Intelexians help Becel Ride for Heart raise $5 million for heart and stroke research

This past Sunday June 3, Intelexians joined over 13,000 cyclists celebrating the 25th Anniversary of the Heart and Stroke’s Becel Ride for Heart and raising nearly $5 million for heart and stroke research, the highest ever for a ride.

Team Intelex continued its participation in the ride, raising $3,560. The rain and wind that was forecasted for the day held off and cyclists were treated to spectacular views of the Toronto skyline from Toronto’s Don Valley Parkway and Gardiner Expressway, views typically only available from an automobile.

Each of the 13,000 cyclists had their own motivations for being in the ride, whether it was a personal connection to the disease, participating in a good cause or a chance to flex their leg muscles.

For some like Gary Kao (pictured below), the ride represented a personal goal. “Although this is my second time around, it was a completely different experience,” … Read more...

The value of soft skills training

A Brave New World

What is it about the term “Soft Skills Training” that sends Accounting Departments and C-Level Execs running for the exits? Perhaps it is an unwillingness to allocate training budgets to courses that many consider to be window dressing, or just nice-to-have learning. Perhaps it stems from an inability to properly calculate and ascribe ROI to such activities; after all, Product or Process training is so much more measurable, visible, and valuable, is it not? There is even a case to be made that the term “Soft Skills” lacks the punch one might expect from serious learning initiatives.

Regardless of what excuses you come up with for avoiding Soft Skills Training, they end up being just that: excuses.

The reality is that no matter how proficient a particular employee is within their job discipline, whether Sales, Development, or what have you, if they cannot interact effectively with their … Read more...

Intelexians lace up for first ever Biggest Loser Challenge

Intelexians have been participating in an internal biggest loser competition over the past month and participants held their first Biggest Loser Challenge last week.

In order to complete the challenge each participant first had to complete 10 pushups, 10 crunches and 10 burpees. From there they were instructed to head down the seven flights of stairs from the top of the building to the main floor to be greeted with a nutrition-based, skill-testing question. If the question was answered correctly they were to head back up the same flight of stairs. If they got it wrong, however, they were slapped with a penalty of running around the outside of the Intelex building before going heading back up the stairs to the seventh floor. 

Team “Weapons of Mass Reduction” came out on top with this challenge and saw the same results during the mid-point weigh-in, with Rob Calquhoun leading the way … Read more...

Over 40 Intelexians vie for top spot in 2nd annual Intelex Spring Classic

After a beautiful day at Deer Creek Golf and Country Club, the Second Annual Intelex Spring Classic is in the books. This year more than 40 golfers entered the tournament vying for the top spot. Top honours go to the Team of Frank Friesen, Melanie Cook, Kellie Hart and Steve Buffett who came first with a score of 70. 

The 5,759-yard, par-70 track was made up of Deer Creek’s Ruby Course and Diamond course. This obviously did not pose a threat to the Intelex golfers as there was a second team that went low with a score of 70 but because of a tie-breaker they came in second. This team was Greg Bilous, Bryan Humphries, Matt Turczyn and Mitch Doyle, and they now have the experience to lead their team to victory next year.

The day was not all about going low but also about some individual achievement. Kristy Sadler … Read more...

Beyond orientation: the essential advantages of onboarding

If you are an Intelexian, you can’t go far without seeing onboarding at work! And if you’re not an Intelexian, here is our insider perspective:

What is Onboarding? 

Onboarding is an opportunity to get all new Intelexians set up for success in their new company and their new role. Onboarding is more than orientation. Orientation is meant to familiarize new Intelexians with the organizational structure and important policies; it takes only half a day here at Intelex. For us in the Professional Development Office (responsible for onboarding), onboarding is the first chance to reveal the Intelex Platform and Products as well as (equally important) expose new employees to the culture and vision Intelex aspires to achieve.

Why do we Onboard?

Most new employees will decide on staying with a company within the first 45 days of employment. This reflects the importance of a planned onboarding program that helps employees through … Read more...

Q&A: What an Intelex internship looks like

Recently, up-and-coming developer David Jun Cai wrapped up his three-month internship as a developer in Intelex’s Online Communities department. As a 19-year-old University of Waterloo Computer Engineering student, David got first-hand, front-line experience helping Intelex work on new and innovative projects, including Intelex’s amazing internal digital newsletter, IntelexPress.

I sat down with David before he left to discuss his time here, what he learned, and what he found unique about the Intelex experience.

 

Hi, David. So, what were you doing before coming to Intelex?

I was learning Computer Engineering at the University of Waterloo.

 

How did you find out about this Internship?

I found out about this internship through University of Waterloo’s job search site for students going on their work term.

 

What attracted you to take this position at Intelex?

The position attracted me because I was always interested in how websites were made and how … Read more...

The Top 5 tips for nailing the all-important phone interview

Intelex’s Professional Development Office (PDO) is excited to kick off a series of blogs every other Wednesday that highlight the Intelex hiring and onboarding processes, as well as trends in recruiting and learning and development.

Intelex has received a lot of attention recently. After being selected as a Greater Toronto Top Employer, a Great Place to Work (fifth in Canada), and a three-time recipient of the Deloitte Fast 500 Tech Companies honour, among all the other awards that have come our way in the last 12 months. We think it is important to help individuals who are very interested in the company, through the Intelex recruiting process, and that’s why we’ve launched this series of blog posts.

For this entry I would like to discuss The Phone Interview. Most candidates will be interviewed on the phone prior to being brought in for an in-person interview. The process is generally fairly … Read more...

Keeping Ontario’s Young Workers Safe

According to the Institute for Work & Health, new workers are four times more likely to be injured during their first month on the job than at any other time. With summer getting into full swing, students and young workers are heading out into the job field and now is the time to ensure they are properly instructed, trained, supervised and following the proper procedures.

To ensure that our young workers are properly protected, the Ontario Ministry of Labour has created an Online Portal for Young Worker Safety. The portal includes links to resources, tools, calculators, videos and contact information that provide our young workers with the knowledge they need to stay safe of the job. Also included are helpful tip sheets that are individually tailored for young workers, parents, supervisors, employers and the general public.

The ministry has launched Facebook, Twitter and YouTube pages as well to … Read more...

Thanks for making Intelex such a great place to work

Hello Everyone!

In case you haven’t heard yet, Intelex was selected as the fifth “Best Place to Work” in Canada last night by the “Great Place to Work Institute.” Check them out here.

This is yet another great award for Intelex and totally a result of our exceptional culture and the great people we have here. We placed 5th out of 50 medium companies that were ranked, and many hundreds more that applied.

We also were one of six companies in 100 that won a special “Camaraderie” award!

I want everyone in the organization to feel free to be very proud of this achievement. I can’t stress enough that it is all about our Intelexians and how each one works with their colleagues, shares ideas, creates an open and trusting environment, and cultivates a workplace that is a pleasure to come to everyday.

The award is printed today in … Read more...

Looking for career opportunities? Join Intelex at the National Job Fair and Training Expo!

Intelex is gearing up to attend the National Job Fair & Training Expo on April 4 and 5 at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre. Our Professional Development and Marketing Teams have joined forces to spread the word about Intelex’s current opportunities as well as what makes us one of Canada’s Top Employers. We will also have Intelex Ambassadors from our Sales, Global Services and Support and Development departments on hand in order to give candidates a better idea of what a day in the life of an Intelexian is like!

Job seekers are encouraged to visit the Intelex careers page beforehand in order to find out more about our current opportunities. Come check us out in Booth #912 – we are looking forward to discussing what Intelex can do for your career! 

The National Job Fair & Training Expo is Canada’s largest and most influential multi-sector recruitment event that is … Read more...