Moving from prey to disrupter: Take your cue from this year's winners of the "Canada's Top Employers for Young People" competition.

TORONTO, Jan. 11, 2016 /CNW/ - There's hardly an organization in Canada that doesn't worry that their entire business model might be replaced overnight by an Uber or Airbnb.  From financial services to transportation, new technology and mobile communications are shaking the foundations of even the best-known corporate citizens and institutions.  How to guard against this?  Make your organization more attractive to younger employees by following the lead of the 2016 winners of the Canada's Top Employers for Young People competition, released today.

"The winning organizations recognize that younger employees are where the new ideas come from," says Kristina Leung, Senior Editor of the Canada's Top 100 Employers project at Mediacorp Canada Inc., which manages the competition.  "Making your workplace attractive to younger employees brings in new ways of thinking about your business model, both in terms of technology and how your organization delivers its key products and services."

First published in 2002, Canada's Top Employers for Young People is an editorial competition organized by the Canada's Top 100 Employers project. This special designation recognizes the employers that offer the nation's best workplaces and programs for young people just starting their careers. The employers on this list are Canada's leaders in attracting and retaining younger employees to their organizations.

Many of the winning employers on this year's list focus on entry-level recruitment as a way to bring transformative ideas into the organization. "Disruption and the ability to think differently about an organization's products and services are powerful qualities that younger employees bring," says Richard Yerema, Author of the online student guide The Career Directory and Managing Editor at Mediacorp.  "We have been researching and writing about the employers in this field for two decades, but there's never been a more compelling time for organizations to bring young people into their organizations – it's an exciting time."

Each of this year's winners was evaluated by the editors in terms of the programs they have to attract and retain younger workers. These include benefits such as tuition assistance and the availability of co-op or work-study programs. The editors also examined each employer's mentorship and training programs, including benefits such as bonuses paid when employees complete certain courses or professional designations. They also reviewed each employer's career management programs, looking for initiatives that can assist younger workers advance faster in the organization. Lastly, the editors considered the average age of employees at each employer to better understand the composition and profile of their workforce.

This year's winners were announced in a special magazine published nationally in The Globe and Mail this morning – the full list is attached.  Follow the discussion on Twitter with the hashtag #2016yp.  The editors' detailed Reasons for Selection on each employer were released today on via the competition homepage.


Canada's Top Employers for Young People

2016 winners

Accenture Inc. (Toronto ON)

Jazz Aviation LP (Dartmouth NS)

Agrium Inc. (Calgary AB)

JOEY Restaurant Group (Vancouver BC)

Alberta-Pacific Forest Industries Inc. (Boyle AB)

KPMG LLP (Toronto ON)

ALDO Group Inc. (Saint-Laurent QC)

L'Oréal Canada Inc. (Montréal QC)

AltaGas Ltd. (Calgary AB)

Labatt Breweries of Canada (Toronto ON)

ATB Financial (Edmonton AB)

Lafarge Canada Inc. (Calgary AB)

Bayer (Mississauga ON)

Loblaw Companies Limited (Brampton ON)

BC Hydro (Vancouver BC)

LoyaltyOne Co. (Toronto ON)

Bennett Jones LLP (Calgary AB)

Manitoba Hydro (Winnipeg MB)

Big Viking Games Inc. (London ON)

Manitoba, Government of (Winnipeg MB)

Boeing Canada Operations Limited (Winnipeg MB)

Manulife (Toronto ON)

British Columbia Automobile Association (Burnaby BC)

Metrolinx (Toronto ON)

Bruce Power LP (Tiverton ON)

Morgan Stanley Services Canada Corp. (Montréal QC)

Cactus Restaurants Ltd. (Vancouver BC)

NTT Data Canada, Inc. (Halifax NS)

Cameco Corporation (Saskatoon SK)

Nuance Communications Canada Inc. (Montréal QC)

Canada Revenue Agency (Ottawa ON)

Ontario Public Service (Toronto ON)

Canadian Security Intelligence Service (Ottawa ON)

PepsiCo Canada (Mississauga ON)

Canadian Tire Corporation Limited (Toronto ON)

Potash Corporation of Saskatchewan Inc. (Saskatoon SK)

Capgemini Canada Inc. (Toronto ON)

Procter & Gamble Inc.(Toronto ON)

Cargill Limited (Winnipeg MB)

Provincial Health Services Authority (Vancouver BC)

CIBC (Toronto ON)

R.F. Binnie & Associates Ltd. (Burnaby BC)

Cisco Systems Canada Co. (Toronto ON)

RBC (Toronto ON)

Citco (Canada) Inc. (Toronto ON)

Read Jones Christoffersen Ltd. (Vancouver BC)

Coca-Cola Canada (Toronto ON)

Richter LLP (Montréal QC)

Connect Hearing (Victoria BC)

Rogers Communications Inc. (Toronto ON)

Corus Entertainment Inc. (Toronto ON)

SAP Canada Inc. (Toronto ON)

D2L (Kitchener ON)

Saskatchewan Abilities Council, The (Saskatoon SK)

DeltaWare Systems Inc. (Charlottetown PE)

Saskatchewan Government Insurance (Regina SK)

Dentons Canada LLP (Toronto ON)

Saskatchewan Public Service (Regina SK)

Department of Finance Canada (Ottawa ON)

SaskPower (Regina SK)

Desjardins Group (Lévis QC)

SaskTel (Regina SK)

Ecclesiastical Insurance Office PLC (Toronto ON)

Shell Canada Limited (Calgary AB)

Edmonton, City of (Edmonton AB)

Siemens Canada Limited (Oakville ON)

EF Educational Tours (Toronto ON)

Sodexo Canada Ltd. (Burlington ON)

Enbridge Inc.(Calgary AB)

Sun Life Financial Inc. (Toronto ON)

ENMAX Corporation (Calgary AB)

Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre (Toronto ON)

EPCOR Utilities Inc. (Edmonton AB)

Surrey, City of (Surrey BC)

Fednav Limited (Montréal QC)

Tata Consultancy Services Canada Inc. (Mississauga ON)

Fidelity Canada (Toronto ON)

TELUS Corporation (Vancouver BC)

Flatiron Construction Corp. (Richmond BC)

Tetra Tech EBA Inc. (Edmonton AB)

General Electric Canada / GE (Mississauga ON)

UBC / University of British Columbia (Vancouver BC)

Great-West Life Assurance Company, The (Winnipeg MB)

Unilever Canada Inc. (Toronto ON)

Groupe Dynamite Inc. (Montréal QC)

Vision Critical Communications Inc. (Vancouver BC)

Halogen Software Inc. (Ottawa ON)

Whistler Blackcomb (Whistler BC)

Health Canada / Santé Canada (Ottawa ON)

Xerox Canada Inc. (Toronto ON)

Holland Bloorview Kids Rehab. Hospital (Toronto ON)

YMCA of Greater Toronto (Toronto ON)

Home Depot of Canada Inc. (Toronto ON)

Hydro Ottawa (Ottawa ON)

Infusion (Toronto ON)



SOURCE Mediacorp Canada Inc.

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For further information: Tony Meehan, Publisher, 416-964-6069 x9179


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