Recognized as one of Montreal's Top Employers (2018)
By Richard Yerema and Kristina Leung, Mediacorp Canada Inc. staff editors (Jan 31, 2018)
Here are some of the reasons why Concordia University was selected as one of Montreal's Top Employers (2018):
- Concordia University encourages employees to seek and pursue opportunities to upgrade their knowledge, skills and abilities through tuition subsidies for courses taken at outside institutions and a variety of in-house and online training programs, including apprenticeships
- 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 ranging from 32 to 37 weeks, depending on the employee) -- 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)
At Concordia University, everyone's contribution matters
It was a case of fortuitous timing. After completing her post-doctoral fellowship at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., Sylvia Santosa wanted to return to Canada to pursue her career as a health researcher. At the same time, Concordia University was preparing to open a new multidisciplinary health research facility, the PERFORM Centre, which would be ideally suited to Santosa's ongoing research into why some overweight individuals develop conditions such as cardiovascular disease and diabetes while others do not.
"The PERFORM Centre made it possible to do the various aspects of my research under one roof," says Santosa, who is a Canada Research Chair and has been at Concordia's Exercise Science Department since January 2011. "That includes imaging scans, feeding studies, exercise training and clinical consultation. As a result, we're able to measure health outcomes in our volunteers that might not be possible at other research facilities."
Santosa has been able to do her research while benefiting from Concordia's family friendly provisions. She also appreciates the workplace culture, which she describes as collaborative and relatively free of bureaucratic red tape.
"Everyone is working toward a common goal," she says. "When I had trouble getting some imaging scans done due to regulatory hurdles, the administration worked with me to find a solution.
While Santosa is in the early stages of her career at Concordia, Roger Côté is a 37-year veteran of the institution. As VP, Services, Côté oversees the units that run the university's day-to-day operations and functions.
A lot has changed over the years, as Concordia evolved into a major multidisciplinary teaching and research university. What hasn't changed, says Côté, is the "smaller campus feel" of the institution.
Explains Côté: "The people who work here remain accessible, grounded in the community and united towards a pursuit of our goals with a sense of mutual respect. While it's very important to adapt and change over time, we've also been able to maintain our core values."
Along with other senior administrators, Côté regularly meets with newly hired non-teaching employees. "They get to hear about our experiences at Concordia while we learn about their aspirations," he says.
During these sessions, Côté likes to stress one overarching theme -- everybody's contribution matters.
"While the quality of our faculty and researchers is critical, we are collectively responsible for delivering the educational experience our students receive. Whether you are a trades person, an accountant or an administrator, your contribution is important and respected."