Top Employer in BC Award for 5th Straight Year

Top Employer in BC Award for 5th Straight Year

Top Employer in BC Award for 5th Straight Year Top Employer in BC Award for 5th Straight Year
Top Employer in BC Award for 5th Straight Year

Author: T. Lavigne
Date: Nov 03 2009


VANCOUVER, BC (Nov. 5, 2009) – For the fifth year in a row, Progressive Solutions Inc. (PSI), has been named one of the top employers in British Columbia. Founded in 1989, Richmond, BC-based PSI is the fastest growing supplier of software systems for the forestry and lumber and building materials (LBM) industries.

Organized by the editors of Canada's Top 100 Employers, the annual BC's Top Employers competition recognizes BC companies offering exceptional places to work. Companies are judged on: physical workplace; work and social atmosphere; health, financial and family benefits; vacation and time off; employee communications; performance management; training and skills development; and community involvement.

“We’re delighted to win this award,” said Len Williams, president, PSI. “We think it’s especially significant when you consider the competition is open to any BC company in the private or public sector, regardless of size.

“After 20 years in the software business, we recognize that to create great software you have to recruit and retain great people. That’s why we’re committed to making PSI a fantastic and rewarding place to work and are continually looking for new ways to enhance the work experience for each of our employees.”

PSI human resources manager Paula Bifano said the company’s growth from a startup in 1989 to a recognized leader in the lumber building materials and wood products industry is due, in large part, to hiring and retaining the best and brightest people in all aspects of the company’s operation.

“We believe that when our employees succeed, we succeed,” said Bifano. “Being named one of BC’s top 50 employers shows that we’re just as committed to employee development as we are to developing great products and customer support. When you consider the tremendous input each of our 125 employees has in how our company operates, this really is an award that belongs to each one of them.”

For more information on the BC's Top Employers competition, visit


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    Sherry Sabbatini
    Deer Park Lumber

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    Brian King
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    Brad White
    President of White's Lumber

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    David Jones
    President of Brookside Lumber

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    Candy Loweke
    Process Analyst, Raymond Building Supply

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    John Steinman
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    Lan McIlvain
    Alan McIlvain Company

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    Joe Kusar
    Vice President & General Manager of Tolleson Lumber Co

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