Award Winners

Canada's Outstanding Employers Award Winners

Some employers are great – others are simply outstanding. At The Learning Partnership, we believe employers that are making exemplary commitments to students – Canada’s future work force – deserve to be recognized. This is why, in 2011, we launched the Canada’s Outstanding Employer Awards as an extension of our flagship program, Take Our Kids to Work™. These exclusive awards are for employers who register their Take Our Kids to Work™ day participation. Thank you to every organization that entered this year. Your Take Our Kids to Work™ day efforts, your passion and your commitment to students are appreciated. All of the entries were judged on five criteria based around how the companies engaged Grade 9 students on Take Our Kids to Work™ day, and how they promoted the benefits of early career exploration.

Congratulations to this year's 10 Canada’s Outstanding Employer Awards winners, for everything they do for students and communities.

Meet our 2013 Winners of Canada’s Outstanding Employers Award

For their outstanding program that allowed students to learn about professions in media by allowing them to go behind the scenes and act as live news anchors. Students learned about pathways to careers in media from seasoned broadcasters. They also gained insight into the development of Aboriginal programming that showcases the diverse worlds of Indigenous Peoples in Canada and throughout the world.

For their comprehensive and entertaining hands-on activities and speakers who clearly explained their educational paths to their current positions;  and for demonstrating the importance of developing a sustainable talent pool by engaging students in career exploration and reinforcing the importance of staying in school.

For their hands-on program focused on introducing students to careers in engineering with helpful information on how to craft resumés and be successful in interviews. Students learned from engineers about nuclear energy and participated in an engineering design assignment to create a nuclear powered car.

For their comprehensive, cohesive and coordinated nationwide Take Our Kids to Work program: St. John’s, Halifax, Charlottetown, Saint John, Fredericton, Ottawa, Toronto and Vancouver. Their efforts demonstrated the range of roles within broadcasting that are critical to programming success in a fun and dynamic fashion.

For generating an interest in the skilled trades through a hands-on program with high employee involvement; and for demonstrating to students the variety of job opportunities, functions and skills in their company.

For their interactive, entertaining and meaningful day for students that included hands-on, educational activities with a strong health and safety and sustainability component; and for executing a career workshop which prepared students to write resumés and answer interview questions and illustrated the role of social media in the job application process.

For involving parents in their Take Our Kids to Work day planning and in hands-on demonstrations of a particular area of their work. Their energetic and exciting activities gave students exposure to real work experience and allowed them to recognize the vast array of careers available within the hospitality industry.

For their innovative, educational and hands-on program that demonstrated the inner workings of public transit and the skills and qualifications required for the vast array of careers in the industry; and for engaging their employees and instilling in them a sense of passion and pride for Take Our Kids to Work day.

For their outstanding program which stressed the importance of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) skills and the necessary requirements to succeed in their industry. Students also had scheduled opportunities to interact with advanced technological devices, which kept them engaged while they learned about all career options at Samsung, including those beyond STEM professions.

For their comprehensive, educational program that stressed the importance of staying in school and workplace safety while exposing students to the range of career opportunities at their company. Their interactive programming allowed students to ride in electric vehicles, drive vehicle simulators and try other hands-on activities, all with the help of highly engaged and motivated Toronto Hydro employees.

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Meet our 2012 Winners of Canada’s Outstanding Employers Award

CBC/Radio-Canada is Canada's national public broadcaster and one of the country’s largest cultural institutions. The Corporation is a leader in reaching Canadians on new platforms and delivers a comprehensive range of radio, television, Internet, and satellite-based services. Deeply rooted in the regions, CBC/Radio-Canada is the only domestic broadcaster to offer diverse regional and cultural perspectives in English, French and eight Aboriginal languages.

Cisco is the worldwide leader in networking that transforms how people connect, communicate, and collaborate. Cisco's network-centric platform is changing the nature of work and the way we live. Founded in 1984, Cisco pioneered the development of Internet Protocol (IP)-based networking technologies. This tradition continues with the development of routing, switching, and other networking-based technologies such as application networking services, collaboration, home networking, security, storage area networking, telepresence systems, unified communications, unified computing, video systems, and wireless. All of these technologies are made possible due to the evolution of the network.

As an innovator in the communications and information technology industry, Cisco and our valued partners sell Cisco hardware, software, and services to businesses of all sizes, governments, service providers, and consumers.

An integral part of Cisco's business strategy is strong corporate social responsibility. Beyond our investments in social programs and commitment to environmentally conscious operations and products, we are proactively engaged with global governmental, scientific, and social leaders to develop solutions to climate change, to create economic and educational opportunities, and to address other pressing social and environmental issues.

Cloverdale Paint Inc. operates manufacturing plants in Surrey, Portland, Winnipeg, and Calgary. Distribution of architectural coatings and related products is through 110 corporate stores throughout Western Canada and the U.S. Pacific Northwest. Our products are distributed through its corporate store chain and through industrial distribution service centres in Surrey, Calgary, Edmonton, Winnipeg and Montreal.

We are committed to caring, learning, growing and doing the right thing. Our employees are encouraged to pursue progressive, work-related educational development through our Educational and Tuition Assistance Programs. Through Cloverdale Scholarship Programs, we provide financial assistance to students in all communities in which it does business. In 1989, the company created its first Scholarships at Vancouver Community College and Simon Fraser University. Since that time, we have created 25 additional Scholarships/Bursaries at institutions throughout BC, AB, SK and MB.
As we mark our 80th year anniversary in 2013, we are working towards being the place to be for our employees, future employees, customers and shareholders.

Deloitte is proud to be Canada’s largest professional services firm. Deloitte provides a full range of audit, consulting, financial advisory, risk management and tax services to companies, governments and non-profit organizations in Canada and around the world. Bringing insight from a broad range of industries, Deloitte serves a wide spectrum of clients through more than 8,000 people in 56 offices across Canada. Deloitte operates in Québec as Samson Bélair/Deloitte & Touche s.e.n.c.r.l. 

At Deloitte, we’re focused on setting the standard of excellence in everything we do – whether that’s delivering value to our clients, collaborating with our colleagues, or contributing to our communities. We understand that the strength of our business depends on the collective and individual strengths of our people. By understanding, respecting and embracing individual similarities and differences, we are best able to help our clients and our people excel.

MLSE, one of the world's premier sports and entertainment companies, owns the Toronto Maple Leafs (NHL), the Toronto Raptors (NBA), the Toronto Marlies (AHL), Toronto FC (MLS), Air Canada Centre, Maple Leaf Square and three digital channels - Leafs TV, NBA TV Canada and GOLTV Canada and has a partnership with Live Nation – the biggest concert promoter in the world. MLSE has also invested in five of Toronto's sports facilities - Ricoh Coliseum, home of the Marlies, BMO Field, home of Toronto FC, Lamport Stadium, KIA Training Grounds at Downsview Park, home of Toronto FC’s Academy and the First Team’s practice facility, and the MasterCard Centre for Hockey Excellence, the practice facility for the Maple Leafs and Marlies. MLSE operates and manages events at Ricoh Coliseum and BMO Field.

Samsung Electronics Canada enables Canadians to "Pursue their Passions" by offering a broad range of award-winning digital consumer electronics, IT, telecommunications and home appliance products for consumers and businesses. The Canadian arm upholds Samsung's global mission to provide users premium experiences that are unparalleled due to Samsung's innovative technology and stylish design. As a result, Samsung has become a true leader in the electronics industry both in terms of business leadership and brand strength. In 2012, Samsung was ranked #9 in the Interbrand "100 Best Global Brands" breaking the top ten for the first time, and was named as one of Fast Company's "50 Most Innovative Companies of 2011".

Shred-it is a world leading information security company that specializes in providing tailored document and media destruction services that allow businesses to comply with legislation and ensure that the client, employee and confidential business information is kept secure at all times. Through strict chain-of-custody processes, reliable on-time service and a global network of local service centers, Shred-it provides the most secure and efficient confidential information destruction service in the industry.

TELUS Spark is a not-for-profit Science Centre located in Calgary, Alberta. As a new kind of science centre, for people of all ages, TELUS Spark’s vision is to foster a community transformed by a culture of curiosity, risk-taking and problem solving. We are a role model and force for innovation that drives positive change, through diverse community partnerships that help to cultivate a deeper appreciation, appetite and passion for the areas of science, technology, engineering, art and math (STEAM).

York Regional Police proudly serves the nine municipalities across York Region, one of Canada’s most diverse communities, through the efforts of 1,461 police officers and 530 civilian members. Relying on two pillars – our people and our community – our organization is vision-inspired, mission-focused and values-driven.
We are proud of our award-winning and innovative crime prevention and law enforcement programs that have resulted in York Region being consistently among the safest communities in Canada. 

Xplornet Communications Inc. is Canada's leading rural broadband provider. We believe everyone should have access to the transformative benefits of broadband, so we make our service available everywhere in Canada, including the hard to reach places. We overcome the challenges of Canada's vast geography through our deployment of Canada's first national 4G network, which leverages both fixed-wireless towers on the ground and next-generation satellites in space. Our customers live in the farthest reaches of the country and just outside of major urban centres, and through our coast-to-coast network of local dealers we connect them to all that the Internet offers. Xplornet is high-speed Internet - for all of Canada.

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Meet our 2011 Winners of Canada’s Outstanding Employers Award


Alberta Health Service’s vision is to become the the best-performing, publicly funded health system in Canada. We are the 90,000 skilled and dedicated health professionals, 16,000 volunteers and 7,600 physicians who promote wellness and provide care every day to 3.7 million Albertans, as well as many residents of south-western Saskatchewan, south-eastern British Columbia and the Northwest Territories.  We have 98 Acute care hospitals, and 5 stand alone psychiatric facilities. Our programs and services are offered at 400 facilities throughout the province, including hospitals, clinics, continuing care facilities, mental health facilities and community health sites. We are active in substantial university-based research closely integrated with healthcare delivery service. Finally, students from Alberta’s universities and colleges, as well as from universities and colleges outside of Alberta, receive clinical education in Alberta Health Services. Through leading with our values, we demonstrate who we are and what we stand for – exceptional patient care.

Bruce Power is Canada's first private nuclear generator celebrating our 10th anniversary this year. Bruce Power’s 2,300-acre site on the shores of Lake Huron houses the Bruce A and B generating stations, which each hold four CANDU reactors. Six of those units are currently operational and produce more than 4,700 megawatts, which is enough to power one in five hospitals, homes and schools in Ontario. We are also in the process of restarting the remaining two units at Bruce A in 2012 which will provide another 1,500 megawatts of emission-free electricity. As a corporation, we live each day by a strong and clear set of values that embrace safety, our community, integrity and diversity. Bruce Power is a partnership among Cameco Corporation, TransCanada Corporation, Borealis Infrastructure (a trust established by the Ontario Municipal Employees Retirement System), The Power Workers’ Union and The Society of Energy Professionals.

CBC Maritimes is a region of CBC. It consists of Radio, Television and on-line news for the Maritime Provinces. With it's head office located in Halifax, it provides production studios and crews for many independent productions. In fact, the Kids who participated in our bring Your Kids to Work Day were thrilled to sit in on the read through's of the show " This Hour has 22 Minutes" and were able to meet and interact with both the crew and the cast. CBC Maritimes is the leader in news for the region and once gain, the Kids were able to spend time with our Television Anchors and get insight into the fast paced world of daily news. 

Cargill Limited is headquartered in Winnipeg, Manitoba and employs over 10,000 people across Canada. The company was recently awarded the Canada’s Top Employers for Young People award for 2011. Cargill Limited is a subsidiary of Minneapolis-based Cargill, Incorporated, an international provider of food, agriculture and risk management products and services. Cargill Limited is one of Canada’s largest merchandisers and processors. Our interests include the processing of meat, eggs, malt and oilseed, and the manufacturing of livestock feed and salt. In addition, we are involved in crop input product retailing, as well as grain handling, milling and merchandising. Cargill helps customers succeed through collaboration and innovation, and is committed to applying its global knowledge and experience to help meet economic, environmental and social challenges wherever it does business.

Corus Entertainment is one of Canada’s most successful integrated media and entertainment companies. Our brands deliver compelling, engaging, interactive and informative content to millions of people every day. Corus’ television services include the kids brands YTV, Treehouse, Nickelodeon (Canada), TELETOON (50%) and TELETOON Retro (50%); and the women’s brands W Network, Cosmopolitan TV, OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network (Canada) and W Movies. Additional assets include CMT (Canada), Sundance Channel (Canada), DUSK and Telelatino;  western Canada’s pay TV service Movie Central, with nine multiplex channels including HBO Canada; and three local over-the-air television stations.

Corus also owns 37 radio stations that represent the most listened to stations in the country, with the best in news and talk radio, as well as classic, rock, country, new rock and contemporary music formats.

Corus assets include Nelvana, one of the world’s leading creators, producers and distributors of children’s and animated programming, and is renowned for such globally recognized brands as Babar, Franklin and Beyblade. Canada’s leader in children’s publishing – Kids Can Press – is also part of the Corus family.

ENMAX Corporation (ENMAX), through its subsidiaries, provides electricity, natural gas, fibre-optic, and value-added services to the City of Calgary. We have been providing safe, reliable electricity for more than 100 years. We're a wholly owned subsidiary of The City of Calgary, headquartered in Calgary, CANADA.

PCL aspires to be the most respected builder, renowned for excellence, leadership and unsurpassed value. The PCL family of companies carries out diverse operations in the civil infrastructure, heavy industrial, and buildings markets. Together, these companies have an annual construction volume of more than $5 billion, making PCL the largest contracting organization in Canada and one of the largest in the United States. PCL employs more than 3500 salaried employees, and more than 7000 hourly employees. PCL is 100% employee-owned; the people who own PCL are, in large measure, the people who lead the work. PCL was recently ranked #11 on AonHewitt’s Best Employers in Canada for 2012 list. PCL has been among the top 50 employers in Canada since AonHewitt first published the list in 2000. PCL is also a Platinum member of Canada’s Best Managed Companies Club, and has been recognized with several accolades as a top contractor.

Scotiabank is one of North America's premier financial institutions and Canada's most international bank. With more than 75,000 employees, Scotiabank Group and its affiliates offer a broad range of products and services including personal, commercial, corporate and investment banking to some 18.6 million customers in more than 55 countries around the world.
Scotiabank is committed to supporting the communities in which its employees live and work, both in Canada and abroad, through its global philanthropic program, Scotiabank Bright Future.  Recognized as a leader internationally and among Canadian corporations for its charitable donations and philanthropic activities, Scotiabank has provided on average approximately $44 million annually to community causes around the world over each of the last five years. 

The principal business of the Corporation and its subsidiaries is the distribution of electricity by Toronto Hydro-Electric System Limited. Toronto Hydro-Electric System owns and operates an electricity distribution system, which delivers electricity to approximately 705,000 customers located in the City of Toronto. It is the largest municipal electricity distribution company in Canada and distributes approximately 19% of the electricity consumed in Ontario.

We support the City of Toronto’s urban forest renewal efforts and Ontario Forestry Association, a not-for-profit organization providing forestry education programs to elementary and high school students. We are a strong supporter of the United Way Toronto; we provide hydro bill assistance to low-income Torontonians; Toronto Science Fairs in primary and secondary schools; and our mentorship program targeting at-risk children in downtown elementary schools.

Officially recognized as the South Coast British Columbia Transportation Authority, most simply know us as TransLink. Created in 1999, we deliver our services through contractors as well as our subsidiaries like Coast Mountain Bus Company, British Columbia Rapid Transit Company Ltd. (SkyTrain) and West Coast Express Ltd.

Together with our partners, stakeholders and operating companies, TransLink plans and manages the region’s transportation system as a strategic whole. We are dedicated to creating and sustaining a transportation system that meets the needs of residents, businesses and goods movers in a manner that protects the environment and supports the economic and social objectives of the region.
TransLink is committed to creating a transportation system for a sustainable region. Each aspect of our organization is committed to environmentally responsible solutions by helping people make smarter transportation choices. Our environmental and emissions policies were developed to address the influence we have on the region-wide transportation system.

We work hard to deliver a world-class customer experience throughout our entire system, and our Customer Service Charter is our promise of quality service.

​For more information contact:

Albert Ko
School-to-Work Analyst
416 440 5128