Recognized as one of BC's Top Employers (2017)
By Richard Yerema and Kristina Leung, Mediacorp Canada Inc. staff editors (Mar 8, 2017)
Here are some of the reasons why Transportation Investment Corporation was selected as one of BC's Top Employers (2017):
- Transportation Investment Corporation supports its new moms with generous maternity and parental leave top-up payments (up to the full year) and offers its new dads and adoptive parents parental leave top-up (for up to 35 weeks)
- Transportation Investment Corporation encourages ongoing training and development with full tuition subsidies for courses both related and not directly related to their current position as well as through a variety of in-house training initiatives
- Transportation Investment Corporation helps employees prepare for the longer term with contributions to a defined benefit pension plan
TI-Corp builds bridges to BC's transportation future
Transportation Investment Corporation (TI Corp) is a small and relatively new Crown corporation, but it has already taken on some big challenges. Founded in 2008 and based in Coquitlam, TI Corp was responsible for building the new Port Mann Bridge and the TReO toll system.
The bridge is a 10-lane structure that spans the Fraser River, connecting Coquitlam to Surrey. Opened in 2012, Port Mann and accompanying improvements to Highway 1 helped untangle the biggest traffic bottleneck in British Columbia, reducing the average commute time by 40 minutes a day. Since then, the TReO system has become one of the Lower Mainland's most recognizable brands. The innovative tolling system is recovering costs for Port Mann and will do the same for the new George Massey Tunnel Replacement.
For TI Corp's 50-member team, projects like Port Mann are an immense source of pride. "To look out the window and see this bridge that is having such a positive impact on people's lives is a pretty big deal for us," says Irene Kerr, TI Corp's President and CEO.
Robyn Plenert, TI Corp's Manager of Marketing and Customer Engagement, concurs. "When people ask why we work for TI Corp, a lot of us echo the fact that we are making a real difference. Projects like this are tangible and all of us feel a sense of ownership." The TI team is young, high-performing and collaborative - traits reflected in the company's value statements that "we are limitless in our pursuit" and "we value every voice."
As Kerr explains, those statements are mutually supportive. "The first reflects a can-do attitude that we are going to find solutions by working together. The second builds on that collaborative spirit. Regardless of where you are on the organization chart, your voice matters. We want you to speak up because I firmly believe that's where great ideas come from."
Plenert says those values are very much lived out in the workplace. "There isn't a hierarchy in the traditional sense," she says. "Every single employee here has a personal relationship with our CEO. As a small team, we are also given responsibilities and opportunities you might not get in a larger organization."
TI Corp's workforce is very sociable, with potluck lunches a regular occurrence. Employees also come together to give back to the community. The team regularly collects food and donations to support the Surrey Food Bank and the Tri-Cities Share Society and volunteers to serve food bank clients.