Perkins+Will Canada Architects Co.
Employees on Perkins+Will Canada's leadership team   (Photo credit: Ronnie Lee Hill)

Recognized as one of BC's Top Employers

Here are some of the reasons why Perkins+Will Canada Architects Co. was selected as one of BC's Top Employers (2018):

  • Perkins+Will Canada is a recognized green architecture firm that "walks the walk" with transit subsidies, secure bike storage and shower facilities to encourage self-propelled transportation -- 95% of head office employees ride, walk, take transit or carpool to work
  • Perkins+Will Canada encourages ongoing professional development with tuition subsidies for courses both related and not directly related to their current position, as well as offering subsidies for professional accreditation and financial bonuses (to $1,000) for some course completions
  • Perkins+Will Canada offers referral bonuses to employees who successfully recruit new candidates (to $2,000) and lets everyone share in the company's success with year-end bonuses and profit-sharing for all -- the firm also helps employees to save for the longer term with matching RSP contributions
Perkins+Will Canada employees participate in Canstruction  

Highlights

Industry Architectural Services
Established in Canada 1935
Parent company Perkins+Will
Parent company head office Atlanta, GA, United States
Major Canadian hiring locations Toronto ON, Vancouver BC, Ottawa ON, Calgary AB
Full-time employees in Canada 181
Part-time employees in Canada 3
Average age of employees in Canada 40.1 years
Longest serving employee 29.6 years
Long-term savings matching RSP
Health plan premium as part of the health plan, the employer pays up to 50% of the premiums
Alternative work options flexible work hours, shortened work week (fewer hours with less pay), compressed work week, reduced summer hours
Vacation allowance new employees receive 2 weeks of paid vacation after their first year on the job
Employee performance reviews employees receive individual performance reviews every 12 months
In-house training initiatives apprenticeship/skilled trades programs, in-house training, online training, mentoring, paid internships
Scope of charitable involvement local, national
Employee charitable involvement employees are involved in selection of charities, employees receive paid time off to volunteer

Recognized as one of Canada's Greenest Employers

Here are some of the reasons why Perkins+Will Canada Architects Co. was selected as one of Canada's Greenest Employers (2018):

  • Perkins+Will Canada has completed over 380 LEED certified projects -- the firm employs over 1,200 LEED accredited professionals worldwide and encourages unaccredited personnel to pursue designation within 6 months of hire
  • Perkins+Will Canada offers combined health and transit subsidies of up to $900 per year, which can be directed to alternative transportation costs -- the head office also features secure bike storage and shower facilities to encourage alternative modes of transportation with fully 95% of head office employees riding, walking, taking transit or carpooling to work
Employee tending to Perkins+Will Canada's garden  

Highlights

Industry Architectural Services
Major Canadian hiring locations Toronto ON, Vancouver BC, Ottawa ON, Calgary AB
Full-time employees in Canada 181
Employee green team Research and Sustainability Team
Senior executive who oversees initiatives Director of Research
Formal strategy/policy name SDI Strategic Plan (long-term plan to become the world's leading sustainable design firm), Green Operations Plan (guides the firm's day-to-day operations)
Green highlights health and transit subsidies (to $900) that can be used towards alternative transportation (95% of its Vancouver employees walk, bike, ride transit or carpool to work), Perkin+Wills Energy Cup (unique online energy saving competition between office locations), in-house "Pass on Trash" competition (offices compete to divert the most waste from landfill), committed to the industry-led "2030 Challenge" pledging that all projects be designed to be carbon neutral by 2030, sustainable cleaning policy (includes cleaning products as well as procedures), fair trade coffee
Extended recycling composting organics
Commuter amenities transit subsidies, online car-pool sign-up, secure/sheltered bicycle parking, walk to public transit, telecommuter workstations
External environmental audit yes
Some of the green community initiatives Bike to Work Week, Commuter Challenge, Climate Smart (emissions calculator for travel to offset travel emissions), Canada Green Building Council (the firm's Founder, Peter Busby, is a founding member and was instrumental in bringing the LEED rating system to Canada)
Head office LEED Platinum
Building footprint includes green roof, passive ventilation and cooling during summer months, living green wall to improve air quality, employee-managed rooftop fruit and vegetable garden

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