Diamond Schmitt Architects and PCL Construction named to Canada’s top employers

Diamond Schmitt Architects and PCL Construction have made the list of Canada’s Top Small & Medium Employers (SME).

The editorial competition, managed by Mediacorp Canada in conjunction with The Globe and Mai,l reviews thousands of applications from private sector companies, and ranks recruitment histories, HR practices and employee benefits.

“The companies chosen as this year’s winners are not only workplace leaders, but they also set the benchmark for SMEs across Canada that can benefit from learning their best practices,” said Tony Meehan, the program’s publisher.

Winning companies are graded on eight key areas: physical workplace; work atmosphere and social programs; health, financial and family benefits; vacation and time-off; employee communications; performance management; training and skills development; and community involvement.

Staff at Diamond Schmitt Architects’ Toronto studio.
Photo by: Jim Ryce

The practices and policies at Diamond Schmitt cited by the jury include a variety of social events and celebrations throughout the year, and maternity and parental leave top-up payments of up to 80 percent of salary. The firm is rated ‘A’ for its Work Atmosphere and Communications and ‘A+’ for Community Involvement.

“We are thrilled to be recognized once again for being a great place to work,” said Donald Schmitt, Principal with the design firm. “We believe fostering a supportive, collaborative culture is the foundation of our success in the pursuit of design excellence.”

PCL Construction employees at a team-building event. Photo courtesy of canadastop100.com.

PCL Construction was selected for its variety of learning opportunities for employees at various stages of development, including the PCL College of Construction, in-house apprenticeships, formal mentoring, and the PCL Leadership Academy. The company encourages employees to make health and wellness a priority and it is one of Canada’s largest contractors that is 100 percent employee-owned.

PCL Construction received an  ‘A+’ rating for its Physical Workplace, Training & Skills Development, and Community Involvement.