In Jillian Walker’s video submission for KPMG’s What Makes A Top Employer video contest, she outlines what she and her fellow members of the Gen Y workforce currently value in their employers, including flexibility, diversity and passion – in a concise four minutes.
That video impressed the competition’s judges – top executives from five of Canada’s Top Employers for Young People.
Jillian, a recent University of Lethbridge management graduate from Calgary, beat out more than 450 other entries to win an hour-long meeting with top executives from Starbucks Coffee Canada, Steam Whistle Brewing, GAP Adventures and Rogers Communications, as well as KPMG, which is the sponsor of the competition and the contest.
TalentEgg followed Jillian on Jan. 18, 2011, as she criss-crossed the city to tour each company and meet with the executives.
Starbucks Coffee Canada
Jillian started her day bright and early at Starbucks’ offices at 8:30 a.m. – luckily they had plenty of coffee and tea on hand to help her wake up (after all, it was really only 6:30 a.m. back home in Calgary)!
She took part in a tea tasting where she sampled some of Starbucks’ delicious tea, and learned about the career progress of some members of the Eastern Canada human resources and partner resources teams – many of whom started their careers in the company’s retail stores.
Then Jillian met Colin Moore, president at Starbucks Canada, to chat about business, employee engagement and work/life balance.
Steam Whistle Brewing
After polishing off all the coffee and tea she could drink at the north end of the city, Jillian headed back downtown to Steam Whistle Brewing’s offices and factory for a tour and to meet with co-founder Greg Taylor for lunch at Horizons Restaurant at the top of the CN Tower.
She says she had the opportunity to get to know Greg better and find out what drives him to succeed.
Jillian also learned about the history of the company and sampled some delicious Steam Whistle beer.
She even got to pull the famous whistle inside the factory! How exciting!
Jillian’s next stop was GAP Adventures’ “base camp”, where she watched the company’s new employee orientation video.
She says they really do things differently at GAP Adventures by coming up with innovative ways to get their employees involved, such as holding board room naming competitions – they have a board room named after the Wright Brothers and one that’s jungle themed!
She met with global talent development manager Phil Wylie (cool tidbit: they call their HR department The Talent Agency), who talked about employee engagement and how important it is to focus on learning, and training new employees.
Jillian’s last stop of the day was KPMG‘s office tower on Bay Street in the heart of Toronto’s financial district.
She went on a tour of the office and spent time chatting with Bill Thomas, the CEO of KPMG Canada.
Jillian described her conversation with Bill as an absolutely wonderful experience.
She says she learned a great amount from him and was particularly impressed by his mentality around Generation Y in the work force. No surprise there! After all, KPMG is the sponsor of Canada’s Top Employers for Young People.
Jillian also had a one-hour phone conversation with Nadir Mohamed, the CEO of Rogers Communications, in lieu of an office visit.
She described her conversation with Nadir as a fantastic experience and said she really enjoyed having the opportunity to chat with the CEO of one of Canada’s largest communications companies.
To check out Canada’s Top Employers for Young People and learn more about the organizations that lead the nation in attracting and retaining younger employees, please visit www.CanadasTop100.com/young_people.