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Wilfrid Laurier University
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Recognized as one of Waterloo Area's Top Employers (2019):

Here are some of the reasons why Wilfrid Laurier University was selected as one of Waterloo Area's Top Employers (2019):

  • Wilfrid Laurier University employees enjoy subsidized memberships to the university's fitness facilities that feature everything from an Olympic-sized swimming pool to instructor-led fitness classes to a complete range of fitness equipment and a rock climbing wall
  • Wilfrid Laurier University employees can ease into their retirement years with phased-in retirement work options and can also keep in touch through social and educational opportunities organized by an active retirees' association -- and retired employees also continue to receive access to the university's athletic facilities and libraries
  • In keeping with its raison d'ĂȘtre, Wilfrid Laurier University provides employees with full tuition subsidies for courses both related and not directly related to their current position -- and also manages an academic scholarship program for children of employees
Wilfrid Laurier University employees attending an employee achievement awards ceremony  

Highlights

Industry Post secondary schools, universities
Established in Canada 1911
Major Canadian hiring locations Waterloo ON, Toronto ON, Brantford ON, Kitchener ON
Full-time employees in Canada 1,637
Part-time employees in Canada 535
Average age of employees in Canada 45.58 years
Longest serving employee 46 years
Long-term savings defined-benefit (DB) pension, defined-contribution (DC) pension
Health plan premium as part of the health plan, the employer pays up to 100% of the premiums
Alternative work options flexible work hours, 35-hour work week (with full pay), shortened work week (fewer hours with less pay), compressed work week, telecommuting, reduced summer hours, earned days off program
Vacation allowance new employees receive 3 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 in-house training, online training, leadership training, mentoring
Related tuition subsidies employer covers up to 100% of tuition per year
Scope of charitable involvement local, national, international
Employee charitable involvement employees are involved in selection of charities

Recognized as one of Canada's Greenest Employers (2019):

Here are some of the reasons why Wilfrid Laurier University was selected as one of Canada's Greenest Employers (2019):

  • Wilfrid Laurier University supports a unique Sustainable Hawk Fund which dedicates up to $30,000 annually towards student-led sustainability projects -- the program features not only funding but expert supervision for selected projects -- past winners include a new bottle refill station (in response to student demand) and a more inclusive waste management system to ensure that waste disposal units across campus are accessible to individuals with visual impairments and other disabilities
  • Wilfrid Laurier University partners with Young City Growers (YCG) Urban Micro Garden, Patchwork Community Gardens, and KW Urban Harvesters for the development of community gardens on the university's Northdale campus -- the university also has two rooftop honeybee apiaries
  • Wilfrid Laurier University offers a Certificate in Sustainability for faculty and employees who participate in the university's lunch and learn workshop series -- the unique awareness program includes eight workshops throughout the calendar year that cover a range of sustainability issues, from alternative transportation to energy conservation to purchasing and procurement to recycling and reuse
Employees of Wilfrid Laurier University tend to an Indigenous garden, located on the school's Brantford campus  

Highlights

Industry Post secondary schools, universities
Major Canadian hiring locations Waterloo ON, Toronto ON, Brantford ON, Kitchener ON
Full-time employees in Canada 1,637
Employee green team Sustainability Office, Sustainability Campus Committee
Senior executive who oversees initiatives VP, Finance and Administration
Formal strategy/policy name Sustainability Action Plan (includes a 15 per cent greenhouse gas reduction target over five years)
Publishes sustainability report yes
Green highlights Sustainable Hawk Fund (up $30,000 annually directed to student-led sustainability projects), move out program (includes drop-off stations to collect items for donation and reuse including textbooks, furniture, clothing and non-perishable food), offers a number of courses and academic programs focused on sustainability issues, designated Fair Trade Campus (achieved in 2017)
Noteworthy initiatives formal "Certificate in Sustainability" that is open to employees and faculty and includes eight sustainability workshops that cover a range of sustainability issues, from alternative transportation to recycling and reuse
Building footprint includes PV solar panels, rainwater collection, green roof, solar air heating, water bottle refill stations
Extended recycling e-waste, batteries, sale of plastic water bottles phased out in 2014
Commuter amenities Region of Waterloo's TravelWise program (regional carpool matching program along with discounted transit passes and emergency ride home services), Bike Month (includes a cycling workshop), walk to public transit, secure/sheltered bicycle parking, online car-pool sign-up, electric vehicle charging stations
Community partnerships Young City Growers (YCG) Urban Micro Garden, Patchwork Community Gardens and KW Urban Harvesters (all gardens are located on the Northdale campus), two rooftop honeybee apiaries, Sustainable Waterloo Region (active member)

The Career Directory

Wilfrid Laurier University has been selected for The Career Directory, our guide to entry-level recruitment for recent college and university graduates.
Wilfrid Laurier University staff during a development day

Highlights for New Grads

Industry Post secondary schools, universities
Full-time employees in Canada 1,001 to 2,500
Major Canadian hiring locations Waterloo ON, Toronto ON, Brantford ON, Kitchener ON
Student opportunities summer jobs, co-op opportunities
Training subsidies for professional accreditation, orientation program, online training, in-house training, mentoring, in-house career planning services, leadership training
Tuition subsidies (related to job) yes
Typical new grad positions HR Assistant, Development Assistant, Administrative Assistant, Co-op Coordinator, Security Guard, Special Constable, Residence Coordinator, Administrator, Recruiting Assistant, Research Assistant, Development Officer, Technical Coordinator, Procurement Administrator
Starting salary $45K to $50K
Work benefits health benefits for new employees, flexible work hours, telecommuting
Vacation allowance new employees receive 3 weeks of paid vacation after their first year on the job

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