Edmonton, AB – March 9, 2020 – The University Hospital Foundation (UHF) was named one of Alberta’s Top 75 Employers for 2020.  This year marks the 15th anniversary of the Alberta’s Top Employers competition, a special designation that recognizes employers in Alberta that lead their industries in offering exceptional places to work and forward-thinking HR practices.  


UHF’s maternity leave top-up payments for employees who are new mothers, convenient onsite child care, flexible spending accounts as part of the organization’s health benefits plan, enabling employees to select coverage that suits their personal needs, and subsidized access to an onsite fitness facility are a few of the reasons UHF was awarded this designation. 


“We are extremely proud to be named as one of ‘Alberta’s Top Employers’ for the first time. Our organization is dedicated to recruiting skilled and passionate professionals who are looking to make a difference in our community.” said Dr. Jodi L. Abbott, President and CEO of the University Hospital Foundation.


 As Alberta’s economy gradually rebuilds, many employers in the province are taking the opportunity to build durable workplaces and forward-thinking human resource policies that make a difference in the lives of their employees. That’s the message from this year’s Alberta’s Top Employers, announced by Mediacorp Canada Inc., organizers of the annual Canada’s Top 100 Employers competition.  


“There’s another take on the Alberta story that rarely receives mention in today’s business press,” says Richard Yerema, Managing Editor of the Canada’s Top 100 Employers project. “Over the past number of years, we’ve been struck by the number of Alberta organizations that view today’s economic reality as an opportunity to build durable workplaces for the longer term, with human resource policies that work for their employees.”   


This year’s list of winners comprises 75 employers that lead their peers when it comes to creating the province’s best workplaces and forward-thinking HR policies.  The winning organizations come from a range of industries, both private- and public-sector, representing nearly every area of Alberta’s economy.  


“We’re seeing a renewed focus by employers in the province on day-to-day improvements that make a real difference in the working lives of the people who work there,” adds Kristina Leung, Senior Editor at Mediacorp. “Not big-budget or expensive programs, but practical initiatives — like helping employees balance their jobs with family commitments or making it easier for them to give back to the community — which other employers can emulate and improve upon.”  


Employers were evaluated by the editors at Canada’s Top 100 Employers using the same criteria as the national competition: (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; and (8) Community Involvement. Employers are compared to other organizations in their field to determine which offer the most progressive and forward-thinking programs. The annual competition is open to any employer with its head office in Alberta; employers of any size may apply, whether private- or public-sector.   


The full list of Alberta’s Top Employers for 2020 was announced in a special magazine published in the Calgary Herald and Edmonton Journal. Detailed reasons for selection for each of the winners, with hundreds of stories and photos, were released by the editors and are accessible via the competition homepage


University Hospital Foundation 

The University Hospital Foundation raises and manages funds to advance patient care, research and healthcare innovation at the University of Alberta Hospital, the Mazankowski Alberta Heart Institute and the Kaye Edmonton Clinic. UHF is proud to be accredited by Imagine Canada and to be recognized as a High Performer in the overall and teaching hospital categories from the Association for Healthcare Philanthropy. UHF is committed to applying our mission – to advance excellence – to our governance, daily operations and financial integrity. For more information visit

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