Active International Teams Up to Conquer Cancer In Our Lifetime

Posted by Kimberly Presnail

On October 1st, 2016, at Woodbine Racetrack, Active International Canada joins the Princess Margaret ROAD HOCKEY TO CONQUER CANCER event. We are proudly joining 100 teams united by one common goal - to Conquer Cancer In Our Lifetime!

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Active International scores 91% in employee satisfaction for 2nd consecutive year

Posted by Kimberly Presnail

A businesses greatest asset is its people, and that’s certainly the case for Active International in Toronto.  With such a unique business model, our operation is far from an automated machine.  Each step of our trading process is handled with care, and depends on a talented, engaged team of people to transform a smart concept into measurable value.

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Work from home tips: When our corporate disaster recovery plan became reality

Posted by Kimberly Presnail

Working from home is often seen as a nice to have option for many Canadian businesses.  But what happens during an emergency when that nice-to-have… becomes a need-to-have, now?    

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Get to know Jessica Harradine, Media Assistant

Posted by KImberly Armstrong

If you've been following us on LinkedIn or Twitter lately, you've likely noticed that our Toronto office has been growing significantly.  We are proud to be hiring some of the brightest minds and hearts of the Toronto industry and can't wait to introduce you to them. Today, we get to know the lovely and talented Media Assistant extraordinaire Jessica Harradine.  

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The top 7 traits of an effective team culture

Posted by KImberly Armstrong

One of the questions I'm often asked by potential candidates in an interview is "tell me more about your culture?".  Over the past year alone, our employee satisfaction was rated 91% in Toronto, and we've seen topline revenue growth of over 30%. We not only have an excellent culture, but an effective one that drives results.

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Active Cares: the hunger statistics in Canada are alarming.

Posted by KImberly Armstrong

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Happy Birthday to us...

Posted by KImberly Armstrong

Today, the Active International Canada Team celebrated its 22nd birthday.  Cake for breakfast is ok when it's your birthday, right?

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Introducing Active Cares, our committment to CSR

Posted by KImberly Armstrong

I'm excited to announce the launch of Active Cares in Canada – Active Canada’s first Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) program, and another big milestone in our ongoing growth.

 

At Active International, we believe that our actions as a company impact not only our employees and direct stakeholders, but also the community and environment in which we operate. In line with this philosophy, we have launched Active Cares in Canada, our Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) program.

Active Cares represents our commitment to behave ethically and contribute to economic development, while improving the quality of life of our workforce as well as the local Canadian community and society as a whole.  We’ve developed three strategic pillars in our approach to Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR). Through this holistic approach Active will be able to integrate our CSR initiatives entirely within our business model, to ensure long-term sustainability.

A key component of the Social pillar of our program is the designation of Food Banks Canada as our official Corporate Charity.

Over 882,000 Canadians are turning to Food banks each month.  38% of them are children. Food Banks Canada is the only national charitable organization representing and supporting the food bank community across Canada, and strives to meet the short-term need for food, and find long-term solutions to hunger.  We will direct all corporate charitable efforts through Food Banks Canada in their mission through donations of funds, inventory, media space, and employee volunteering.

We are happy to celebrate the launch of our next chapter to not only become a trusted business partner, but a trusted community partner too.  To learn more about Active Cares and our mission to become a better corporate citizen, please visit our website.  To learn more about how you can get involved with Food Banks Canada, contact us or visit foodbankscanada.ca.

 

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Digital ROI - Measuring Your Brand's Social Impact

Posted by Esther Tak

Dx3 Insights:  Digital ROI and Measuring Your Brand's Social Impact

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Cultural Shift: Work-life blend at Active International Canada

Posted by KImberly Armstrong

Cultural Shift: Work-Life blend at Active International Canada

As a new generation of professionals take the workforce by storm, the talent management and engagement landscape has drastically shifted.  Analysts predict a future with a workforce that is comprised of Generation Y’s who are data driven, technologically savvy and globally connected.

It is a future where employees do not seek a work life balance but instead look for an integrated work-life blend. Work-Life balance implies constantly choosing work or life, similar to a pendulum where priorities are constantly changing.

At Active, our SVP and Managing Director Andrew Bulmer asked why not create a work life blend where there is a constant equilibrium position and employees do not have to shift priorities or choose work or life?  Why not provide a work environment where our team members can take an international conference call from one of our 14 global offices and then prepare a healthy lunch in his or her own kitchen in minutes? Why not create the type of work culture where an employee can take their child to the Doctor’s office in the middle of the day and come back to the home office and plug in the laptop ?

Just as 2012 was a pivotal year for social media, 2013 will become the pivotal year of Social Human Resources. We will see a culture shift where organizations integrate (social) technology to recruit, maintain and foster top talent; resulting in an integrated technology eco- system.

Active International is taking this cultural shift within the workforce head on. Based on the ROWE model (Results Only Work Environment), we launched a Flexible Work program, encouraging employees to work from home 1 day per week and create their own flexible working hours. Team members are evaluated based on their work performance versus hours spent at their desk or commuting in rush hour traffic.

“We are seeing first-hand how this translates into a high-performance work culture,” says Andrew Bulmer, “Team members are empowered by a heightened sense of ownership over what really matters - performance accountability, rather than time spent at a desk.”

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