FREDERICTON – Two New Brunswick companies have been named among the top small to medium-sized employers in Canada.
IT consulting firm Blue Spurs and chartered accounting firm Teed Saunders Doyle made the Globe and Mail’s Canada’s Top 100 Small & Medium Employers for 2019 list.
Out of the 100 companies featured, they were the only two from New Brunswick. There were five companies in total from the Atlantic region.
“Our people are the most important part of Blue Spurs, and it’s great to be recognized for our continued efforts to make this an excellent place to work,” said Mike LeBlanc, Blue Spurs CEO, in a release.
“We’ve worked hard to create an environment where our employees love coming to work,” said Ian Delong, Director of Organizational Development with Blue Spurs. “This award is a validation of those efforts, and further strengthens our commitment to providing the programs and benefits that matter most to our staff.”
Teed Saunders Doyle also stressed that a great working environment is important to them.
“Being recognized as a Top SME Employer in Canada is fulfilling for us because investing in our people is one of our strategic priorities,” said the firm in a recent blog post.
“One of the reasons why we were selected for this recognition is that we counter the accounting stereotype with a busy social calendar including an end of tax season party, staff outings to hockey games, an annual Curling Night in Canada event, weekly boxing classes, and summer parties with whale watching and zip lining. In short, our staff like to work together AND play together, which we feel is part of the recipe for our growth and success over the years.”
Now in its sixth year, Canada’s Top Small & Medium Employers is an editorial competition that recognizes the private-sector companies with under 500 employees with the nation’s best workplaces and forward-thinking human resources policies.
Employers are evaluated in eight categories: physical workspace; work atmosphere & social; health, financial & family benefits; vacation & time off; employee communications; performance management; training & skills development; and community involvement.
“The companies that make this list are fast-growing employers that need to innovate rapidly,” said Richard Yerema, managing editor of Canada’s Top 100 Employers project.
“Some have doubled in size over the past year, but all of them are looking for new ways to attract the best and brightest employees so they can keep growing. Many compete in high technology fields, where the race to scale-up isn’t just a matter of ambition – it’s a matter of survival.”