media release

Fifth consecutive time SFU named a top 100 employer

October 07, 2011

Dario Nonis, human resources, 778.782.3602,
Carol Thorbes, PAMR, 778.782.3035,

Stock markets are crashing and European governments are staving off financial ruin but that isn’t stopping Canadian businesses and institutions from repeatedly making Canada’s Top 100 Employers list.

Once again, Simon Fraser University is a winner in Mediacorp Canada’s 12-year-old annual competition, which ranks Canada’s Top 100 Employers based on eight key performance factors. Mediacorp is the nation’s largest publisher of employment guides and periodicals.

SFU’s inclusion in the publisher’s 2012 list makes it the 5th consecutive year that the university has made the cut in a competition that received entries from 2,750 employers nationally.

“During periods of fiscal restraint and economic uncertainty it can be particularly difficult to maintain or enhance all employee programs and benefits,” says Dario Nonis, SFU’s executive director, human resources.

“Nonetheless we have worked hard to do so and being named a top employer for five consecutive years is an acknowledgement of the collective efforts that went into achieving this distinction.  We are very proud to again receive such a noteworthy award.” 

Among the actions that make SFU a 2012 top 100 employer are:

  • New urban living options at the UniverCity development project, which is is one of the most innovative and progressive urban development projects in North America.
  • Defined-benefit and defined-contribution pension plans, as well as health benefits that extend through retirement, with no age limit.
  • Generous maternity and parental leave top-up payments for new mothers, fathers, and adoptive parents (to 100 per cent of salary for 37 weeks) and an onsite daycare facility.

For a complete rundown of SFU’s winning qualities see:

Each entry is graded on physical workplace; work and social atmosphere; health, financial and family benefits; vacation and time off; employee communications; performance management; training and skills development; and community involvement.

The 2012 winners of the national competition are published in an October 7 editorial supplement of The Globe and Mail. These results are also published on the job search website

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