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

Posted on February 10, 2010

Survey reveals employee engagement at an all-time high among winners

Kingston, ON – Fifty organizations from across the country have been selected as the Best Small & Medium Employers in Canada in a 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.

“Despite the challenging economy over the past year, employee engagement among the fifty organizations selected as the best rose to the highest level seen in the study’s six-year history,” said survey co-ordinator Einar Westerlund, director of project development at QCBV. “This reflects employers’ attention to the ‘people side’ of their enterprises during both the good and the not-so-good times. The best continue to achieve success by paying disciplined attention to the basics of effective human resources management, with special strength shown in how their people’s performance is managed.”

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.

“The businesses and public service institutions selected for this year’s list provide a reflection of the true diversity of the SME sector in Canada — a community which by far includes more employees than any other sector in the country,” said Westerlund.

50 Best Small & Medium Employers in Canada of 2010:

1 Booty Camp Fitness Inc. Toronto ON
2 ISL Engineering and Land Services Ltd. Edmonton AB
3 Hood Group Sherwood Park AB
4 RL Solutions Toronto ON
5 Radiology Consultants Associated Calgary AB
6 Concept Electric Ltd. Calgary AB
7 Gibraltar Solutions Inc. Mississauga ON
8 PEOPLEsource Staffing Solutions Toronto ON
9 EPIC Information Solutions Inc. Winnipeg MB
10 Vista Projects Limited Calgary AB
11 Kawartha Credit Union Limited Peterborough ON
12 Bull, Housser & Tupper LLP Vancouver BC
12 FUSE Marketing Group Inc. Toronto ON
13 Unitron Hearing Ltd. Kitchener ON
14 Miele Ltd. Vaughan ON
15 McMillan Ottawa ON
16 Teva Neuroscience Canada Montreal QC
17 CBCI Telecom Canada Ltd. Lachine QC
18 Accubid Systems Concord ON
19 Habañero Consulting Group Vancouver BC
20 Solutions 2 GO Inc. Mississauga ON
21 Benefits by Design Inc. Port Coquitlam BC
22 Nintendo of Canada Ltd. Vancouver BC
23 Peel Senior Link Mississauga ON
24 Wakefield Canada Inc. Toronto ON
25 Stewart Weir Sherwood Park AB
26 Quadra Chemicals Ltd Vaudreuil-Dorion QC
27 Birchwood Automotive Group Winnipeg MB
28 Klick Inc. Toronto ON
29 Lakeside Process Controls Ltd. Mississauga ON
30 Carma Developers Calgary AB
31 MKS Inc. Waterloo ON
32 Greater Edmonton Foundation: Housing for Seniors Edmonton AB
33 Halogen Software Inc. Kanata ON
34 CWB Group Mississauga ON
35 Sparling’s Propane Co. Limited Blyth ON
36 Maple Reinders Constructors Ltd. Mississauga ON
37 Uvalux Tanning & Support Woodstock ON
38 Cole Engineering Group Ltd. Markham ON
39 Kingston Ross Pasnak LLP Edmonton AB
40 Allergan Inc. Markham ON
41 Cruickshank Construction Limited Kingston ON
42 Cambridge Public Library Board Cambridge ON
43 Getinge Canada Limited Mississauga ON
44 Spectra Credit Union Estevan SK
45 National Leasing Winnipeg MB
46 Terracon Geotechnique Ltd. Fort McMurray AB
47 Mennonite Savings and Credit Union Kitchener ON
48 Gateway Mechanical Services Edmonton AB
49 Joe Fortes Seafood & Chop House Vancouver BC
50 L’Union Canadienne Quebec City QC


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: business.queensu.ca/bsme

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.

For more information please contact the Centre for Business Venturing at 1.877.955.1800 or business.queensu.ca/bsme