TORONTO – April 27, 2012 – Maxxam Analytics has received national recognition after being named one of four winners of the Toronto Star’s Award for Excellence in Workplace Integration. The awards from the Toronto Region Immigrant Employment Council (TRIEC) recognize employer and individual leadership as well as innovation in recruiting and retaining skilled immigrants.
Maxxam received the award at an Awards ceremony held at the Royal Bank Plaza in Toronto yesterday.
Maxxam CEO Jon Hantho says the success of the program speaks for itself. “It’s definitely a win-win,” Hantho said. “Maxxam gains the skills of well educated, motivated technical employees who, in return, have the opportunity to start a new career in Canada.” He adds that since the program started in 2001, some 400 co-op placements have participated with more than 200 of them finding permanent positions and careers at Maxxam.
Krishnal Suntharesan, a biochemist from Sri Lanka, enrolled in Maxxam’s co-op program for skilled immigrants in 2005 and today is a senior analyst at the company’s Mississauga laboratory.
“It was a really positive experience for me overall,” Suntharesan said. “It was difficult finding work in my field because everyone asked for Canadian work experience that I simply didn’t have. Maxxam gave me that experience and I haven’t looked back.”
The company’s co-op approach involves a comprehensive nine to 12-week program that provides both hard and soft skills training, enabling the employer and co-op participants to assess fit. Initial screening mirrors the interview process used in hiring full-time employees. Participants are matched with a ‘buddy’ to assist their training and integration into the company’s culture. Perhaps most importantly, co-op participants work hands-on in the laboratory and testing environment. In a field where it can be challenging to find skilled employees, the program has been a boon to Maxxam’s recruitment process and helped the company double its workforce over the past six years.
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Founded over 40 years ago, Maxxam is the market leader in analytical services and solutions to the energy, environmental, food and DNA industries. Maxxam’s 2,200 dedicated employees proudly lead the industry in depth of technical and scientific expertise and serve customers through the only national network of laboratories. In processing over 2,200,000 samples and generating in excess of 35,000,000 results annually, Maxxam skillfully combines efficiency and customer service with rigorous science and uncompromising quality management. Maxxam is committed to success with responsibility – to its stakeholders, to its communities, and to the environment.