Kathryn White, Fiona Burrows, Shelley Porter and Grace Wattanga

SFU employees Kathryn White, Fiona Burrows, Shelley Porter and Grace Wattanga took advantage of SFU’s free employee tuition policy, earning bachelor degrees in general studies in 2005. They have all moved on to more advanced positions in the university.

SFU: One of Canada’s best employers

October 19, 2007

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Simon Fraser University is one of the best employers in the country, according to Canada’s Top 100 Employers, a best-selling guide to the companies and organizations that lead their industries in attracting and retaining employees.

“Every year the competition gets bigger and tougher, as winners raise the bar on what Canadian workers can expect from their employers,” says Maclean’s magazine, which published the annual results in a special issue this month. “These are the companies that understand what it takes to attract the best talent, and to boost the bottom line.”

SFU was also featured as one of B.C.’s top 40 employers in recent special supplements published in The Province, The Vancouver Sun, and the Victoria Times Colonist.

Dario Nonis, executive director of human resources at SFU, says “it’s reassuring when external organizations provide confirmation of what many of us already believe—that SFU is a top employer.”

He adds: “It’s fair to say that the vast majority of employees here at SFU find it is a great place to work. There are many opportunities for employees to advance their skills and to learn and grow.

“The university provides a stimulating and challenging environment with many rewarding opportunities, both professional and personal.”

Competition criteria include an in-depth examination of various aspects of the work environment, including the physical workplace, wages, benefits and employee amenities. Factors include the makeup of the workforce, the physical environment, health and financial benefits and compensation, programs for older employees, training and development, environmental leadership and community involvement.

SFU was also cited in Maclean’s for such offerings as its summer day-camp programs for employees’ and faculty members’ children (which are also open to the public) and its free fitness facilities.

The Top 100 roll, which is published by Mediacorp Canada Inc., is one of the most prestigious lists in Canadian business, dubbed “an instant bible to human resources professionals and job seekers,” by The Globe and Mail.

The University of Toronto, along with the McGill University hospital and teaching centre, and the U of T’s academic health sciences centre were the only other university employers to make the list.
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