Recognized as one of Canada's Top Small & Medium Employers (2017)
By Richard Yerema and Kristina Leung, Mediacorp Canada Inc. staff editors (Apr 24, 2017)
Here are some of the reasons why Peto MacCallum Limited was selected as one of Canada's Top Small & Medium Employers (2017):
- Peto MacCallum helps employees balance work and their personal lives with a variety of alternative work arrangements and up to 10 paid personal days, which can be scheduled throughout the year
- Peto MacCallum encourages ongoing employee education with tuition subsidies for job-related courses and invests in the education of the future generation through a post-secondary scholarship program for children of employees (to $1,000 per child)
- Peto MacCallum also offers students and new grads opportunities to gain career-level experience with summer student roles and co-op placements
One team, one vision at employee-owned Peto MacCallum
Andrew Jones, Matt St. Denis and Priyanki Patel each have different roles, locations and years of service at the engineering consulting firm Peto MacCallum Ltd.
But what unites them is a sense of teamwork and a shared dedication to excellence while serving the company's clients. Because they are co-owners along with 80 other employees, they are committed to the company and its success.
"Employee ownership promotes an ethos where all employees work together as one team, with one goal and one vision -- to build a stable future for all stakeholders," says Andrew Injodey, President and CEO. "The unique ownership structure not only reflects the diversity of the staff but aligns the staff and the company's priorities."
The company has its head office in Toronto, with other locations throughout southern Ontario -- certified laboratory facilities in Barrie, Hamilton and Kitchener and satellite offices in London and Collingwood.
"Our staff are invested in the jobs they do," says Jones, a 30-year employee who started out as a field technician. Since 2004, he has been Manager, Inspection and Testing Services in the Barrie office and was recently elected as a Director. "They take pride in doing an excellent job," he says. "That's the feedback I get from clients."
One of those clients is Honda Canada. Jones worked on the automaker's original plant in Alliston, Ont. and subsequent expansion and renovations. "This entrepreneurial spirit and the involvement of all staff have meant that the company can adapt quickly to changing market conditions and be competitive, successful and sustainable," he says.
St. Denis was hired by Peto MacCallum right after completing his B.Eng. degree in civil engineering in 2005 at McMaster University. He is now Manager, Geotechnical in the Hamilton office. "Everyone works well together," he says. "I enjoy dealing with clients on a day-to-day basis."
He is proud of the contribution that he and and his project team made recently to the Randle Reef remediation project for the Hamilton Port Authority. "Our part of the project was providing additional geotechnical information to be used for the structural design of the containment facility for contaminated sediment."
Patel joined Peto MacCallum in 2007 as a computer programmer and system administrator, six months after immigrating from India. Since last December, she has been Manager of IT. "I like that every day there are new challenges," she says. "Never a dull moment." She and her three software developers have played a vital role in computerizing the operations. More recently they have created six different web applications to enhance efficiency while driving down costs.
The workforce at Peto MacCallum averages 170 employees, mainly comprising engineers, geoscientists, hydrogeologists, geologists, technologists, IT, CPAs and support staff. The company prides itself on involving staff. Senior management goes out of its way to consult, share information about the company and challenge staff with newer responsibilities.
All the employees under age 60 are eligible to become shareholders. "It's by invitation only, and as a recognition for superior performance," says Jones, who has bought shares annually for the past 20 years. "It's not who you are or whom you know that matters; it's what you do, how you perform and how you contribute that counts."
Peto MacCallum encourages ongoing employee education with tuition subsidies for job-related courses. Patel found her employer very supportive when she was earning her M.Eng. part-time. "The firm allowed me to leave work early for classes," she recalls. Later, the firm paid the fees for her P.Eng. accreditation.
The company helps employees balance work and their personal lives, providing alternative work arrangements and up to 10 paid personal days off, which can be scheduled throughout the year. Says Patel, the mother of two young children: "This flexibility to take time off when it's not a planned vacation is really helpful."