Vancouver’s Fastest Growing Recruitment Firm announces new partnership with Canucks Sports & Entertainment

Vancouver, BC (November 20, 2017) – Impact Recruitment, British Columbia’s fastest-growing recruitment firm, announced today that it has entered into a partnership with Canucks Sports & Entertainment. The multi-season agreement designates Impact as the Official Recruitment Partner of the Vancouver Canucks and includes in-arena, online and television branding presence.

“No other recruitment firm has entered into such an agreement before with the Canucks,” said Jeff Harris, CEO of Impact Recruitment. “We have always been pioneers and innovators in the recruitment field, and this is another opportunity for Impact to lead the way by partnering with an organization that takes pride in its role as a leader both on and off the ice.”

“This partnership is ideal for Impact” added Harris, “both of our organizations focus on high-performing teamwork and continually strive for excellence. We are especially excited about this year – like the Canucks, we are young, fast, and growing, and we look forward to celebrating big wins together this season.”

Recognized by Profit Magazine as one of the fastest-growing companies in Canada for two consecutive years, one of Impact’s core values is focusing on their network first. This relationship with the Canucks allows Impact to provide new and unique opportunities to both its immediate network of clients and candidates, as well as the Vancouver community as a whole.

“We are thrilled to be the Official Recruitment Partner of the Vancouver Canucks” said Grant Tufts, President of Impact Recruitment. “We not only see great prospects to give back to our community by supporting the charitable organizations affiliated with the Canucks, but we also expect to bring our candidates exclusive opportunities to work for one of the biggest brands in Canada.”

 

About Impact Recruitment

Founded in 2009, and headquartered in Vancouver, Impact provides contingency, retained and project-based search services to organizations across Western Canada. From entry level positions, to executive management, Impact Recruitment works with a broad range of industries and verticals through divisions that include: Professional Services, Corporate, Operations & Manufacturing, Construction & Real Estate, and Information Technology. Impact’s Specialized Recruiters, coupled with the proprietary Certified Candidate® System, allow companies to source the top candidates for every position in their organization through a single recruitment resource. To learn more visit www.impactrecruitment.ca.

Vancouver, FortisBC to co-operate on energy efficiency

Despite the City of Vancouver’s war on natural gas, the city and FortisBC, B.C.’s natural gas utility, have reached an agreement to work together on projects that will reduce Vancouver’s carbon footprint.

The city and FortisBC announced November 24 that they have signed a memorandum of understanding to co-operate on a number projects, including incentives to switch city vehicles from diesel and gasoline to cleaner burning natural gas.

“By working together, we’re finding solutions whereby we can get more efficient appliances in, reduce emissions, create pathways for things like renewable natural gas and natural gas vehicles,” said Jason Wolfe, director of energy solutions for FortisBC.

The city’s Renewable City Strategy aims to phase out natural gas, which has caused FortisBC and other businesses some concern. Only RNG would be acceptable in new developments.

The problem is that, at present, RNG is nearly non-existent. It makes up less than half of 1% of the natural gas supply in B.C.

Currently, some of the methane that is captured at the Vancouver landfill is used to generate electricity. But 40% of it is still flared. FortisBC has agreed to invest in a new system that will use that wasted resource, clean it up and inject it into the gas stream as RNG.

Even then, however, the amount of RNG FortisBC will be able to supply will still be less than 1% of the total available natural gas supply in B.C.

“We’re looking at a number of other opportunities as well,” Wolfe said. “We’ll keep adding to that number.”

Read full article here: BIV.com.

 

Vancouver falls to No. 3 as Canadian tech hub

Vancouver’s position as the country’s No. 2 destination for tech companies looking to establish operations in Canada fell victim to the backspace button in 2016.

The West Coast city dropped to third place after Ottawa made gains in CBRE’s Scoring Canadian Tech Talent report, released November 23.

Toronto ranked first.

CBRE examined the country’s 10 biggest cities and ranked them as tech hubs based on 14 factors focused on tech talent employment, education, high-tech clustering and cost competitiveness.

Despite the city’s high cost of living, the report noted Vancouver is still a competitive city for companies looking for highly skilled talent and relatively low labour costs.

And Vancouver may make gains in next year’s rankings.

This week Facebook announced it would add 16,000 square feet to its footprint to downtown Vancouver when it moves to new offices at Cadillac Fairview’s Waterfront Centre.

This comes a few weeks after Amazon announced it was opening a second downtown office in Vancouver and adding about 1,000 new workers.

A few days earlier, Microsoft announced it was adding 50 jobs focused on virtual reality and augmented reality to its Vancouver office.

Read full article here: BIV.com.

That’s a wrap!

What a year this has been for Impact Recruitment. The start of September marked the beginning of a new fiscal year for us, which (of course) meant that a party was in order to celebrate everything we’ve worked together to accomplish over the past 12 months. We’ve met wonderful candidates, partnered with new clients and continued to grow our relationships with those we’ve been working with for years. Our team has almost doubled in size and we’ve added a new IT Division. To top it off – we were thrilled to find out that we made the PROFIT 500 list of Canada’s Fastest Growing Companies for 2017! So, as previously mentioned, it was a year worth celebrating.

If there are two things that everyone at Impact has in common, it’s this: we like a little “friendly” competition, and we love a good theme party. Keeping these facts in mind, we divided everyone (the CEO and President included!) into teams of four and instructed them to dress up in their fanciest, Kentucky Derby-esque ensembles. The evening began with drinks on the patio, enjoying our “signature cocktail” (a delicious homemade frosé) before the teams set off for a round of pub golf.

The goal of pub golf is to complete a “course” where each hole is a different pub or restaurant. At each location, a member from the team has to complete a drinking-related task. We pub-hopped our way around the city (cheering on our own teams and heckling the others) and ended the game at Rogue where all forty-something of us toasted to a wonderful year at Impact Recruitment. Following the game, we made our way back to the office for a delicious spread of meats and cheeses, salads, desserts and more drinks (plus some dancing!) on the rooftop patio.

It was a fantastic night and a great way to celebrate everyone and their successes over the past year – both individually and as a company. From our co-workers to our candidates and clients, we are truly lucky to be surrounded by so many amazing people. Thank you to everyone who made this fiscal year so memorable, and cheers to whatever the next one has in store!

 

 

Two years running!

Impact Recruitment Ranks No. 104 on the 2017 PROFIT 500

–Canadian Business unveils 29th annual list of Canada’s Fastest-Growing Companies –

Vancouver (September 14, 2017) Canadian Business and PROFIT ranked Impact Recruitment No. 104 on the 29th annual PROFIT 500, the definitive ranking of Canada’s Fastest-Growing Companies. Published in the October issue of Maclean’s magazine and at CanadianBusiness.com, the PROFIT 500 ranks Canadian businesses by their five-year revenue growth.

Impact Recruitment has made the 2017 PROFIT 500 list for the second year in a row with a five-year revenue growth of 694%.

“It is never easy to earn a spot on the PROFIT 500, but this year’s applicant pool was the most competitive yet,” says Deborah Aarts, PROFIT 500 program manager. “This year’s winners demonstrate the resilience, innovation and sheer management smarts it takes to build a thriving business today. Canada—and the world—needs more entrepreneurial success stories like these.”

“We are honoured to be on the PROFIT 500 ranking for the second consecutive year,” says Impact Recruitment Founder and President Grant Tufts. “We have some exciting plans to continue our growth and keep Impact Recruitment on the PROFIT 500 list for a third year and beyond.”

About Impact Recruitment

Established in 2009 by co-founders Grant Tufts and Jeff Harris, Impact Recruitment entered the market with a singular vision – to provide the highest quality recruitment service in North America. Today, with over forty team-members, five specialized divisions and the addition of Impactemps, Impact Recruitment is recognized as Western Canada’s premier search firm for experienced professionals and managers.

About the PROFIT 500

For 29 years, the PROFIT 500 has been Canada’s most respectable and influential ranking of entrepreneurial achievement. Developed by PROFIT and now published in Maclean’s magazine and at CanadianBusiness.com, the PROFIT 500 ranks Canadian companies on five-year revenue growth. For more information on the ranking visit PROFIT500.com or CanadianBusiness.com.

About Canadian Business

Founded in 1928, Canadian Business is the longest-serving and most-trusted business publication in the country. It is the country’s premier media brand for executives and senior business leaders. It fuels the success of Canada’s business elite with a focus on the things that matter most: leadership, innovation, business strategy and management tactics. Learn more at CanadianBusiness.com.

Questions?

For more information about Impact Recruitment, please contact Katie MacAlister at kmacalister@impactrecruitment.ca, or by phone at (604) 689 – 8687.

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Is the grass greener?

Why do people change jobs, or want to change jobs? Working in the recruitment industry, we hear these questions on a daily (sometimes hourly!) basis. After all of our years of experience, we know that no one-size-fits-all answer exists. Making the decision to embark on a career change journey is not something that should be taken lightly. At Impact Recruitment, we have found it beneficial to encourage our candidates to first deeply consider why they have decided to make a change before taking any next steps… or leaps.

Exciting news! Our very own Mark Fenwick, Team Lead of Impact Recruitment’s Legal Division, is a contributing author in the Fall 2017 edition of the BCPA’s Paralegal Press.

Read the full article here.

Impact hits the links – without leaving the office!

And just like that, it’s June. Between meetings, interviews and welcoming a bunch of new faces to our team, it’s been a crazy couple of months here at Impact! This time our sister company, Impactemps, was tasked with organizing the bi-monthly team building event. They jumped right into planning a fun outdoor activity, but after noticing the weather forecast was calling for rain on the day of the party they scrapped their original idea and came up with something even better! Led by the Impact jack-of-all-trades, Jarrett, they went about designing an elaborate indoor mini-golf course around the office.

It’s been said that the US Open boasts conditions more difficult than any other golf tournament. We think whoever made this claim has very clearly never played 9 holes at Impact Recruitment. Impactemps crafted their course chock full of obstacles and hazards, twists and turns, and attempted to distract the players with “adult beverages” like Jello shots, beergaritas and Caesars.

In typical Impact fashion (no pun intended), the teams of golfers jumped at the opportunity to dress up in costume. From safety vests and helmets to Blue Jays socks and basketball jerseys, no one will ever claim that we aren’t an enthusiastic bunch.

When all the teams had completed the course (and had more than enough Jello shots), the sun was out and we were able to enjoy a delicious dinner of BBQ, salads and sundaes on the patio. It was another wonderful evening with everybody at Impact, we’re thrilled to be growing and adding many new faces to our team. Thanks to Impactemps for putting on an incredible party – that will definitely be a difficult act to follow!

  • Master plans

  • Jello shot while you play, miss?

  • Handsome gents.

  • Baseball socks during a golf game?

  • Typical Building Division.

  • It was a bit hectic.

  • Halfway through!

  • We have almost mastered the art of the group selfie...

  • Stella manned the BBQ while we golfed! What a champ.

  • The winners!

  • And the losers.

A botched scavenger hunt, a broken elevator and a patio party

We take our parties pretty seriously here at Impact Recruitment: in October the Building Division got us to dress up in costumes and sing our hearts out at karaoke; in December our management team arranged an amazing Christmas party at Lift; mid-February the Operations Division put our bowling skills to the test at Commodore Lanes, and come April Professional Services was determined to throw a company party that would be just as memorable.

The plan was to break into teams and complete an elaborate scavenger hunt around the city, then race back to the office for a BBQ, beers, and the first official patio party of the year. Needless to say, things didn’t quite go to plan. Being a fairly competitive bunch, the clock struck 4pm and the entire office raced for the doors at lightning speed. Three teams crammed their way into one elevator, and almost immediately, three teams found themselves stuck in that same elevator for the next hour and a half.

Only one team was spared this claustrophobic fate and, unaware that their colleagues were currently imprisoned somewhere between the first and second floor of the building, they wasted no time getting started. Sprinting around the city completing a serious of hilarious (read: embarrassing) challenges, the girls posed with Gassy Jack, practiced yoga in lululemon, and even did the macarena in a crowded Gastown bar. It’s rumoured that at one point Katie O’Brien exclaimed gleefully to her team, “I think we’re going to win!”. Yes, Katie, we think so too. If only by default.

After a brief appearance by the fire brigade, the anticlimactic rescue of 75% of the Impact Recruitment staff, and breaking the news to Katie’s team that they were in fact the only team actually participating, everyone was more than ready to hit the patio with a beer in hand and some burgers on the grill.

Though it didn’t exactly go to plan, it was a great evening of delicious food and lots of laughs. Many thanks to Professional Services for hosting a company party that will certainly go down in history as one of the true “Legends of Impact”. Cheers to botched plans making the best stories and to team building activities being a delight when you work with such a wonderful bunch of people.

‘Til next time, we’ll see you around. But not in the elevator, because we’ll be taking the stairs.

GVBOT enters partnership with BC government to boost exporting

The Greater Vancouver Board of Trade (GVBOT) has entered into a partnership worth $2.5 million with the provincial government intended to help small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) increase their export capacity, with a specific focus on Asia.

“Our role is to seize the opportunity afforded to us as Canada’s only Pacific province, to fulfill our exporting potentiahong_kong_container_terminal_credit_pelikh_alexey__shutterstock_inc.jpg__0x500_q95_autocrop_crop-smart_subsampling-2_upscalel by looking to Asia and the other markets accessible to us through Canada’s Asia Pacific gateway and by counting on our vibrant SME community.”

The plan includes initiatives to partner industry with government and business experts to help build their international trade capacity. As well, it specifically looks at the export potential of First Nations-owned businesses.

“One in five British Columbian jobs is tied to exporting, and there exists a direct linkage between exporting, job creation and increased productivity, said GVBOT CEO Iain Black.

“By investing in these programs, businesses in Greater Vancouver and across the province will benefit.”

Read full article on BIV.com.

Coast Guard hiring for 150 positions in BC, 500 across Canada

The Canadian Coast Guard has announced it is looking to fill 150 positions in B.C. to staff new lifeboat stations, ships and infrastructure projects.

The federal agency is looking to add 500 positions across Canada. While that will not reverse the cuts made under the previous Harper government, it will allow a quicker response to environmental emergencies and search-and-rescue missions, said David Heap, regional director for the coast guard’s integrated business management services.

Some of the new positions on the West Coast will be tied to four new lifeboat stations and several new vessels, part of the $1.5-billion Oceans Protection Plan announced in November.

The locations of the stations have not been announced, but they will help fill in “some of the blanks that we’ve currently got up and down the coast,” Heap said.

Port Hardy will also get more resources to beef up the coast guard’s environmental-response capacity along northern Vancouver Island and the central coast.

The federal agency is hosting job fairs and looking to hire mariners, navigators, marine engineers and environmental response personnel, as well as technicians and engineers to work on infrastructure such as radar sites.coast

“Everything from electronic engineers who know about microwaves and radar and how they work to labourers that are going out on the work crews to help set up some of the shore-side facilities,” Heap said.

Heap said none of the 500 positions will replace retiring workers. Upward of 20 per cent of the coast guard’s 4,500 employees could soon be retiring, he said.

“We have the same [aging] demographics as other industries, meaning there’s a lot of people looking to retire in the next five to 10 years,” Heap said.

Read full article on BIV.com.