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Sleeman Breweries Ltd.
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Recognized as one of Southwestern Ontario's Top Employers (2024) and Waterloo Area's Top Employers (2024):

Here are some of the reasons why Sleeman Breweries Ltd. was selected as one of Southwestern Ontario's Top Employers (2024) and Waterloo Area's Top Employers (2024):

  • Sleeman Breweries recently introduced maternity and parental leave top-up, providing 75 per cent of salary for up to 38 weeks for primary caregivers and 100 per cent of salary for up to six weeks for secondary caregivers
  • Sleeman Breweries maintains a charitable focus on food insecurity and the environment, supporting 150 organizations and charitable initiatives in the past year -- additionally, the company generously matches employee donations, with no set maximum each year
  • Sleeman Breweries offers a number of financial incentives, including signing bonuses for some, year-end bonuses for all, and "Beer Privilege" (free beer) as a taxable benefit
Sleeman Breweries Lab Technician Erika (left) and Regional Quality Assurance Manager Melanie (right) in the organization's lab in Guelph, ON   (Photo credit: Lindsay Palmer)

Highlights

Industry Breweries
Established in Canada 1988
Parent company Sapporo Holdings
Parent company head office Tokyo, Japan
Major Canadian locations Laval QC, Sainte-Foy QC, Delta BC, Calgary AB, Gatineau QC, Guelph ON, Victoria BC, Chambly QC, Sherbrooke QC, Vernon BC
Full-time employees in Canada 1,081
Part-time employees in Canada 73
Average age of employees in Canada 42 years
Longest serving employee 40 years
Benefits note Sleeman Breweries Ltd. has multiple employee groups, the following programs and policies may vary by position
Flexible work options hybrid work option, flexible work hours, telecommuting
Long-term savings matching RSP
Health plan premium as part of the health plan, the employer pays up to 100% of the premiums
Mental health practitioner benefit up to $500 each year
Maternity top-up (mothers) up to 75% of salary for 38 weeks
Parental top-up (fathers) up to 100% of salary for 6 weeks
Adoption top-up up to 100% of salary for 6 weeks
Additional top-up information primary caregivers receive top-up of up to 75% of salary for 38 weeks, secondary caregivers receive up to 100% of salary for 6 weeks
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 6 months
In-house training initiatives apprenticeship/skilled trades programs, in-house training, online training, mentoring, leadership development programs, paid internships
Related tuition subsidies employer covers up to 100% of tuition per year
Annual tuition maximum employer pays up to $4,000 in tuition subsidies for job-related courses per year
Employee charitable involvement employees are involved in selection of charities

Recognized as one of Canada's Greenest Employers (2023):

Here are some of the reasons why Sleeman Breweries Ltd. was selected as one of Canada's Greenest Employers (2023):

  • Sleeman Breweries supports local Green Teams at locations across the country -- these teams capture employee ideas, help organize local events and activities, and team leaders meet monthly to share ideas and organize national initiatives
  • Sleeman Breweries maintains a formal Environmental Steering Committee that is responsible for overseeing various initiatives such as procurement policies and waste diversion programs -- the company has been recognized by RECYC-QUÉBEC and is a member of the Circular Innovation Council of Ontario: 3R Certification
  • Sleeman Breweries has partnered with Random Acts of Green (RAOG) throughout Earth Month, providing employees with access to an app that offers educational modules, videos, learning resources, an eco-quiz, an environmental commitment worksheet and prizes for participation
The Sleeman Breweries' green team in Chambly, QC builds raised gardens for employees to grow vegetables  

Highlights

Industry Breweries
Major Canadian locations Laval QC, Sainte-Foy QC, Delta BC, Calgary AB, Gatineau QC, Guelph ON, Victoria BC, Chambly QC, Sherbrooke QC, Vernon BC
Full-time employees in Canada 1,065
Part-time employees in Canada 43
Employee green team Environmental Steering Committee, National Green Team
Senior executive who oversees initiatives VP, Operations and Logistics
Formal strategy/policy name National Environmental Policy (approved by senior leaders in early 2022, based on three environmental priorities, including reducing impact on climate change, promoting and implementing the 3Rs of reduce, reuse and recycle, and sustaining the natural environment through employee and community engagement)
Noteworthy initiatives In early 2022, the Sleeman Water Foundation was established. The water foundation was created to identify and support organizations addressing water challenges across Canada
Building footprint includes rainwater collection, electric vehicle charging stations, LED lighting, wastewater treatment plant onsite, some facilities across Canada have onsite gardens (some built from reclaimed wooden pallets, created as part of the Growing our Environmental Awareness Challenge)
Extended recycling plastic lids and straws, plastic bags, organics, e-waste, printer cartridges, fluorescent bulbs, batteries, aerosol cans, wooden pallets, disposable masks, earplugs, safety glasses, cigarette butts
Commuter amenities walk to public transit
Community partnerships Earth Day ('seed card' promotion for all employees to plant native pollinator flowers), Waste Reduction Week, Random Acts of Green (Earth Month initiative that offered employees a unique app to track their 'green acts' aimed at reducing GHG emissions -- employees were awarded with points and prizes for their efforts), Canadian Grocer Impact Award for Sustainability (recognized for their positive impacts on their communities, employees, and the environment)

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