Recognized as one of Saskatchewan's Top Employers
By Richard Yerema and Kristina Leung, Mediacorp Canada Inc. staff editors (Jan 23, 2018)
Here are some of the reasons why Mosaic Company, The was selected as one of Saskatchewan's Top Employers (2018):
- Mosaic offers maternity leave top-up payments for employees who are new mothers as well as the option to extend their leave into an unpaid leave of absence -- the company also provides a $5,000 subsidy for IVF for employees who want to start a family
- Mosaic helps employees build their skills through a variety of in-house training options and generous tuition subsidies for courses directly related to their positions (up to $10,000) -- additionally, the company provides opportunities for high potential employees to participate in community, professional networking and recruitment events
- Mosaic focuses its charitable efforts on initiatives that target food, water and local community investment, and encourages employees to be active members of the community by providing paid time off to volunteer
Mosaic cultivates leaders to help feed the world
As a prize-winning graduate student who received her Master's degree from the University of Saskatchewan in 2011, Kathlene Jacobson felt attracted to The Mosaic Company as an alternative to the province's oil and gas industry.
With more than 2,200 employees in Canada and more than 9,000 worldwide, Mosaic leads the world in the production of phosphate and potash crop nutrients.
"I liked the company and what it stood for," Jacobson says. "They have a noble mission to help the world grow the food it needs."
In her sixth year with the company, Jacobson moved to Esterhazy, about 225 km east of Regina, to assume the role of process engineer at Mosaic's biggest potash mining facility. The company was sinking the first new production shaft in the province in more than 50 years and is now continuing mine development and completing conveyance systems to transport ore from K3 to the existing K1 and K2 mills to create the largest and most efficient potash mine in the world.
"My main focus has been de-bottlenecking the K2 mill in preparation for the K3 mine to come online," she says. "This involves a detailed evaluation of all aspects of potash separation and recovery. I've also been able to grow my expertise in flotation and crystallization.
After two years in Esterhazy, Jacobson has become the lead of a team of process engineers who are getting the new project up and running. She's also enrolled in the company's Emerging Leaders Program, which provides coaching and mentoring support to 10 junior employees who demonstrate leadership potential.
Through the program, Mosaic supports selected employees in assuming leadership roles. "We develop and empower our own people," says Lisa Poissant, the company's Vice President, Human Resources -- Potash. "It makes me really proud to see people embracing the tools they need to make themselves better at what they do."
Offered for the second time this year, the seven-month program will give Jacobson a broad overview of Mosaic's operations and an understanding of the roles and responsibilities involved in running such an extensive and complex business. As part of the program, Jacobson works with current Mosaic leaders and executive coaches to increase her business acumen and leadership skills.
For Jacobson, the program has reinforced her commitment to Mosaic and its objectives. "I didn't set out to become the next CEO," she says, "but I wanted to gain experience, learn a lot and lead people. Now I'm in my dream role."