​SAP, Maritime Travel, Purdys Chocolatier among ‘best employers’

Seventy-nine employers make it onto Aon Hewitt’s list

​SAP, Maritime Travel, Purdys Chocolatier among ‘best employers’

SAP Canada, Maritime Travel and Purdys Chocolatier were among the 79 employers that made it on to the Aon Best Employers in Canada list for 2017.

The companies “set the mark for engaging employees, demonstrating effective leadership, building a performance culture and leveraging the strength of their employer brand,” said Aon, and the results are based on the opinions of about 680,000 employees across about 200 Canadian organizations.

On a worldwide level, employees at Aon Best Employers in Canada rank their organizations higher than the Aon global average on collaboration (77 per cent versus 66 per cent), empowerment (78 per cent versus 68 per cent), support for new ideas (66 per cent versus 55 per cent), continual learning (68 per cent versus 57 per cent) and career development (65 per cent versus 54 per cent).

“Achieving Aon Best Employer status can be a significant indicator of organizational success in terms of results,” said Neil Crawford, partner and Canada talent practice leader at Aon Hewitt. “Our global research has shown that Aon Best Employers enjoy higher operating profits and sales growth than the average organization. Plus, they have a third less staff turnover and more internal promotions than their counterparts. On a more granular scale, we can see why: Highly engaged employees are more effective and efficient in maintaining productive customer relationships, while engendering the kind of positive work culture that all stakeholders — from other employees to customers and suppliers — can feel and appreciate.”

Among Platinum-level Aon Best Employers in Canada, an average of 80 per cent of employees are engaged, meaning they speak positively about their employers, are committed to staying and are willing to go “above and beyond” to contribute to business success.

Only seven percent of employees describe themselves as disengaged, versus the Canadian average of 15 per cent.

The Best Employers are also high-growth organizations that are more likely (by 16 per cent) to focus on organizational and HR effectiveness programs than average organizations are, and two times more likely (56 per cent) to focus on culture than average growth firms (28 per cent).


Platinum award recipients 

Aecon Group

Allstate Insurance Company of Canada

ATB Financial

Bennett Jones

Birchwood Automotive Group

Canadian Apartment Property Real Estate Investment Trust (CAPREIT)

CIMA+ Partenaire de génie

Cintas Canada

Clark Builders

Cossette Communication

Davis Automotive Group

Dilawri's CROWN Auto Group

Edward Jones


Equitable Bank

Farm Credit Canada

Federal Express Canada

Intact Financial

Keg Restaurants

Libro Credit Union

Maritime Travel

*Marriott Hotels of Canada (*Global Aon Best Employer)


Mouvement Desjardins

OpenRoad Auto Group

PCL Construction

Polygon Security Inc. (Viking, Fireflex, SCS)

SAP Canada

Stikeman Elliott

The Co-operators


Gold award recipients


Banque Nationale (BN)


Brookfield Residential Properties

Colliers International

Gowling WLG (Canada)

LoyaltyOne, Co.

Purdys Chocolatier

Skyline Group of Companies

TD Bank Group



Platinum award recipients (small and medium-size employers)

Addenda Capital

Assomption Vie

BlueShore Financial

Canadian Internet Registration Authority


College of Physicians & Surgeons of Alberta

DevFacto Technologies

DLGL Technologies

Financière des professionnels

GEF Seniors Housing

Grantek Systems Integration

Habanero Consulting Group

Innovation Place

ISL Engineering and Land Services

Jayman BUILT Group of Companies


Mitsubishi Motor Sales of Canada

National Leasing

NorWest Co-op Community Health





Solutions 2 GO

Solvera Solutions

The Berkeley Retirement Residences

Trisura Guarantee Insurance Company



Gold award recipients (small and medium-size employers)

Boa-Franc S.E.N.C.

Bosa Properties


Cornerstone Credit Union

HomEquity Bank

Idea Exchange

Intelex Technologies

Kindred Credit Union

LGM Financial Services

Sentry Investments

Teshmont Consultants

The Sovereign General Insurance Company


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