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Alberta’s Best Workplaces: Who loves their job, and why?

Read up on this year's winners and finalists

May 22, 2014

by Alberta Venture Staff

The number of variations of “a good workplace” is the same as the variations of workers in the world. One person will be in it for the perks and benefits, another for career advancement opportunities or international travel and, yes, one might want a foosball table.

So employers must design their own workplaces. They must carefully examine their own workforce (perhaps via a survey?), build on their strengths and develop their own unique culture.

But one can always poach good ideas from neighbours and competitors. One can be interested in finding out what they’ve been doing to get their employees to love their jobs. So here, in Alberta Venture’s seventh annual examination of Alberta’s Best Workplaces, we present the winners and finalists of this year’s competition, and find out how they built their yellow brick road.

Title Sponsor
Davies Park

Presented by
Alberta Venture
Certified Human Resources Professional

Category sponsors
Alberta Blue Cross
Alberta Government
ATB Financial
Careers: The Next Generation

Best Overall Workplace
(750 Plus employees)

Winner: All Weather Windows
Finalists: Alberta Blue Cross, Pembina Pipeline, Syncrude Canada

Best Workplace
(101 to 750 employees)

Winner: Vermilion Energy
Finalists: BrandAlliance, Edmonton Regional Airports Authority, Scott Builders

Best Workplace
(Under 100 employees)

Winner: Incite Marketing
Finalists: Fully Managed, Lakeland Credit Union, Manasc Isaac Architects

Best Workplace for
Benefits, Perks and Incentives

Winner: BluEra
Finalists: Bonavista Energy, Northern Mat & Bridge, Pembina Pipleine

Best Workplace for

Winner: DevFacto Technologies
Finalists: Caber Engineering, ConocoPhillips Canada, Incite Marketing

Best Workplace for the
Environmentally Conscious

Winner: DIRTT Environmental Solutions
Finalists: Edmonton Regional Airports Authority, Mammoet Canada, Manasc Isaac Architects

Best Workplace for
Training and Development

Winner: Capital Power
Finalists: City of Leduc, Quercus Solutions, Vermilion Energy

Best Workplace for
Volunteerism and Community Service

Winner: Alliance Pipeline
Finalists: Enbridge, Lakeland Credit Union, Syncrude Canada

Best Workplace for

Winner: Aramark Remote Workplace Services
Finalists: Syncrude Canada, Vertex Resource Group

Best Workplace for
Health and Safety

Winner: Workers’ Compensation Board-Alberta
Finalists: All Weather Windows, Northern Mat & Bridge, Pronghorn Controls