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Alberta Blue Cross awards

Over the years, Alberta Blue Cross has received various significant recognitions and awards including recognition as one of Alberta’s Top 25 Most Respected Organizations, one of Alberta’s Top 10 Most Loved Brands, one of Alberta’s Top 40 Largest Corporations, one of Alberta’s Top 70 Employers and one of Canada’s Top 10 Most Admired Corporate Cultures.

One of Alberta's Top 70 Employers

Alberta Blue Cross has, for the 10th consecutive year, been selected as one of Alberta’s Top 70 Employers, a special designation recognizing Alberta employers that lead their industries in offering exceptional places to work. This year, we were recognized because of our focus on community and wellness—specifically, our Healthy Communities Grant program, our internal employee wellness program and our support for ongoing employee education.

Alberta’s Top 70 Employers is an annual competition organized by the editors of Canada’s Top 100 Employers. Employers are compared to other organizations in their field to determine which ones offer the most progressive and forward-thinking programs.

Employers are also evaluated according to the following national 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.

Canada’s Most Trusted Brand of Travel Insurance

In 2016, Blue Cross was ranked one of Canada’s Top 100 Brands and as Canada’s Top Health Insurer in a study by Leger and Marketing Magazine. Recently, Blue Cross was rated as Canada’s Most Trusted Brand of Travel Insurance in the 2017 Reader’s Digest Trusted Brand survey.

Every year, Reader’s Digest asks its readers to identify the brands they trust the most and vote in 30 categories ranging from consumer packaged goods to financial institutions and retailers.

View the complete list of Reader’s Digest Trusted Brand 2017 winners.

One of Alberta’s Top 40 Largest Corporations

Alberta Blue Cross has been ranked among Alberta’s top 40 largest Alberta-based corporations according to revenue in Alberta Venture magazine’s list of Alberta’s top 250 corporations. Alberta Blue Cross moved up from 37th in 2015 to 26th in 2016. Of the top 40, the vast majority of corporations are members of the energy sector and most are based in Calgary.

The increased ranking recognizes the significant economic contribution that Alberta Blue Cross makes to the Alberta economy.

View the complete Venture 250 list.

One of Canada’s 10 Most Admired Corporate Cultures

In 2015, Alberta Blue Cross was included as one of Canada’s 10 Most Admired Corporate Cultures in the ‘Broader Public Sector’ category of the program.

This recognition, through an annual national program headed by Waterstone Human Capital, recognizes best-in-class organizations across Canada for having positive corporate cultures that enhance performance and result in significant business success. Measurement criteria include

  • vision and leadership;
  • recruitment and hiring for fit;
  • cultural alignment and measurement;
  • retention, rewards and recognition;
  • organizational performance; and
  • corporate social responsibility.

Alberta Blue Cross was profiled in a National Post article series about the 2015 winners in February 2016.

One of Alberta’s Top 25 Most Respected Companies

Alberta Blue Cross has been ranked as one of Alberta's Top 25 Most Respected Companies in a survey published in the May 2015 issue of Alberta Venture magazine. The survey, commissioned by Alberta Venture through Leger Marketing, identified the organizations that are most respected in Alberta by combining responses from both consumers and the business community.

Alberta Blue Cross appears as number 15 on the ranking of the top 25 organizations, and in the top 3 rankings by industry in the “Other financial and benefits” industry category.

View the complete list of Alberta’s Most Respected Companies.

One of Alberta’s Top 10 Most Loved Brands

In 2015, Alberta Blue Cross was honoured to be named by Ipsos as one of Alberta’s Top 10 Most Loved Brands for the second consecutive year.

Ipsos based the ranking on a poll of over 1,000 consumers across the province, which asked them about a number of brands that they have strong ties with. Brands were then ranked based on personal relevance and closeness. The study also examined 12 key dimensions linked to how consumers interact with and love brands including interaction, visibility, social responsibility, innovativeness, trust, uniqueness, contribution to Alberta and personal experience with a brand.

Other organizations in the top ten included WestJet, Safeway, the Alberta Motor Association and the cities of Edmonton and Calgary. Visit the Ipsos web site for more information about the study.

Premier’s Award for Healthy Workplaces

In March 2012, Alberta Blue Cross was a recipient of the 2011 Alberta Premier’s Award of Distinction for Healthy Workplaces for the fourth consecutive year. This award recognizes our longstanding commitment to providing an environment that encourages employees to maintain a healthy work-life balance.

Employee health and wellness has been a focus of Alberta Blue Cross since 1976 when we first began providing flexible hours for employees. This focus on employee health and wellness has grown considerably over the years, and today continues to evolve in accordance with increased emphasis on our values. Our commitment to employee health considers not only physical health but also psychological, environmental and social factors.

Alberta Blue Cross’s wellness program is based on a holistic approach through which it strives to provide an environment that encourages employees to achieve effective life and health balance in all areas. The key objectives of this approach are to

  • assist employees in achieving optimum health and well-being through the active prevention of illness;
  • contribute to the success of Alberta Blue Cross as an organization through improved morale, increased productivity, reduced turnover and absenteeism and health care cost containment; and
  • foster an environment that attracts and retains qualified people and supports them in achieving both personal and corporate goals.

2012 Alberta Business Awards of Distinction

On March 2, 2012, Alberta Blue Cross received the prestigious Premier’s Award of Distinction from Alberta Chambers of Commerce at the 2012 Alberta Business Awards of Distinction.

Alberta Blue Cross also received the Employer of Youth Award of Distinction. This award is given to an organization that has demonstrated outstanding achievement in hiring youth and providing them with career-oriented opportunities

Read more.

One of Canada’s leaders in attracting young employees

In 2012, Alberta Blue Cross was selected as one of Canada's Top Employers for Young People for the third consecutive year. This editorial competition, organized by the Canada’s Top 100 Employers project, recognizes employers that offer the nation’s best workplaces and programs for young people starting their careers.

Winners of this competition are leaders in attracting and retaining younger employees. Measuring criteria is based on benefits like tuition assistance and co-op work-study programs, mentorship and training programs, and career management programs with initiatives that can assist younger workers to advance within the organization.