Recognized as one of Canada's Top 100 Employers (2018)
By Richard Yerema and Kristina Leung, Mediacorp Canada Inc. staff editors (Nov 6, 2017)
Here are some of the reasons why K+S Potash Canada GP was selected as one of Canada's Top 100 Employers (2018) and Saskatchewan's Top Employers (2018):
- K+S Potash Canada experienced significant growth in the past year, opening the first new potash mine in Saskatchewan in 40 years and adding over 170 new employees to its workforce
- K+S Potash Canada supports employees who are new mothers or adoptive parents with maternity and parental leave top-up payments of 100% of salary for up to 8 weeks -- and also offers the option to extend their leave into an unpaid leave of absence
- K+S Potash Canada encourages ongoing employee development with tuition subsidies for courses related and indirectly related to their current position, subsidies for professional accreditation and a variety of in-house and online training programs
K+S Potash Canada mines innovation and a pioneering spirit
After working for 25 years in the oilpatch in northern Alberta, Lloyd Spearchief was ready for a change of pace -- and a new challenge. As it happened, he had recently moved close to Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan, and near to where K+S Potash Canada (KSPC) was developing the first greenfield potash mine to be built in the province in nearly 50 years. Spearchief decided he wanted to be part of the pioneering project.
KSPC's Bethune mine, formerly known as the Legacy Project, opened in May 2017. Spearchief, who was hired 18 months ago as a millwright and has since been promoted to a Maintenance Coordinator, says that "being part of a team that's building something from the ground up is a really good feeling."
He also appreciates the company's efforts to promote a balance between work and home life. In the oilpatch, Spearchief worked as a fly-in employee, seven days on and seven days off, 12 hours a day. Sometimes he'd end up working the week he was supposed to be off, meaning that he'd be away from home up to three weeks at a stretch.
At KSPC, by contrast, he works four days a week, 10 hours a day. "It's a very nice change to be going home every night," he says.
Senior Manager, Human Resources, Maryann Deutscher, who joined KSPC as employee No. 22 in 2012, says that, like Spearchief, most of the new hires were excited to be part of creating a legacy project.
"Whether they are engineers, operators, trades or office support staff, this is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to help build something that's going to last for generations," says Deutscher. "It's that pioneering spirit, which is part of what Saskatchewan is all about."
Not surprisingly, she adds, "the people we've attracted are innovative problem-solvers. If you are the kind of person who doesn't like change, you are probably not drawn to a greenfield operation."
While KSPC offers a highly competitive compensation and a generous vacation package, Deutscher believes the real appeal for employees is something less tangible.
"What I see is a real sense of teamwork and family. It's like you've built the family home and now it's time to turn the lights on and get everything working. Our people are dedicated, persistent and focused on running Saskatchewan's first new potash mine in nearly 50 years."