Introducing Your Best Employer Award Top 10 Semi-Finalists

Recognizing employee development and retention is vital to the success of a small business. Our Best Employer Award celebrates the business that goes above and beyond for their employees and provides the best overall place to work. These companies place high levels of importance on fostering a healthy corporate culture, and providing a happy, constructive work environment for their staff. The award is judged on the following criteria:

  • Financial Strength and Sustainable Remuneration: This business balances revenue generation and profitability with a strong and sustainable structure for employee compensation via benefits, wages and management practices.
  • Recruitment Retention and Personal Growth: It demonstrates strategic employee recruitment and retention activities. It’s also committed to workforce development, employee training, and education/professional development opportunities.
  • Culture, Wellness and Safety: Displays commitment to providing programs for a happy and healthy workplace as part of its company goals and overall strategy.

Last year, Central Kitchen & Bar Kelowna earned Best Employer honours, but who will take the crown in 2018? Here are your Best Employer Award Top 10 Semi-Finalists:


Location: Vancouver

Aequilibrium is made up of passionate designers, developers, engineers, and dog lovers. The company’s workplace ethos aims to balance quality work and personal growth. Employees have access to industry conferences, events, and flexible working options to help them reach their full potential.

Imperial Custom Wood Furnishing

Location: Abbotsford

Imperial Custom Wood Furnishing Ltd is a contract spray finishing shop serving the cabinetry, millwork, and furniture industry in the Fraser Valley for the last 13 years. They are committed to employee development through a robust training program. Staff are regularly treated to fun, extra-curricular activities like spa days and company outings.

Innov8 Digital Solutions

Location: Kelowna

Innov8 Digital Solutions strives to provide a fun, friendly, and rewarding environment for their staff. Owner Andre Brosseau has created a collaborative culture in which all employees are treated equally so they can contribute to the best of their potential.

Island Lake Lodge

Location: Fernie

At Island Lake Lodge, staff are not only viewed as valuable assets, they are the very essence of the brand and business. Island Lake devotes huge resources to staff engagement, development, and retention. Some of these resources include: Comprehensive benefits plan, free staff meals when working, free shuttle to work, funding for continuing education/training, and discounts on partner brands.

Motherload Transport Services

Location: Nanaimo

At Motherload Transport Services, employees are treated with respect and valued as individuals, as well as team members. In addition to competitive wages, bonuses and employee benefits, staff enjoy wine tours, spa days, hockey games, and even two recent all-expenses paid trips to Vegas and Oregon.

Mystique Hair Design

Location: White Rock

Mystique thrives on ensuring all staff members are trained to high standards. To keep up with the latest styles, trends, and techniques, staff regularly attend advanced classes and travel to train with some of the world’s top professionals.

Northern Legendary Construction

Location: Fort St John

Founded in 2007 by Eric Bell, Northern Legendary Construction is one of the leading construction companies in Fort St John and the greater Peace Region. The company is diligent about training new employees, with each signed up for the ITA apprentice program so their upcoming hours can be credited toward their apprenticeship.

Pathfinder Endeavours

Location: Prince George

Pathfinder is committed to becoming a leader in environmental stewardship in the utility industry while simultaneously transferring profitability to their employees through a comprehensive salary and benefits program. The company offers an excellent training program that begins with mentorship, and continues with ongoing opportunities for professional development and specialized job training.

The Gibsons Butcher

Location: Gibsons

In business just over 12 months, The Gibsons Butcher is a family run small business specializing in fine quality, specialty meats. Owner Adam Vanderwoerd has lived on the Sunshine Coast his entire life, and has created a friendly, neighborhood-style vibe where staff feel at home, and locals want to come and visit.

The Directorship

Location: Vancouver

The Directorship offers IT Advisory and Assurance services from their office in Vancouver. By developing their staff, they believe it will ultimately develop their business. Their goal is to inspire employees to be entrepreneurial-minded, to be of strong character, and to be empowered as servant leaders.