Recognized as one of Montreal's Top Employers (2019):
By Richard Yerema and Kristina Leung, Mediacorp Canada Inc. staff editors (Jan 30, 2019)
Here are some of the reasons why Concordia University was selected as one of Montreal's Top Employers (2019):
- Concordia University celebrates exceptional performance and achievement through an extensive recognition program, with awards in a variety of categories including sustainability champion, safety recognition, volunteer recognition, teaching excellence, academic leadership, research and innovation
- Concordia University provides exceptional family-friendly benefits, including a full year of paid leave for employees who are new mothers and parental leave top-up payments for fathers and adoptive parents (to 93% of salary for 37 weeks) -- employees can also extend their leave into an unpaid leave of absence as well as take advantage of onsite daycare upon their return
- Concordia University helps employees plan securely for the future with contributions to a defined benefit pension plan and health benefits that extend to retirees (with no age limit and up to 85% premium coverage)
Concordia University is a future-ready city within the city
In the spring of 2016, Concordia University produced a nine-point Strategic Directions Game Plan outlining the direction needed to become a "future-ready next-generation university." The plan was the outcome of consultation with all aspects of the university community, and the result, says Nadia Bhuiyan, vice-provost, partnerships and experiential learning, is a dynamic environment for students and staff alike.
"People here are very open-minded, very forward-thinking, very innovative," says Bhuiyan, a professor of mechanical, industrial and aerospace engineering. "They embrace change; they're not static in their ways of thinking."
And there are no shortages of opportunities for staff and faculty to further either their personal or professional development. "We ask staff what they would like to see in terms of opportunities for themselves," explains Carolina Willsher, associate vice-president, human resources. "And we adjust our offerings on a regular basis."
With 50,315 students and roughly 6,400 employees spread over two campuses, Concordia is about the size of a small Canadian city, but it has retained the small-town feel of its earliest days. "Concordia is incredibly supple and agile for a university this size," says Willsher.
Its two physical locations in Montreal have much to offer - an urban campus surrounded by art galleries, restaurants and, of course, the mountain, as well as a more traditional campus in a pastoral setting. "We have great buildings, we have great infrastructure and that's part of our community, but it's not who we are," she adds. "Who we are is our people."
And Concordia's people are geared to developing ways to bring knowledge and ideas to life and to connect with the wider community. One such project, 4TH SPACE, is a showcase of the interesting research and experiential learning activities at Concordia. Located on the corner of two major streets, the experimental space is an innovative, inclusive and open venue for students, faculty and community partners to share their work and engage Concordians and the public in research and knowledge creation.
There is much that Bhuiyan says keeps her at Concordia, not the least of which is the university's openness to innovative ideas. "Any time I come up with a new idea, it's rare that I'm told, 'Let's not do this,' " Bhuiyan adds. "The first response is, 'Do you actually have the time?' And then, 'Sure, test it out, try it out.' It's a very positive and motivating environment.