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The Edmonton Oilers recognized as a 2012 Great Place to Work®

by Staff Writer / Edmonton Oilers
Today’s Globe and Mail announced that the Edmonton Oilers Hockey Club is a 2012 Great Place To Work®!  The Oilers were the first NHL team given this workplace distinction in 2009 and are proud to repeat the recognition for 2012.

Working in the NHL is a dream for many, but the Oilers aim to take it one step further to create a work environment that nurtures and supports employees. Through unique programs that range from a year-round wellness challenge to the loyalty awards, the Oilers go above and beyond to acknowledge their employees’ contributions.

“No day is ever the same when working with the Oilers. From training camp to playoffs, it never slows down. So, we must rely on a talented, dynamic and committed group of professionals to put their best foot forward each day as they seek to delight and amaze our fans in Oil Country,” said Patrick LaForge, President and Chief Operations Officer, Edmonton Oilers Hockey Club. “Most importantly, it is the survey feedback from our employees that puts us on the Great Place to Work list for a third time in four years. That says it all for me.”

“Attracting and retaining the best people isn’t easy in a business that works at fever pace 365 days each year. To be successful we try very hard to keep our people and their families happy and engaged in our culture,” said Tandy Kustiak, Director of Human Resources, Edmonton Oilers Hockey Club. “From our receptionists (whom we call VP of 1st Impressions) to our North American and European Scouts who work remotely, we have to be a Great Place to Work.”

This list of “Best Workplaces in Canada” is compiled by Great Place to Work® Institute Canada.  The competition process is based on two criteria: two-thirds of the total score comes from a 58-statement survey completed by a random selection of employees, along with their open-ended comments about their organization; the remaining one-third of the score comes from an in-depth review of the organization’s culture, including an evaluation of HR policies and procedures. This offers a rigorous representation of the organization from an employee perspective, and an overall portrait of the workplace culture. Together, they provide crucial data relative to the five trust-building dimensions of a great place to work®: credibility, respect, fairness, pride, and camaraderie.

This year’s list received over 230 nominations and over 49,000 employees participated in the 2012 “Best Workplaces in Canada” survey.

For information on how to participate in next year’s “Best Workplaces in Canada” list or on how to create a Great Place to Work®, please contact the Institute at or visit

About the Great Place to Work® Institute: Great Place to Work® Institute is a global research and management consultancy with expertise on workplace transformation and a presence in 46 countries worldwide. Our mission is to improve society by creating better workplaces. We are best-known for our global Best Workplaces Programme, which we produce in conjunction with prestigious media partners such as the Globe and Mail, the Financial Times and Fortune. With more than 5,500 organizations surveyed every year across the globe, the programme is the world’s largest of its kind. We believe passionately that any company or organization can become a great place to work. Our mission is to help you do it.

The Edmonton Oilers Hockey Club is one of 30 teams competing in the National Hockey League. In addition, the Oilers organization owns and operates the Edmonton Oil Kings of the Western Hockey League and the Oklahoma City Baron of the American Hockey League. Over 200 dedicated employees work year-round to bring world class hockey entertainment to Oil Country and Oklahoma City.

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