Winners from our 9th annual editorial competition
Centre for International Governance employees collaborating at the organization's headquarters in Waterloo, Ontario

About the Competition

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Now entering its 10th year, Waterloo Area's Top Employers is an annual competition organized by the editors of Canada's Top 100 Employers. This special designation recognizes the employers in the Kitchener-Waterloo and Guelph area that lead their industries in offering exceptional places to work. Our 2016 winners were announced in special newspaper features published by the Waterloo Region Record and Guelph Mercury on November 28, 2015.

Selection Process

Employers are evaluated by the editors of Canada's Top 100 Employers using the same eight criteria as the national competition: (1) Physical Workplace; (2) Work Atmosphere & Social; (3) Health, Financial & Family Benefits; (4) Vacation & Time Off; (5) Employee Communications; (6) Performance Management; (7) Training & Skills Development; and (8) Community Involvement. Employers are compared to other organizations in their field to determine which offers the most progressive and forward-thinking programs.

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Editorial Partner

The Waterloo Region Record and Guelph Mercury are our editorial partners on the Waterloo Area's Top Employers project, announcing the winners in a special newspaper feature each fall. For our detailed Reasons for Selection, please review the full list of winners. Publishing detailed Reasons for Selection is a distinguishing feature of our competition: it provides transparency in the selection of winners and "raises the bar" so that other employers can discover and adopt initiatives that work well elsewhere.

Eligibility Requirements

Any employer with its head office or principal place of business in the Kitchener-Waterloo or Guelph area may apply for this competition. For ease of reference, we define this as the area often referred to as Canada's Technology Triangle (generally includes the cities of Kitchener, Waterloo and Cambridge) plus Guelph. Employers of any size may apply, whether private or public sector.

2017 Competition

Applications for our 2017 competition will be available early in 2016. Our 2017 winners will be announced in the Waterloo Region Record and Guelph Mercury in the fall of 2016. To receive an application for next year's competition, employers should join our mailing list:

Editorial Conference

To learn more about the competition, we invite you to join us at the Top Employer Summit, our annual editorial conference on the Canada’s Top 100 Employers project. This event lets you discover the latest best practices from winners, meet competition organizers and editors, and hear inspiring stories from world-class speakers – all presented in a commercial-free format. The conference is Canada’s largest annual event for senior-level HR professionals.

COM DEV employees visiting with Canadian astronaut Jeremy Hansen
COM DEV employees visiting with Canadian astronaut Jeremy Hansen
OpenText employees making snow angels
OpenText employees making snow angels

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