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Solvera and Blue Meteorite Bring Valo Solutions to western Canada

Jul 26, 2017

Earlier this month, Solvera Solutions and Helsinki-based Blue Meteorite Ltd. entered a partnership to bring innovative Valo Intranet solutions to the western Canadian marketplace. Solvera becomes one of four Canadian Valo implementation partners, and the only partner west of Ontario.

 

Valo is a ready-to-go, full-featured, multilingual, modern Intranet on both Office 365 and SharePoint. Whether choosing out-of-the-box functionality or customization, Valo features a beautiful user-centric design, tested information architecture and full alignment with each client’s corporate branding.

 

As a channel partner, Solvera will sell product licensing and provide implementation and support services through its SharePoint consulting team.

 

“With Valo Intranet solutions and Solvera’s local SharePoint consulting depth, this partnership is a great match,” stated Sebastien Levert, Blue Meteorite Partner Manager. “It provides clients with incredible speed to benefit through our proven, cost-effective, feature-rich solution delivered by Solvera’s highly experienced team.”

 

Solvera’s Director of Services and Practices, Wolfgang Baun, is excited about the prospects for Valo among current and prospective clients. “As a trusted leader in IT and business solutions to the western Canadian marketplace, we constantly evaluate innovative service options that may benefit our clients,” he explained. “We are very confident that Valo will deliver outstanding value to western Canadian firms, allowing our clients to quickly realize benefits in a cost-effective manner.”

 

To arrange a demo or for more information, contact:

wolfgang.baun@solvera.ca

 

Chili Challenge Event Recap

May 18, 2017

On May 6, 2017, Solvera Solutions employees in Vancouver, Calgary, Regina and Winnipeg, in co-operation with community partners, are challenging themselves to cook enough chili to feed 10,000 people in need.  Solvera’s team in Regina is taking the challenge one step further by attempting to cook 3,000 pounds of chili – what’s anticipated to be the biggest single serving of chili ever made in Canada.

 

“Solvera and its team are committed to supporting the communities where we live and work,” says Reg Robinson, Solvera Solutions Managing Principal. “The Solvera Chili Challenge was initiated by one of our employees. It was such a bold idea the entire organization got behind it.”

 

Whether it’s prepping ingredients, taking to social media to promote the event, or serving chili May 6, Robinson anticipates nearly all of Solvera’s 160 employees and their families are participating in the Chili Challenge in some capacity.

 

Robinson adds Solvera would not be able to undertake the challenge without the support and assistance of its community partners – First United in Vancouver, The Mustard Seed in Calgary, Regina Food Bank in Regina and Agape Table in Winnipeg.

 

“Our partner organizations provide essential services to our community every day, and they are ensuring as many of their clients benefit from the Chili Challenge as possible,” says Robinson. “Solvera appreciates how they have embraced this initiative, and provided tremendous support to our volunteer teams.”

 

The Chili Challenge in Regina is also grateful to business partners in the city, including Sysco, Federated Co-op, Motion Canada and Link Rentals for supporting Solvera in achieving its goals of making over 3,000 pounds of chili.

 

Robinson notes Chef Milton Rebello, owner and executive chef at Skye Café and Bistro, is a key partner having leant his talent, time and chili recipe to the Challenge. “Solvera thanks Chef Rebello and his entire team for partnering with us,” he says. “Chef Rebello is ensuring the chili we’re making in all four cities is hearty, nutritious and delicious.”

 

Solvera is proud to support First United, The Mustard Seed, Regina Food Bank and Agape Table. “The Chili Challenge is just one day,” says Robinson. “All of us can make a real and lasting difference by supporting the work of these community partners every day.”

 

To find out more, visit their websites:

 

More about Solvera

 

Solvera Solutions is a recognized leader in the delivery of innovative IT solutions to the western Canadian market. We help our clients leverage the power of technology to achieve transformational growth, with capabilities ranging from ensuring the reliable maintenance of mission-critical information systems to helping clients successfully navigate their most challenging and complex IT and business projects. We focus on our strengths in Strategic Consulting, Business Solutions and SAP Solutions and outside of these areas, partner with other leading firms to deliver holistic solutions to clients. As Solvera has grown, our ability to deliver innovative solutions has expanded to include:

 

  • Cloud-based Enterprise Service Management solutions using ServiceNow
  • Specialized expertise in SAP, including newer technologies like Fiori and S4 Hana
  • Managed Application Services—both projects and support
  • SharePoint Solutions

 

We pride ourselves on our client relationships, people practices and commitment to our communities, and enjoy a very positive reputation as one of Canada’s Best Small and Medium Employers, and a Best Managed Company.

 

For more about Solvera’s Chili Challenge, see http://chili.solvera.ca

 

For more information, contact:

 

Bob Lane
Director, People Care and Communications
Solvera Solutions
(306) 791-6226
bob.lane@solvera.ca

One day, four cities and over 3,000 pounds of chili to benefit people in need

May 02, 2017

On May 6, 2017, Solvera Solutions employees in Vancouver, Calgary, Regina and Winnipeg, in co-operation with community partners, are challenging themselves to cook enough chili to feed 10,000 people in need.  Solvera’s team in Regina is taking the challenge one step further by attempting to cook 3,000 pounds of chili – what’s anticipated to be the biggest single serving of chili ever made in Canada.


“Solvera and its team are committed to supporting the communities where we live and work,” says Reg Robinson, Solvera Solutions Managing Principal. “The Solvera Chili Challenge was initiated by one of our employees. It was such a bold idea the entire organization got behind it.”


Whether it’s prepping ingredients, taking to social media to promote the event, or serving chili May 6, Robinson anticipates nearly all of Solvera’s 160 employees and their families are participating in the Chili Challenge in some capacity.


Robinson adds Solvera would not be able to undertake the challenge without the support and assistance of its community partners – First United in Vancouver, The Mustard Seed in Calgary, Regina Food Bank in Regina and Agape Table in Winnipeg.


“Our partner organizations provide essential services to our community every day, and they are ensuring as many of their clients benefit from the Chili Challenge as possible,” says Robinson. “Solvera appreciates how they have embraced this initiative, and provided tremendous support to our volunteer teams.”


The Chili Challenge in Regina is also grateful to business partners in the city, including Sysco, Federated Co-op, Motion Canada and Link Rentals for supporting Solvera in achieving its goals of making over 3,000 pounds of chili.


Robinson notes Chef Milton Rebello, owner and executive chef at Skye Café and Bistro, is a key partner having leant his talent, time and chili recipe to the Challenge. “Solvera thanks Chef Rebello and his entire team for partnering with us,” he says. “Chef Rebello is ensuring the chili we’re making in all four cities is hearty, nutritious and delicious.”


Solvera is proud to support First United, The Mustard Seed, Regina Food Bank and Agape Table. “The Chili Challenge is just one day,” says Robinson. “All of us can make a real and lasting difference by supporting the work of these community partners every day.”


To find out more, visit their websites:


• First United: www.firstunited.ca
• The Mustard Seed: www.theseed.ca
• Regina Food Bank: www.reginafoodbank.ca
• Agape Table: www.agapetable.ca

 

More about Solvera


Solvera Solutions is a recognized leader in the delivery of innovative IT solutions to the western Canadian market. We help our clients leverage the power of technology to achieve transformational growth, with capabilities ranging from ensuring the reliable maintenance of mission-critical information systems to helping clients successfully navigate their most challenging and complex IT and business projects. We focus on our strengths in Strategic Consulting, Business Solutions and SAP Solutions and outside of these areas, partner with other leading firms to deliver holistic solutions to clients. As Solvera has grown, our ability to deliver innovative solutions has expanded to include:


• Cloud-based Enterprise Service Management solutions using ServiceNow
• Specialized expertise in SAP, including newer technologies like Fiori and S4 Hana
• Managed Application Services—both projects and support
• SharePoint Solutions


We pride ourselves on our client relationships, people practices and commitment to our communities, and enjoy a very positive reputation as one of Canada’s Best Small and Medium Employers, and a Best Managed Company.

For more about Solvera’s Chili Challenge, see: http://chili.solvera.ca

 

For more information, contact:
Bob Lane
Director, People Care and Communications
Solvera Solutions
(306) 791-6226
bob.lane@solvera.ca

 

 

Brea L’Heureux Earns Solvera Never Too Late Scholarship

Apr 10, 2017

Calgary – This past Monday evening featured two big milestone events for Never Too Late student Brea L’Heureux. First, after ten years out of the school system, she proudly walked across the stage to receive her high school graduation and secondly, Brea was announced as the recipient of the first-ever Solvera Solutions Scholarship to pursue a post-secondary education program.

 

The Catholic Family Service Never Too Late program provides no-cost academic, social and emotional support to adult learners who want to complete their GED (General Education Development or high school equivalency). The graduation event earlier this week was sponsored by Solvera and supported by several enthusiastic Solvera volunteers, whose goal was to create a celebratory event suitable for such an important accomplishment.

 

The life-changing significance of the graduation was not lost on the participants. “This is a very big deal for us,” Brea beamed, referring to her four-year old son Kingston, who proudly cheered mom in the graduation ceremony. “I wanted to prove to myself that I could do it and be a positive role model for him, and now I have the chance to continue with my career dream and build a better life for us.”

 

Brea credits her classmates and instructors for being so supportive throughout the Never Too Late program and she is very pleased to hear that five more students over the next three years will earn similar funding from Solvera to pursue their goals. “I’m very appreciative of the support I’ve received and it feels great to know there are people out there wanting me and others to succeed.”

 

Brea’s bright future starts this week, with an orientation to the CDI College Dental Assistant program she will be taking. “I’m so excited. I love learning and can’t wait for my program to start.”

 

More about Never Too Late:

Never Too Late participants attend preparation classes twice a week for 35 weeks, as well as have access to volunteer tutors. A Never Too Late Coordinator works side-by-side with participants to identify and overcome any barriers to completing their GED. The results: improved self-esteem, confidence, participation in community and higher success rates for adults who write the GED exam.

 

Solvera Achieves ServiceNow Preferred Partner Status

Mar 07, 2017

Solvera has recently achieved Bronze Partnership status from ServiceNow, which is strong validation that Solvera has demonstrated significant enterprise service management expertise as a technical implementation partner. Solvera’s strong technical credentials are reflected in the many consultants with related certifications and accreditations, as well as a high level of satisfaction evident through ServiceNow client surveys.

 

In addition to technical expertise, Solvera’s Enterprise Service Management practice features many consultants across our western Canadian footprint with extensive Service Management process expertise. Solvera has been implementing ServiceNow since 2011, became a registered partner in 2014, and a reseller in 2015.

 

“Achieving this Partnership level tells current and prospective clients that Solvera has achieved a high level of competence implementing ServiceNow and can be trusted to consistently deliver quality results,” reports ESM Practice and Service Director Anna Loomis. “It speaks volumes about the quality of our team and their drive to meet client expectations. We look forward to building on that success throughout 2017, with several ServiceNow projects in progress and/or in the planning stages.”

 

Anna Loomis Leads Enterprise Service Management Service and Practice

Mar 06, 2017

Solvera is very pleased to announce the appointment of Delivery Manager and veteran consultant Anna Loomis to the role of Enterprise Service Management Service and Practice Director. Anna has been at Solvera for five years and has a wealth of project management and enterprise service management experience.

 

Within her role, Anna is accountable for development and execution of Solvera’s ESM market strategy across all regions and supporting Managing Directors and Client Executives in promoting and delivering ESM solutions to the marketplace. This includes many ServiceNow projects in western Canada.

 

Anna will also lead the professional development of our growing ESM consulting team. Currently, more than 20 Solvera consultants have applied their expertise in Business Process, Project Management, Organizational Change Management, Application Development and Architecture to challenging ESM projects, making Solvera one of the leading firms in the marketplace.

 

Solvera Strikes Microsoft Gold

Mar 02, 2017

Solvera has recently earned the Gold Microsoft Certified Partner designation, a coveted distinction shared by a very select number of consulting service providers in Canada. To qualify for the Gold-level certification – Microsoft’s highest level – partners must employ at least four Microsoft-Certified Solution Developers (MCSD) and demonstrate proficiency in at least five related client projects each year.

 

Solvera’s growing Application Services team currently includes seven Microsoft Certified Solutions Developers and a lengthy list of recent client references. Solvera qualified by demonstrating competency in .NET Application Development and SharePoint Content and Collaboration.

 

“Microsoft Gold-Certified Partners are Microsoft's most highly-accredited technical support providers,” reports Carl Strempler, Client Executive and Application Services Leader. “Achieving the Microsoft Gold-Certified partner threshold tells current and prospective clients that Solvera has achieved the highest level of competence implementing Microsoft technologies and can be trusted to provide them with innovative solutions, resources and support.”

 

“Reaching an elite level like this gives us a great chance to celebrate the achievements of our team,” he adds. “They’ve worked hard to establish our team credentials, and we couldn’t be more pleased with the results.”

 

Microsoft Gold Partner

Scholarship Created for Never Too Late Graduates

Jan 17, 2017

Calgary - Solvera Solutions and the Unlocking Potential Foundation today announced a three-year scholarship agreement for students in the highly successful Never Too Late education program offered by Catholic Family Service. The Never Too Late program provides no-cost academic, social and emotional support to adult learners who want to complete their GED (General Education Development or high school equivalency).

 

For each of 2017, 2018 and 2019, two Never Too Late graduates will receive $2,000 in funding towards their post-secondary programs.

 

The scholarship is the logical next step in Solvera’s support for the program and its graduates, says Solvera Managing Director Ray Hillman. “We have sponsored more than 10 graduation ceremonies over the last several years and been fortunate to share in the life-changing power of education for more than 100 graduates. By creating a scholarship, we can help make the dream of post-secondary education a reality for six students and motivate many more to pursue their goals.”

 

Never Too Late participants attend preparation classes twice a week for 35 weeks, as well as have access to volunteer tutors. A Never Too Late Coordinator works side-by-side with participants to identify and overcome any barriers to completing their GED. The results: improved self-esteem, confidence, participation in community and higher success rates for adults who write the GED exam.

 

 “We couldn’t be more grateful to have Solvera Solutions as a long-term partner in building strong families,” reports CFS CEO Patricia Jones.  “To have this additional investment in our students is truly exciting. These scholarships will make a significant difference to our graduates as they move forward with their lives. Doors will be opened to them that may not be otherwise – it’s a wonderful gift.”

 

For more information:

Bob Lane, Solvera Communications

Bob.lane@solvera.ca, 306 791-6226

 

Katherine Matiko
Communications Coordinator, Unlocking Potential, Catholic Family Service
Tel: 403.205.5287 | Main: 403.233.2360

Carol Hillier Appointed to Managing Director, Business Development

Jan 12, 2017

Solvera is very pleased to announce the appointment of Carol Hillier to the senior leadership role of Managing Director, Business Development for the Calgary region. In her 20-year career in the professional services sector, she has successfully led numerous complex client engagements, provided strategic counsel to executive teams, developed and delivered effective Business Development strategies and demonstrated exemplary leadership and development of countless professionals.

 

Carol has been a key contributor on the Solvera Leadership Team since her arrival in 2012, very capably fulfilling the dual role of Client Executive and Enterprise Service Management Service and Practice Director.  She has been the primary architect of Solvera’s rapidly-growing ServiceNow consulting service, with many successful implementations and the development of a deeply talented team.

 

When Carol isn’t meeting client needs or leading Solvera people, she spends her time hiking, skiing and enjoying the great outdoors with her family, and regularly volunteering at her son’s school.

 

Carol replaces Jason Grelowski, who has decided to leave Solvera later this month to pursue other interests. Jason made great contributions to Solvera during his six years with the company and leaves with many client and Solvera friendships and a lengthy list of accomplishments to his credit.

 

We thank Jason for his dedication and contributions and wish him all the best as he moves forward with his family and professional career.

 

Carl Strempler Joins Leadership Team in Winnipeg

Jan 12, 2017

Solvera is very pleased to announce the appointment of industry veteran Carl Strempler to our leadership team in Winnipeg. As Applications Services Leader and Client Executive, Carl assumes responsibility for leading Solvera’s enterprise go-to-market strategy for application services and contributing to Solvera’s service delivery excellence in the Winnipeg region.

 

Carl brings an impressive track record of delivering highly-complex application development engagements throughout his 30-year career, while leading large, geographically-dispersed teams and providing thought leadership on a wide range of IT issues.

 

In the external community, Carl shares Solvera’s passion for community involvement. Among his many endeavours, he is a founding member and Musical Director of Techapalooza, the IT sector’s annual CancerCare Manitoba fundraiser.

 

Carl can be reached at carl.strempler@solvera.ca or at (204) 594-5592.

December is a great time of year!

Dec 19, 2016

In addition to spending social time with clients and colleagues, December also provides us the opportunity to reflect on the many significant accomplishments throughout a very busy year.

 

From running mission-critical systems to managing very complex projects, developing and supporting countless applications to implementing exciting new services, it’s been an amazing year for us and our clients. As evidenced by the recent performance ratings and our face-to-face discussions with many key contacts, the Solvera team across western Canada has once again surpassed client expectations. We’re very proud of Solvera’s exceptional track record and thank all employees for delivering exceptional service.

 

As you will read in our annual Virtuous Circle social responsibility report, we have also reached impressive levels of Community Care and progress in other key measures of our corporate citizenship: Diversity, Environment, Engagement and Culture. I invite you to review the document -- a good but only partial list of the total activity -- and accept our thanks and congratulations to everyone within your organization who is making a real difference in the community and your own organization.

 

As we approach the break, we wish all of you a restful, memorable and safe holiday season and a Merry Christmas. We hope you find the time to relax with friends and family, and we look forward to a very exciting 2017.

 

Jim Ostertag and Reg Robinson

 

Solvera United Way Campaign Tops $79,000

Dec 05, 2016

“Another outstanding demonstration of support for our fellow citizens,” beamed Managing Principal Jim Ostertag as he reviewed the 2016 United Way campaign results, totaling $79,162 across western Canada. The bulk of the donations come directly from employee pledges, with a 50% matching contribution by Solvera to help make the donations go further.


Throughout the campaign, various employee events raise smaller amounts but the financial benefit is a secondary objective. “The primary purpose of our events is to stimulated engagement in the campaign and provide learning opportunities about the needs in the community,” says Ostertag. This year’s campaign featured talks from funded partners and an interesting Brain Architecture learning activity.


“Since 2011, Solvera and employees have donated more than $500,000 in funds, in addition to Board membership, Committee work and campaign intern time,” recounted Ostertag. “The United Way is a big part of our corporate philanthropy plan, and one of the very best organizations we can support to make a meaningful impact in the community each year.”


Ostertag also noted that the campaign doesn’t happen without the committed effort of key employees. He cited Campaign Coordinators Lori Legris, Michelle Sak, Desiree Leach and Janet Ushakas for their efforts.

Solvera Cited for Outstanding Employee Engagement

Nov 14, 2016

Solvera Solutions is pleased to be included once again among an elite group of small and medium Canadian companies recognized by Aon for outstanding employee engagement. Solvera’s 2016 engagement level is 88%, the sixth year in a row Solvera has exceeded the lofty 80% threshold and the sixth year of being named to the prestigious Aon list.

 

The ranking, which is determined by confidential employee opinion surveys conducted by Aon in May 2016 with hundreds of employers in Canada, reflects the degree to which a company’s team is engaged in the work of the organization and its clients.

 

“The IT consulting market is very competitive,” says Managing Principal Reg Robinson. “Employee engagement is a key success factor for any organization, and we see living proof of it every day,” he explains. “It shows in our work with clients, our relationships within the industry and our interactions with each other across the company. We concur with the Aon research that shows high employee engagement is strongly correlated with positive business results, including productivity, client satisfaction and employee retention.”

 

Full results were released today:
https://ca.finance.yahoo.com/news/2017-aon-best-employers-canada-144500640.html
http://www.canadianbusiness.com/

David Drever Appointed to Role of SharePoint Services Leader

Nov 04, 2016

Solvera is pleased to announce the appointment of Senior Consultant David Drever to the new role of SharePoint Services Leader.

 

Within his new role, David is accountable for development and execution of Solvera’s SharePoint market strategy across all regions and supporting Managing Directors and Client Executives in promoting and delivering SharePoint solutions and thought leadership to the market.

 

For the past six years of his lengthy IT career, David has been working exclusively in the SharePoint domain. David’s vast experience in SharePoint is complemented by a range of SharePoint training courses and Certification in Microsoft SharePoint 2010. As one of the only Office Servers and Services (SharePoint) MVPs in western Canada, Dave is a knowledgeable and sought-after conference speaker within IT circles and consulted regularly by companies formulating their SharePoint strategies.

Carol Hillier Leads Enterprise Service Management Service and Practice

Nov 01, 2016

Solvera is very pleased to formalize what is already well known within Solvera and Enterprise Service Management circles in western Canada. Carol Hiller, veteran Solvera Client Executive based in Calgary, assumes formal responsibility for leading Solvera’s Enterprise Service Management consulting service and practice.

 

Within her role, Carol is accountable for development and execution of Solvera’s ESM market strategy across all regions and supporting Managing Directors and Client Executives in promoting and delivering ESM solutions to the marketplace. This includes many active ServiceNow projects in western Canada.

 

Carol will also lead the professional development of our growing ESM consulting team. Currently, more than 20 Solvera consultants have applied their expertise in Business Process, Project Management, Organizational Change Management, Application Development and Architecture to challenging ESM projects, making Solvera one of the leading firms in the marketplace.

Scott Sanders Joins Solvera Winnipeg Leadership Team

Jul 20, 2016

Solvera is very pleased to announce the appointment of industry veteran Scott Sanders to our leadership team in Winnipeg. As Managing Director, Business Development, Scott assumes responsibility for leading Solvera’s strategic sales efforts in the province and, like all Managing Directors, contributing to the broader leadership of Solvera. Managing Director Hal Ryckman, who for the past several months has been handling the dual responsibilities of Business Development and Service Delivery, will focus on Service Delivery and leading Solvera’s great team in Winnipeg.

 

Many of Solvera’s leaders have formed long relationships with Scott during his senior leadership roles within the industry and we are very confident that he is an excellent fit for our organizational culture and focus on people and client care.

 

In the external community, Scott shares Solvera’s passion for community involvement. He is a long-standing member of the Board and Executive of the United Way of Winnipeg, and has served on the executive of many industry associations, non-profit groups and community-based associations.

 

 

Get Active 4 Autism Walk Run Set for August 20

Jun 06, 2016

Seven years ago, Regina’s Autism Resource Centre created a high profile fundraising, education and engagement event, and it’s been a walk in the park ever since.

 

In its first year, the Get Active 4 Autism Walk/Run raised $10,000 – very impressive for a first time event -- and became a mainstay event on Regina’s summer schedule.

 

“Get Active 4 Autism is more than just a fundraiser that enables ARC to continue to provide high quality programming for adults with autism. It is an essential and pinnacle event that connects the autism community, facilitates awareness and empowers those living with autism. The community looks forward to this event every year and we look forward to continuously supporting our community by getting active 4 autism," explains Rosana Mookshah, ARC Communications Coordinator.

 

In 2012, Solvera transitioned its long-time support of ARC from a ball tournament sponsorship to title sponsorship of the Walk/Run, a sponsorship that has now reached the five-year milestone. “It’s an absolute pleasure for Solvera to contribute to the success of the event, both monetarily and through our volunteers and fundraising, explains Greg Miller, Solvera Managing Director and Official Starter of this year’s event on August 20. “We know the great work that ARC does for families in our community and are happy to help make a difference.”

 

To date, Get Active 4 Autism has raised more than $300,000 for ARC programming and continues to involve hundreds each year. “There are about 300 participants now and total involvement is closer to 500, once volunteers, staff and community guests are included,” Mookshah adds.

 

Clearly more than just a walk in the park after all.

 

Anyone interested in getting involved or supporting the event is encouraged to visit www.autismresourcecentre.com

Ken Choi Appointed SAP Services and Practice Director

Jun 01, 2016

Solvera is pleased to welcome industry veteran Ken Choi to the key role of SAP Services and Practice Director. Ken brings an impressive 20-year background of SAP consulting and business leadership to the role, gained within Canada and his native Australia.

 

Ken is based in Calgary, where he will lead Solvera’s SAP market strategy development, provide mentorship and guidance to Solvera’s 40-person SAP consulting team, deliver senior level SAP consulting services to clients across western Canada and contribute as a member of Solvera’s leadership team.

 

Ken looks forward to connecting with Solvera’s SAP clients over the next few months to discuss their organizational needs and share SAP insights.

Solvera Celebrates 10 Great Years!

Dec 18, 2015

Solvera Announces Birthday Gift of $10,000 in support of Syrian Refugee Crisis

Nov 09, 2015

Western Canadian IT and business consulting firm Solvera Solutions is celebrating its 10th year of operations with a $10,000 donation to Humanitarian Coalition to help address the growing Syrian refugee crisis.

 

The Humanitarian Coalition brings together Canada's leading aid agencies to finance relief efforts in times of international humanitarian crises.

 

The special anniversary contribution is in addition to the company's extensive corporate philanthropy program that is primarily focused on improving the lives of people in Solvera's home communities of Regina, Saskatoon, Winnipeg, Calgary and Vancouver: https://vimeo.com/145064733

 

Solvera co-founder Jim Ostertag recently announced the special donation to employees and explained that $10,000 goes a long way in the emergency relief world. "We read and hear daily of the growing humanitarian crisis and are deeply concerned, just like other Canadians. As we reflect on our good fortune as a successful Canadian company for 10 years, we are pleased to take action for those needing our help. This will have a tangible impact."

 

"We understand from the Humanitarian Coalition that our $10,000 donation can provide ten families with kitchen sets, hygiene kits and four months of emergency food and clean water. That's a meaningful impact."

 

According to the United Nations, the Syrian conflict has created more than 3.9 million refugees, mostly in Turkey, Lebanon and Jordan, and displaced 7.6 million people within Syria. New figures from UNICEF show 14 million children are affected by the conflict within Syria and neighbouring Iraq, with millions trapped in areas cut off from help due to fighting.

Solvera Named to Canada's Top 100 Employers for 2016

Nov 09, 2015

For the fourth year in a row, Solvera has been named to MediaCorp's high-profile Canada's Top 100 Employers list, announced publicly across Canada today in the Globe and Mail.

 

Each summer, an expert panel reviews all aspects of an organization's culture, policies and workforce management practices, and selects 100 Canadian employers who are standouts in their region or industry. MediaCorp publishes a summary report for public consumption about some of the most notable features in the marketplace -- everything from company trips to Mexico to unique and progressive offerings within a company's benefits plan.

 

This year, the panel cited Solvera's work atmosphere, communications, training and skills development and community involvement as key contributors to Solvera's standing as an employer of choice.http://content.eluta.ca/top-employer-solvera-solutions

 

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Canada's Top 100 Employers differs from the Aon Best Small & Medium Employers in Canada study (announced last week), which is determined exclusively on employee engagement scores determined from anonymous employee survey results. Solvera's engagement level is 86%, which earns the company platinum status among the Best Small & Medium Employers in Canada.

 

Why does it matter? Five big reasons come immediately to mind, according to Reg Robinson.

 

"First, these accolades are a positive reflection of what the Solvera team brings to the company and our clients every day," says Reg. "Solvera is about people, and your effort, camaraderie, professionalism and overall contribution to our corporate culture make this place special for all of us. Secondly, studies like the two above give us great insight into the things that can and should be changed to improve the overall employment experience for Solvera people. Thirdly, Solvera benefits from its association with other Top 100 firms, sharing ideas and details about innovative workplace practices and programs. Fourth, Solvera's standing as an employer of choice serves us well in our recruitment and business development efforts as we seek to build on Solvera's high-calibre workforce to meet growing client demands."

 

"Lastly, it's another great excuse to celebrate our team," he adds. "Congratulations all!"

 

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Solvera Solutions Granted Platinum Status in Prestigious Employee Engagement Study

Nov 06, 2015

Solvera Solutions is pleased to be included among an elite group of 39 small and medium Canadian companies recognized by Aon for outstanding employee engagement. Solvera’s current engagement level is 86%, the fifth year in a row Solvera has exceeded the lofty 80% threshold and the fifth year of being named to the prestigious Aon list.

 

The ranking, which is determined by confidential employee opinion surveys conducted by Aon in 2015 with hundreds of employers in Canada, reflects the degree to which a company’s team is engaged in the work of the organization and its clients.

 

 “The Information Technology consulting market is very competitive,” says Managing Principal Reg Robinson. “Solvera has been fortunate to attract and retain some of the industry’s best people. Our team is professional, knowledgeable and truly care about Solvera and our clients’ success. Our ranking confirms that Solvera is taking the right steps to maintain the highest possible levels of engagement.”

 

“Employee engagement is a key success factor for any organization, and we see living proof of it every day,” explains Robinson. “It shows in our work with clients, our relationships within the industry and our interactions with each other across the company. We concur with the Aon research that shows high employee engagement is strongly correlated with positive business results, including productivity, client satisfaction and employee retention.”

 

The Best Small and Medium Employers Study, now in its 11th year, is published annually. Full results were released today in PROFIT magazine:http://www.profitguide.com/manage-grow/human-resources/the-best-small-and-medium-employers-in-canada-for-2016-94667

Solvera Get Active 4 Autism Walk Run

Aug 23, 2015

Saturday's miserable weather washed away what was promising to be another successful Solvera Get Active 4 Autism Walk Run in Regina, but didn't stop the event from raising much-needed funds and awareness for the Autism Resource Centre.

Coffee Date Leads to Autism Event

Noble Effort in Batting Against Breast Cancer

Aug 23, 2015

Solvera didn't have a team in this year's Batting Against Breast Cancer (BABC) Slo Pitch tournament on August 8, but our fingerprints were all over the highly successful pink event.  In addition to several corporate development and personal contributions by employees, Solvera stepped up and once again sponsored the Kids Zone at the 7th annual Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation event. Solvera's contribution funded plenty of fun activities for the children who came to watch their families participate in the tournament.

 

On top of that, Project Manager extraordinaire Jenny Noble chaired the committee this year and ensured it would be another whopping success. "BABC raised over $85,000 in the one-day tournament," reports Jenny. "Solvera was instrumental in helping the CBCF achieve this through our financial donation and enabling the Kids Zone to happen again."

 

"Funds raised go towards a number of activities managed by the charity," Jenny explains. "A key part of what they fund is research into treatments to eradicate breast cancer and to improve the success of breast cancer treatment." A noble cause indeed.

What does it take to be a Best Employer?

Jun 10, 2015

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Reprinted from HR Saskatchewan Spring/Summer 2015 - Read the full issue 

Established more than 15 years ago, Aon Hewitt’s Best Employers study demonstrates that having a high level of employee engagement, a compelling employer brand, effective leadership and a high-performance culture translates into a committed and productive workforce that delivers strong business results. Aon Hewitt’s Best Employers in Canada Study is based on surveys of organizations with 400 or more Canadian employees, while the Best Small & Medium Employers Study (compiled by Aon Hewitt and the Centre for Business Venturing at the Queen’s School of Business) is open to companies with 50 to 399 Canadian employees. The two lists are based primarily on employee engagement scores gathered from surveys Aon Hewitt conducted with nearly 350,000 Canadian employees at 259 participating organizations across Canada. The survey measures employee views on areas such as leadership excellence, manager effectiveness, supporting productivity, career development and recognition. Farm Credit Canada (FCC) and Solvera Solutions are two Saskatchewan-based organizations that continue to achieve Best Employer status through a strong employer brand and leadership excellence.

 

Peter Mayne, Manager, Culture and Employee Experience at FCC, credits a solid Employee Value Proposition (EVP) as one of the reasons FCC continues to achieve Best Employer status (12 years and counting). “We’re deliberate around the experience that we want to create for employees,” says Mayne. “For us, it really comes down to leadership and culture.” At the core of a successful employer brand, the EVP defines the “deal” between employees and the business. As with any deal, there are two sides: what the business needs from employees and what employees need from the business. In the Best Employers survey, six out of 10 Saskatchewan employees overall said that they could clearly explain what makes working with their respective organization different – but eight out of 10 FCC employees said they could, which demonstrates  that the EVP is making a noticeable difference in defining the employee experience.

 

It’s not just a strong employer brand that contributes to Best Employer status, but also leadership excellence. Mayne says “the culture around trust, integrity and partnership doesn’t exist in a vacuum – it starts at the top, with senior leadership modelling the appropriate behaviours each and every day.”  FCC sets leadership expectations through five leadership principles (Strategy, Communication, Change, Team and Culture) that clearly define what is expected of leaders in their role. “When employees feel valued, respected and inspired by their leader in a supportive environment, they are more likely to feel good about every aspect of their experience at work,” says Mayne. Clearly, strong leadership and a positive culture are truly at the heart of the FCC employee experience.

 

At Solvera Solutions, Bob Lane, Director of People Care, acknowledges the importance an EVP has on the employment experience, pointing to the “Solvera Promise” and the impact it has on the culture of the organization. Lane emphasizes that it’s not enough to have an EVP; you have to make an effort to deliver on that promise. “If you write it down and pin it to a wall,” Lane says, “then you’d better do it.” The results clearly show that Solvera is sticking to its word. Nearly nine out of 10 Solvera employees answered positively that the organization delivers on the promises it makes to them, compared to less than six out of 10 employees at other organizations in Saskatchewan.

 

Consistently achieving Best Employer status demands excellence in leadership, and core to Solvera’s approach are its core leadership values. The company calls the approach “Leading through Demonstration of Core Values,” and it’s based on four key behaviours (Caring, Sharing, Learning and Leading) that Solvera expects from all its leaders. Lane says these values “serve as a reminder of the ideals we’re after; we want our people modelling these behaviours and if they aren’t, people are in a safe place to provide that feedback.”   

 

Aon Hewitt research demonstrates that a compelling and aligned EVP will result in employees saying positive things about their organization, wanting to stay and striving to go above and beyond in their jobs. Companies that excel at engagement invariably have strong leaders who implicitly understand and value employee engagement. The best want to work for these companies – and the best want to stay, too.

 

About the Author:  Aon Hewitt is the global leader in human resource solutions, with over 30,000 professionals in 90 countries serving more than 20,000 clients worldwide. Ashlee Langlois is the Global Best Employers Program Manager and a Consultant based in Regina. Phone: 1.306.569.6733 Email: ashlee.langlois@aonhewitt.com

Solvera Supports Canadian Hemophilia Society

Apr 09, 2015

Thank you so much for your recent sponsorship of our fundraising dinner. Solvera helped us raise over$38,000 dollars for Chapter programs and services at this event!

 

Christine Keilback, Executive Director

Canadian Hemophilia Society, Manitoba Chapter

Solvera Signs on for Sponsorship of Fourth Get Active 4 Autism Walk/Run

Apr 02, 2015

Solvera Solutions is looking forward to its fourth year as Title sponsor of the Get Active 4 Autism Walk/Run on Saturday, August 22. The event has raised more than $215,000 in the past three years for important autism programming and education through Regina’s Autism Resource Centre, including:

 

- Therapeutic summer programs for children/youth with Austism Spectrum Disorder ages 7 and up

 

- ARC/YMCA Summer Inclusion Camp for children and youth ages 6-18

 

- Adult Programs for individuals with ASD, including vocational assessment and supported education programs, and life skills/independent living and social drop-in programs

 

 “Solvera’s signature sponsorship of the event and active involvement is a key reason the event continues to grow in terms of participant numbers and funds raised,” said ARC Executive Director Keely Wight. “We expect the event to once again be very successful and we certainly appreciate Solvera’s enthusiastic volunteers, participants and donors.”

 

Greg Miller, Managing Director of Solvera Regina and last year’s official starter of the Walk/Run, expressed his gratitude for the work of ARC and the donors and volunteers who make the event so successful. “Autism is an issue that impacts the Solvera family just like the larger population, and we are so proud to support valuable ARC programming.”

 

Solvera and ARC celebrated today’s announcement by dressing up in blue in support of World Autism Awareness Day.

Fantasy Food 2015 a Delicious Success

Mar 23, 2015

Saskatchewan Science Centre’s Fantasy Food 2015 hit the culinary mark on Saturday night, proving once again that the pairing of a great cause with gourmet food and fantastic spirits is a delicious combination. The 14th annual event, which also featured local entertainment, silent and live auctions and interesting science demonstrations, generated more than $80,000 to support Science Centre programs and activities.

 

More than 500 guests from the business, political and civic community filled the Science Centre, enjoying the offerings from many of Regina’s top chefs, restaurants, micro-breweries and wine merchants. Enthusiastic volunteers from Presenting Sponsor Solvera Solutions and The Casey Foundation joined forces with Science Centre staff to ensure the entire evening lived up to it stellar reputation as one of the premier events on Regina’s social calendar.

 

“We are very pleased to be able to support science education, a cause that is well-aligned with our business and resonates with our employees,” beamed Solvera Managing Principal Jim Ostertag. “Knowing that our financial and volunteer support allows hundreds of children to explore the limitless possibilities of science is a wonderful feeling and all the motivation we need to get behind this fantastic event.”

 

“What a wonderful evening,” echoed SSC Executive Director Sandy Baumgartner. “An event like Fantasy Food would not be possible without the support from Solvera Solutions and the numerous other sponsors, donors, and exhibitors. The contribution from so many individuals is extraordinary and we are tremendously thankful to all of the volunteers who made Fantasy Food 2015 a huge success.”

Best Managed Companies Program Celebrates Canadian business excellence

Mar 10, 2015

Established in 1993, Canada's Best Managed Companies is the country’s leading business awards program, recognizing excellence in Canadian owned and managed companies with revenues over $10 million.

 

Every year, hundreds of entrepreneurial companies, including Solvera Solutions, compete for this designation in a rigorous and independent process that evaluates the calibre of their management abilities and practices, says Deloitte.

 

Canada's Best Managed Companies program focuses on Canadian-owned and managed companies and recognizes overall business performance and sustained growth, in addition to traditional financial measures.

 

The awards are granted on five levels: New Winners, Re-qualified Winners, Gold Standard Winners, Gold Standard Re-qualified Winners and Platinum Club Winners. Based on Solvera’s accomplishment of maintaining its Best Managed Company status for three consecutive years, Solvera has been named to the Gold Standard Winner level, our 4th year in the program.

 

Managing Principal Jim Ostertag welcomes the news and the scrutiny that comes with the annual application process. “We appreciate the insight and thorough evaluation of the selection panel, the networking with other strong companies within the program and the chance to celebrate the company’s success with our people in this, our 10th year of operation.”