TORONTO – For the fourth consecutive year, Diamond Schmitt Architects is proud to be named one of Canada’s Top 100 Employers for 2019 in a nationwide competition managed by Mediacorp Canada Inc. The program reviews submissions from close to 10,000 companies that provide comprehensive reviews of their operations and Human Resources practices, which are compared against other companies by sector and by region.
Diamond Schmitt Architects continues to be the only architecture firm as well as one of the smallest companies on a list that includes some of the most recognizable names across the Canadian corporate landscape.
“We have experienced considerable growth in our company in the past year and we strive to ensure we have the most progressive programs to both engage and maintain the well-being of our talented staff,” said Lilia Kiriakou, Human Resources Director with the 250-person design practice. “Through the solicitation of continual feedback, we pride ourselves on knowing what’s really important to our employees and encourage our staff to be a part of driving innovative initiatives.” One example is the launch of Diamond Schmitt University (DSU) this year, which brings a structured learning program of fundamental to mastery level courses delivered by both staff and external partnerships.
The competition scores companies on eight key criteria: (1) Physical Workplace; (2) Work Atmosphere & Social; (3) Health, Financial & Family Benefits; (4) Vacation & Time-Off; (5) Employee Communications; (6) Performance Management; (7) Training & Skills Development; and (8) Community Involvement. The results form a catalogue of best practices for employers and job seekers alike and can be viewed here.
For 2019, the editors of Canada’s Top 100 Employers singled out initiatives that give back and contribute to community as a theme and factor in putting firms in the spotlight. “We are seeing more time off for employees to work in the community, more matching funds for their fundraising efforts, more donations in return for employees’ volunteer hours – there’s more robustness in these programs,” said Richard Yerema, Managing Editor at Mediacorp.
“Social and charitable programs are an integral part of our culture,” said Leonardo De Melo, Associate at Diamond Schmitt. “We are committed to enriching the communities in which we work and live through our participation in a variety of charitable events, including The Ride for Heart, for which to date we have raised $230,000 in support of this cause”.
Diamond Schmitt Architects (www.dsai.ca) is a leading architectural practice with offices in Toronto, Vancouver and New York City and is recognized internationally for design excellence and sustainable design solutions. The firm’s extensive portfolio includes commercial, institutional and residential buildings, libraries, performing arts centres, and healthcare facilities. Among current projects are the new home for the Senate of Canada in Ottawa; Robarts Common, the expansion of the largest academic library in Canada at University of Toronto; and Buddy Holly Hall of Performing Arts & Sciences in Texas.