KITCHENER, ON – (MAY 3, 2010) – Christie Digital Systems Canada, Inc. is pleased to announce that it has been named one of Canada’s Best Employers for New Canadians for 2010 by the editors of Mediacorp Canada Inc., a Toronto based publishing firm.
In addition, Christie has been named one of Canada’s Greenest Employers by the same publication.
The award winners for the Best Employers for New Canadians are selected based on five main criteria, according to whether the companies:
- Offer programs designed to assist employees who are recent immigrants to Canada.
- Have reduced employment barriers for recent immigrants, such as by recognizing foreign credentials and experience.
- Assist new employees with foreign professional or educational credentials in getting their qualifications recognized in Canada.
- Offer programs such as internal coaching or mentoring to help employees who are recent Canadian immigrants understand the Canadian workplace.
- Managers and employees receive training in cross-cultural issues or inclusiveness, to help create a welcoming and productive environment for employees who are recent immigrants.
“We are committed to hiring the brightest and the best, regardless of country of origin, education or experience,” said Karen Hiltz, Human Resources Manager, Christie Canada. “We’re thrilled to have many new Canadians in our organization.”
Among the initiatives Christie is involved with is the Waterloo Region Immigration Employment Network (WRIEN), an organization dedicated to improving employment opportunities for new Canadians in the Kitchener-Waterloo area. Through its programs, WRIEN continues to foster an environment where the experience and skills of foreign trained professionals are valued in the community.
Christie Canada has also hired New Canadian employees via the Working Centre, a non-profit community organization and employment search center that provides resume and employment counseling, as well as guidance to maximize job search strategies.
For the Canada’s Greenest Employer award, each employer is evaluated by:
- The unique environmental initiatives and programs they have developed.
- The degree their employees are involved in these programs and whether they contribute any unique skills.
- The extent they have been successful in reducing the organization's environmental footprint.
- The extent these initiatives have become linked to the employer's public identity and whether they attract new people to the organization.
The environmental initiatives Christie has undertaken include:
- Successfully registering two manufacturing plants to the internationally recognized environmental standard, ISO 14001.
- Leading the way with products that are among the highest lumen per watt output efficiency for 3‐chip DLP® projectors.
- Introducing energy-efficient stand-by modes for new projector models, and developing next generation solid state LED illumination technology that is more environmentally friendly.
- Achieving an impressive 82 percent waste diversion rate at the Canadian manufacturing facility through effective management of recycle streams including electronic waste and organics (food waste).
- Reducing electrical consumption by 13 percent per employee within the first year through a “Power Down” energy conservation program.
- Reducing natural gas usage by 41 percent.
- Carpooling programs and employee awareness campaigns such as “Lunch n’ Learn” sessions to encourage employees to adopt environmentally responsible practices at home.
Christie, is a global visual technologies company and is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Ushio, Inc., Japan, (JP:6925). Consistently setting the standards by being the first to market some of the world’s most advanced projectors and complete system displays, Christie is recognized as one of the most innovative visual technology companies in the world. From retail displays to Hollywood, mission critical command centers to classrooms and training simulators, Christie display solutions and projectors capture the attention of audiences around the world with dynamic and stunning images.
For more information contact:
Dorina Belu, Christie