Recognized as one of Montreal's Top Employers (2022):
Mediacorp Canada Inc. staff editors (Feb 14, 2022)
Here are some of the reasons why Trouw Nutrition Canada Inc. was selected as one of Montreal's Top Employers (2022):
- Trouw Nutrition Canada supports ongoing employee development through a number of in-house and online training initiatives, as well as generous tuition subsidies for courses at outside academic institutions, to $2,000 annually
- Trouw Nutrition Canada helps employees prepare for life after work with retirement planning assistance services, along with a defined contribution pension plan
Trouw Nutrition strives to feed the world sustainably
Employees at Trouw Nutrition Canada are motivated by a singular purpose and passion summed up in the phrase “feeding the future.”
Trouw Nutrition, along with its parent company, Netherlands-based Nutreco, supports food producers by translating science into practical nutrition and farm management solutions. The overarching challenge is to help produce the 70 per cent more food that will be required to feed the global population in 2050 – and to do so in a sustainable way.
“Along with the energy transition, how to sustainably feed the world is the other major challenge facing humanity,” says Maarten Bijl, Trouw Nutrition Canada’s president and managing director. “I think the majority of our colleagues are inspired by this purpose. That kind of commitment is certainly something we look for in potential recruits.”
Karine Vezina, who joined Trouw Nutrition as a marketing advisor six years ago and now serves as a marketing director, fits that description.
“The company says we are driven by passion and backed by science and I’ve found that to be very true,” says Vezina. “We live in our time, but we are working for the future and what will be needed in terms of sustainability and improving the performance of our producers.”
Trouw Nutrition provides thousands of producers across Canada with the data and technology to produce quality meat, eggs and milk. As part of Nutreco – the largest family-owned business in the Netherlands, with sales in more than 100 countries – Trouw Nutrition is part of the essential food chain.
“As a global company, we share a strong set of values, including honesty, integrity, trust and caring,” says Bijl. “While we are a large organization, we also have another core value, which is to ‘keep things simple.’ We try to reduce bureaucracy and work at a very local and direct level with our customers to meet their needs.”
For Bijl, the most satisfying part of the work is in helping Canadian farmers innovate and stay profitable while also reducing their environmental footprint.
“To put it simply, I can explain to my kids why I spend so much time away from home,” he says. “It’s about having a positive impact on the world.”
Bastiaan Bartelse, Trouw Nutrition’s national human resources director, concurs.
“We are really in this for the generations to come,” says Bartelse. “You can also see this when it comes to the sustainability of our products. We don’t look at this business on a just monthly or quarterly basis; we actually have a much longer perspective.”
Trouw Nutrition also places a strong emphasis on continuous learning and grooming future leaders from within.
“I found their leadership program just a tremendous example of how to help people get to the next level,” says Vezina. “They don’t try to make you fit some preconceived notion of what a leader should be. Instead, they take the qualities you have and work with those to help create the best version of you as a leader.”
For Vezina, the most positive aspect of Trouw Nutrition’s workplace culture is the calibre of people she interacts with.
“I have the opportunity to work with competent, reliable, professional people with very good values,” she says. “We complement each other and work together towards the common goal of serving our customers. We are stronger because it’s all about the team, not the individual.”