Recognized as one of BC's Top Employers (2019):
By Richard Yerema and Kristina Leung, Mediacorp Canada Inc. staff editors (Feb 21, 2019)
Here are some of the reasons why Mitacs was selected as one of BC's Top Employers (2019):
- Mitacs employees receive subsidized memberships to a fully equipped shared-use onsite fitness facility -- and cycling commuters also have access to shower facilities and secure storage for their gear
- Mitacs encourages employees to keep their skills up to date with tuition subsidies for courses at outside institutions (to $1,500 annually), subsidies for professional accreditations, and in-house and online training programs
- Mitacs supports its new moms and dads, including adoptive parents, with maternity and parental leave top-up payments (to 95% of salary for 17 weeks) -- and offers support for IVF treatments if needed (to $15,000)
Excellence, transparency drive Mitacs machine
Working with 60 universities, 4,000 companies and both federal and provincial governments, you need a company culture that embraces outside-the-box thinking and flexibility in operations. Together with every team member, that's just what CEO and scientific director Alejandro Adem has fostered at Mitacs, a national, not-for-profit organization with offices across the country.
Mitacs connects researchers with industry, developing partnerships that catalyze growth and drive innovation in Canada. And its formula for success isn't, well, rocket science.
"We are very transparent and open about what we do and why we're doing it; we insist on excellence from the people we hire," says Adem.
"Mitacs is a place where ideas and action are combined in a rather unique environment."
Since its founding in 1999, Mitacs' team has supported more than 20,000 research internships, trained over 33,000 student and post-doctorate researchers and supported over 3,600 international research collaborations. From aerospace systems to childhood literacy rates, Mitacs-supported research collaborations help strengthen connections, improve economic performance and create jobs.
Mitacs employees across Canada enjoy several perks including the recently launched sustainable-commuting incentive program. A competitive wage and benefits package, a training and development allowance, paid health and wellness benefits - including significant support to access mental health resources, paid time off for new parents and a group RRSP matching program.
It's the little incentives that really make the difference for employees like communications manager ErinRose Handy.
"I cycle to work and it's just fabulous that my employer will pay for a bike tune-up and a new helmet under the sustainable-commuting incentive," says Handy.
"Simple things like that aren't hugely expensive, but they go a long way for morale and your physical and mental well-being. I like knowing I have an employer that cares about me."
The company helps build esprit de corps with social and service activities that, at the Vancouver office, include international potluck lunches, treetop canopy walks, Canadians baseball games, Shoeboxes for Shelters, shoreline cleanups and the Vancouver Sun Run to name a few.
But more than anything, it's the company culture of collaboration, unconventional thinking and respect that has Handy excited to come to work every day.
"I really enjoy coming to work. I feel like I'm contributing to an innovative organization that appreciates me, and collectively, we're doing important work for Canada, the economy and society," says Handy.