Demographics and the new 'Alberta Advantage' - Winners of the 'Alberta's Top Employers' competition for 2017 are announced

CALGARY, March 22, 2017 /CNW/ - There's new cause for optimism among Alberta's employers and job-seekers alike, as a strong slate of employers step forward as industry leaders in creating forward-thinking and progressive workplaces.  Winners of this year's Alberta's Top Employers competition were announced today by Mediacorp Canada Inc., which organizes the national Canada's Top 100 Employers project.

"From the perspective of the competition, the range of industries represented on this year's list is a reminder of the underlying resilience of Alberta's economy," says Richard Yerema, Managing Editor of the Canada's Top 100 Employers project, which manages the competition. "It's easy to become distracted by daily oil prices and similar news, but when you look at this year's winners you see how deep the province's economy runs and the range of employers that are showing leadership in these challenging economic conditions."

Demographics are very much part of the conversation, notes Kristina Leung, Senior Editor of the Canada's Top 100 Employers project. "With Canada's youngest workforce, Alberta is uniquely positioned to continue diversifying its economy with a large pool of highly skilled and talented employees. From software to finance and education, new industries are recognizing that the province's highly trained talent pool is the new 'Alberta Advantage' and an exciting source of growth."

Now in its 12th year, Alberta's Top Employers is an editorial competition that recognizes the Alberta-based employers that lead their industries in offering exceptional places to work.  Employers across the province were evaluated by the editors at Canada's Top 100 Employers using the same criteria as the national competition: (1) Physical Workplace; (2) Work Atmosphere & Social; (3) Health, Financial & Family Benefits; (4) Vacation & Time-Off; (5) Employee Communications; (6) Performance Management; (7) Training & Skills Development; and (8) Community Involvement. Employers are compared to other organizations in their field to determine which offer the most progressive and forward-thinking programs. The annual competition is open to any employer with its head office in Alberta; employers of any size may apply, whether private or public sector.

Winning employers from this year's competition will be recognized today by the editorial team at a special luncheon in downtown Calgary. The winners were also announced in a special magazine published simultaneously in the Calgary Herald and Edmonton Journal this morning.

Founded in 1992, Mediacorp Canada Inc. is the nation's largest publisher of employment periodicals. Since 1999, the company has managed the Canada's Top 100 Employers project, which includes 19 regional and special-interest editorial competitions that reach over 15 million Canadians annually through a variety of magazine and newspaper partners. Mediacorp also operates, the largest Canadian job search engine, which includes editorial reviews from the Canada's Top 100 Employers project and is used by 7 million Canadians annually. Together with Willis Towers Watson, Mediacorp also hosts the Top Employer Summit, Canada's largest conference for senior-level HR professionals.

The full list of Alberta's Top Employers for 2017 is attached. Detailed reasons for selection, with hundreds of additional stories and photos, were released this morning at:

Alberta's Top Employers
2017 Winners

Agriculture Financial Services Corp, Lacombe

Agrium Inc., Calgary

Alberta Blue Cross, Edmonton

Alberta Gaming and Liquor Comm., St. Albert

Alberta Investment Management Corp., Edmonton

Alberta School Employee Benefit Plan, Edmonton

Alberta Securities Commission, Calgary

Alberta Teachers' Retirement Fund Board, Edmonton

Alberta-Pacific Forest Industries Inc., Boyle

AltaGas Ltd., Calgary

Ambyint Inc., Calgary

ATB Financial, Edmonton

Bennett Jones LLP, Calgary

Bethany Care Society, Calgary

Bow Valley College, Calgary

Calgary Airport Authority, The, Calgary

Calgary Co-operative Association Ltd., Calgary

Calgary R.C. Separate School District No. 1, Calgary

Calgary, City of

Capital Power Corp., Edmonton

CapitalCare Group Inc., Edmonton

Champion Petfoods LP, Edmonton

Chandos Construction Ltd., Edmonton

Collins Barrow Calgary LLP, Calgary

Connect First Credit Union Ltd., Calgary

Duncan Craig LLP, Edmonton

DynaLIFE Dx, Edmonton

Edmonton Catholic Sep. School District 7, Edmonton

Edmonton Regional Airport Authority, Edmonton

Edmonton, City of

Enbridge Inc., Calgary

EPCOR Utilities Inc., Edmonton

Fillmore Construction Management Inc., Edmonton

Fountain Tire Ltd., Edmonton

Getty Images, Inc., Calgary

Gordon Food Service Canada Ltd., Edmonton

Graham Group, Calgary

Graycon Group Ltd., Calgary

Health Quality Council of Alberta, The, Calgary

Inter Pipeline Ltd., Calgary

Kenway Mack Slusarchuk Stewart LLP, Calgary

Keyera Corporation, Calgary

Lafarge Canada Inc., Calgary

Lakeland College, Vermilion

Legal Education Society of Alberta, The, Edmonton

Matrix Solutions Inc., Calgary

MEG Energy Corp., Calgary

MEGlobal Canada ULC, Red Deer

National Energy Board, Calgary

Northern Alberta Institute of Technology, Edmonton

Norton Rose Fulbright Canada LLP, Calgary

Olympia Financial Group Inc., Calgary

PCL Construction, Edmonton

Pembina Pipeline Corporation, Calgary

Rogers Insurance Ltd., Calgary

Rohit Group of Companies, Edmonton

Southern Alberta Institute of Technology, Calgary

Sealweld Corporation Inc., Calgary

Shaw Communications Inc., Calgary

Shell Canada Limited, Calgary

Silvacom Ltd., Edmonton

Stuart Olson Inc., Calgary

SysGen Solutions Group Ltd., Calgary

Travel Alberta, Calgary

UFA Co-operative Ltd., Calgary

United Way of Calgary & Area, Calgary

University of Calgary, Calgary

Valard Geomatics Ltd., Edmonton

Vision Credit Union Ltd., Camrose

Workers' Compensation Board - Alberta, Edmonton

SOURCE Mediacorp Canada Inc.

For further information: Kristina Leung, Senior Editor, at 416-964-6069 x1464


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