With all the doom and gloom surrounding Research in Motion’s (RIM) current situation, the Canadian tech market has been getting a rough rap. That’s a notion Intelex is challenging, as published in a recent article by Techvibes, a great Vancouver-based Canadian technology news publication.
According to Knowlton Thomas, the Techvibes article author:
RIM, which held the title of Canada’s largest tech company for several years, has cast a dark shadow over the country’s tech sector. But one Toronto company believes that shadow consists only of RIM—that Canada’s tech space is actually humming, and they’re one of the companies driving that success.
That’s something Intelex President and CEO Mark Jaine would agree with. As he says:
“While we sympathize with the current plight of companies like RIM, we do want Canadians to know it is not all doom and gloom in the Canadian tech sector. We are proof that the Canadian tech sector is strong and technologies that help companies manage their business and deliver ROI to stakeholders represent a hot market for agile organizations.”
Wow! We’re kinda pumped. For starters, it’s been an amazing year for Intelex, award-wise. From being named one of Canada’s 50 Best companies, to being singled out as one of the best GTA employers on two exclusive lists in the Globe and Mail and Toronto Star, the accolades have just kept coming, and last night was no different.
The Great Place to Work Institute held its major 2012 Best Workplaces in Canada gala, and presented the 100 best organizations to work for in Canada, singling out 50 medium and 50 enterprise organizations. As announcers came around to counting down Canada’s top 10 organizations, we were on the edge of our seats! Then came the big moment as we were named Canada’s fifth best place to work!
On top of that, Intelex was handed an exclusive award for camaraderie, which only five other companies of the 100 winners received. So it was a great night, and we’re awfully proud to be among Canada’s Top 10 organizations, and to be recognized for our company-wide spirit of trust and friendship.
The Great Place to Work institute is in itself a great organization and boasts one of the most comprehensive and intense scoring methodologies.
We were just thrilled to be keeping company with some of Canada’s very best, including Google, which took home the number one spot in the Enterprise category. Go Intelex!
What a year! Following a cascade of achievements in awards competitions, Intelex has just received a huge accolade. We’ve been named one of Canada’s 50 Best Small and Medium Employers! The competition, which pitted Intelex against hundreds of other small and medium employers across the country, was facilitated jointly by Queen’s School of Business and AON Hewitt. The results were recently featured in PROFIT magazine.
Everyone at Intelex is thrilled by this achievement, which is another feather in an increasingly packed cap! In the past few months alone, Intelex was included on:
Deloitte’s list of the fastest growing technology companies in North America for the third consecutive year.
These wins are a gratifying acknowledgment of our relentless focus on creating a progressive work environment that prioritizes the needs of our greatest asset – our people. Sound like an attractive work environment? You bet. And we’re hiring. Check out our careers page for postings and apply today.
We’re proud to announce Intelex has been featured in IT in Canada’s The Sustainability Platform, Canada’s Only Integrated Social Media News Network.
The article, “Intelex achieves rapid growth in EHS markets”, profiles Intelex’s history, its staggering growth, and its future plans.
As writer Mary Allen notes:
In 2000, Intelex landed its first contract for the web-based systems it operates with today, launching a period of impressive, organic growth – 40% annual y-o-y since 2002 – based on private funding and with annual profitability. Jaine notes, “It’s very easy to achieve 40% growth when you are at 2.8 million, but it’s a little more difficult when you are at $12 million. Next year, we should be in the mid 20s and we have been fortunate to keep that momentum going even as we cross through these [revenue] barriers.” Ultimately, the Intelex goal is to be at $100 million by 2015.
Ontario is poised to dramatically rework how it manages occupational health and safety.
Earlier this month Bill 160 was amended by the province’s standing committee on social policy and is now headed to the provincial legislature for a third reading and vote, meaning it could be law by as early as June. The proposed bill flows from the work of an expert panel formed in the wake of a string of workplace-related deaths across the province.
Focused on training and prevention, some of the bill’s key elements are as follows:
Training standards: The bill would call upon the Minister of Labour to set training program standards and ‘approve’ compliant organizations accordingly.
Training provider: In addition to minimum standards for training programs, those who administer training would also be required to achieve “approved training provider” status, though those certified under the Workplace Safety and Insurance Act would be automatically approved.
Prevention: Quite notably, the bill would establish both a Prevention Council and a Chief Prevention Officer (CPO). It would also take the responsibility of workplace safety away from the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB) and hand it to the newly created CPO, who would report to the Minister of Labour and also be charged with the development of a provincial health and safety strategy. The Prevention Council, composed of provincial health and safety organizations, trade union representatives, employers, and other experts in the field, would provide advice to the CPO as he or she develops an province-wide strategy and prepares an annual report for the Minister.
Additional changes include adjustments to the number of trained health and safety personnel required for small businesses, altering how reprisals are referred to the labour relations board, and more.
According to convention, businesses across Ontario could be given up to 12 months to comply with the new rules, though the Ministry of Labour may ask employers to adhere to the act’s requirements on an expedited basis. Proactive businesses ought to begin determining how they will address the coming changes. For up-to-date news on Bill 160 developments, check out OHS Insider’s excellent blog on Ontario health and safety reform.