo-Ann Savoie, constable and recruiter, Hamilton Police Service

COMPANY

FULL-TIME CDN. EMPLOYEES

NOTABLE PERKS

FINANCIAL SERVICES

Amex Canada Inc., Markham, Ont. Credit card and travel services

3,613

Take up to six months paid leave for volunteer work. Shape up with a wellness program-relaxation training included.

Atlantic Blue Cross Care, Moncton, N.B. Individual and group insurance services

1,203

Tuition subsidies to $2,500; exceptional health plan, including free family coverage and subsidized retiree coverage.

Bank of Montreal, Toronto Financial institution

23,379

Unique online awards for travel, gift certificates and merchandise. Adoption top-up to 95% of salary for four weeks.

Co-operative Trust Co. of Canada, Saskatoon Financial products for credit unions

201

Interview for internal promotion even while on maternity leave; when leaving, vent in a special exit interview.

Co-operators General Insurance Co. Ltd.,

Guelph, Ont. Insurance provider

2,053

Maternity top-up payments, subsidized on-site daycare; weekly massages.

Farm Credit Canada, Regina

Financial services for the agricultural sector

983

Generous maternity top-ups and flexible work arrangements; paid time off to volunteer, plus six personal days.

First Canadian Title Co. Ltd., Oakville, Ont. Property title insurance

510

Fast-growing company: staff has quintupled in three years; profit sharing and matching RSP contributions.

Frank Russell Canada Ltd., Toronto Investment management services

88

Four weeks off in first year; eight-week paid sabbatical in 10th year. Head abroad with a global work program.

Great-West Life Assurance Co., Winnipeg Insurance and investment services

3,988

Enjoy a flexible benefits plan; invite your spouse for a free after-hours workout at the on-site fitness facility.

MBNA Canada Bank, Ottawa Provider of affinity credit card programs

1,215

Combine paid vacation with personal days to create a single pool of paid days off-four weeks after the first year.

Vancouver City Savings Credit Union,

Vancouver Financial services

1,260

Buy additional vacation days by changing your benefits. Become a green commuter with transit subsidies.

INDUSTRIAL AND RESOURCES

AltaGas Ltd., Calgary Pipeline and energy services

353

Get four extra long weekends in the summer. Reward for top performer: weekend for two in Banff or Lake Louise.

BHP Billiton Diamonds Inc., Vancouver N.W.T. diamond mine

765

If herds of caribou and spectacular aurora borealis don’t do it for you, a full gym and golfing simulators might.

Blau Autotec, Woodbridge, Ont. Automotive component manufacturer

137

Free fitness-club membership; your kids are eligible for scholarships up to $2,500; profit sharing, year-end bonuses

Cascades Inc., Kingsey Falls, Que. Maker of paper products

10,830

Enjoy small-town life-and get a $5,000 cheque (plus annual property tax rebates) when you build a new home.

Dofasco Inc., Hamilton, Steel manufacturer

7,193

Work out with the kids at a fitness facility open to employees, retirees and their families.

General Dynamics Canada Ltd., Ottawa Defence electronics manufacturer

1,459

Compassionate leave top-up to 95% of salary for two weeks and 70% for next six weeks. Free turkeys at Christmas.

Great Little Box Co. Ltd., Vancouver Box manufacturer

133

All-expenses-paid staff trips if the company reaches business targets; boat cruises and “paintball afternoons.”

Husky Energy Inc., Calgary Petroleum company

2,915

Seven personal days each year; three weeks vacation in year one. Scholarships up to $1,500 for employees’ kids.

Nexen Inc., Calgary Petroleum company

1,591

Extra time off in summer; variety of awards for excellent work; tropical-plant atrium; customizable benefits.

PCL Constructors Inc., Edmonton General contractor

961

Tuition subsidies at employee-owned firm. Annual hockey tournament: teams compete for Schmauch Cup.

Seaspan International Ltd., North Vancouver Marine transportation

1,682

Career opportunities around the world; personal trainers at the massive-and free-on-site fitness centre.

Shell Canada Ltd., Calgary Petroleum company

3,629

Generous pension contributions; 5% discount on gas; support for more than 1,000 charitable initiatives last year.

Standard Aero Ltd., Winnipeg Gas turbine engine repair

1,316

Annual fishing derby, dragon-boat races, a summer picnic and, at Christmas, managers serve lunch.

Toyota Motor Manufacturing Canada Inc.,

Cambridge, Ont. Automobile manufacturer

4,306

Trade unused health credits for cash; get $1,000 off on a new car; parties feature bands like Great Big Sea.

Yamaha Motor Canada Ltd., Toronto Leisure vehicle manufacturer

Motorcycles, snowmobiles, ATVs available on weekends; top performers eligible for trips to Caribbean.

Zenon Environmental Inc., Oakville, Ont. Maker of filtration systems

766

Fully equipped fitness centre; a subsidized cafeteria; 8 km of forest trails; chance to win Caribbean trips for two.

171

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

Adacel Inc., Brassard, Que. Air-traffic control systems

159 Four weeks off in first year; international work opportunities; 13-week unpaid leave of absence after 10 years.

Adobe Systems Canada Inc., Ottawa Graphics and desktop-publishing software

282 Tuition subsidies up to $10,000; employee art club; seminars on everything from handling stress to bike maintenance.

Algorithmics Inc., Toronto Financial services software developer

248 Two-week paid sabbatical every five years; more than 180 online courses; on-site café and rooftop patio.

Alias Systems Corp., Toronto Animation and graphics software developer

352 Work in a hip downtown warehouse-style loft and party on a rooftop deck that holds 400 people.

BioWare Corp., Edmonton Computer video-game developer

179 Discounted video-game consoles and employee Playdium passes; get a paid break between Christmas and New Year’s.

FULL-TIME

COMPANY CDN. EMPLOYEES

Blast Radius Inc., Vancouver

Communications consulting firm

Business Objects Corp., Vancouver 1,127

Business software developer

CGI Group Inc., Montreal 16,048

Information technology consulting

Creo Inc., Burnaby, B.C. 1,335

Press equipment and technology

Dalsa Corp., Waterloo, Ont. 645

Image sensors, digital imaging products

EDS Canada, Toronto 5,659

Information technology consulting

Ericsson Canada Inc., Montreal

Telecommunications products and services

Hewlett-Packard (Canada) Co., Mississauga, 3,697

Ont. Computer products

IBM Canada Ltd., Markham, Ont. 19,520

Computing products and services

Intuit Canada Ltd., Edmonton 523

Personal finance and accounting software

MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates Ltd., 1,351

Richmond, B.C. Information systems

MEI Computer Technology Group Inc.,

Montreal Software for retail applications Microsoft Canada Co., Mississauga, Ont. 689

Computer software products Progressive Solutions Inc., Richmond, B.C.

Forest products industry software

Radical Entertainment Inc., Vancouver

Interactive video-game developer

Rogers Communications Inc., Toronto 13,634

Communications company

SAS Institute (Canada) Inc., Toronto 183

Data warehousing and business software SaskTel, Regina 3,693

Communications services

Sierra Systems Group Inc., Vancouver 726

Information technology consulting Taleo Corp., Quebec City Human resources software

Telesat Canada, Ottawa 463

Communications satellites

Telvent Canada Ltd., Calgary 350

Information management, simulation systems

348

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178

72

1,991

219

PROFESSIONAL SERVICES

Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP, Toronto Law firm

Ceridian Canada Ltd., Winnipeg 1,103

Payroll and human resources services

Ernst & Young LLP, Toronto

Audit, tax, corporate finance services

Halsall Associates Ltd., Toronto 146

Engineering consulting firm

Hill & Knowlton Canada, Toronto 151

Public relations

Komex International Ltd., Calgary Environmental consulting and engineering KPMG LLP, Toronto 4,144

Accounting and professional services PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP, Toronto 4,343

Professional services firm

Urban Systems Ltd., Kamloops, B.C. 194

Engineers, planners, landscape architects

2,773

978

PUBLIC SECTOR AND NON-PR

Atlantic Lottery Corp. Inc., Moncton, N.B. 500 Gaming products Banif Centre, Banff, Alta. 490 Arts education centre Canadian Broadcasting Corp., Ottawa 8,860 Public broadcaster

NOTABLE PERKS

One-month paid sabbatical after only four years on the job; customized rewards for top performers. Top-performing salesperson gets a free Mercedes for a year; fresh fruit delivered every morning.

Previous work experience considered in setting vacation

entitlement; extensive in-house training._

Work in a landmark building with balconies, great city views and its own koi pond; tuition subsidies to $5,000. Company-paid ESL classes; mid-winter beach party; lunch-hour courses on gardening, pet care and more.

Up to $3,500 for new adoptive parents; tuition subsidies and leaves of up to two years; hip downtown location. On-site daycare and fitness centre; weekly massages;

maternity top-up payments (65% to 17 weeks)._

Computer equipment discounts; take your family to the company’s cottage retreat, for free.

Free health-club memberships; many organized sports activities, from snowboarding to ju-jitsu to lawn bowling. Share purchase plan at 15% discount; matching RSP contributions to $4,000; nap rooms and a free fitness facility. Individual training budget for each employee; yoga classes, led by executive vice-president.

Unpaid leaves, maternity top-up and adoption subsidies; top performer gets all-expenses-paid trip or up to $2,500. Start a club or team with four colleagues and get a $500 subsidy; five paid days to volunteer; kickboxing classes. Look out on ski hills of the Okanagan from the office; driving-range passes and use of company condo and boat. $5,000 referral bonus; jam with the CFO and his rock band in the music rehearsal space.

On-site Tim Flortons and fitness centre; rooftop patio; employee discounts on cellphones and Blue Jays tickets. Get $900 every two years toward your own home gym; fresh fruit, specialty coffee and tea, pastries and M&M’s. Online training programs; on-site fitness facility; nearby trails around a revitalized Wascana Lake.

Smoked salmon, sushi and tapas at monthly staff meeting; top performers get weekends at a seaside resort.

Work in a renovated landmark; shoot a game of pool or tickle the ivories in the employee lounge.

Two subsidized health clubs with yoga, Pilâtes, tae kwon do; flexible hours and job sharing; 10 acres of parkland.

Long weekends in summer; in-house newsletter includes reviews of local restaurants, classified ads.

Believe it or not: have fun with lawyers on ski days, at a golf tournament and at children’s Christmas party.

Managers have inside offices, workers take window seats; top performers get free holiday fun in the sun. Bonuses: referral, signing, year-end, even for completing courses. Maternity top-up (100% for 17 weeks). Mentoring program; transit subsidies; renewable scholarships for employees’ kids with B averages.

Tuition subsidies; in-house training; $7,500 education grants and bonuses up to $1,000 for course completion. Get cash bonuses and company shares that add up to 60% of annual profits.

Relax with seven paid personal days off each year, on top of vacation, plus paid time off for volunteer work. Financial perks galore, including myriad bonuses; paid month off to study for accounting exam.

Three weeks off for new workers; top performers get a chance to win airfare to anywhere in the world.

Free membership in an on-site fitness club; can customize health benefits.

Work in spectacular Banff National Park; on-site fitness club offers indoor rock-climbing wall and a hot tub. Exceptional training program; can work in English,

French and one of eight Aboriginal languages.

FULL-TIME CDN. EMPLOYEES

NOTABLE PERKS

COMPANY

Canadian Institute for Health Information,

Ottawa Health information system

323 Tuition subsidies for courses not related to the job; fab lunch potential at Byward Market.

Catholic Children's Aid Society of Toronto,

Toronto Social support services

549 Four weeks off after year one; maternity top-up of 70% for 24 weeks, plus two-year extensions.

Ecotrust Canada, Vancouver Environmental consultants

23 Maternity top-up of 75% for 26 weeks; go skiing for a work day with the boss’s blessing.

Export Development Canada, Ottawa Crown export agency

1,002 Deal with more than 200 countries; adoption leave top-up of 95% for 18 weeks. _

Halton Regional Municipality, Oakville, Ont. Municipal government

1,278 Maternity top-ups; three weeks of vacation in first year; a provincial park minutes away.

Hamilton Police Service, Hamilton Law enforcement agency

1,003 A committee helps improve work-life balance; extended leaves and generous maternity top-ups.

Law Society of Upper Canada, Toronto Governing body for legal profession

385 Located amid six acres of gardens; exceptional maternity top-ups and training options. _

Seven Oaks General Hospital, Winnipeg Health care services provider

521 Includes a wellness centre and an 80,000-sq.-foot fitness facility; daycare runs day camps during holidays. _

South-East Regional Health Authority,

Moncton, N.B. Health care services provider

1,565 Free on-site daycare, impressive maternity top-ups and flexible work options.

City of Surrey, Surrey, B.C. Municipal government

1,477 Start the day with a tai-chi class; three weeks of vacation in first year.

Toronto Transit Commission, Toronto Public transit system

10,726 Employer venturing on a 10-year expansion; in-house education and tuition subsidies; free rides to work.

University Health Network, Toronto Academic health sciences centre

6,878 On-site daycare and a range of alternative work

arrangements; 25 scholarships available for staff’s kids.

OTHER

Abebooks Inc., Victoria Online network of booksellers

Three weeks vacation to start; beautiful Vancouver Island location chosen with staff input.

Altana Pharma Inc., Oakville, Ont. Pharmaceutical company

211

Brand new head office; global job opportunities; tuition subsidies of up to $5,000. _

Bayer CropScience Inc., Calgary Crop protection, plant biotechnology

224

Maternity or paternity top-ups to full salary for six weeks; informal earned-days-off program.

Big Rock Brewery Income Trust, Calgary Brewery

142

Monthly snacks-and-beer night; “beer allowances” for good performance. _

Cara Operations Ltd., Mississauga, Ont. Restaurants and catering

9,952

Extensive training and advancement opportunities; employees’ kids are eligible for 50 scholarships each year.

Carlson Wagonlit Travel, Toronto Travel agency

696

“Month Off” program gives leaves with first week paid; transfer unused health credits to your RSP.

Enmax Corp., Calgary City-owned utility

1,068

Commitment to clean energy via investments and corporate use; get university credits for in-house training.

Epcor Utilities Inc., Edmonton Electricity, water and gas supplier

2,071

Three paid personal days a year can be taken in hourly increments; flexible health benefits.

Fairmont Hotels & Resorts Inc., Toronto Luxury hotels and resorts

8,600

Work in some of Canada’s most spectacular places; discounted rates at hotels and resorts.

Halifax Herald Ltd., Halifax Newspaper publisher

314

Take your birthday off, with pay; convert unused health benefits into cash or RSP contributions.

IKEA Canada LP, Burlington, Ont. Home furnishings retailer

1,493 Job postings in dozens of countries; unofficial motto: “Life is more important than work.”

L'Oréal Canada Inc., Montreal Cosmetics company

1,200 Tuition subsidies and international online training; maternity top-up of 100% for 17 weeks._

Merck Frosst Canada Ltd., Montreal Pharmaceutical company

1,849 Seventy-week maternity leave; two on-site daycares; _five paid days off for new dads.

MSM Transportation Inc., Bolton, Ont. Freight transportation

121 Get $10,000 paid into your RSP on your 10th anniversary; company will sponsor your kid’s team if you’re the coach.

Murray Automotive Group, Winnipeg Automotive dealerships

729

Matching donations and paid time off to employees who volunteer; discounts on new GM cars.

Nature’s Path Foods Inc., Richmond, B.C. Organic and natural breakfast foods

95

Free healthy breakfast each morning; a wellness program; free membership to on-site fitness club.

ParkLane Homes Ltd., Vancouver Residential builder

51

Full health benefits; 4% discount on a new home; five paid days off for volunteering.

Pfizer Canada Inc., Montreal Pharmaceutical company

1,476

On-site daycare has library, music lessons, even a cook; subsidized cafeteria offers take-home dinners.

Procter & Gamble Inc., Toronto Consumer products

1,850

Women’s workshop series about work-life issues; three weeks vacation in first year.

QLT Inc., Vancouver Pharmaceutical company

313

Stock options for good performance (company’s shares jumped 180% last year); on-site health club.

TDL Group Corp., Oakville, Ont. Operator of Tim Hortons restaurants

958

Charitable programs send more than 9,000 underprivileged children to camp every summer.

Westlet Airlines Ltd., Calgary Discount air carrier

2,546

Multitude of training programs; travel discounts for employees’ family and friends.