Vernon-based Tolko Industries has been named one of B.C.’s top employers for 2016, by the editors of Canada’s Top 100 Employers.

The award recognizes employers who lead their industry in offering an exceptional place to work.

“I am proud of this recognition, as it validates the continued work on our goal of being the employer of choice within the forest sector,” said Brad Thorlakson, Tolko Industries president and CEO. “Our people drive our success, and we remain committed to attracting and retaining talented people that reflect Tolko values and possess the right skills and expertise to help us grow.”

Businesses are evaluated on a set of eight criteria, including:

  • physical workplace
  • work atmosphere
  • health, financial and family benefits
  • vacation and time off
  • employee communications
  • performance management
  • training and skills development
  • community involvement.

Specifically, Tolko was lauded for capturing employee feedback through the use of outside consultant surveys (every two years) and encouraging employees to provide their feedback confidentially, encouraging employees to stay in shape with subsidized memberships to a 1,200 square-foot on-site fitness facility and for its maternity benefits and alternative work options.

More information about the award can be viewed at the BC’s Top Employers website.