Recognized as one of Hamilton-Niagara's Top Employers
By Richard Yerema and Kristina Leung, Mediacorp Canada Inc. staff editors (Nov 20, 2018)
Here are some of the reasons why InvestorCOM was selected as one of Hamilton-Niagara's Top Employers (2019):
- InvestorCOM supports its new moms and dads with maternity and parental leave top-up payments, to 70% of salary for 17 weeks
- InvestorCOM helps employees keep their skills up-to-date through in-house training and full tuition subsidies for courses that are related to their current position
- InvestorCOM organizes a range of health and wellness initiatives to encourage employee health including Yoga Fridays, an employee-led running club, smoothie days and healthy breakfasts
Recognized as one of Canada's Top Small & Medium Employers
By Richard Yerema and Kristina Leung, Mediacorp Canada Inc. staff editors (Apr 12, 2018)
Here are some of the reasons why InvestorCOM was selected as one of Canada's Top Small & Medium Employers (2018):
- InvestorCOM's "Special Place to Work" employee social committee organizes a number of fun events throughout the year, including four summer barbecues, a Toronto Blue Jays game, Halloween festivities, an annual party at Christmas, a winter ski day and a number of fun fundraisers to raise money for charity
- Employees at InvestorCOM are encouraged to become recruiters for the company with new employee referral bonuses, to $500
InvestorCOM helps its people grow with the company
When Rick Burbridge joined InvestorCOM Inc. in Brantfiord, Ont., he saw a promising future not just for the company but also for his own career.
Under increasing regulatory scrutiny and the influence of emerging technologies, Canada's financial services industry was changing rapidly, and InvestorCOM was positioned to support the industry as those changes occurred.
"At the time I was applying, it jumped out at me as a company on the verge of something big," says Burbridge, who had worked for three years at a larger organization after graduating from Western University with a bachelor's degree in business management and organizational studies.
"I came into the business with a keen personal interest in financial services and investing, which was the market that the company was attempting to break into. And there was a skills gap on the planning and analysis side, which I was able to fill and help expand as the business grew."
Five years later, InvestorCOM has become a leading provider of financial technology and outsourcing services to banks, asset managers, insurance companies and investment dealers. Its communications services involve document composition, delivery, compliance, marketing, reporting and analytics. Among its services, the company processes data generated by millions of client transactions and transforms the information into relevant customer communications, such as disclosure documents and marketing tools. And as the financial industry transforms its paper-based processes into digital, InvestorCOM has positioned itself as its clients' "Bridge to a Digital Tomorrow."
In the process, InvestorCOM has more than doubled in size, to 89 full-time staff, and Burbridge has become the company's Director of Financial Planning and Analysis. He's also a goal-scoring stalwart on the company's hockey squad, which plays twice a week against other local companies at Brantford's Wayne Gretzky Arena.
"Our clients rely on our team to be an extension of their company," says David Reeve, InvestorCOM's CEO and co-founder. "To attract and develop people with this client-first focus, we encourage a team-first culture where we all support one another. We also believe in building a company that feels like a family."
InvestorCOM encourages employees to expand the scope of their responsibilities and supports their ambitions with education, training and mentoring from the company's senior leadership team.
For Burbridge, the company partially funded his pursuit of his designation as a Certified Management Accountant (CMA), which he'd begun when he first joined the company. It also tailored his role so that he could meet the designation's required professional development experience.
Now he has set his sights on a more substantial role in the company as Chief Financial Officer at the same time as he aspires to reach the top of the accounting profession.
To help him achieve his objectives, InvestorCOM recently hired an experienced CFO to address the immediate needs of the company while serving as a mentor for Burbridge.
"She's given me a chance to get involved in senior-level discussions that I'd never be exposed to in my current role," he says.
As InvestorCOM continues to grow, Burbridge and his fellow employees will share in their company's success through its established profit-sharing program. Like Burbridge, they'll also be able to "design their own career," Reeve says.
In the meantime, Burbridge appreciates the family-like atmosphere as well as the opportunity to share in its success as it grows larger.
"You can get to know all your co-workers by their first name and what makes them tick outside of just a professional working relationship," he says. "We're bigger than a start-up that might struggle with resources but smaller than a corporation that might be bureaucratic and slow."