Readers' Choice Awards 2016

Announcing the winners of the first annual Readers' Choice Awards

Editor's Note: Our readers have spoken

Welcome to the first annual Canadian HR Reporter Readers’ Choice Awards. In the following pages, you will find the HR vendors and suppliers that our readers selected as their favourites. This special section is designed to highlight these extraordinary firms — the ones our readers think are the very best at what they do.

Nearly 150 companies were honoured in 64 different categories. That means we’ve covered the gamut in terms of the products and services you’re looking for — whether it’s an employment lawyer, benefits provider, uniform supplier, HR education institution, professional development, the list goes on and on.

Since this is the first year we conducted this survey, we didn’t know what response we’d get from our readers. We were overwhelmed by the participation — more than 17,000 ballots were cast in total. It adds even more cachet for the winning firms. After all, these companies weren’t chosen by a handful of judges behind a closed door.

Instead, we set up a digital survey and sent an invitation to our audience to vote — to tell us the companies they like doing business with and the ones that provide really good value. This guide is designed to be used by you, our readers, as a cheat sheet. It’s like having a window into the offices of your colleagues at organizations across the country. 

When you’re looking for a service provider, look for the Readers’ Choice seal. It’s not an endorsement from the editors of Canadian HR Reporter — it’s something far better. It’s a seal of approval from your colleagues.

Thanks again for taking the time to vote. If you don’t see your favourite firms honoured in these pages, be sure to participate and vote next year. 

Todd Humber


HR-Related Associations
The Canadian Payroll Association
1600 - 250 Bloor St. E.
Toronto, ON M4W 1E6
Tel: 800-387-4693
Email: [email protected]
Website: |
The Canadian Payroll Association is the authoritative source of Canadian payroll knowledge.  Through education and advocacy, we enable payroll and human resources practitioners and their employers to stay current and compliant, and promote efficient and effective payroll legislation, regulation and administration for all stakeholders. 

• Canadian Payroll Association, The
• Canadian Pensions & Benefits Institute
• HR Council
• Human Resources Management Systems Professional Association (HRMSP)

International HR Associations
• International Association for Human Resource Information Management
• North American Human Resource Management Association (NHRMA)
• Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM)
• WorldatWork

Provincial HR Associations
• Human Resource Institute of Alberta (HRIA)
• Human Resources Management Association (HRMA)
• Human Resources Professionals Association (HRPA)


Compensation Consultants
• Aon Hewitt
• Hay Group
• Mercer

Disability Management Consultants

Organizational Solutions Inc.
2186 Mountain Grove Ave., #253
Burlington, ON L7P 4X4
Tel: 866-674-7656
Email: [email protected]
“The RIGHT care, at the RIGHT time, for the RIGHT outcome ©” helps business leaders across Canada reduce the cost and human impact of employee time away from work due to injury, illness or disability. Fully bilingual, Organizational Solutions Inc. offers client focus, high-touch communication, proven processes and measured success.

• Morneau Shepell
• Organizational Solutions Inc.
• Workplace Medical

Diversity/Employment Equity Consultants

Employment Matters Consulting
1369 Chalfield Dr.
Oakville, ON L6J 6R6
Tel: 905-829-9061
Email: [email protected]
Employment Matters Consulting is a leading provider of employment equity compliance solutions since 2001. We work with corporations across Canada as a strategic business partner to provide strategy, resources and expertise that deliver compliance, diversity and inclusion.  Keith Jeffers CHRL, a former Assistant Deputy Minister is company President and Principal Consultant.

Diversity at Work
51 Baffin Place
London, ON N5V 1E8
Tel: 519-659-4777
Email: [email protected]
We offer a full range of diversity- and inclusion-related services: consulting, training and publications. For over a decade we have been providing HR professionals with practical strategies that get real results and guaranteed success. Thank you for voting us as one of your favourite suppliers! 

• Canadian Centre for Diversity & Inclusion
• Diversity at Work 
• Employment Matters Consulting
• Toronto Regional Immigration Employment Council (TRIEC)

HR Management Consultants

• Aon Hewitt
• Hay Group
• Towers Watson

Pensions & Benefit Consultants

• Aon Hewitt
• Mercer
• Morneau Shepell

Talent Management Consultants

• Development Dimensions International
• Drake International
• Lee Hecht Harrison Knightsbridge
• Talent Matters Inc.


Alberta HR Certificate Programs
• Mount Royal University
• University of Alberta 
• University of Calgary

Alberta HR Degree Programs
• Athabasca University
• Mount Royal University
• University of Calgary

Alberta HR Diploma Programs
• Grant McEwan University 
• Northern Alberta Institute of Technology 
• University of Lethbridge

Atlantic Provinces HR Certificate Program
• Dalhousie University  

Atlantic Provinces HR Degree Program
• University of New Brunswick 

Atlantic Provinces HR Diploma Program
• Nova Scotia Community College 

British Columbia HR Certificate Programs
• British Columbia Institute of Technology
• Royal Roads University 

British Columbia HR Degree Programs
• Simon Fraser University
• University of British Columbia - Sauder School of Business
• University of Northern British Columbia 

British Columbia HR Diploma Programs

• British Columbia Institute of Technology
• Thompson Rivers University 

Ontario HR Certificate Programs
• Fanshawe College 
• Humber College
• Queen’s University
• York University 

Ontario HR Degree Programs

• Humber College
• University of Toronto
• York University 

Ontario HR Diploma Programs
• George Brown College
• McMaster University
• University of Waterloo 

Prairie Provinces HR Certificate Programs

• Red River College 
• Saskatchewan Polytechnic

Prairie Provinces HR Degree Program
• University of Saskatchewan

Prairie Provinces HR Diploma Program

The University of Winnipeg, Professional, Applied and Continuing Education (PACE)
515 Portage Ave. 
Winnipeg, MB R3B 2E9
Tel: 204-982-6633
Email: [email protected]
The Human Resource Management Diploma distinguishes its program from academic competitors by layering traditional elements of human resource management with a heavy emphasis on leadership, concrete business tools, and effective communication. The program aligns its content to industry-recognized standards and best professional practice, earning graduates top scores on their professional designation examinations. 

• the University of Winnipeg, Professional, Applied and Continuing Education (PACE)

Quebec HR Degree Program
• McGill University 

HR Masters Programs
University of Fredericton
371 Queen St., Suite 101 
Fredericton, NB E3E 1B1
Tel: 506-454-6232
Email: [email protected]
The University of Fredericton (UFred) is an online university offering degree, diploma and certificate programs that emphasize lifelong learning and leadership development. UFred is home to the Sandermoen School of Business, which offers Canada’s fully-online MBA and EMBA programs, including a specialty stream in Human Resource Leadership. 

• Queen’s University
• University of Fredericton
• University of Toronto


Discount Program Providers
Venngo Inc.
207-155 Rexdale Blvd. 
Etobicoke, ON M9W 5Z8
Tel: 866-383-6646 ext. 202
Email: [email protected]
Venngo group discount programs help Canada’s top employers create happy and healthy workplaces by reducing health care and benefits costs and promoting the financial, physical and mental well-being of employees. Over 350 health & wellness partnerships and 1,200 other unique discounts and offers provide savings on everything from tickets and travel to dining, clothing, insurance and more.  Learn more at

• Air Miles Incentives
• Perkopolis
• Venngo WorkPerks

Employee Engagement Programs
• Canadian Management Centre
• Great Place to Work
• Hay Group

Recognition Gift Cards
• Best Buy Canada
• Canadian Tire
• Costco Wholesale Canada Ltd.
• Hudson’s Bay Company

Recognition Programs & Awards
• Achievers
• O.C. Tanner
• Terryberry


EAP Providers
• Ceridian
• Homewood Health
• Morneau Shepell

First Aid Training Providers
• Canadian Red Cross
• St. John Ambulance
• Workplace Medical Corp.

Mental Health Service Providers
• Great West-Life Centre for Mental Health in the Workplace
• Homewood Health
• Morneau Shepell
• Workplace Mental Health Collaborative (Canadian Mental Health Association, National)

Safety Training Providers

Workplace Law Consulting Inc.
9000 Keele St., Suite 7 
Vaughan, ON L4K 0B3
Tel: 416-930-6180
Email: [email protected]
It is a privilege to be chosen for this award.  Please contact us for all your Safety Training needs. We specialize in WSIB, Employment Standards, Managing Terminations, First Aid and CPR and Working at Heights.  Check out our website at or call us at 416-930-6180.

• 4SafeCom & 4S Occupational Health and Safety Advisory
• Occupational Safety Group (OSG)
• Workplace Law Consulting Inc.

Wellness Program Providers
• Ceridian
• Fitbit
• GoodLife Fitness


Group Insurance Providers

Sun Life Financial
225 King St. W. 
Toronto, ON M5V 3C5
Tel: 888- 798-4922
A market leader in group benefits, Sun Life Financial serves more than 1 in 6 Canadians, in over 17,000 corporate, association, affinity and creditor groups across Canada. Through a strategic approach to health and absences, and a comprehensive service offering to support organizational and employee health, we help employers meet the needs of today and build a healthier future. Life’s brighter under the sun.

• Great-West Life Assurance Company
• Manulife Financial
• Sun Life Financial

Risk Management Service Providers

• Deloitte
• Ernst & Young


Business/Corporate Immigration Law Boutiques
EY Tower, 222 Bay St., Suite 2100
Toronto, ON M5K 1H6
Tel: 416-943-2400
EY Law LLP is a Canadian law firm, affiliated with Ernst & Young LLP in Canada. Both EY Law LLP and Ernst & Young LLP are Ontario limited 
liability partnerships. EY Law LLP provides tax law, business immigration and business law services.

• Egan LLP (Ernst & Young)
• Green and Spiegel LLP

Employment & Labour Law Boutiques
Rudner MacDonald
1005-2 Bloor St. W. 
Toronto, ON M4W 3E2
Tel: 416-640-6402
Email: [email protected]
Rudner MacDonald is proud to be selected as one of the top three Employment and Labour Law boutique firms in Canada according to Canadian HR Reporter’s inaugural Readers’ Choice Awards. Natalie MacDonald and Stuart Rudner formed Rudner MacDonald with a desire to change the landscape of Canadian employment law.

Whitten & Lublin PC
600-141 Adelaide St. W. 
Toronto, ON M5H 3L5
Tel: 416-640-2667
Whitten & Lublin, Employment and Labour Lawyers are a team of highly experienced and leading lawyers that provide practical advice and advocacy for workplace legal disputes.  The firm’s lawyers handle all aspects of the workplace relationship, with an emphasis on dismissal litigation and human rights matters.  

• Hicks Morley Hamilton Stewart Storie LLP
• Rudner MacDonald
• Whitten & Lublin PC

Workplace Dispute Resolution Services
• Alternative Workplace Resolutions Inc.
• Workplace Fairness Institute


Payroll Management Providers
• Ceridian

Relocation Services Providers

6745 Financial Dr. 
Mississauga, ON L5N 7J7
Tel: 905-812-8900
Email: [email protected]
Why choose off-the-rack mobility solutions when they can be made-to-measure? When it comes to relocation, TheMIGroup recognizes that every corporation and relocating employee is different.  That’s why we take the time to really understand our clients’ needs and create custom-tailored solutions for the right fit, every time. TheMIGroup – just a better fit.

Brookfield Global Relocation Services

150 Harvester Dr., Suite 201 
Burr Ridge, IL 60527
Tel: 630-972-2250
Email: [email protected]
Brookfield Global Relocation Services develops and implements comprehensive talent mobility solutions for corporate and government clients worldwide. With deep industry experience and unparalleled insights on the future of talent mobility, we enable our clients to craft mobility programs that will empower them to attract, retain and develop top performers.

• Brookfield Global Relocation Services
• Mercer
• TheMIGroup


Employer Ratings Websites
• Glassdoor
• Indeed

Executive Recruiters
• David Aplin Group
• Korn Ferry
• Odgers Berndston

Recruitment Agencies
Randstad Canada 

777 Bay St., Suite 2000 
Toronto, ON M5G 2C8
Tel: 416-962-9262
Email: [email protected]
Randstad Canada is the Canadian leader for staffing, recruitment and HR Services. As the only fully integrated staffing company in the country, we understand the recruitment needs and demands of employers and job seekers across all levels and industries. Through our insightful knowledge of local markets, employment trends and global network of recruitment experts, we are shaping the Canadian world of work. Visit

• Manpower
• Randstad Canada 
• Robert Half

Recruitment Websites
• Indeed
• LinkedIn
• Workopolis

Specialized Recruiters
Robert Half
181 Bay St., Suite 820
Toronto, ON M5J 2T3
Tel: 877-334-9803
With more than 325 staffing locations worldwide, Robert Half’s specialized divisions have been helping finance and accounting, office and administrative, IT, creative and legal professionals find meaningful careers since 1948. Visit our blog at or follow us on Twitter at @RobertHalf_CAN for job search and hiring advice, workplace news and hiring trends.

• ACCES Employment
• Accountemps A Robert Half Company
• CPA Source


Research & Reference Providers
• Carswell (Thomson Reuters)
• LexisNexis Canada
• McGraw-Hill


Employee Assessment Service Providers
Psychometrics Canada
7125-77 Ave. 
Edmonton, AB T6B 0B5
Tel: 800-661-5158
Email: [email protected]
Psychometrics Canada has been providing assessment tools and consulting services for the selection and development of people in business, government and education for over 40 years. Our expertise is in application of business psychology in the areas of personal and leadership development, conflict resolution, employee selection, and skills and performance assessment.

• CORE Consulting Inc.
• Hay Group
• Psychometrics Canada

Outplacement Service Providers

• Career Joy
• Lee Hecht Harrison Knightsbridge
• Right Management

Pre-Employment Screening Service Providers

First Advantage Canada
366 Adelaide St. W., Suite 200
Toronto, ON M5V 1R9
Tel: 416-961-1611
Email: [email protected]
First Advantage leads the industry, delivering over 16 million background screenings annually, with solutions designed to ensure your candidates have the background skills, attitudes, and aptitudes to make a positive difference in your organization, whether they are candidates, employees, contractors, or volunteers, from anywhere in the world.

• First Advantage Canada
• Garda
• Sterlingbackcheck


Employee Communications Training
Canadian Management Centre
33 Yonge St., Suite 320 
Toronto, ON M5E 1G4
Tel: 877-262-2500
Email: [email protected]
A proven leader in professional development with an understanding of the trends shaping today’s workforce, Canadian Management Centre helps individuals and organizations outperform.  Our clients rely on us for their learning and leadership development requirements through our award-winning customized solutions, open-enrollment programs and hub of free webinars and resources.  

• Canadian Management Centre
• Dale Carnegie & Associates Inc.
• SkillPath

HR Professional Development
The Conference Board of Canada
255 Smyth Rd.
Ottawa, ON K1H 8M7
Tel: 613-526-3280
Email: [email protected]
The Conference Board of Canada is dedicated to building a better future for Canadians by making our economy and society more dynamic and competitive. We are the foremost independent, evidence-based, not-for-profit applied research organization in Canada. We are experts in economic trends, organizational performance and public policy issues. 

• Canadian HR Press
• Conference Board of Canada, The
• Rotman School of Management
• Schulich Executive Education Centre

Labour Relations Training
Industrial Relations Centre (IRC) – Queen’s University
Robert Sutherland Hall., 138 Union St. W.
Kingston, ON K7L 3N6
Tel: 888-858-7838
Email: [email protected]
Queen’s University IRC is Canada’s leading management development centre for LR, HR and OD practitioners. Our open enrollment and custom programs are designed to make a lasting impact. The IRC offers coveted certificates in LR, HR and OD and its website is home to related research papers and case studies.

• Athabasca University
• Centre for Industrial Relations and Human Resources - University of Toronto
• Industrial Relations Centre (IRC) – Queen’s University

Learning Management Services
• Blackboard
• SkillPath
• Skillsoft

Management/Executive Development
The Niagara Institute
509 Glendale Ave. 
Niagara-on-the-Lake, ON L0S 1J0
Tel: 800-663-7305
Email: [email protected]
The Niagara Institute is one of the most trusted providers of high-impact, high-quality leadership development solutions. Our team of experienced Leadership and Organizational Development professionals work with clients to build strong leaders and successful organizations through customized development programs, advisory services, coaching, public programs, distance learning and webinars. 

• Lee Hecht Harrison Knightsbridge
• Niagara Institute, The
• Schulich Executive Education Centre


HR Management Solutions
ADP Canada Co.
3250 Bloor St. W., 16th Floor 
Etobicoke, ON M8X 2X9
Tel: 866-228-9675
ADP Canada gives organizations of every size the tools to help their people thrive. From basic payroll to complex people management systems and analytics, we help business leaders make better decisions. Our clients trust ADP to provide strategic insights and on-demand expertise to build and inspire the workforce they need.

• ADP Canada Co. 
• Ceridian
• SAP SuccessPartners

Payroll Solutions
1565 Willson Place 
Winnipeg, MB R3T 4H1
Tel: 866-788-3500
Payworks is a national leader in the field of total workforce management solutions and provides payroll, human resources, and employee time management solutions to more than 14,000 businesses across Canada. Payworks has been a Canada’s Best Managed Companies winner since 2012, and is a Gold Standard winner in 2015. 

• Ceridian
• Payworks

Recruitment Software/Solutions
• Cornerstone OnDemand
• NetHire
• PeopleFluent

Talent Management Solutions
• Halogen Software
• Silkroad Technology

Time & Attendance Solutions

Kronos Incorporated
110 Matheson Blvd, Suite 320 
Mississauga, ON L5R 4G7
Tel: 800-225-1561
Our cloud-based human capital management (HCM) and workforce management (WFM) solutions offer the industry’s most robust suite of tools for managing your entire workforce — salaried or hourly, full-time or part-time — from pre-hire to retire. With Kronos, you can attract, retain, and engage employees while improving efficiency and customer satisfaction.

• Ceridian
• Kronos Incorporated

Web Conferencing 
88 Queen’s Quay, Suite 2700
Toronto, ON M5J 0B8
Tel: 416-306-7000
Email: [email protected]
Attract and retain top talent in any location. Increase knowledge sharing amongst a diverse workforce.  Improve employee engagement in the new work environment.  Thank you for choosing Cisco WebEx, the global leader in web and video conferencing, as Canadian HR Reporter’s Reader’s Choice winner for web conferencing.

• Adobe Connect
• Cisco WebEx
• Go ToMeeting


Uniform Suppliers

Canadian Linen & Uniform Service
20 Atomic Ave. 
Toronto, ON M8Z 5L2
Tel: 855-326-0940
Email: [email protected]
Headquartered in Toronto, Canadian Linen & Uniform Service is the largest uniform rental and linen supply company in Canada and among the largest in North America. We operate over 115 production facilities and service centers throughout Canada and the US - providing linen, uniforms, floor mats, washroom and cleaning products to 150,000 customers weekly. 

• Canadian Linen & Uniform Service
• Cintas
• G&K Services

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