At Xerox Canada, we just had to crow a little bit  about Xerox Canada being named to the list of the greater Toronto area’s top employers for 2011 last month. The list, published in Canada’s national newspaper the Globe and Mail, noted our practice of “supporting older workers with retirement planning and phased-in retirement work options.”

According to Globe and Mail writer Diane Jermyn, competition was fierce this year as the editors at Mediacorp Canada chose Canada’s Top 100 Employers out of about 2,750 total employers, We’re proud of this accomplishment, and we’re proud of our partners that also made the list of great workplaces.

How were we judged?

The judges looked at hundreds of employers across the country and rated them on being “forward-thinking companies” in the following key areas:

(1) Physical Workplace;

(2) Work Atmosphere & Social;

(3) Health, Financial & Family Benefits;

(4) Vacation & Time Off;

(5) Employee Communications;

(6) Performance Management;

(7) Training & Skills Development;

(8) Community Involvement

At Xerox Canada, we take pride in including diversity in our approach to corporate citizenship, and we believe this results in a great workplace. The Xerox Executive Diversity Council includes senior leaders who meet three times a year to review diversity practices and report back to our CEO and our head of human resources. It’s just one of the ways we aim to innovate. As another example, look at Xerox Research Centre of Canada, where diversity is key to achieving innovation. The center last year was named named one of the Top 10 Places Where Employees Thrive by Your Workplace magazine.

Take it from recruitment specialist, Amelia Bourbonnais. TalentEgg editor Cassandra Jowett caught up with Amelia at a career event for students, and in October Jowett published a post titled “A Sales Career With Xerox Is Like Running Your Own Small Business.” As Amelia says, we have a great training cycle and a philosophy that involves “looking at the resume holistically.” TalentEgg also posted two video interviews with Amelia, and we thought we’d share them here.