Recognized as one of National Capital Region's Top Employers (2019):
By Richard Yerema and Kristina Leung, Mediacorp Canada Inc. staff editors (Jan 29, 2019)
Here are some of the reasons why Canadian Institute for Health Information / CIHI was selected as one of National Capital Region's Top Employers (2019):
- Canadian Institute for Health Information invests in ongoing employee development with generous tuition subsidies for job-related courses (up to $10,000 annually) and offers a number of opportunities for in-house training, including coaching, mentoring, conferences and internal learning forums
- As part of the organization's flexible health benefits plan, Canadian Institute for Health Information offers a generous health spending account of over $2,500 each year, allowing employees to top up coverage as needed
- Along with 3 weeks of starting vacation allowance, Canadian Institute for Health Information provides paid time off during the winter holidays as well as up to 5 paid personal days, which can be scheduled throughout the year
CIHI puts a healthy emphasis on growth opportunities
Hassan Gesso has come a long way in his 20 years at the Canadian Institute for Health Information (CIHI) in Ottawa.
As Manager of Information Security, Gesso's job is critical to safeguarding essential information on Canada's health systems and the health of Canadians, protecting that information internally and externally and ensuring data is used appropriately and only seen by authorized people. It's a job requiring mastery of leading-edge technology, but fortunately, CIHI offered plenty of opportunities for Gesso to become that master.
"When I first came to CIHI from the private sector, I started as tech support, one of the more junior positions at the time, helping users solve technical problems at their desktops," Gesso says. "But right after I joined, the organization had a rapid growth spurt.
That gave me really good career opportunities to move up in the company and learn a lot of different IT skills."
Gesso says CIHI puts a lot of emphasis on growth opportunities for employees, including promoting staff internally as well as supporting staff for in-house training and external courses.
"CIHI is very supportive of employees attaining the right skills because that ultimately furthers the organization's agenda," Gesso says. "I also see a lot of movement so that people get exposed to different areas and accumulate more knowledge and skills."
David O'Toole, President and CEO, says it's essential to support employees in continuous learning and development, whether it's a formal course, personal development or exposure to other organizations, such as through their exchange programs with Australia and New Zealand. CIHI is currently setting up a skills-based exchange with the National Health Service in England focused on its information technology. "We involve our staff in thinking how to constantly improve our security and and access measures," says O'Toole. "If we want to drive innovation and new technologies in a responsible fashion, staff have to be appropriately enabled. Our skills-based exchanges are working trips where the program is laid out in advance and our people are expected to bring that learning back and share it throughout the organization."
O'Toole describes CIHI as an organization filled with subject matter experts, from health information to performance metrics to artificial intelligence, so it's a very thoughtful and effective mix of colleagues
"The folks at CIHI are some of the most highly skilled and dedicated I've ever worked with," says O'Toole. "Nobody comes to work wondering how they're going to spend their day."