Recognized as one of BC's Top Employers (2018)
By Richard Yerema and Kristina Leung, Mediacorp Canada Inc. staff editors (Feb 22, 2018)
Here are some of the reasons why Beedie Development Group was selected as one of BC's Top Employers (2018):
- Beedie Development Group operates the formal "Beedie Cares" committee, which encourages employees to get involved in their community with paid volunteer time and seeks their feedback on those organizations to support
- At the head office, Beedie Development Group offers employees weekly deliveries of fresh fruit and offers subsidized lunches twice weekly, prepared by a local chef and delivered directly to the office
- Beedie Development Group encourages employees to recruit their friends with generous new employee referral bonuses (up to $1,000) and maintains a year-end bonus program that's available to all employees
Beedie builds employee loyalty and goodwill
The old saying that nice guys finish last doesn't seem to apply in B.C.'s real estate development industry. Beedie, which makes a point of treating its employees with care and respect, is now the largest private industrial land owner, developer and landlord in Metro Vancouver, and is also active in residential real estate.
From its founding in 1954 by Keith Beedie, the Burnaby-based company has created a reputation for loyalty and goodwill between itself and its employees. But by 2013, it had grown to the point that President Ryan Beedie, Keith's son, decided it was time to bring in a human resources professional.
"Ryan realized someone needed to own the HR function, so he hired me and we started on a major undertaking to build the organizational capability to help the company operate in a new way," says Kate Nova, Vice President, Human Resources. "We didn't need to fix a problem -- the company was already wonderful -- but we made changes in positive ways.
"Underlying all the decisions we make about people is the principle that we care -- we want to treat them well and support them. The culture is open, collaborative and relaxed," Nova says.
Andrew Peterson agrees with that assessment. He has been with the company as Development Manager,
Industrial, since August 2016, when he moved from a similar job in Toronto with the real estate group of a large retailer. "I've worked at a number of companies, always in real estate development, and Beedie is by far the most collaborative and least bureaucratic of them all," he says.
"This is the place to work in our industry. Beedie is a large private company but very nimble -- more nimble than other companies -- and I like that. They've been good to me financially, but being with a successful company and working in such a positive environment are just as important," says Peterson.
That positive environment includes a fully equipped gym with personal trainers, many opportunities for learning, and numerous charitable and team-building activities and events. Giving back has always been part of the Beedie culture, and a "Beedie Cares" committee encourages employees to get involved in the community with paid volunteer time and seeks their suggestions on which organizations to support.
"We do meaningful things together," says Nova. Adds Peterson: "We work hard and we have fun. No one is stamping a time clock."