Recognized as one of Montreal's Top Employers (2016)
By Richard Yerema and Kristina Leung, Mediacorp Canada Inc. staff editors (Feb 4, 2016)
Here are some of the reasons why Fednav Limited was selected as one of Montreal's Top Employers (2016):
- Fednav Limited provides maternity leave top-up payments to employees who are new mothers (to 90% of salary for 18 weeks) and offers an option to extend their leave into an unpaid leave of absence
- Fednav Limited helps employees plan securely for the future with contributions to a defined benefit pension plan, retirement planning assistance and health benefits that extend into retirement (with no age limit)
- Fednav Limited encourages employees to give back to the community through a generous matching donations program, matching a maximum of $300,000 of employee donations per year -- the company also maintains a Community Employee Committee, which meets to discuss charity requests throughout the year
Recognized as one of Canada's Top Employers for Young People (2017)
By Kristina Leung and Richard Yerema, Mediacorp Canada Inc. staff editors (Jan 9, 2017)
Here are some of the reasons why Fednav Limited was selected as one of Canada's Top Employers for Young People (2017):
- Fednav Limited created a 14-week summer student program which includes a week-long orientation, a tour of a ship, mini-presentations from various departments and former students, a week-long visit to a ship terminal in Hamilton or Québec City and an end-of-term group presentation to senior executives
- Fednav Limited offers scholarships as an incentive for young people to consider a career in the marine industry and provides opportunities for scholarship recipients to visit different companies related to shipping in Montréal as well as meet executives for one-on-one meetings
- Each year, Fednav Limited hires two interns who participate in rotations in various departments including operations, chartering and risk management (to name a few)
Fednav readies for a youth hiring wave
Courtney Legault spent the first nine weeks of 2016 in Japan, observing shipbuilding operations. She was part of a team dispatched by Fednav Limited to inspect construction, at the Oshima shipyard in Nagasaki Prefecture, of six Lakers and one Supramax vessel for its shipping fleet.
Fednav, a privately owned firm headquartered in Montreal, is Canada's largest ocean-going, dry-bulk ship-owning and chartering group.
Legault, a 26-year-old from Huntingdon, Que., observed the welding and assembly of the vessels and then participated in their sea trials. She also learned about the cuisine and other aspects of Japanese culture. "It was a really gratifying experience," she says. "At Fednav, you're rewarded for high performance not only with a yearly bonus but with learning opportunities, which I've found very beneficial for my career."
"About 20 per cent, or 50, of Fednav's employees are under age 35. But in the next three years, that proportion will rise to almost 50 per cent," says Lucie-Marie Gauthier, Vice-President, Human Resources. "Much of our workforce that is 50+ will be retiring. Our strategy is to replace them mainly with younger people who we will train from the ground up, because we don't find all the expertise we need locally in Montreal."
Entry-level positions for which Fednav hires include accounting and finance, marketing, business analysts and shipping-specific jobs such as fleet operators and chartering brokers. "We are looking for a university degree, but the determining factors are character and values based: attitude, passion, curiosity, a desire to achieve, and overall excellence," says Christine Mack, Manager of Employee Development.
As a high performance organization, Fednav is continuously transforming its culture by seeking new ways of meeting modern day expectations, says Mack. "It nurtures open communication by creating opportunities to share information and knowledge within the company. The focus is on continuous improvement, on driving accountability and collaboration down throughout the organization, fostering a sense of urgency to move projects forward."
Legault was introduced to Fednav during two summer internships while she earned her Bachelor of Commerce degree at Montreal's Concordia University. She learned of the internship program through Youth of Shipping, a networking group for young marine employees in which her sister was active.
Her first internship, in 2012, was a four-month rotation through most Fednav departments. It included visits to the St. Lawrence Seaway, the Port of Quebec City, the Shipping Federation of Canada and shipping brokers' offices. She also spent a week at the Burns Harbor, Indiana terminal. On her second internship, in 2013, she worked for five months in the Human Resources and Risk Management departments.
Legault then joined Fednav full-time as a trainee in risk management, quickly progressing to claims analyst. Nearly two years later, the Vice-President of Risk Management suggested that she broaden her shipping knowledge by joining Fednav's Ship-owning and Arctic Projects (SHARP) Department for the summer. "It felt like a better fit for my career path, so I stayed in that department permanently," she says.
Since March 2015, Legault has been Arctic Operations and Projects Coordinator. "I spend a big chunk of the year working on a project in the Canadian Arctic - shipping iron ore from Baffin Island to Europe. We manage the on-site port and shipping operations at the port of Milne Inlet. We ensure the ships arrive and depart safely from the port, that they are properly loaded and that the necessary paperwork is completed."
She spent a month this past summer on Baffin Island boarding the ships, completing the duties of a boarding agent, liaising with the captains and ship owners, and communicating with Fednav's headquarters.
"In the next five years, I see myself continuously growing, taking on more challenges, and gaining more expertise in the Arctic and the shipping industry as a whole. And I am sure I will have the full support of Fednav," she says. "Graduates coming out of university couldn't ask for more or better than that."