Thirty-two Canadian organizations recognized in the inaugural Employee Recommended Workplace Award

Morneau Shepell and The Globe and Mail are excited to announce that 32 organizations were recognized as Employee Recommended Workplaces, including nine organizations that were in the top of their category (small, mid-sized and large categories, in the privately-owned, public, or not-for-profit or government sectors). The winning organizations were profiled nationally in The Globe and Mail.

The Employee Recommended Workplace Award recognizes excellence in achieving a healthy, engaged and productive workforce. Employees were asked to complete a short confidential survey that includes questions about their physical and mental health, as well as aspects of their work and life – all elements of Total Health that impact employee engagement and productivity. On completion, they received a personal assessment that identified potential areas for improvement and provided them with links to resources to help them take action. Organizations received a summary report of their workforce that highlighted positive results and outlined opportunities for improvement, which they could use for Human Resources planning.

Award recipients were selected solely on the basis of the scores from their employee’s surveys. The 2017 Employee Recommended Workplace Award grand prize winners are:

Private company: 

  • Sklar Wilton & Associates (small)
  • L.V. Lomas (mid-sized)
  • Klick Inc. (large) 

Public company

  • NEBS (small)
  • Killam Apartment Real Estate Investment Trust (mid-sized)
  • Nestlé Canada (large)

Not-for-profit / Government

  • New Brunswick Association for Community Living (small)
  • Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics (mid-sized)
  • Cégep Garneau (large)

Congratulations to all 2017 winners. Click here for a full list.

View photos from the award ceremony event.

Learn how winning organizations stand out from the rest (The Globe and Mail article).

The winning formulas for workplace wellness

Winners of the inaugural Employee Recommended Workplace Award, which recognizes companies that prioritize the health and wellness of their staff, describe the one thing that helps their company stand out from the rest.


“It’s our employee-centric culture and how we’ve embodied our core value of empathy in how we think about and treat our people.

“For example, we had an employee that had been going through some serious health issues and was also moving house. We took that as an opportunity to show our empathy and caring for their health and wellness by organizing a moving company to help them through that life experience.

“We have a Klick Experience Team whose job it is to proactively help nurture and grow culture and engagement at Klick through events and celebrations, and their job is to try and find those surprise and delight moments wherever they may exist.”

Glen Webster, senior vice-president of finance, Klick Inc., Toronto

Be open to new ideas

“Don’t assume that you know what’s best. Not too long ago an employee introduced a meditation program that is now run on Skype for employees working offsite to join – this idea did not come from the management team but was a creative solution identified and launched by an individual employee.”

Alastair Macdonald, senior vice-president, human resources, Nestlé Canada Inc., Toronto

Full engagement

“The most important thing for us is that the health and wellness program has an important impact in our community because we work on the program with the staff but also with students.

“Students don’t make one action and personnel the other action. They all make moves together on the same things. That’s very original.

“And it’s received well because the program came from them, not from me or the direction team, so it’s implanted within the mentality of our culture within Cégep Garneau.”

Denise Trudeau, executive director, Cégep Garneau, Quebec City