Vancouver Island company recognized globally as a top quartile employer

February 24, 2017 - Campbell River, B.C.

Marine Harvest Canada has been recognized by a preeminent global people and organizational advisory firm as a top quartile company globally for employee effectiveness. This achievement was realized after comparing the results of a 2016 workforce survey against the KornFerry Hay employee effectiveness global benchmark rankings. 

In 2012, the company committed to creating systems and structures to build employee capability and leadership capacity and to create a business culture where safety is a key priority. Marine Harvest Canada (MHC) notes a remarkable transformation over the past five years and 2016 is the culmination of significant effort.

MHC Human Resources Director Dean Dobrinsky says: “We were very proud to discover that our efforts to better engage and enable our workforce have been fully embraced.”

“Safety is a key priority for Marine Harvest and we have been fully invested in an employee engagement process called Brainsafe for several years.  This commitment to a safe working environment has dramatically reduced the number of employee injuries at our workplaces. As a result of these efforts and through engaging our workforce, we have achieved OSSE Certification which is the standard for safety excellence in B.C.”

Key facts about the MHC employee base:

  • Employed 530 persons (full-time) at the end of 2016.
  • MHC hired over 130 new employees in 2016. 
  • The median age of the company is 38, and 48% of employees are of the millennial age. During the course of expanding and restructuring operational practices in our hatcheries and sea sites the company had created new jobs and new opportunities that appeal to a younger generation of worker. 
  • 98% of the company’s management is developed internally by moving through an industry leading internal career development process and also aligning with local universities and colleges that ensure post-secondary programs meet our employee development objectives.  
  • MHC has reduced its annual turnover from 24.5% to 13% by execution of a systematic approach to human resource practices, including periodic surveys to better understand employee needs and to ensure that its business practices are being accepted among the workforce.
  • In 2016 MHC achieved OSSE Certification which is the standard for safety excellence in B.C.