BURLINGTON, ON – Conservation Halton has been named one of Hamilton-Niagara’s Top Employers for the second consecutive year. Organized by the editors of Canada’s Top 100 Employers, the annual competition recognizes organizations based in Hamilton, Burlington, and Niagara that stand out as progressive and forward-thinking leaders in their sectors.
The 2024 winners were announced in the Hamilton Spectator as part of a special feature.
Conservation Halton’s President and CEO, Hassaan Basit, says the award reflects the organization’s passionate staff and dedicated leadership team.
“I’ve had the pleasure of serving the organization in my current role for the past seven years,” says Basit. “Every day, it’s rewarding to support teams that are so dedicated to our mandate as a community-based environmental agency, and who thrive in our culture of innovation. Our staff and people leaders make Conservation Halton an outstanding place to work, and our policies and programs continue to reflect our unwavering commitment to creativity, collaboration, and inclusion at all levels, and across our many departments.”
Employers were evaluated in eight categories: workplace; work atmosphere and social; health, financial and family benefits; vacation and time off; employee communications; performance management; training and skills development; and community involvement.
The win highlights Conservation Halton’s flexible work arrangements, competitive salaries, generous vacation allowance and benefits (including a full year of maternity and parental leave top up for new parents), and a formal Employee and Family Assistance Program as exceptional offerings. The organization was also recognized for its commitment to lifelong learning and leadership development—for example, employees can enroll in Conservation Halton’s “Emerging Innovation Leaders” program, developed and delivered in partnership with the DeGroote School of Business.
“We are delighted to be one of our region’s Top Employers,” says Plezzie Ramirez, Director, Human Resources. “We work hard to create an environment where everyone feels a sense of connection and belonging, and where employee wellness is always a top priority.”
Whether full-time, contract or seasonally employed, all Conservation Halton staff enjoy wellness-promoting perks. Employees receive a Season Pass to Glen Eden for skiing and snowboarding, a free Conservation Halton Parks membership, discounts on park programs, food and merchandise, and early bird access to some of Conservation Halton’s most popular events. Entry level positions start above minimum wage at $17/hr.
The organization offers diverse career opportunities in environmental planning, natural hazards and watershed management, parks and education, and corporate services. Available positions—including seasonal roles at Conservation Halton’s Glen Eden ski hill—can be viewed at https://www.conservationhalton.ca/about-us/employment/.