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ALBERTA’S BEST WORKPLACES is the November cover story of Alberta Venture and recognizes forward-thinking organizations that instill the best HR practices in their workplaces and that value their greatest asset – people.

Event Details

October 27, 2016
Radisson Hotel Edmonton South

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Conference Registration: 11:00 am
Lunch & Keynote: 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm
Conference Sessions: 1:45 – 2:30 pm
– Collaboration and Conflict
– Fostering a Healthy Workplace
Coffee Break: 2:30 pm
Conversation Cafe: 3:15 – 4:00 pm
Panel Discussion: 4:00 – 4:45 pm
Awards Registration and Networking Reception: 4:45 pm
Awards Dinner & Presentations: 6:00 – 8:30 pm

Online registration is closed. Click here to be notified about next year’s program.

PLEASE NOTE: Registrations will be accepted at the door if space is available. Any changes to existing registrations will be dealt with at the registration desk.

Questions? Call 1-866-227-4276 ext. 244 or email

Program Schedule

Submission Launch: May 1, 2016
Submission Deadline: August 17, 2016
Finalists Announced: September 2016
Winners Revealed: End of October 2016
Print and Online: November 2016

Submissions are now closed. Click here to be notified about next year’s program

Questions?  Call 1-866-227-4276 ext. 228 or email

Sponsorship Opportunities

If you are interested in sponsoring Alberta’s Best Workplaces program, please contact Sue Timanson at 1-866-227-4276 ext. 251 or email

Co-Presented By:


  • Mike Ganley, Editor of Alberta Venture welcomes attendees at Alberta's Best Workplaces Conference and Awards
  • Mark Razzolini, VP of Human Resources at Alberta Blue Cross introduces keynote speaker
  • John Stanton, Founder and CEO of Running Room takes the stage for his keynote speech
  • John Stanton, Founder and CEO of Running Room during his keynote speech entitled How to Run Your Best Workplace
  • Q & A with the audience
  • Attendees visit exhibitor booths at Alberta's Best Workplaces Conference
  • Wayne McNeil, Co-founder of Respect Group presents session on Fostering a Healthy Workplace
  • Dr. Ian Montgomerie, President of IMI Strategics presents session on Collaboration and Conflict
  • During the Conversation Cafe, participants discuss Why Training and Development Matter
  • During the Conversation Cafe, participants discuss Customer Experience
  • Panel discussion moderated by Mike Ganley, Editor of Alberta Venture. Panellists: Brian Baker, President and CEO of Melcor, Bruce Rabik, COO of Rogers Insurance, Craig Priddle, President and CEO of OEM Remanufacturing
  • Networking at Alberta's Best Workplaces Conference
  • Alberta's Best Workplaces Awards Dinner
  • Best Workplace for Benefits, Perks & Incentives: Geoffrey Person from HRIA presents award to Paula Worthington from North Strategic
  • Best Workplace for Diversity: Geoffrey Person from HRIA presents award to Rob de Guzman from Dentons
  • Kenneth Sackley from Compugen accepts the award for Best Workplace for the Environmentally Conscious
  • Best Workplace for Health and Safety: Desiree Bombenon from SureCall presents award to OEM Remanufacturing
  • Best Workplace for Young People: Vesna Penava from BioWare accepts award from Desiree Bombenon from SureCall
  • Best Workplace for Training and Development: Sue Timanson from Alberta Venture presents award to Shae Abba from Parkland School Division No.70
  • Best Workplace for Volunteerism and Community Involvement: Brandie Yarish from SAIT accepts award from Sue Timanson from Alberta Venture
  • Best Overall Workplace, Under 100 Employees: Jerry Rudelic from Alberta Blue Cross presents North Strategic with award
  • Best Overall Workplace, 100 to 750 Employees: Jerry Rudelic from Alberta Blue Cross presents award to Rogers Insurance
  • Best Overall Workplace, More than 750 Employees: Jerry Rudelic from Alberta Blue Cross presents award to NAIT
  • Alberta's Best Workplaces Awards Dinner
  • Alberta's Best Workplaces 2016 Winners

Congratulations to the 2016 Finalists & Winners

Alberta’s Best Workplaces 2016


Benefits, Perks & Incentives


  • ambyint
  • City of Red Deer
  • Dentons – Winner
  • Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP
  • Vertex Resource Group Ltd.

Environmentally Conscious

Health & Safety

  • Alberta Gaming and Liquor Commission (AGLC)
  • Horizon North Logistics Inc.
  • OEM Remanufacturing – Winner
  • United Construction
  • Workers’ Compensation Board – Alberta

Training & Development

Volunteerism & Community Involvement

Young People

Best Overall

Under 100 Employees

100 to 750 Employees

More than 750 Employees

2016 Speakers

Keynote Speaker

John Stanton

John Stanton is a member of the Order of Canada and author of ten books on running. He is recipient of the Canadian Cardiovascular Society Dr. Harold N. Segall Award of Merit and a Honourary Doctor of Laws degree from the University of Alberta, the Canadian Medical Association Award for Excellence in Health Promotion. Inducted into the Canadian Retail Hall of Fame, he is also member Alberta Business Hall of Fame and the Hon. Lt. Col. of the Loyal Edmonton Regiment (4 PPCLI) and a recipient of the Alberta Centennial Medal, the Queens Diamond Jubilee Medal and a board member of the Commonwealth Games Canada Foundation. This year, John was inducted into the City of Edmonton Salute to Excellence Hall of Fame and into the Athletics Canada Hall of Fame.

Stanton is regularly featured in the National Post, the Globe and Mail, Vancouver Province, BNN CBC, CTV and media outlets across Canada. He has run over 60 marathons, hundreds of road races, and numerous triathlons, including the Hawaiian World Championship Ironman competition.

John Stanton is the Founder and CEO of the Running Room a family owned and operated Canadian company with over 120 stores in Canada and the US.

Session Speaker: Collaboration and Conflict

Ian Montgomerie

Dr. Ian Montgomerie is well-respected facilitator leading groups through the resolution of controversial and emotional issues.  He consults in the areas of strategy and engagement, and is an instructor with the University of Alberta School of Business Executive Education with a focus on practical tools and techniques.

 Session Speaker: Fostering a Healthy Workplace

Wayne McNeil

Wayne McNeil was Trustee and Vice-Chairman of the Rocky View School Division, volunteer President of the Sheldon Kennedy Foundation, which raised over $ 1.2 Million during the 1998 Cross-Canada Skate to raise awareness for the prevention of child abuse and served as Chairman of the Alberta Gymnastics Federation for six years. These volunteer roles and his commitment to child advocacy lead Wayne to co-found Respect Group; Canada’s first, on-line, bullying, abuse, harassment and discrimination prevention training program for community/sport organizations, schools and corporations. Wayne has a professional background in Information Technology and Project Management that he developed through key global positions with Bell Canada, 3Com Corporation and Computer Sciences Corporation (CSC). This strong IT expertise enabled Wayne to create a solid team and technology approach for Respect Group which, to-date, has certified over 700,000 Canadians on these critical issues. In 2007, Wayne was awarded the Canadian Red Cross Caring Award for his leadership in the promotion of violence and abuse prevention education. Wayne is a member of the Board of the Sheldon Kennedy Child Advocacy Centre and serves as the Chairman of the Education Committee.

2015 Event Photos

ALBERTA’S BEST WORKPLACES CONFERENCE features world class speakers, informative sessions and workshops on key human resources issues facing managing today. Gain insight from some of the world’s best HR advisors and learn from companies that are leading the way in corporate culture and human resource development. Following the conference, we’ll announce the 2016 winners for Alberta’s Best Workplaces at an exclusive awards dinner in Edmonton.

2015 Finalists & Winners
Benefits, Perks & Incentives

  • Melcor Developments
  • Packers Plus
  • Pembina Pipeline Corporation
  • Rogers Insurance – Winner
  • Yardstick – Testing & Training Experts


  • Calgary Alternative Support Services
  • Diversified Transportation Ltd.
  • Livestock Water Recycling
  • Tundra Petroleum Services
  • Westcan Bulk Transport – Winner

Environmentally Conscious

  • Integrated Sustainability Consultants
  • Lafarge Canada Inc.
  • Manasc Isaac Architects
  • OEM Remanufacturing – Winner
  • Royal Glenora Club

Health & Safety

  • Capital Power
  • Edmonton Regional Airport Authority – Winner
  • GCS Energy Services
  • Northern Mat & Bridge
  • Pembina Pipeline Corporation


  • Alberta Blue Cross
  • ATB Financial – Winner
  • Kingston Ross Pasnak LLP
  • RedBloom Salon
  • SPLICE Software Inc

Training & Development

  • Alberta Motor Association – Winner
  • Carewest
  • Collins Barrow calgary LLP
  • VistaVu Solutions
  • Workers Compensation Board – Alberta

Volunteerism & Community Involvement

  • Davis LLP
  • KPMG Management Services
  • PCL Construction – Winner
  • Rohit Group
  • Tetra Tech

Best Overall Under 100 Employees

  • Collins Barrow Calgary LLP
  • Energy Navigator
  • PumpWELL Solutions
  • SPLICE Software Inc – Winner
  • Yardstick – Testing & Training Experts

Best Overall 100 – 750 Employees

  • Aux Sable
  • Entrec
  • GCS Energy Services
  • Melcor Developments – Winner
  • Scott Builders

Best Overall More Than 750 Employees

  • Alberta Motor Association
  • ATB Financial
  • Diversified Transportation Ltd.
  • EnerFlex Ltd
  • PCL Construction – Winner
ABWP Podcasts

Listen below to hear from Alberta’s Best Workplaces keynote speaker Dr. David Posen (Starting at 12:22)

Angus One Professional Recruitment’s Mark Gendy says his company is looking to gain some exposure in the Alberta market

DOOR Training’s Stephan Brandt talks about the brand new service he’ll be promoting at the conference

Emergenetics Canada’s Tara-Lee Goerlitz discusses the innovative approach taken by her organization

Lakeland Centre for FASD’s Shelley Krook and Melody McIntyre took some time to speak with Alberta Venture about what they’re trying to achieve with their current fundraising efforts.

Gallagher Vital Benefits’s consultant Travis Cleland spoke to Alberta Venture about the company, the merger and more.

Keynote Speakers

Dr. David Posen 

Keynote Speech 2015:
Treating Workplace Stress: A Doctor’s PrescriptionDavid Posen Headshot

Dr. David Posen is an author and former family doctor from Oakville, ON. Two decades ago, he noticed that the workplace was at least partially responsible for many of the health problems his patients had – high blood pressure, heart problems and depression, to name a few. So he started writing books and speaking out about the problem and the potential solutions. His latest book, Is Work Killing You? A Doctor’s Prescription for Treating Workplace Stress, offers ideas that workers, managers and companies can implement to lower stress levels. He is now a much-in-demand speaker and seminar leader.

Beckie Scott, Former Olympian 

Keynote Speech 2014:
Building High Performance Employees

Beckie Scott is the first Canadian, and the first North American woman, to ever win an Olympic Medal in cross-country skiing. She retired in 2006 and has become an accomplished, dynamic, and inspirational speaker, focusing on teamwork, leadership and overcoming adversity. Her motivating presentations have incredible lessons to help us with personal growth and in our professional careers.

Jonathan Wolske

Keynote Speech 2013:
Engaged & Happy: A Culture of Service for Everyone

Jon Wolske is the Culture Evangelist for Zappos Insights, he currently speaks to companies with a focus on culture and customer experience and why it is an important area for business today.

Watch highlights from his keynote address:

What past participants are saying: