Winners from our 10th annual editorial competition
Centre for International Governance Innovation President Rohinton Medhora meets with staff

About the Competition

Employees at Ontario Teachers Insurance Plan building awareness and donations for a local foodbank in a remarkable 'Canstruction' competition at Conestoga Mall in Waterloo


Now entering its 11th 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 2017 winners were announced in special newspaper features published by the Waterloo Region Record and Guelph Mercury on November 28, 2017.

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.

The University of Waterloo offers academic scholarships for employees' children for degree programs, including programs to promote young women learning Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM)

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.

2018 Competition

Applications for our 2018 competition will be available early in 2017. Our 2017 winners will be announced in the Waterloo Region Record and Guelph Mercury in the fall of 2017.

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.

Economical Insurance employees
Economical Insurance employees
Cutting through the smoke and mirrors at the staff BBQ at The Centre for International Governance Innovation
Cutting through the smoke and mirrors at the staff BBQ at The Centre for International Governance Innovation

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