Complete Nomination Survey for the 2017 Awards Now. Secondary Application starts Thursday, February 15th, 2018

Congratulations to all employer’s shortlisted for the 2016 awards Back L-R: David Anthony, Anthony Insurance; David Howe, Noseworthy Chapman Charted Accountants; Charlene Brophy, Fonemed; Jim Lynch, Commissionaires Newfoundland & Labrador; Terry Hussey, Vigilant Management; Scott Bailey, Shoreline Aggregates Inc.; Darren Dalton, Gander International Airport Authority. Front L-R: Gary Smith, Newfoundland Power; Lisa Browne, Stella's Circle; Darrin Kitchen, Anaconda Mining Inc.

The Employer of Distinction Award recognizes successful employers in Newfoundland Labrador who demonstrate leadership in the community, productivity and innovation, and a fundamental belief in the value of a healthy, safe, and motivated workforce.

An Employer of Distinction doesn’t just succeed. An Employer of Distinction views its employees and the community in which it operates as vital to that success.

Application Process & Award Criteria

The Employer of Distinction awards is comprised of a two part nomination process. The initial short nomination form provides basic information about the company’s performance in the following five categories:
  • Workplace & Atmosphere

  • Health & Safety Practices

  • Community Presence

  • Productivity & Innovation

  • Corporate Responsibility

The short form also provides detail used to determine in which category the organization will be placed (Small/Medium & Large)*.
If the nominated organization scores at least 80% in the initial nomination form, it will be short-listed for the Employer of Distinction award.
Short listed organizations then have approximately one month to complete a more in-depth form providing the judges with more information used to evaluate the company’s performance in the same five categories


To be eligible for the Employer of Distinction Award, organizations must be a member in good standing of the NL Employers' Council at the time of submission of the in-depth questionnaire.
Past Employer of Distinction winners are eligible and encouraged to re-apply for the award five years after the year in which they won. For example, winners from 2011 and earlier are eligible to apply for 2017.


Final questionnaires are evaluated by a three person independent judging panel.
*The judging panel will have the sole discretion to utilize the format of two categories (Small/Medium & Large) or three categories (Small, Medium & Large), based on the composition of the applications received.
2016 Employers of Distinction – Anaconda Mining and Newfoundland Power

Anaconda Mining is a gold mining and exploration company in NL, operating the Point Rousse Project and three exploration/development projects: the Viking and Great Northern Projects, and the Tilt Cove Property. Anaconda Mining uses innovative practices in order to adapt and thrive in a changing marketplace. In 2016 they started an Aggregates Project, which generates revenue by taking waste rock by-product and shipping it to the United States as material for large infrastructure projects. Employees are encouraged to further this innovative spirit through the 5S Competition (Sort, Set in order, Shine, Standardize and Sustain), allowing employees to submit innovative ideas or process changes and compete in monthly contests. Anaconda Mining exhibits a strong community presence with their monthly Employee Service Recognition Award. Each month a selected employee chooses a community organization to receive a $200 donation. In 2016 they also donated $50,000 to the Rotary Hope Air Gala, $25,000 for infrastructure upgrades to the Baie Verte Regional pool, and a $5,000 in-kind donation to the “We Remember” initiative with the Golden Tulip, which raised $45,000.

Newfoundland Power Inc. operates an integrated electricity generation, transmission and distribution system and has provided electricity for over 130 years. In 2016, Newfoundland Power recorded its second best year in history for outage duration, and its best year on record for outage frequency. Due to their long history, they have a strong, unique culture and many long tenured employees. In some cases, there are generations of families who have worked at Newfoundland Power. In 2016, they introduced the “Working Mind” Program, designed to improve mental health in the workplace and reduce stigma. They recognize the value of a healthy workforce, providing many health related programs, and having an Occupational Health and Safety Nurse and an Employee Assistance Coordinator on staff. Newfoundland Power provided nearly $600,000 in support to the local community in 2016. Employees dedicated over 1,400 volunteer hours to support health care, education, arts and community development. Newfoundland Power’s takeCharge program helped costumers save 25.2 GWh of energy in 2016, which is enough electricity to power Times Square and the surrounding Theater District for a week.

2016 Path of Distinction Award Winner - Stella's Circle

Stella’s Circle is a not-for-profit organization with 125 staff and an $8.2 million budget. Their 1000 participants face many barriers including mental health issues, addictions, homelessness, poverty, criminal justice involvement and long periods of unemployment. They aid these participants in three core areas: housing, through emergency shelters and their 78 units of affordable housing; counselling services; and training and employment programs, such as the Hungry Heart Cafe. In 2016 Clean Start was created as a new social enterprise to train 90 underutilized workers to professionally clean. Once they gain their appropriate skills, they will be able to work alone on various contracts. In 2016, they launched a wellness program called “Active in my Wellness,” which encouraged employee tracking of activities that contributed to their physical, mental and spiritual wellness. Prizes were awarded at 100 and 200 hour increments. Their newly created Inclusion Choir aims to improve mental health through singing. This volunteer choir practices weekly and takes part in a variety of community events singing messages of hope, social justice and housing.

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