By Perry Lefko
Sixteen Peel Region companies – 13 in Mississauga, two in Brampton and one in Bolton – placed on the list of the top 100 companies in the 12th annual Greater Toronto Top Employers competition.
The competition has become the benchmark in the GTA for workplace best-practices. Many of the companies that place in the top 100 routinely rank among the highest in the nation.
The competition is in collaboration with the Toronto Globe and Mail. The selection process is based on an editorial team evaluation on eight criteria: (1) physical workplace; (2) work atmosphere and social; (3) health, financial and family benefits; (4) vacation and time-off; (5) employee communications; (6) performance management; (7) training and skills development; and (8) community involvement. The criteria have remained the same since the competition’s inception and are the same as those used to judge the national winners.
Any employer with its head office or principal place of business in the GTA can apply for the competition. Employers of any size may apply, whether private or public sector.
The Mississauga companies include: Astra Zeneca Canada Inc. (pharmaceutical engineering), BASF Canada (chemical manufacturing), EllisDon Corp. (building construction), General Electric Canada (diversified technology and equipment), Hatch Ltd. (engineering), Imax Corp. (movie theatre technology), Kruger Products L.P. (paper products), Oracle Canada Inc. (computer and information management systems), Pepsico Canada (beverage and food manufacturing), Praxair Canada Inc. (gas and related product wholesalers), Samsung Electronics Canada Inc. (communications equipment and manufacturing), Schneider Electric Canada Inc. (industrial automation and controls) and World Vision Canada (charitable organizations).
The two Brampton companies are: Dyncare (medical laboratories) and William Osler Health (hospital).
The Bolton company is MARS Inc. (food manufacturing).