Big-company benefits and perks, without the red tape or hierarchy: Canada's Top Small & Medium Employers for 2016 are announced

TORONTO, March 29, 2016 /CNW/ - Like many Canadians, you probably think that working for a small or medium employer (SME) means giving up the benefits and perks that larger employers offer.  You'll change your mind after reading about this year's winners of the Canada's Top Small & Medium Employers competition, announced this morning.

"The old assumption that smaller organizations offer less attractive benefits is increasingly looking out-of-date," says Richard Yerema, Managing Editor of the Canada's Top 100 Employers project at Mediacorp Canada Inc.  "This year's SME winners provide striking examples of smaller organizations 'getting it right' on a range of important benefits, from maternity leave to flexible vacation policies."

Now entering its fourth year, Canada's Top Small & Medium Employers recognizes SMEs with exceptional workplaces and forward-thinking human resource policies.  Employers are evaluated on the same eight criteria as the larger Canada's Top 100 Employers project: (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.  To determine eligibility, the Top 100 editors follow the SME definition used by Statistics Canada, limiting the competition to private-sector companies with under 500 employees worldwide.

"Canada's economy is changing along with our long-held beliefs about job stability at larger organizations," says Anthony Meehan, Publisher at Mediacorp.  "People see many larger organizations being affected by globalization and the increased pace of technological change, often outflanked by smaller, more nimble competitors.  With less job security than in the past, employees are looking more favourably at smaller organizations that are driving this change as places where they will have more control over their career."

This year's Canada's Top Small & Medium Employers were announced in a special magazine in The Globe and Mail this morning – the full list of winners is attached.  The editors' detailed reasons for selecting the winners were also published this morning at:

Canada's Top Small & Medium Employers
2016 winners

/N SPRO Inc. (Montréal QC)
1 800 GOT JUNK? (Vancouver BC)
Absolute Software Corp. (Vancouver BC)
Accompass (Toronto ON)
ACL Services Ltd. (Vancouver BC)
Adlib Software (Burlington ON)
Agnora Inc. (Collingwood ON)
Albi Homes Ltd. (Calgary AB)
Aquatic Informatics Inc. (Vancouver BC)
Artis REIT (Winnipeg MB)
BAM Strategy (Montréal QC)
Big Viking Games Inc. (London ON)
Bold Innovation Group Ltd. (Ile-des-Chênes MB)
Brighter Mechanical Ltd. (Richmond BC)
Broadview Networks Inc. (Winnipeg MB)
Caltrax Inc. (Calgary AB)
CBCL Limited (Halifax NS)
cfactor Works Inc. (Saskatoon SK)
Champion Petfoods LP (Edmonton AB)
Chandos Construction Ltd. (Edmonton AB)
Clearpath Robotics Inc. (Kitchener ON)
ClearTech Industries Inc. (Saskatoon SK)
CM Labs Simulations, Inc. (Montréal QC)
Coalision Inc. (Longueuil QC)
Cowell Motors Ltd. (Richmond BC)
CREIT Management L.P. (Toronto ON)
Crelogix Acceptance Corp. (Burnaby BC)
Croesus Finansoft Inc. (Laval QC)
D&D Automation Inc. (Stratford ON)
Diamond Schmitt Architects Inc. (Toronto ON)
Direct Focus Marketing Comm. (Winnipeg MB)
Enflick, Inc. (Waterloo ON)
Equitable Bank (Toronto ON)
First Access Funding Corp. (Edmonton AB)
Fresche Solutions Inc. (Montréal QC)
FreshBooks (Toronto ON)
Fusion Learning Inc. (Toronto ON)
Fusion Project Management Ltd. (Vancouver BC)
Geo. H. Young & Co. Ltd. (Winnipeg MB)
Gevity Consulting Inc. (Vancouver BC)
Graycon Group Ltd. (Calgary AB)
Great Little Box Company Ltd. (Richmond BC)
Halogen Software Inc. (Ottawa ON)
Handy Group of Companies (Saskatoon SK)
Harbour Air Group (Richmond BC)
Hemmera Envirochem Inc. (Burnaby BC)
Igloo Software (Kitchener ON)
Influitive Corp. (Toronto ON)
Intelex Technologies Inc. (Toronto ON)
Intelliware Development Inc. (Toronto ON)

iQmetrix (Vancouver BC)
Jayman BUILT Group of Companies (Calgary AB)
Keilhauer Ltd. (Toronto ON)
Kenway Mack Slusarchuk Stewart LLP (Calgary AB)
Killam Properties Inc. (Halifax NS)
Kinaxis Inc. (Ottawa ON)
Laurentide Controls Ltd. (Kirkland QC)
Lawton Partners Financial Planning (Winnipeg MB)
Left Coast Naturals (Burnaby BC)
Mabel's Labels Inc. (Hamilton ON)
Mannarino Systems & Software (Saint-Laurent QC)
Medgate Inc. (Toronto ON)
Mills Office Productivity (Vancouver BC)
Next Digital Inc. (Edmonton AB)
Nicola Wealth Management Ltd. (Vancouver BC)
Noseworthy Chapman (St. John's NL)
Nulogy Corporation (Toronto ON)
Olympia Financial Group Inc. (Calgary AB)
PACE Consulting Benefits & Pensions (Toronto ON)
Petcurean Pet Nutrition Inc. (Chilliwack BC)
Peto MacCallum Limited (Toronto ON)
Points (Toronto ON)
PolyCello (Amherst NS)
Prophix Software Inc. (Mississauga ON)
Pythian Group Inc. (Ottawa ON)
QHR Technologies Inc. (Kelowna BC)
R.F. Binnie & Associates Ltd. (Burnaby BC)
Reid's Heritage Group (Cambridge ON)
Richter LLP (Montréal QC)
Rocky Mountaineer (Vancouver BC)
Rodan Energy Solutions Inc. (Mississauga ON)
Rogers Insurance Ltd. (Calgary AB)
Rohit Group of Companies (Edmonton AB)
Scalar Decisions Inc. (Toronto ON)
Scamp Transport Ltd. (Langley BC)
Silvacom (Edmonton AB)
theScore, Inc. (Toronto ON)
TSM / Talk Shop Media (Vancouver BC)
Ventana Construction Corp. (Burnaby BC)
Verafin Inc. (St. John's NL)
Vigilant Global (Montréal QC)
Voonyx Inc. (Lac-Beauport QC)
Walter Surface Technologies (Pointe-Claire QC)
WalterFedy (Kitchener ON)
West Wind Aviation LP (Saskatoon SK)
Westman Communications Group (Brandon MB)
Wild Rose Brewery (Calgary AB)
Wynward Insurance Group (Winnipeg MB) Inc. (Newmarket ON)
ZAG Group Inc. (Vancouver BC)

SOURCE Mediacorp Canada Inc.

Image with caption: "Canada's Top Small & Medium Employers 2016 (CNW Group/Mediacorp Canada Inc.)". Image available at:

For further information: Kristina Leung, Senior Editor, Mediacorp Canada Inc., Tel. 416-964-6069 x1464


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