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Catholic Children’s Aid Society of Toronto

Dalhousie University

Desjardins Group / Mouvement des caisses Desjardins

HP Advanced Solutions Inc.

ISM Canada

Johnson Inc.


Monsanto Canada Inc.

National Energy Board

Ottawa, City of

Pfizer Canada Inc.

Saskatchewan Government Insurance

Simon Fraser University

Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre

Toronto Hydro Corporation

Trican Well Service Ltd.

University of Toronto

Vancouver City Savings Credit Union

World Vision Canada


Female friendly Employers


Assiniboine Credit Union

Winnipeg credit union

Meets or exceeds local averages in representation of aboriginal, minority and disabled workers, women executives

Bell Aliant Regional Communications

Halifax cellular and wireless communications company

Helps women’s careers progress through networking program

Blake, Cassels & Graydon

Business law firm

Created Women at Blakes networking group; founding sponsor of the Judy Project, a leadership program for women


Catholic Children’s Aid Society of Toronto

Child and youth services provider

WHY IT’S TOPS: All employees undergo mandatory training sessions on race relations; helps other children’s aid societies develop diversity programs

Corus Entertainment

Media and entertainment company.

WHY IT’S TOPS: Targets and develops women and visible minorities for managerial positions in radio programming; organized women in leadership program for managers and supervisors

Ernst & Young

Offers audit, advisory, tax, corporate finance services

WHY IT’S TOPS: Partners mentor and coach minority managers; measures workplace inclusiveness through employee diversity census

Hewlett-Packard (Canada)

Electronic and computer manufacturing

WHY IT’S TOPS: Offers resources programs for disabled, LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender) and women employees; hosts “safe space” sessions to discuss LGBT workplace issues

Intuit Canada

Edmonton company develops personal finance, small business accounting and tax return software

Established LGBT network to provide support and professional development opportunities as well as a women’s network to provide peer mentoring and skills development


Accounting and professional services firm

Diversity advisory board meets quarterly to help direct company’s diversity, inclusion and equity strategy; vows to increase women and minority employees by 10 per cent over five years.

L’Oréal Canada

Montreal manufacturer of cosmetics and personal care products

Provides diversity training programs to all employees


Procter & Gamble

Manufacturers and marketers of consumer products.

WHY IT’S TOPS: All employees must complete diversity training; hosts employee networks for LGBT


Scotiabank Group

Interview and selection process for managers and recruiters includes diversity component; has a website and networking series for female employees


Telus Corporation

Canada’s second-largest telecommunications company, based in Vancouver.

WHY IT’S TOPS: Network for women employees offers leadership and career development opportunities; special training program helps women further develop leadership skills

Toronto Police Service

Provides law enforcement services

Established recruiting coalition of employees from Asian, Black, Somali, Jewish and LGBT groups; hosts women-only prep sessions, where women interested in policing receive training and mentoring from female officers

University Health Network

Canada’s largest health sciences centre, operating three major hospitals in Toronto.

Provides customized diversity training; manages an internal diversity website; and its diversity councils raise awareness and act as a resource

University of British Columbia

In Vancouver, one of Canada’s largest universities

Equipment accommodation fund helps meet the needs of disabled faculty and staff; manages an ongoing Positive Space campaign for LGBT employees

University of Toronto

Canada’s largest university

WHY IT’S TOPS: Created the role of Human Resources Generalist to recruit more aboriginal employees; LGBT human resources committee provides training to other staff

Vancity Group

Vancouver company provides financial products and services

A leading sponsor of Vancouver’s Pride Parade; employed ad campaign to help recruit from the LGBT community



Senior leadership team includes female, minority, aboriginal and LGBT employees; provides work placements for disabled college students


2012 Diversity Winners


Agrium Inc.

Amex Canada Inc.

BC Hydro

Boeing Canada Operations Limited

Business Development Bank of Canada

Cameco Corporation

Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce

Capital District Health Authority

Centre for Addiction and Mental Health

Corus Entertainment Inc.

Deloitte & Touche LLP

Ernst & Young LLP

Fraser Milner Casgrain LLP

Health Canada-Santé Canada

Hewlett-Packard Canada Co.

Home Depot Canada, The

Human Resources & Skills Development Canada

Information Services Corporation

Jazz Aviation LP


Loblaw Companies Limited

Manitoba Hydro

Manitoba, Government of

Mount Sinai Hospital

National Bank Financial Group

Newalta Corporation

Northwestel Inc.

Ontario Public Service

Ottawa, City of

Public Works and Government Services Canada

Saskatchewan Government Insurance

Saskatoon, City of



Seneca College of Applied Arts & Technology

Shell Canada Limited

Stantec Consulting Ltd.

Statistics Canada

Stikeman Elliott LLP

TD Bank Group

Telus Corporation

TransCanada Corporation

University of British Columbia

University of Toronto

University of Victoria

Vancouver, City of

Workers’ Compensation Board of Manitoba

Xerox Canada Inc.

YMCA of Greater Toronto


Canada’s Most Admired Corporate Cultures 

TORONTO, November 29, 2012 – Waterstone Human Capital, one of Canada’s leading retained executive search firms specializing in recruiting for fit, today announces the national winners of the Canada’s 10 Most Admired Corporate Cultures™ of 2012 program.

In 2012, ten organizations were recognized as national winners in each of the following four categories:

  • Enterprise (revenues above $500 million)
  • Mid-Market (revenues over $100 million to $500 million)
  • Growth & Small Cap (revenues under $100 million), and
  • Broader Public Sector

By category, and in alphabetical order, the winners are:

Canada’s 10 Most Admired Corporate Cultures of 2012 – Growth & Small Cap 
Canada Goose Inc.
Eckler Ltd.
Frima Studio Inc.
Greystone Managed Investments Inc.
Harbour Air
Infusion Development
North Shore Credit Union
Rocky Mountain Soap Co. Inc.
Solium Capital Inc.
The Great Little Box Company

Canada’s 10 Most Admired Corporate Cultures of 2012 – Mid-Market 
CBI Health Group
Eagle Professional Resources Inc.
Goodlife Fitness
Harry Rosen Inc.
Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment Ltd.
Maxxam Analytics Inc.
Mr. Lube Canada Inc.
National Leasing
The Descartes Systems Group Inc.
Wakefield Canada

Canada’s 10 Most Admired Corporate Cultures of 2012 – Enterprise 
Acklands-Grainger Inc.
Cineplex Entertainment
McDonald’s Restaurants of Canada Limited
National Bank
PCL Constructors Inc.
The ALDO Group
Wal-Mart Canada

“The performance of Canada’s 10 Most Admired Corporate Cultures of 2012, in terms of a three-year average revenue growth, has significantly outpaced the S&P/TSX 60 by over 500 per cent, or, five times,” said David Kinley, the president of Waterstone Human Capital. “This year’s winners are truly an outstanding group of best-in-class organizations with cultures that have helped them enhance performance and sustain a competitive advantage. The 2012 winners are trailblazers, at the forefront of best practices in culture and fit in Canada.”

“This is the most dynamic and diverse group we have seen in the program to-date”, said Marty Parker, the chairman and CEO of Waterstone Human Capital. “These organizations represent everything from large financial institutions to developing technology businesses to Canada’s best-known organizations in the public and private sector from coast to coast. By recognizing winning organizations in four categories, Canada’s 10 now more than ever is truly an all-encompassing national awards program, recognizing the impact of culture on performance in smaller, growing organizations to large enterprises, to the public sector, and everything in between. Canada’s 10 is truly a reflection of what kinds of organizations are driving our economy.”

Ten organizations were also recognized in the broader public sector.

Canada’s 10 Most Admired Corporate Cultures of 2012 – Broader Public Sector 
Camp Oochigeas
Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC)
Humber College
McGill University
Medavie Blue Cross
Mount Sinai Hospital
North York General Hospital
Plan Canada
Providence Health Care