London Inc. Weekly 11 • 02 • 2018

London Inc. and Carswell Partners launch Best Places to Work

LONDON INC., IN partnership with Carswell Partners Inc., is inviting nominations for its first annual Best Places to Work awards. These awards recognize employers in the London area that have gone above and beyond to create outstanding workplace environments.

Companies will be named Best Places to Work based on results of a free workplace survey conducted by Carswell Partners, London’s leading human resources management consulting firm. Carswell Partners has teamed up with the Industrial Organizational Psychology department at Western University to develop the employee engagement survey utilizing the very best in assessment tools and protocols.
Best Places to Work awards will be divided into three following categories: Small Business (between 10 and 19 employees); Medium Business (between 20 and 80 employees); and Large Business (greater than 80 employees).

Once nominated, Carswell Partners will send a survey link to be provided to employees to complete a confidential online survey. Companies must have at least 10 employees to participate, and at least 50 per cent of employees must complete the survey for your organization to be considered.

Employees’ answers are strictly confidential and anonymous, and no individual response will be shared with the company.

All participating organizations will receive a free report from Carswell Partners highlighting the current level of employee engagement in their organization, and, although it is not a requirement, companies will also have the option of discussing their results in more depth with the Carswell Partners team.

The deadline for nominating a company is December 14, 2018. Best Places to Work Winners and Finalists will be featured in the February 2019 issue of London Inc. and celebrated at an awards function in early 2019.

To nominate, click here.


Arcane first Canadian agency to win prestigious Google award

ARCANE WAS ANNOUNCED as the winner of the Search Innovation Award at the 2018 Google Premier Partner Awards held in New York City. The ceremony, which was held at The Press Lounge, recognizes digital marketing excellence in the Americas. This achievement also marks the first time a Canadian agency has won a Premier Partner Award from Google.

Finalists in the category were nominated based on their expertise and innovation with Google’s search advertisements. Arcane won specifically for their work with Ivey Business School. Over the past year and a half, the organizations have worked together to refine their digital marketing footprint and drive significant growth for their programs.

“I have been impressed by the innovation and impact of our partnership with Arcane,” said Ron Gallagher, Ivey’s director of marketing. “The Google Search Innovation Award is testament to Ivey’s progressive, results-oriented and highly accountable approach. We are proud to see Arcane recognized for their digital marketing work with Ivey.”

“This is a huge achievement,” added Lindsay Schneider, Arcane’s CEO. “Our partnership with Ivey has led to massive success for both parties. We’ve always strived to put innovation at the forefront of our advertising efforts, so it’s an honour to be recognized by Google for this.”


ScienceTech unveils new facility

SCIENCETECH INC. HAS officially unveiled its new 13,000-square-foot head office and manufacturing space at 1450 Global Drive.

The facility features new dedicated testing labs, expanded manufacturing space and a new shipping dock for larger products and projects.

ScienceTech has been, for a little while, about 38 people. This expansion allows us to hire about 15 more over the next three years,” said president Scott Hafekost in an interview with AM980 CFPL.

“We’re hoping to get into more standardized manufacturing as well as take on larger projects―very big orders for weird custom solutions.”

Launched in 1985, Sciencetech designs and manufactures optical spectroscopy instruments used in a variety of applications and fields, including medical research, biotechnology, space science, analytical chemistry, material research, pharmacology, applied physics, and aerospace.

“What we really do with that is we use light to analyse samples, measure samples, see what effect light has on researchers’ samples,” explained Hafekost.

“A large part of our business is solar simulation, helping researchers with equipment they need to develop more efficient solar cells [and] solar panels, with hopes to eventually be more sufficient on green energy.”


YMCA completes regional merger

AFTER MORE THAN a year of working toward unification, the YMCAs across Southwestern Ontario and the YMCA of Western Ontario are officially one legal organization under the banner YMCA of Southwestern Ontario, effective November 1.

The unified organization will serve the full region from Windsor in the west, north to Goderich, south to Point Pelee National Park and east to Woodstock, and will be focused on creating lasting impact in all communities served for generations to come.

The unified YMCA is led by Andrew Lockie as CEO. Former interim president and CEO of YMCAs across Southwestern Ontario, Kathi Lomas McGee, has taken the role of senior vice president of operations in the new association.

Lockie said the decision to unify was not based on cost savings, but rather on the belief that together, a unified Y could have even greater and lasting impact on local communities.

“This is about doing more with more. Together, we’ll be able to serve more children, youth and families with an even stronger governance and operational model, including improved staff supports and opportunities.”

Together, the two associations are expected to serve more than 190,000 people in the region at nearly 200 different locations.

This unification is one of the first in Canada as part of a larger strategic movement by YMCAs nationally to strengthen their capacity and impact on local communities. The new organization will be led by a board that includes a combination of members of each individual association’s former board and new membership, as well as an amalgamated leadership team with senior staff from both associations. 


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