A local company has been named one of Canada’s top small and medium employers for 2015.
Lloydminster’s Integra Engineering Ltd., an engineering firm which employs fewer than 500 people, made the list of 100 other top employers as defined by Mediacorp, which calls itself Canada’s largest publisher of employment-related periodicals. This is the first time an organization from the Lloydminster area has won the award.
“We’re really excited to have won it,” said Integra Human resources advisor Sherri Stephens. “We’re hoping that other employers in Lloyd want to take part in these type of competitions as well ... it’s a good thing for Lloydminster.”
Integra was nominated for the honour by one of their own employees. After that, the company had to fill out and submit “fairly extensive application form.” Then the arbiters of the Canada’s Top 100 Employers project looked into the company and interviewed some employees before bestowing the designation of a Top Small and Medium Employer.
The criteria Integra was judged on included quality of workplace atmosphere, benefits, community involvement and employee communications.
Stephens says the award is a bright light in dark economic times.
“Because the economic climate in Lloydminster is not doing all that well, it’s a positive in light of a negative time,” Stephens said. “It still gives us a real boost and gives our employees a real boost. It’s something to celebrate during a little bit of a slowdown.”
Stephens says the acknowledgement should bring increased notoriety to Lloydminster as a growing city with economic potential.
“We’re being recognized as a big centre,” she said. “All of the other winners are all from big centres, there’s no one from a smaller community like Lloydminster, so I think it really recognizes Lloydminster and it’ll bring more people to look for jobs here.”
She says the award sends the message that businesses can come to Lloydminster and thrive, whether or not hey are involved in the natural resource economy.
“There’s so much more to Lloyd than just the oil and gas and it gives other people a chance to diversify and get into other things (and) see Lloyd as a place where you can do business and can have a company that can reach this kind of a level,” said Stephens.
In the meantime, the staff of Integra will be celebrating their newfound distinction.
“Tonight we’re having a chili cook-off,” Stephens said.