Recognized as one of National Capital Region's Top Employers (2017)
By Richard Yerema and Kristina Leung, Mediacorp Canada Inc. staff editors (Apr 12, 2017)
Here are some of the reasons why Egg Farmers of Canada was selected as one of National Capital Region's Top Employers (2017):
- Egg Farmers of Canada provides maternity leave top-up payments to employees who are new mothers (to 70% of salary for up to 17 weeks) as well as parental leave top-up for new fathers and adoptive parents (to 70% of salary for up to 15 weeks)
- In addition to 3 weeks of starting vacation, Egg Farmers of Canada provides paid time off during the summer months as well as paid personal days, which can be scheduled at the employees' discretion
- Egg Farmers of Canada is an active member of the community, donating more than 1 million eggs to school breakfast programs each year through national partnerships with Breakfast Club of Canada and Breakfast for Learning -- the organization also donates more than 1.23 million eggs to Food Banks Canada, a partnership that spans over 2 decades
Egg Farmers of Canada offers tasty career choices
For Andrea Witney, joining the staff of Egg Farmers of Canada in May 2014 was an easy decision, thanks, in part, to the humble egg itself. "We're promoting a nutritious product you can feel good about," she explains. "It's easy to go to work when you're passionate and motivated and you're surrounded by colleagues who feel the same."
The Human Resources Generalist also appreciates how the Ottawa-based organization values and facilitates career advancement. For Witney, this has included everything from informal on-the-job mentoring to professional development.
Created in 1972, EFC represents more than 1,000 egg farmers in all provinces and the Northwest Territories. Together they produce over 650 million dozen eggs annually. EFC manages the supply and develops standards for egg farming in Canada, in addition to promoting eggs.
It's a huge mandate for a small organization, covering everything from operations to policy development to governance. Working with its provincial and territorial counterparts helps. And CEO Tim Lambert offers another explanation for how EFC employees accomplish so much: they can see how their contributions make an impact. "We've developed a 'work hard, play hard' mentality," Lambert says.
What's more, EFC has a track record of big achievements. Back when dietary cholesterol was considered unhealthy, egg sales plummeted. The organization responded by meeting with more than 20,000 Canadian doctors and presenting them with the latest nutrition research. Egg sales have risen 28 per cent since 2006.
Most egg farms in Canada are family businesses whose owners believe in giving back to their communities. In that spirit, EFC partners with both local and national organizations like Breakfast Club of Canada and Food Banks Canada to donate several million eggs annually to help alleviate hunger.
Being a good corporate citizen includes a significant international focus. Through the International Egg Foundation and EFC's partnership with Heart for Africa, Canadian farmers are using their knowledge and expertise to teach Swazi farmers to produce eggs. EFC staff demonstrate their support for these efforts through fundraising. Many also use EFC's two paid volunteer days each year to help their favourite local causes.
"Doing the right thing, in the right way" sends an important message to EFC employees, says Lambert. "Young people today want to know a company is about more than just profit," he adds. "They want to know they're making a contribution."
Witney, a millennial, is in full agreement: "It's a very rewarding place to work."