Recognized as one of Montreal's Top Employers
By Richard Yerema and Kristina Leung, Mediacorp Canada Inc. staff editors (Jan 31, 2018)
Here are some of the reasons why La Coop fédérée was selected as one of Montreal's Top Employers (2018):
- Along with helping employees save for the future, La Coop fédérée provides retirement planning assistance and phased-in work options
- La Coop fédérée offers a flexible health benefits plan, allowing employees to customize levels of coverage to suit their personal needs and transfer unused credits to additional salary, savings or time off
- La Coop fédérée invests in ongoing employee development with tuition subsidies for job-related courses, subsidies for professional accreditation, and a variety of in-house and online training programs, including apprenticeships
La Coop fédérée feeds the world and nurtures values
Growing up on a dairy and poultry farm south of Québec City, Samuel Larochelle wanted to get involved in the agricultural industry, but he didn't want to become a farmer. When he heard that La Coop fedérée was looking for new employees, he jumped at the opportunity.
"I grew up with a great passion for the land and the people who cultivate it," says Larochelle, now a Communications Technician with the organization in Montréal. "La Coop fédérée's values match my personal convictions."
After almost 100 years, La Coop fédérée now ranks among Canada's largest agri-food organizations, and it continues to adapt to the changing realities of the labour market.
"The arrival of millennials requires to adjust our ways of doing things," says Isabelle Leclerc, Senior Vice-President of Human Resources. "Just as borders between countries blur in business, internal departments are no longer siloed, and hierarchies are being flattened. Teamwork has become the new norm."
In the words of Leclerc, La Coop fédérée emphasizes collaboration within a matrix environment. "Everyone brings something to the benefit of the group," she says.
Amongst other things, a collaborative approach appeals to millennials now entering the market. Like Samuel Larochelle, "they don't compromise and choose employers who reflect their values," Leclerc says.
They also choose their career in much the same way. "Quality of life is critical," she says.
The cooperative culture of La Coop fédérée appeals to millennials, Leclerc says, along with its "positive and respectful work environment that emphasizes gender equity." In 2017, La Coop fédérée was recognized by Women in Governance's Parity Program and achieved their prestigious certification.
Besides the values that drive it, La Coop fédérée also sets itself apart in other ways from many organizations. "We help to nurture the land and to feed the world," says Leclerc. "Isn't that a noble mission?"
For Larochelle, a graduate in communications from Laval University in Québec City, the combination of values and variety at La Coop fédérée continues to keep him enthusiastic about his future at the organization.
"Every day goes by so fast," he says. "And it's not routine. I've been here now for almost a year and a half, but it feels as if I started only yesterday."