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SAS Canada in Top 10 on "Best Workplaces in Canada" List for Fourth Consecutive Year


Recognized for its commitment to investing in employee satisfaction, community-focused philanthropy and environmental stewardship

Toronto, ON – SAS Canada, the leader in business analytics, has once again been named to the Best Workplaces in Canada list for large and multinational companies with more than 1,000 employees worldwide, placing #6 and was also recognized with an honour award in the pride category. SAS Canada is one of the top companies on the list, published by the Great Place to Work Institute Canada, because of its commitment to investing in employee satisfaction, environmental sustainability, employee benefits, and its dedication and focus to the community.

“At SAS, we recognize that our highly skilled employees fundamental in driving our success,” said Carl Farrell, President SAS Canada and EVP SAS Americas. “”Our ability to attract and keep creative employees directly contributes to SAS’ consistent revenue growth, profitability and industry-leading products and solutions. To ensure we satisfy and retain our talented team, we have always been committed to offering our employees a unique value system. By extension, this helps ensure our customers receive the best experience and continue to be loyal to SAS"

Earlier in 2013 SAS Canada celebrated another successful year, announcing an 11 per cent gain in new software revenue over the previous year. In response to ongoing growth and demand, SAS Canada announced that it will continue hiring for the fourth year in a row, increasing its workforce by more than 10 per cent across the country, acquiring further domain expertise in areas like Fraud detection and prevention, Customer Intelligence and Information Management, to support and respond to customer demand for its business analytic solutions in these areas.

“Today’s ranking is a testament SAS’ employee-centric culture that is defined by work-life balance, flexible work schedules and excellent work environments,” said Seta Kouyoumdjian, Senior Director, Human Resources for SAS Canada.

This list of “Best Workplaces in Canada” is compiled by Great Place to Work ® Institute Canada. The competition process is based on two criteria: two-thirds of the total score comes from a 58-statement survey completed by a random selection of employees, along with their open-ended comments about their organization; the remaining one-third of the score comes from an in-depth review of the organization’s culture, including an evaluation of HR policies and procedures. This offers a rigorous representation of the organization from an employee perspective, and an overall portrait of the workplace culture. Together, they provide crucial data relative to the five trust-building dimensions of a great place to work®: credibility, respect, fairness, pride, and camaraderie.

This year’s list received over 300 nominations and over 57,000 employees participated in the 2013 “Best Workplaces in Canada” survey.

The 2013 Best Workplaces in Canada list, and related stories, will appear in a special national report on Wednesday April 10th, 2013 in The Globe and Mail. For information on how to participate in next year’s “Best Workplaces in Canada” list or on how to create a Great Place to Work®, please contact the Institute at or visit

SAS Canada has been named one of Canada’s Top 100 Employers for eleven consecutive years. Its environmentally friendly Toronto headquarters received LEED Silver certification in 2008 and the company continues to generate public recognition for its leadership in corporate sustainability practices. SAS Canada was honored with the Award of Excellence for energy conservation at the 2009 Green Toronto Awards. SAS’s Toronto headquarters was also awarded a Real Estate Excellence Award (REX) for Office Development of the Year in 2005.

About the Great Place to Work® Institute: Great Place to Work® Institute is a global research and management consultancy with expertise on workplace transformation and a presence in 46 countries worldwide. Our mission is to improve society by creating better workplaces. We are best-known for our global Best Workplaces Programme, which we produce in conjunction with prestigious media partners such as the Globe and Mail, the Financial Times and Fortune. With more than 5,500 organizations surveyed every year across the globe, the programme is the world’s largest of its kind. We believe passionately that any company or organization can become a great place to work. Our mission is to help you do it.

About SAS

SAS is the leader in business analytics software and services, and the largest independent vendor in the business intelligence market. Through innovative solutions delivered within an integrated framework, SAS helps customers at more than 60,000 sites improve performance and deliver value by making better decisions faster. Since 1976 SAS has been giving customers around the world THE POWER TO KNOW®.

Celebrating its 25th anniversary in 2013, the Canadian subsidiary of SAS has been in operation since 1988. Headquartered in Toronto, SAS employs more than 300 people across the country at its Vancouver, Calgary, Toronto, Ottawa, Quebec City and Montréal offices.


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