Recognized as one of Greater Toronto's Top Employers (2017)
By Richard Yerema and Kristina Leung, Mediacorp Canada Inc. staff editors (Dec 11, 2016)
Here are some of the reasons why General Motors of Canada Company was selected as one of Greater Toronto's Top Employers (2017):
- GM Canada encourages ongoing employee development with generous tuition subsidies for job-related courses (up to $8,000), in-house and online training programs (including apprenticeship opportunities) and subsidies for professional accreditation
- GM Canada is a major recruiter of young people and provides students and new grads with a number of employment opportunities including summer student roles, co-op opportunities and paid internships -- the company also created "JumpStart", an affinity group for new hires with less than 5 years of experience
- GM Canada provides maternity and parental leave top-up payments for new moms and dads and offers the option to extend their leave into an unpaid leave of absence -- the company also supports adoptive parents with a subsidy to help cover the costs of adoption (to $5,000 per child)
GM Canada steers change in the auto industry
When Bemnet Lulie went to work for General Motors of Canada in 2013, he already knew that his education had just begun.
As an engineering student at the University of Victoria, Lulie had spent a four-month internship as a control strategist with the company, and he knew that it supported employees who wanted to earn the credentials to advance their careers within the organization.
"One of the reasons I went to work for GM was the potential that the company offers for career growth," says Lulie, an Algorithm Design Development Engineer in Oshawa, Ont. "From the day I started, GM has encouraged me to look beyond my initial group to learn from other areas of the business."
Through programs such as JumpStart, an affinity group accessible on Facebook for new hires with less than five years of experience, GM links new employees together so they can exchange ideas and add their perspective to an ongoing conversation about the company's activities and objectives. They also provide mutual insight and support as they advance through the organization.
"Our employees are helping GM to redefine the auto industry of the future," says Joe Piechocki, GM Canada's General Director, Human Resources and Labour Relations. "We've put into place policies and practices that drive innovative approaches to refine our technology leadership."
With more than 8,000 employees, GM Canada has competed for leadership in the automotive industry for more than 100 years. With facilities throughout the Greater Toronto Area, it continues to focus on innovative automotive systems and technologies, depending on its employees as it pursues fresh ideas and groundbreaking solutions.
Earlier this year, the company announced that it would add about 1,000 new positions over the next few years as it expands its Canadian engineering base to work on the development of new connected, autonomous and shared vehicles and mobility systems. In the process, GM Canada will open a new Automotive Software Development Centre in Markham to complement the operations of its Oshawa Tech Centre.
GM Canada also maintains an innovation outpost at Communitech, in Waterloo, west of the GTA, where the company "challenges old approaches to traditional business practices, embraces the entrepreneurial mindset and start-up culture, and experiments and looks for new partners to help design the auto industry of the future," says Piechocki.
With his academic background in electrical engineering and real-time vehicle communications and in his capacity as a designer of algorithms, Lulie has contributed to GM Canada's drive to advance automotive technology. He has also enrolled in training programs to expand his knowledge and capabilities in the area of hybrid vehicle control systems.
"GM supports my career with a wide range of training and learning opportunities," Lulie says. "It's driving change and embracing new approaches and thinking towards developing new cars, trucks, crossovers and vehicles of the future, and I'm part of that drive."
Like its parent organization, GM Canada remains focused on the future of the automobile, which will be electric, connected, autonomous and increasingly part of the shared economy.
"The auto industry will change more in the next five to 10 years than it has in the last 50," says Piechocki, "and it's a pretty exciting time to be a part of a company that is driving that change."
Ultimately, he says, the profound changes within the industry will be positive for GM's customers, for road safety, for the environment and for Canada's economy.
For Lulie, the advantages of working at the company extend beyond its competitive compensation, retirement program and benefits.
"I can grow and expand my opportunities globally," he says. "And you can't beat the thrill of getting to drive a new Cadillac!"
Recognized as one of Canada's Greenest Employers (2016)
By Richard Yerema and Kristina Leung, Mediacorp Canada Inc. staff editors (Apr 21, 2016)
Here are some of the reasons why General Motors of Canada Company was selected as one of Canada's Greenest Employers (2016):
- GM Canada's CAMI Assembly achieved landfill free status in 2014, joining the St. Catharines Powertrain facility that achieved landfill free status in 2008 (a status the facility has since maintained) -- the company's main Oshawa assembly plant reached a 94 percent waste diversion rate towards its goal of zero waste and across the company GM manages over 100 facilities that send zero waste to landfills
- All GM Canada manufacturing facilities meet the US Environmental Protection Agency's Energy STAR Challenge for Industry -- over 57,000 MWh of electricity savings have been realized through energy reduction projects since 2010, which is the equivalent of the annual use of over 3,500 average homes
- As part of a longer term perspective, GM Canada's parent company shifted gears and made major investments in hybrid and all-electric automobiles of the future, from the hybrid Chevrolet Volt, introduced in 2011, to the recently released all-electric Spark EV