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.

 

B.C.-backed plant creates jobs in West African community

Goldcorp Inc. (TSX:G) chairman Ian Telfer was in Senegal recently for the grand opening of one of his latest investments.

It wasn’t a new gold mine, however, but a waste-to-energy plant that takes tires and plastics and turns them into fuel in the township of Nguekokh.

The project was the brainchild of Vancouver businessman Stephen Jenkins and was built and financed entirely by B.C. business people. The $1.8 million plant was designed and built by Vancouver engineering design firm Balanced Power Engineering Inc., which is also an investor in the project.

Balanced Power used to work mostly with pulp and paper mills, and still has clients in that industry, but over the last decade it has changed its focus.

“In the last 10 years we’ve pushed hard on the renewable energy,” said Balanced Power president Todd Walter.energies_du_futur.jpg__0x500_q95_autocrop_crop-smart_subsampling-2_upscale

Jenkins is the founder of a social enterprise called Energies Du Futur, which is working to develop renewable energy projects in West Africa. The new waste-to-energy plant in Senegal, which was officially opened on January 31, is the first of six projects Jenkins is trying to build. A second phase will be a wind and solar energy project.

The plant uses plastics and tires as feedstock to produce a variety of diesel fuels through pyrolysis, a process that breaks up polymers at high temperatures. It can process up to 1,500 tires per day and produce up to 15,000 litres of fuel oil – which raises the question: does Senegal really have that many old tires lying around? Sadly, the answer is yes, Walter said.

“There are that many waste tires,” he said. “By our estimates, we’ve got a 15-year supply. They’re stacked up on the sides of roads everywhere you go. If you go outside of town a little ways, you’ll find gullies. These will be completely full of tires.”

There is a lot of waste plastic around too. Local villagers are paid $15 per tonne to bring plastics and tires to the plant, which employs 40 people.

To finance the project, Jenkins called on Telfer and other friends in B.C. to become investors to raise the $1.8 million needed to build the plant. The township of Nguekokh donated the land for a 5% equity stake in the project.

Read full article on BIV.com.

 

Uber and other ride-sharing services look set to get the green light in B.C. this year

Five years after its initial attempt to launch in Vancouver, Uber and other ride-sharing services look set to get the green light for B.C. roads this year.

The province announced Tuesday it will be ready to roll out ride-sharing services by the holiday season of 2017, meaning the introduction of Uber or Lyft would have to come after May’s provincial election.

“There’s a lot of pressure on the government, particularly from millennials, to get something that is beyond what the taxis are offering,” said lawyer Bill McLachlan, who represents the BC Taxi Association.

He added the timing of the rollout is not surprising.uber

“If the Liberals get elected, they want to dangle these incentives. And if they don’t [get elected], who knows where these things will go?”

Community, Sport and Cultural Development Minister Peter Fassbender, who handles the ride-sharing portfolio in cabinet, and Transportation Minister Todd Stone said the government would help the taxi industry to stay competitive.

Among the initiatives announced was an investment of up to $1 million to develop a new app for the taxi industry with shared dispatch, as well as hailing and payment options similar to what other ride-sharing services offer.

The province also said it would work with municipalities to allow ride-sharing drivers and taxi drivers to pick up and drop off in different cities.

Currently, a Vancouver taxi driver can pick up in Vancouver and drop off in Coquitlam. But the Vancouver driver would not be able to pick up a passenger in Coquitlam while driving back to his home base.

“It’s very progressive thinking,” said Nitesh Mistry, director of business operations at Vancouver-based Ripe Rides.

Read full article on BIV.com.

 

Telus investment promises to expand horizons for businesses in rural B.C.

Increased investment in wireless phone and high-speed Internet infrastructure in northern British Columbia is a welcomed change for local businesses.

“I wouldn’t say it affects my business so much as it enables my business,” said Steve Tory, founder and CEO of Dino High Tech Solutions, an IT and marketing company based out of Tumbler Ridge.

Telus has committed to investing $4.5 billion through 2019 across the province. Some of the investment will be used to extend fibre optic infrastructure directly to homes and businesses. The new infrastructure will help increase Internet access and connectivity in the more rural areas of British Columbia’s north.

As part of a strategic partnership with the province, Telus has also invested $1 million to develop wireless access along Highway 29 between Hudson’s Hope and the Highway 97 junction. The investment brought wireless service to the Moberly Lake community located near Chetwynd, which is 100 kilometres north of Tumbler Ridge.1426-telecomsnorth-226031854.jpg__0x500_q95_autocrop_crop-smart_subsampling-2_upscale

Naomi Larsen, executive director of the Chetwynd Chamber of Commerce, said the area’s First Nations communities and businesses have greatly benefited from the wireless connection along Highway 29, which has given them access to wireless services for the first time. That access can create opportunities that small and local business never had before, as it did for Tory.

Tumbler Ridge is a small town of just over 2,500 people located near the northern Alberta border. It was recently the beneficiary of a similar infrastructure investment that helped connect the region to the 21st century. Before the upgrade, Tumbler Ridge citizens and businesses relied on outdated technology to connect them to the rest of the world. For Tory, access to a high-speed Internet connection meant that he could leave his job in the oil and gas sector and explore entrepreneurial opportunities. He said that without high-speed Internet he wouldn’t have dreamed of opening a tech business in northern B.C.

Broader Internet access not only helps Tory find customers locally but also allows him to compete internationally. While he would like to see more money invested in tech infrastructure in the north, Tory said the region is ahead of the curve, particularly when compared with rural areas in the U.S.

“It really did make a dramatic difference to the community,” said Donna Merry, former secretary for the Tumbler Ridge Chamber of Commerce. “Small businesses now have access to the technology that they need to do their business. This was not always the case.”

Read full article on BIV.com.