The company, widely recognized for introducing temporary staffing to the
Canadian marketplace, was founded in Winnipeg in 1951
TORONTO, May 31, 2011 /CNW/ - On June 1st, 2011, Drake International employees in nine countries around the world
will celebrate the company's 60th anniversary as a provider of Talent Management Solutions.
Drake International, founded in Winnipeg, Canada in 1951 by two young
entrepreneurs, is widely recognized for introducing the concept of
temporary staffing to the Canadian marketplace. Over the past 60 years,
the company's portfolio has grown to include a suite of talent
management solutions and HR technologies including permanent
recruitment, skills testing, psychometric assessments, learning
management systems, outplacement services, enterprise surveys, exit
interviews, payrolling systems and more.
The company's first client in 1951 was the Hudson's Bay Company, then
headquartered in Winnipeg. HBC remains a client to this day.
The company opened its first office outside of Winnipeg in Toronto in
1953 and expanded to all of Canada's major cities shortly afterward.
Drake International entered the US market in 1959, followed by the UK
in 1960, Australia in 1965, and now operates in nine countries around
"In 1951, when my partner Jim Shore and I started the company that
became Drake International, we weren't entirely sure how to describe
the business we were in - it was a completely new concept," said Bill
Pollock, Chairman and Co-Founder of Drake International. "Now, of
course, we know that we were in the outsourcing business. We helped our
clients to improve productivity and thus, profitability, by helping
them to outsource their peak workloads. But an obsession with profit
improvement is still at the heart of all of our talent management
solutions. I still say that we're a profit improvement company."
This dedication to profit improvement for clients has brought widespread
success to Drake International over the years. The company's
entrepreneurial culture is still very much alive today, and employees
are always on the lookout for better ways to accomplish their clients'
objectives. For example, in the 1950s and 1960s, in an effort to
increase their placements of qualified candidates, the company
encouraged clients to hire women, a practice that was not customary at
the time. This contributed to a significant increase in female
employment for the first time in Canada, while helping Drake
International to accomplish its growth objectives. In the 1970s and
1980s, Drake International introduced to clients a new age of
technology, through acting as a reseller of IBM, and also by developing
business units such as Drake Computer Training and later Drake
Prometric (which was acquired by Sylvan in 1995). Today, Drake
International is still innovating. Recent developments include the
launch of Drake Global Tech in early 2011 and the development of a
proprietary Talent Management System, which was successfully brought to
market in 2010 and is now available worldwide.
In honour of Drake International's 60th anniversary, employees around the globe have contributed to a website
featuring stories from the Drake archives, newspaper clippings, and
photos as well as special recounts from employees themselves -including
former employees, such as one woman who worked for Drake International
in Toronto in the 1950s. Upon discovering the website (before its
public launch!), this former employee got in touch with Drake's
Marketing Team in North America to submit her story to be included on
the site. To see the site for yourself, please visit www.CelebratewithDrake.com.
Drake International is excited about the opportunity to celebrate the
occasion of its 60th anniversary with employees, clients, and friends around the world.
Thank you to everyone who played a part in getting us here.
About Drake International
Founded in Canada in 1951, Drake International has committed to its
leadership position in providing Talent Management Solutions to enable
organizations improve profits by enhancing productivity and performance
through its people. We bring real, tangible, and innovative business
value to our partners.
SOURCE Drake International Inc.
For further information:
Tony Scala, VP, Marketing