Recognized as one of Alberta's Top Employers (2019):
By Richard Yerema and Kristina Leung, Mediacorp Canada Inc. staff editors (Feb 19, 2019)
Here are some of the reasons why Beaver Municipal Solutions was selected as one of Alberta's Top Employers (2019):
- Beaver Municipal Solutions supports employees who are new mothers with maternity leave top-up payments, to 95% of salary for up to 17 weeks, and offers the option to extend their leave into an unpaid leave of absence
- As part of the organization's health benefits plan, Beaver Municipal Solutions offers a health spending account of up to $850 per year, allowing employees to top up coverage to suit their personal needs -- employees also receive a wellness spending account of up to $500 per year
Beaver Municipal offers an oasis of stability
Beaver Municipal Solutions is in the waste management business, big-time. Every year, the municipally owned corporation disposes of 720,000 tonnes of waste generated by some 1.4 million people living and working in Edmonton and in surrounding towns, villages and hamlets.
"The commitment of the people who work for us is truly amazing," says general manager Pierre Breau. "We are relatively small and yet we are competing head-to-head with some of the world's largest waste management companies and we are winning customers over from them. That's because our people have the drive to go that extra mile to please the customer."
Breau says many of his frontline employees come from a farming background. "They are hard workers by nature and dutiful to the task at hand."
Based in the village of Ryley, about 85 kilometres southeast of Edmonton, Beaver Municipal is a rare oasis of stability in a provincial boom-or-bust economy dominated by the oil-and-gas sector.
"We've never laid people off during all the recent volatility," says Breau. "For a lot of young people in this area, we provide a good, stable income, with steady benefits, close to home."
The company also has a strong commitment to transparency and providing all employees with an annual bonus.
"We've developed an incentive program that ensures each and every employee an annual bonus, based on a percentage of their base salary," says Breau. "It's centred on meeting certain operational targets and we make sure employees have all the numbers on how we are doing, what we are earning and what we are paying in dividends to our municipal members."
There is also a strong emphasis on training and mentoring.
"The company invests heavily in training and upgrading and the level of internal promotion is just awesome," says health & safety officer Iris Robinson. "Lots of people start as labourers and, before you know it, they have taken the internal and external training required to become landfill operators."
Robinson, who joined the company in 2018, appreciates the strong safety culture the company has fostered, supported by a number of in-house training programs.
"I'm really pleased by this company's safety footprint and the priority placed on ensuring everyone gets home safely. It's certainly made my job a lot easier."
Beaver Municipal employees regularly volunteer and support charitable causes in their home communities. They also participate in a number of social activities, including golf tournaments and rodeos.
"It makes for a very harmonized work environment," says Robinson. "We are like one big happy family."