Canada's 10 Most Admired Corporate Cultures™

 

Canada's 10 Most Admired Corporate Cultures™ is founded and presented by Waterstone Human Capital, one of Canada's fastest-growing cultural talent management and retained executive search firms specializing in recruiting for fit and cultural assessment. This national program, now in its 12th year, annually recognizes best-in-class Canadian organizations for having cultures that have helped them enhance performance and sustain a competitive advantage.

 

Canada's 10 is Waterstone's R&D Lab: through our annual Canadian Corporate Culture Study, the hundreds of program submissions, the nominee interviews, as well as through out Corporate Culture Summit, our regional events and our national gala, Waterstone is at the forefront of best practices in culture and fit - practices we share with our clients, to help them recruit for fit, conduct cultural assessments and build great organizations.

 

Winning Canada's 10 Most Admired Corporate Cultures™ allows organizations to use the logo and trademarks for three years as a mark of excellence in culture and performance. Additionally, the program facilitates valuable networking opportunities and building relationships with Canada's most successful and innovative organizations who outperform their peers.

So Who's Eligible?

Canadian or Canadian subsidiary organizations, either privately-held or publicly-traded, are eligible. These organizations must have a head office, or a subsidiary office, in Canada. Canadian public-sector organizations are also eligible

(e.g. not-for-profit organizations, government agencies and crown corporations).

 

The 2017 program is not open to the 2016 and 2015 winners of the program.

Once nominated, candidates are approached by Waterstone Human Capital

and asked to make a detailed submission to the program.

Submission Guidelines

Only organizations that have been nominated to the Canada’s 10 Most Admired Corporate Cultures 2016 program, and that have been notified of this nomination by Waterstone Human Capital, are eligible to make a submission. If you have questions, please email Jeri Paul or call 416-408-4545 x225.

 

Hundreds of nominees participate in the program annually. Once nominated, these organizations are asked to make a detailed submission to the program. They are asked to provide detailed answers to the following six key criteria depending on their category:

 

- Growth and Small Cap (revenues under $50 million)

- Mid-Market (revenues of $50 million to less than $500 million)

- Enterprise (revenues of $500 million and above), and

- Broader Public Sector (not-for-profit, government, charitable organizations and crown corporations)

Growth and Small Cap, Mid-Market

and Enterprise Organizations

Broader Public Sector Organizations

1.Vision and Leadership

Describe the vision, mission and values of the organization and also how leaders drive these cultural pillars throughout the organization. How does leadership inspire people towards a new level of growth and achievement?

 

2.Recruitment and Hiring for Fit

How does your organization recruit for fit? Describe your best practices in recruitment and outline specific strategies, tools and services used to find top talent. What are the key behaviours of your top performers and how does your organization promote its employment brand, both internally and externally, in order to find candidates that are the right cultural fit for your organization?

 

3.Cultural Alignment and Measurement

How is the culture of the organization aligned to its vision, people, and processes, and how is it measured and sustained to support organizational performance? Please provide details on engagement surveys, cultural assessments, or other key metrics, if applicable.

 

4.Retention, Rewards and Recognition

Describe how your organization rewards and recognizes its people. What is your organization's voluntary turnover rate? How does your organization develop and keep its best people who fit the culture?

 

5.Organizational Performance

The Canada's 10 Most Admired Corporate Cultures™ program recognizes organizations for having winning cultures that impact performance. As a result, it is critical that financial performance information be provided in this section. Organizations that do not provide this information may be withdrawn from the process prior to the National Vote, at the discretion of Waterstone Human Capital. Organizations must provide a minimum of four of the following six financial indicators: EBITDA; Revenue; 3-year revenue growth; 3-year EBITDA growth; industry relevant data; or, industry/sector comparative performance data versus competitive peers.

 

6.Corporate Social Responsibility

An outstanding organization promotes a culture that supports organizational and individual involvement in overcoming community, social and environmental issues. How has the organization done so? Please provide examples.

1.Vision and Leadership

Describe the vision, mission and values of the organization and also how leaders drive these cultural pillars throughout the organization. How does leadership inspire people towards a new level of growth and achievement?

 

Governance: How are Directors chosen? What is the length of their terms? How do they provide leadership with regards to growth and achievement?

 

2.Recruitment and Hiring for Fit

How does your organization recruit for fit? Describe your best practices in recruitment and outline specific strategies, tools and services used to find top talent. What are the key behaviours of your top performers and how does your organization promote its employment brand, both internally and externally, in order to find candidates that are the right cultural fit for your organization?

 

3.Cultural Alignment and Measurement

How is the culture of the organization aligned to its vision, people, and processes, and how is it measured and sustained to support organizational performance?

 

4.Retention, Rewards and Recognition

Describe how your organization rewards and recognizes its people, including volunteers. How does your organization develop and keep its best people who fit the culture?

 

5.Organizational Performance

How has the organization performed relative to its vision, mission, strategic goals and objectives? How does it compare to other not-for-profit organizations in its sector? What metrics are being used to measure performance?

 

How does the organization fund its operations? What are the sources of funding and the relevant percentages of total revenues? What is the fundraising ratio (costs of fundraising against funds raised)?

 

6.Corporate Social Responsibility

An outstanding organization promotes a culture that supports organizational and individual involvement in overcoming community, social and environmental issues. How has the organization done so? Please provide examples.

The 2016 Winners List

Enterprise - 2016

Air Canada, Montreal, Quebec, Visit Site

Bison Transport, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Visit Site

Cadillac Fairview, Vaughan, Ontario, Visit Site

Ceridian, Toronto, Ontario, Visit Site

CIBC, Toronto, Ontario, Visit Site

EllisDon, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Visit Site

Maple Leafs Foods, Mississauga, Ontario, Visit Site

O'Regans, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Visit Site

Reliance Home Comfort, Mississauga, Ontario, Visit Site

The Oppenheimer Group, Calgary, Alberta, Visit Site

 

 

Mid-Market - 2016

Blinds to Go, Montréal, Québec, Visit Site

Cactus Restaurants, Vancouver, British Columbia, Visit Site

Deep Foundation Contractors, Gormley, Ontario, Visit Site

Esri Canada, North York, Ontario, Visit Site

Global Relay Communications Inc., Vancouver, British Columbia, Visit Site

Kinaxis, Ottawa, Visit Site

Paladin Security, Vancouver, British Columbia, Visit Site

Spinrite LP, Listowel, Ontario, Visit Site

The Boston Consulting Group,Toronto, Ontario, Visit Site

Weston Forest Mississauga, Ontario, Visit Site

 

 

 

Growth and Small Cap - 2016

Agnora, Collingwood, Ontario, Visit Site

Best Services Pros Ltd.,Vancouver, British Columbia, Visit Site

Clio,Toronto, Ontario, Visit Site

Meetingmax, Vancouver, British Columbia, Visit Site

Miovision, Kitchener, Ontario, Visit Site

Multi-Health Systems, Toronto, Ontario, Visit Site

Muskoka Brewery, Bracebridge, Ontario, Visit Site

RLB LLP, Guelph, Ontario, Visit Site

The Foray Group, Markham, Ontario, Visit Site

Wave, Toronto, Ontario, Visit Site

 

 

 

Broader Public Sector - 2016

View All Past Winners

Canadian Mental Health Association York Region and South Simcoe, Newmarket, Ontario, Visit Site

Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital, Toronto, Ontario, Visit Site

Michael Garron,Toronto, Ontario, Visit Site

SaskTel,Regina, Saskatchewan, Visit Site

The Princess Margaret Cancer Foundation , Toronto, Ontario, Visit Site

The Ottawa Hospital, Ottawa, Ontario, Visit Site

WE,Toronto, Ontario, Visit Site

World Vision, Mississauga, Ontario, Visit Site

Workers Compensation Board of Nova Scotia, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Visit Site

Victoria Hospitals Foundation, Victoria, British Columbia, Visit Site

 

 

Canada's 10 Most Admired Corporate Cultures is founded and presented by Waterstone Human Capital, a leading retrained executive search firm specializing in recruiting for fit. Organizations that receive this award four times are included into

the program's Hall of Fame.

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