TORONTO, Feb. 10, 2014 /CNW/ - This year's winners of the Canada's Best Diversity Employers competition will be announced at a special luncheon today at Toronto's
Ritz-Carlton Hotel. The 55 winning employers from across Canada are
being recognized for a range of exceptional initiatives to attract and
retain employees from diverse communities.
"This year's competition was the strongest by far since the project's
inception," says Richard Yerema, Author of Canada's Top 100 Employers at Mediacorp Canada Inc., which manages the competition. "Creating an
inclusive workplace isn't just about 'doing the right thing' or even
regulatory compliance anymore - the leaders who manage the nation's
most successful organizations now realize that you can't lead your
industry without it."
Now entering its eighth year, the Canada's Best Diversity Employers competition recognizes the nation's leading organizations when it comes
to creating inclusive workplaces for employees from five diverse
groups: women; visible minorities; persons with disabilities;
Aboriginal peoples; and lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT)
peoples. Employers are selected by the editorial team at the Canada's Top 100 Employers project, which manages the competition.
"Winning employers make inclusiveness part of their organizational DNA,"
says Kristina Leung, Editor of the Canada's Top 100 Employers project and lead editor on the Canada's Best Diversity Employers competition. "They constantly search for areas in their organization
where they can do a better job making employees and prospective
employees from diverse communities feel welcome and valued."
Here are several employer initiatives the editorial team singled out for
special commendation this year:
Sodexo Canada Ltd., for launching the "Willow Bean Café" in partnership with Vancouver
Coastal Health and the Canadian Mental Health Association to provide
employment opportunities and work experience to persons with mental
Government of Manitoba, for a province-wide initiative to remove employment barriers in its
public service, including establishing "safe space" environments for
Enbridge Inc., for encouraging more women to build engineering careers at the
company, through a special employee networking group ("FeminEn -
Females in Engineering") dedicated to attracting and retaining more
CIBC, for reaching out to Aboriginal job-seekers and, in partnership with
local Aboriginal employment groups, offering training sessions to help
improve their resume-writing and interviewing skills - then hosting a
special networking event with the bank's recruiters and hiring
Stikeman Elliott, for an outreach program that encourages more visible minorities to
join the firm after their legal studies, including an innovative
program with the Black Business and Professionals Association that
encourages more black undergraduate students to apply to law school.
The full list of this year's winners and the editors' detailed reasons
for selecting each winner were posted today on the competition
SOURCE: Mediacorp Canada Inc.
For further information:
Tony Meehan, Publisher, Mediacorp Canada Inc.