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This magazine announces the 2016 winners of the Canada's Top Employers for Young People competition. Published January 11, 2016 in The Globe and Mail.


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    MEDIACORPp The Chef Apprenticeship Program at JOEY Restaurant Group, one of this years winners.

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    14th Annual Edition

    Anthony Meehan, PUBLISHERKaren Le,


    Editorial Team:

    Richard Yerema, MANAGING EDITOR

    Kristina Leung, SENIOR EDITOR

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    Berton Woodward, SENIOR EDITOR

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    DArcy JenishBruce McDougallMichael Schiniou

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    Up with millennials! The most popular of the special interest competitions, Canadas Top Employers for Young People sends out a message of confi-dence in todays students and recent grads just starting their careers. The 95 winning companies for 2016 not only welcome young people into their ranks, but also offer unique opportunities for them to develop their knowledge and skill sets through a variety of paid internships, educational support, job shadowing, rotational programs and the chance to travel and work abroad. These employers also profit by giving young talent a voice, allowing them to put forward ideas that add value and bring fresh energy to the workplace. For example, KPMG manages the National Board-room Skills Challenge, which provides interns with an opportunity to recommend a solution and strategy to a real-life business case on an issue the firm is currently facing. Other creative initiatives include Canadian Tires Dragons Den for Digital, which provides IT employees with a chance to pitch their ideas to senior leadership, and LOrals Brandstorm, a marketing competition wherein groups of students present case study analyses to

    LOral judges who then reward regional winners with a trip to Paris to participate in the internation-al competition at the companys head office.

    Additionally, these organizations understand that young people expect their employers to recognize the importance of corporate social responsibility and giving back to the community. The desire to make a contribution remains a unique characteris-tic of this generation, and one that employers continue to tap into, says Kristina Leung, a senior editor at Canadas Top 100 Employers at Mediacorp Canada Inc. Socially conscious initiatives remain an integral part of Canadas Top Employers for Young People and is a key connection in attracting and retaining younger workers. There are numerous examples of these endeavours, such as Accentures Intern National Day of Service, RBCs Career Launch Program, which includes a work assignment at a local charity, and Ecclesiastical Insurance Offices Business Intern Program, which provides a place-ment within a charity, museum or non-profit organization. Diane Jermyn

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    q Young staff from EPCOR Utilities Inc. volunteering at an Edmonton food bank.


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  • 3ACCENTURE INC., Toronto. Management consulting; 3,476 em- ployees. Provides an online app to job candidates to help them prepare for their interview.

    AGRIUM INC., Calgary. Fertilizer manufacturing; 3,560 employees. Offers a four-year rotational engineer-in-training program to help new graduates combine their knowledge from university or col-lege with on-the-job training.

    ALBERTA-PACIFIC FOREST INDUS-TRIES INC., Boyle, Alta. Pulp mills; 435 employees. Provides internships to pow-er-engineering students to help them ob-tain the required steam-time hours over three consecutive summer work terms.

    ALDO GROUP INC., Saint-Laurent, Que. Retailer, 2,619 employees. Gives recent graduates the opportunity to participate in tours of the companys head office and distribution centre.

    ALTAGAS LTD., Calgary. Natural gas distribution; 964 employees. Created

    a two-year new-graduate development program to provide recent grads with full-time employment.

    ATB FINANCIAL, Edmonton. Credit unions; 4,674 employees. Maintains a millennials-focused employee resource group to discuss issues that impact millennials in the workplace, as well as networking and community building.

    BAYER, Mississauga. Pharmaceuti-cal manufacturing; 1,639 employ-ees. Oversees the Summer Student Facebook Bloggers, a blog site for students to share their experiences with other students and potential recruits.

    BC HYDRO, Vancouver. Hydroelectric power generation; 5,048 employees. Created a graduate technologist-in-train-ing program to provide employees with structured career development and on-the-job experience.

    BENNETT JONES LLP, Calgary. Law firm; 861 employees. Produced a guide entitled What We Wish We Had Known for legal assistant practicum students.

    BIG VIKING GAMES INC., London, Ont. Software publishers; 66 employees. Provides opportunities for internal and external mentoring, including reverse mentoring between older and younger employees.

    BOEING CANADA OPERATIONS LTD., Winnipeg. Aircraft parts and auxiliary equipment manufacturing; 1,805 employ-ees. Partners with Tec Voc High School and the University of Manitobas engi-neering program to provide mentoring to students.

    BRITISH COLUMBIA AUTOMOBILE ASSOCIATION / BCAA, Burnaby, B.C. Professional organizations; 860 employees. Hosts apprenticeships for students and hires them as full-time auto technicians upon completion of the program.

    BRUCE POWER LP, Tiverton, Ont. Nu-clear power generation; 4,059 employees. Manages a student development program to provide training and work experi-ence to full-time college and university students.

    CACTUS RESTAURANTS LTD., Vancouver. Restaurants; 1,008 employees. Offers one of Canadas largest in-house apprenticeship programs for employees pursuing Red Seal chef certification.

    CAMECO CORP., Saskatoon. Urani-um mining; 3,030 employees. Manages a chapter of North American Young Generation in Nuclear, a group that offers development opportunities for young professionals in nuclear science and technology.

    CANADA REVENUE AGENCY / CRA, Ottawa. Federal government; 40,007 employees. Established an Aboriginal Student Employment Program for high-school and postsecondary students.

    CANADIAN SECURITY INTELLI-GENCE SERVICE / CSIS, Ottawa. Fed-eral government; 3,299 employees. Staff attended over 100 recruitment events in the past year, including 10 networking sessions, and hosted 11 career informa-tion sessions.

    2 0 1 6p Employees from Halogen Software raising money for the Make-a-Wish Foundation.







  • 4CANADIAN TIRE CORPORATION LTD., Toronto. Retailer; 85,000 em-ployees. Manages the Next Generation Talent Rotational Program for aspiring IT professionals.

    CAPGEMINI CANADA INC., Toronto. Information technology; 389 employees. Established the Millennial Innovation Council with the objective of strengthening cross-generational collaboration and foster-ing innovation in younger employees.

    CARGILL LTD., Winnipeg. Agricultural products; 7,741 employees. Offers interns a one-day job-shadowing opportunity with the business unit of their choosing.

    CIBC, Toronto. Banking; 35,438 employ-ees. Created the GenNext@CIBC pro-gram for younger employees to cultivate leadership development by providing them with community engagement opportunities.

    CISCO SYSTEMS CANADA CO., Toronto. Computer and equipment manufacturing; 1,633 employees. Offers 10 mentoring programs for employees di-verse needs, including reverse mentoring for senior leaders.

    CITCO (CANADA) INC., Toronto. Portfolio management; 1,112 employees. Recently established a two-year Global Graduate Program, piloted at the compa-nys Halifax office.

    COCA-COLA CANADA, Toronto. Beverage and food manufacturing; 5,388 employees. Manages a University Talent Program featuring two streams: a Region Sales Summer Program and a Region Sales Leadership Program.

    CONNECT HEARING, Victoria. Audi-ology and physical, occupational and speech therapy services; 298 employees. Offers paid internships for hearing-in-strument practitioner students.

    CORUS ENTERTAINMENT INC., Toronto. Media production and broad-casting; 1,525 employees. Created the Innovative Storytellers Award, a $20,000 five-year educational initiative.

    D2L, Kitchener, Ont. Custom com-puter programming; 707 employ-ees. Offers its student employees the opportunity to meet with executives once per term to share their experiences and projects.

    DELTAWARE SYSTEMS INC., Char-lottetown. Custom computer pro-

    gramming; 106 employees. Manages a development seminar program that offers technical and non-technical courses and lunch and learn sessions.

    DENTONS CANADA LLP, Toronto. Law firm; 1,253 employees. Maintains a pro-fessional development committee, which ensures that training at each Dentons office is current, consistent and relevant.

    DEPARTMENT OF FINANCE CAN-ADA, Ottawa. Federal government; 748 employees. Organizes the Job Shadowing Sweepstakes event to provide employees the opportunity to share a day with a senior official.

    DESJARDINS GROUP / MOUVEMENT DES CAISSES DESJARDINS, Lvis, Que. Credit unions; 38,873 employees. Main-tains the Desjardins Young Executives Network for managers under the age of 35.

    ECCLESIASTICAL INSURANCE OFFICE PLC, Toronto. Insurance; 66 employees. Manages the three-year rotational Business Intern Program geared to recent university graduates pursuing the Chartere