On the heels of receiving an EBJ Business Achievement Award, I’m excited to share that Aquatic Informatics was recognized as one of Canada’s Top Employers for 2014 and 2015! Now entering its 2nd year, Canada’s Top Small & Medium Employers is a national Mediacorp competition that recognizes the small and medium enterprises that offer the best workplaces and forward-thinking employee programs. If you ask our team what it means to work here, you’ll hear shout-outs for our incredible passion, collaborative atmosphere, and great work environment.
What does it mean to work at Aquatic Informatics?
After 15+ years working in tech, I’ve found at Aquatic Informatics a team and a domain that fits my ethics and work style really well. I love that our customers are scientists, trying to model complex environmental problems using our tools. It’s satisfying to work very closely with end users of our software – we have regular usability sessions where they can try out our tools and we can incorporate their input, and many customers have given our development team the chance to come out to the field with them. I have literally hiked through the bush for 15 km to gather data with a user of our software, so I had a chance to really feel how important our tools are to their work. I work with a view of the North Shore mountains and English Bay, with smart, committed people who are friendly and diverse. I love chatting with them at the monthly company lunch, or one of the seasonal parties, to learn who’s taking salsa lessons, or hand-building a Mac at home from generic parts, or learning Japanese, or playing in a band, or who else religiously commutes by bike year round. I laughed when we were on the tour of our building’s gym and change rooms, and the woman who sits behind me challenged our group to chin-up contest, which of course, she won. We’re not a kegger-every-Friday kind of workplace, but we enjoy our work and the people we do it with. The little treats (like locally-roasted organic coffee, gym and showers, fruit and snacks, weekly happy hour), and daily lunchtime companionship help make a soggy Vancouver bike commute worth the trip. (To learn more about working at Aquatic Informatics, check out our Careers page.)
Jacqueline Gullion by Tamihi Creek, near Chilliwack, BC.