Canadian Armed Forces Announces Top Employers of Reservists

News release

May 10 2019 – Ottawa – National Defence / Canadian Armed Forces

The Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) recognized employers and educators from across Canada for outstanding support to their employees and students who serve as reservists.

Organizations from every province were honoured last night, as well as over the past year in provincial award ceremonies, for their ongoing efforts and flexibility they provide their reservists. Their support allows the Canadian Armed Forces to fulfill its commitment under Canada’s defence policy, Strong, Secure, Engaged and generate full-time capability through a Reserve Force providing part-time service.

Top awards were presented to:

  • Most Supportive Employer: Steam Whistle Brewing, Ontario
  • Support to CAF Operations- International: Saskatchewan Health Authority
  • Support to CAF Operations- Domestic: Glotman Simpson Consulting Engineers, of British Columbia
  • Support to Student Reservists: Kings College, Nova Scotia.

Each of the nominated employers has developed programs and policies that allow their reservist employees to attend military training and deploy on operations when needed, as was the case during the recent flood relief efforts as part of Operation LENTUS in New Brunswick, Quebec and Ontario.


“Our Canadian Armed Forces reservists are incredibly important to our Canadian Armed Forces, and to all Canadians. Reservists come from all walks of life. They are students, civil servants, labourers, business people, academics, and former members of the Regular Force. I applaud the employers recognized tonight for supporting their employees who serve, and thank them for helping us to strengthen our Reserve Force”

The Honourable Harjit S. Sajjan, Minister of National Defence

“I wish to extend many thanks to all of the reservists who submitted nominations this year. Over 400 employers and educators were nominated for awards, and these nominations came from all reserve components, environments and ranks. We are grateful for the exceptional support shown to our men and women and the Canadian Armed Forces, and are pleased to be honouring these deserving employers and educators.”

Major-General Rob Roy MacKenzie, Chief of Reserves and Employer Support

“This ceremony and these awards are a testament to the tremendous work the Canadian Forces Liaison Council has puts in, and the tremendous support shown from employers and educators to reservists. Seeing so many companies and educational facilities being honoured with awards makes us proud as a council, and grateful for all wonderful recipients who are making an effort to support the Canadian Armed Forces.”

Scott Shepherd, CFLC National Chair

Quick facts

  • Employer Support Awards are presented every two years at the provincial and national levels. All Canadian employers and educational institutions, private and public sector, are eligible.

  • Reservists themselves nominate their employers in appreciation of the support they receive, and a subcommittee of the CFLC selects the winners. The categories consist of Most Supportive Employer in each province, a Special Award for Continuing Support, and a national Award for Most Supportive Employer.

  • The Canadian Forces Liaison Council (CFLC) is an organization of more than 140 Canadian volunteers who work in partnership with the Defence Team to engage employers, educational institutions and other organizations to emphasise how valuable reserve service is to Canadian communities and the defence of Canada. 

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