We’ve identified and worked with great
workplaces around the world for over 30 years.

Great Place to Work® is the global authority on building, sustaining, and recognizing high-trust, high-performing workplace cultures. We have crafted our perspective by learning from great leaders, surveying millions of employees, and examining thousands of the best workplaces around the globe. We thrive on sharing the insights we’ve gleaned from our work with organizations of all industries and sizes in order to help organizations around the world build, sustain and scale their great culture.

The Great Place to Work® Trust Model© is built on 30 years of research and data collected through our Trust Index© Survey, which is taken annually by millions of employees worldwide.

In Canada, Great Place to Work® produces the annual Best Workplaces list in partnership with The Globe and Mail and over a dozen other Best Workplaces lists including the Best Workplaces for Millennials, Women, Diversity, as well as for many different industries. Our certification program allows companies to be automatically considered for all our Best Workplaces list competitions.

Great Place to Work® also provides executive advisory and culture consulting services to businesses, non-profits, and government agencies in over 50 countries across six continents.

By giving all organizations the ability to assess themselves using the most reliable and comprehensive definition of a great workplace, we are able to serve our mission to build a better society by creating great workplaces for all. Today, we’re using our decades of data to create a new global standard for what people can expect from their work experience.

Better workplace, better performance.

Our data shows that great workplaces benefit from stronger financial performance, reduced turnover, and better customer and patient satisfaction than their peers. What’s more, work environments with trust at the foundation are ripe for innovation, agility, resilience, and efficiency.

Whether via the Great Place to Work® Certification Program and Lists, our world-renowned Trust Index© Survey, or through our comprehensive suite of High-Trust Culture Consulting services, the organizations we work with understand the firm link between a positive employee experience and strong business performance.

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Organizations around the world turn to us as the global authority on how to create and sustain a great workplace culture. No matter where you are in your journey, we invite you to join us in our mission to build a better society by taking the first steps toward creating a trust-based culture at your workplace today.

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Trust. It’s the main ingredient in
building a great workplace for all.

Establishing a foundation of trust in the workplace culture is the smartest investment you can make for your organization. Our Great Place to Work® Trust Model© outlines the definition of a great workplace, and trust in leadership is at the core.

Our Leaders

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José Tolovi Neto


José Tolovi Neto is the Managing Partner for Great Place to Work® Canada. Before starting this position in 2008, he was a Partner and the Vice President of our Brazilian affiliate, where he is still a board member.

José has been studying the characteristics of high-trust work cultures for over 10 years and uses this experience to help companies create and sustain great working environments. He has been a guest speaker at several conferences and seminars and is frequently asked to contribute to a variety of business and HR management publications. Prior to joining the Institute, José was a senior business executive in the technology industry, having worked for organizations such as Microsoft and EDS in Brazil, England, Germany and Spain. He holds Bachelor and Graduate degrees in business management from FGV (ranked Latin America’s top business school).

José has two daughters and lives with his family in Toronto

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Priscila Porto


Priscila Porto is the Operations Director at Great Place to Work® Canada. Experienced in online administration of our employee survey in numerous organizations, Priscila ensures that our survey tool functions seamlessly at each client site.

An expert at generating different data slices and benchmarking options for survey data, Priscila offers our clients the opportunity to examine their survey results from different detailed perspectives.

Priscila lives in Toronto with her husband and two young daughters and enjoys various outdoor activities with them.

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Brenda Fleming


Brenda Fleming is the Best Workplaces™ in Canada’s List Manager, supervising the list process from nominations to publication, and ensuring delivery of reports and services. Brenda has been with the Institute since 2006 and has been a steady point of contact for our clients.

With several years' experience in a variety of senior administrative roles in both the private and not-for-profit sectors, Brenda keeps the organization running smoothly and efficiently dealing with any issues that arise.

Brenda would rather be working in the wings than in the spotlight. To that end, she has developed a talent in back-stage support in her local arts community. Brenda and her husband are devoted to their two teenage daughters and their many extra-curricular activities.

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Alison Grenier


As Head of Research & Culture, Alison is responsible for GPTW’s research initiatives and staying on top of emerging trends among the Best Workplaces in Canada.

Alison is skilled in high-level analysis of both qualitative and quantitative data, providing organizations with specific and actionable feedback to improve their workplace culture. Prior to joining the Institute, Alison worked in a variety of human resource roles in the manufacturing, not-for-profit and service sectors.

In her spare time, Alison enjoys exploring beautiful British Columbia with her husband and four children.

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Lina Rodriguez


As a project coordinator, Lina guides clients through the end-to-end process of the Trust Index Survey. Some specific logistics she works through with clients include data analysis of client trust surveys and logistical coordination of client survey completion.

A former project analyst in Colombia, she also has a background in engineering and the banking industry. With a post-graduate certificate in Human Resources Management from George Brown College, Lina has a broad knowledge base that she applies to HR analysis that sheds light on the gaps organizations face in employee trust and engagement.

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Melanie Drouin


Melanie Drouin is the Regional Director for Quebec at Great Place to Work® Canada. She joined GPTW following a very successful 20-year career in Marketing Research. Having managed, coached & grown people in fast-paced, high-stress, multicultural environments while working with clients from all industries, Melanie learned first-hand the value of people-centered leadership. Melanie has facilitated leadership workshops and supported leaders in North America, EMEA & APAC and is excited to spend more time working in Quebec.

Melanie attended McGill university where she studied Human Resources Management with a focus on organizational behaviour, training & development. She lives in Montreal, loves to travel to experience different cultures and uses photography to tell the tales of adventures.

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Heather Poliwoda

Account Manager

Heather is an Account Manager at Great Place to Work® Canada. She has over 20+ years of sales experience and a track record of success in business development on a national scale. She has worked for a wide variety of employers, increasing her skills and knowledge along the way.

Along with these skills, Heather has a high proficiency in the use of social media, event management and promotion. Heather likes to travel, meet new people and most of all respects people with a great sense of humour like her own.