Gore Mutual continues “banner year” as leading employer

Published: November 27, 2017

Updated: July 24, 2018

Author: Luke Jones

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Gore Mutual has gained a distinction for its corporate culture, as Canada’s oldest P&C company continues to set standards in terms of giving employees tools for freedom.

The Ontario and Vancouver based provider has been honoured for its willingness to hear employees and give them the platform to innovate. Now, Gore Mutual is having “a banner year as a national top employer,” after being named one of “Canada’s Most Admired Corporate Cultures” by Waterstone Human Capital.

Among the insurers other work-based accolades this week include Great Place to Work Canada, as both a “Great Workplace” and a “Best Workplace in Financial Services and Insurance.”

“We’re very proud to have our culture recognized this way,” said Catherine Leclair, vice president of human resources at Gore Mutual. “It means a lot to us, to have that external recognition. It just sort of validates what we’re doing here, and what we’re working to achieve.”

Leclair points out that one specific program has been a massive gain for the company since it debuted a year ago.

“Over the past few years, we’ve empowered our employees to think and behave like innovators. The response has been remarkable,” she said.

“The leaders have worked hard to create an environment that enables employees to have a voice to bring forward their ideas – and that’s really contributed to the innovation and collaboration that led to us being recognised.

“One of our initiatives is ‘Ideas Go Forward’ – it’s a platform that gives employees the opportunity to put the ideas out there for everyone in the company to see, and for employees to vote on. The leaders all have to respond to these, and we’ve had some ideas come out that have gotten some really great traction.”