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Canadian Olympic Committee now among Canada’s Best Workplaces™ for Women

TORONTO (March 23, 2021) — On Tuesday, the Canadian Olympic Committee (COC) was named as one of Canada’s 2021 Best Workplaces™ for Women by the Great Place to Work® Institute Canada. 

After being certified as a Great Place to Work® in late 2019 and then ranking among the Top 50 Best Workplaces in Canada in 2020, the COC has now earned this latest distinction of being a Best Workplace™ for Women. 

“This recognition is a validation of the welcoming and inclusive workplace we have aspired to create. It is also a reminder of just how fortunate we are to count such extraordinary women as our colleagues,” said COC CEO and Secretary General, David Shoemaker. “My Senior Leadership Team counts more women than men, and our Board of Directors, led by President Tricia Smith, is gender balanced. We will continue to implement further initiatives and programs that will speak to how diversity, equity and inclusion are a top priority at the COC.”

The Best Workplace™ for Women honour stems from results of the COC’s 2020 Trust Index© annual survey and an independent analysis undertaken by the Great Place to Work® Institute Canada. That research revealed that over 90 per cent of COC employees believed that staff are treated fairly regardless of their gender. In addition, the COC’s Trust Index© engagement scores for female employees were among the highest in Canada. The list is based on direct feedback from employees of the hundreds of organizations that were surveyed

Across its two offices in Toronto and Montreal, the COC along with the Canadian Olympic Foundation currently count 114 permanent employees, with women comprising 65 per cent, including representation at all levels. Since 2016, Tricia Smith, four-time Olympian, Olympic silver medallist in rowing and pioneer for women in leadership roles in sport, has been President of the COC.

“At the core of the COC, and of sport itself, are the values of respect and integrity, the foundation for fairness, excellence and inclusion,” said Smith. “I am so proud of this honour today. It represents the important strides we have made as an organization and our continued commitment to ensuring a safe, healthy and empowered environment where all employees can thrive.”

The COC prides itself on offering a fun, dynamic and inclusive environment while continuously investing in programs to optimize employee performance and engagement. We are constantly inspired to be better by the athletes we serve.

About Great Place to Work®:

Great Place to Work® ( is the global authority on high-trust, high-performance workplace cultures. Through proprietary assessment tools, advisory services, and certification programs, Great Place to Work® recognizes the Best Workplaces™ across the world in a series of national lists including those published by Fortune magazine (USA) and The Globe & Mail (Canada). Great Place to Work® provides the benchmarks, framework, and expertise needed to create, sustain, and recognize outstanding workplace cultures.

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