Queen’s Centre for Business Venturing Announces Canada’s Best Small and Medium Employers

Posted on January 14, 2009

Top 50 Share Four Critical Success Factors

Kingston, ON, January 14, 2008 – Fifty organizations from across the country have been singled out as the Best Small & Medium Employers in Canada in an annual study released today by Queen’s Centre for Business Venturing (QCBV) at Queen’s School of Business in conjunction with Hewitt Associates, a global human resources consulting and outsourcing company. Canadian organizations with between 50 and 399 permanent employees are eligible to participate in the ranking.

“While each organization has achieved success with its own distinct blend of policies, programs and practices, across the board there are four common characteristics that distinguish the best from the rest,” said survey co-ordinator Einar Westerlund, director of project development at Queen’s Centre for Business Venturing. “In each case, the top 50 demonstrate superiority in employee recognition, managing performance, career opportunities, and organizational reputation.”

The Best Small & Medium Employers in Canada study focuses on measuring employee engagement, and allows employers to discover the degree of intellectual and emotional commitment employees have in their workplace.  Each organization’s results are benchmarked; this allows companies to gauge their strengths against others in their specific industry or overall.  Due to the growth of the program this year, the number of organizations that qualified as a Best Small & Medium Employer doubled to 50.

“In the present economic climate, it’s even more crucial for organizations to motivate and retain their current employees, as well as attract new talent,” said Westerlund. “Organizations that participate in the Best Small & Medium Employers in Canada program gain vital insight into employee engagement regardless of whether or not they place on the list.”

2009 Top 50 Best Small & Medium Employers in Canada:

1.  Protegra, Inc. -  Winnipeg MB
2.  Miele Canada Limited - Vaughan ON
3.  Gibraltar Solutions Inc. - Mississauga ON
4.  ISL Engineering and Land Services Ltd. -  Edmonton AB
5.  Hood Group - Sherwood Park AB
6.  Solutions 2 GO Inc. - Mississauga ON
7.  DRN Commerce Inc. - London ON
8.  PDL Contact Centres Ltd.  - Calgary AB
9.  Benefits by Design Inc. - Port Coquitlam BC
10.  Healthtech Consultants - Toronto ON
11.  The Personnel Department -  Vancouver BC
12.  National Leasing Group Inc. - Winnipeg MB
13.  Bioniche Life Sciences Inc. - Belleville  ON
14.  Birchwood Automotive Group -  Winnipeg MB
15.  Canada Foundation for Innovation - Ottawa ON
16.  Mercedes-Benz Financial / Daimler Truck Financial - Mississauga ON
17.  Payworks Inc. - Winnipeg MB
18.  Globalive Communications Corp. - Toronto  ON
19.  Adfast Corp Ville - St. Laurent QC
20.  Adera Development Corporation - Vancouver BC
21.  Stewart, Weir & Co Ltd. - Sherwood Park AB
22.  Wakefield Canada Inc. - Toronto ON
23.  I Love Rewards Inc.  -Toronto ON
24.  Ozery’s Pita Break - Toronto ON
25.  Rare Method Interactive Corp. - Calgary AB
26.  Radiology Consultants Associated -  Calgary AB
27.  Unitron Hearing - Kitchener ON
28.  Spectra Credit Union - Estevan SK
29.  Greater Edmonton Foundation: Housing for Seniors - Edmonton AB
30.  CBCI Telecom - Lachine  QC
31.  Sapphire Technologies Canada Limited - Toronto  ON
32.  Halogen Software Inc. - Kanata ON
33.  Nintendo of Canada Ltd. - Vancouver BC
34.  Cole Engineering Group Ltd. - Markham ON
35.  FUSE Marketing Group Inc. - Toronto ON
36.  Northern Savings Credit Union - Prince Rupert BC
37.  Uvalux Tanning & Support - Woodstock ON
38.  Sparling’s Propane Co. Limited - Blyth ON
39.  Kingston Ross Pasnak LLP - Edmonton AB
40.  Globex Foreign Exchange Corporation - Edmonton AB
41.  Coyle Corrugated Containers Inc. – Toronto ON
42.  MKS Inc. - Waterloo ON
43.  Fuller Landau LLP, Toronto - Toronto ON
44.  Maple Reinders Constructors Ltd. - Mississauga ON
45.  StarTech.com Ltd. - London ON
46.  Young & Rubicam - Toronto ON
47.  Homes by Avi - Calgary AB
48.  Procom Consultants Group Ltd. - Toronto ON
49.  Hospira Canada, Inc. - Montreal QC
50.  Entero Corporation - Calgary AB


While this year’s list of the Best Small & Medium Employers has just been released, the next study is already underway with registration now open.  For more information or to register for the upcoming survey, please visit: https://smith.queensu.ca/centres/business-venturing/BSME-study.php

About Queen’s Centre for Business Venturing (QCBV)
Based at Queen’s School of Business, Canada’s leading business school, QCBV’s mandate is to become the leading and definitive source of knowledge and expertise in the creation, leadership and management of new ventures. It will accomplish this by developing innovative curriculum, providing access to pools of capital to fund new ventures, conducting applied research, brokering and being a hub of SME and new venture knowledge, and by playing a key role with decision-making bodies.

About Hewitt Associates
For more than 65 years, Hewitt Associates (NYSE: HEW) has provided clients with best-in-class human resources consulting and outsourcing services. Hewitt consults with more than 3,000 large and mid-size companies around the globe to develop and implement HR business strategies covering retirement, financial and health management; compensation and total rewards; and performance, talent and change management. As a market leader in benefits administration, Hewitt delivers health care and retirement programs to millions of participants and retirees, on behalf of more than 300 organizations worldwide. In addition, more than 30 clients rely on Hewitt to provide a broader range of human resources business process outsourcing services to nearly a million client employees. Located in 33 countries, including Canadian offices in Toronto, Montreal, Vancouver, Calgary and Regina, Hewitt employs approximately 23,000 associates. For more information, please visit www.hewitt.com. To learn more about the Best Employers in Canada study and to register online, please visit http://www.aon.com/canada/products-services/human-capital-consulting/consulting/best_employers/index.html.


For more information, please call the Queen’s Centre for Business Venturing at 1.877.955.1800.