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Western Financial Group recognized as one of Alberta's Top 65 Employers

High River, AB – From its humble beginnings, Western Financial Group (Western) has maintained its promise to employees, customers and the community by living the Western brand, which is built on its guiding principles of truthfulness, fairness, value and loyalty. Western’s commitment to these principles helps attract the best people and has kept the culture unified and strong, even as they have grown from one branch to more than 160 locations across western Canada. It is on the foundation of these guiding principles that Western has been recognized as one of Alberta’s Top Employers.

“We are honored to be selected as one of the leading employers in Alberta’s insurance industry,” said Peter Stratton, chief people officer of Western Financial Group. “This award is a reflection of our commitment to fostering a supportive working place for our employees. Our culture encourages professional development, growth opportunities and giving back to the places where we live and work.”

Employers are compared with other organizations in their field to determine which companies offer the most progressive and forward-thinking programs. Western was recognized for encouraging employee’s ongoing professional development through programs such as tuition subsidies for job-related courses and a variety of in-house and online training programs. Western also offers a variety of financial benefits to employees including signing bonuses, referral bonuses and a share purchase plan, making Western an employer of choice.

The Top Employer designation is awarded to 65 organizations in the province as part of an annual competition led by the editors of Canada’s Top 100 Employers, which recognizes companies leading their industries by offering exceptional places to work.

To participate in the annual competition, employers are evaluated on following eight criteria:

  1. Physical workplace;
  2. Work and social atmosphere;
  3. Health, financial and family benefits;
  4. Vacation and time off;
  5. Employee communications;
  6. Performance management;
  7. Training and skills development; and
  8. Community involvement.

The 2014 Top Employers were announced today in a special supplement published in the Calgary Herald and the Edmonton Journal.

To find out more on how you can join the Western family of brokerages, visit the careers page or visit the company’s LinkedIn page.

About Western Financial Group Inc.

Western Financial Group is a diversified insurance services company that serves more than 790,000 customers across Western Canada. Founded in 1996 and headquartered in High River, Alberta, Western provides personal and business insurance services through more than 160 locations and affiliates and online at www.westernfinancialgroup.ca. With a skilled team of approximately 1,800 employees, Western is committed to building the strongest insurance organization in Western Canada.

Western Financial Group is a subsidiary of Desjardins Group, the leading cooperative financial group in Canada.

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