Cooke Aquaculture Inc.
Ron Munsie, an employee at Cooke Aquaculture, works on a salmon farm in the Atlantic ocean  

Recognized as one of Atlantic Canada's Top Employers (2024):

Here are some of the reasons why Cooke Aquaculture Inc. was selected as one of Atlantic Canada's Top Employers (2024):

  • Cooke Aquaculture experienced notable growth in the past year, increasing its full-time workforce in Canada by over 10 per cent, and provides referral bonuses as an incentive for employees to recruit candidates from their personal networks (to $1,000 for successful hires)
  • Cooke Aquaculture supports employees at all stages of their career, from dedicated onboarding for those just joining the organization to in-house career planning services and leadership development programs for employees who aspire to advance
  • Cooke Aquaculture offers coverage for mental health practitioners as part of its benefits plan (to $1,000 annually) and maintains a Cooke Wellness portal to encourage employees to adopt healthy behaviours
Employees Kristen (left) and Vincent (right) meet in the coffee room located in Cooke Aquaculture's headquarters in Saint John, NB  


Industry Fish farming
Established in Canada 1985
Major Canadian locations Saskatoon SK, Charlottetown PE, St. Alban's NL, Hermitage NL, Liverpool NS, Shelburne NS, Digby NS, Truro NS, Blacks Harbour NB, Saint-George NB, Saint John NB
Full-time employees in Canada 2,208
Part-time employees in Canada 29
Average age of employees in Canada 44 years
Longest serving employee 32 years
Flexible work options flexible work hours
Long-term savings matching RSP
Health plan premium as part of the health plan, the employer pays up to 50% of the premiums
Mental health practitioner benefit up to $1,000 each year
Vacation allowance new employees receive 2 weeks of paid vacation after their first year on the job
Employee performance reviews employees receive individual performance reviews every 12 months
In-house training initiatives apprenticeship/skilled trades programs, in-house training, online training, leadership development programs, paid internships
Tuition subsidies (related to job) yes
Employee charitable involvement employees are involved in selection of charities, employees receive paid time off to volunteer

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