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Bigger doesn’t always mean better. That’s particularly true for employees, who can easily get lost in a corporate giant, but have ample opportunity to thrive in a business of a more modest size.

Want proof? Look no further than the 39 small- and medium-sized enterprises on the Aon Best Employers in Canada list. These businesses have mastered the art of employee engagement, building workplaces and company cultures that people want to be a part of. Though they don’t have the resources of bigger firms, these business find ways to make their workers feel happy and like they’re doing something worthwhile.

This is the second year that Canadian Business has partnered with human capital and management consultant Aon Hewitt on the study to identify the country’s most engaged workforces. For the 2016 rankings, employees at 236 Canadian companies were surveyed on engagement (whether they feel motivated at work), performance culture (whether success is rewarded), leadership (whether executives treat their team as valued assets) and employment brand (whether they are proud to work at the company). The results were assessed against Aon Hewitt’s Canadian Survey Database; organizations that scored in the top quarter received Platinum Level, while organizations in the top third achieved Gold Level.

Here are the 39 companies whose employees put them in those lofty categories, the Best Small and Medium Employers in Canada:

Platinum Level

Assumption Life
Moncton, N.B. | Permanent Employees in Canada: 186

Back in Motion Rehab Inc.
Surrey, B.C. | Permanent Employees in Canada: 181

BlueShore Financial
North Vancouver, B.C. | Permanent Employees in Canada: 316

Canadian Internet Registration Authority
Ottawa | Permanent Employees in Canada: 80

Cybertech Group of Companies
Edmonton | Permanent Employees in Canada: 110

DLGL Technologies Corp.
Blainville, Que. | Permanent Employees in Canada: 80

DevFacto Technologies Inc.
Edmonton | Permanent Employees in Canada: 66

Edmonton Southside Primary Care Network
Edmonton | Permanent Employees in Canada: 94

Etelesolv
Lachine, Que. | Permanent Employees in Canada: 85

GEF Seniors Housing
Edmonton | Permanent Employees in Canada: 400

Gibraltar Solutions Inc.
Mississauga, Ont. | Permanent Employees in Canada: 50

Grantek Systems Integration
Burlington, Ont. | Permanent Employees in Canada: 85

Intelex Technologies Inc.
Toronto | Permanent Employees in Canada: 350

Jayman Built Group of Companies
Calgary | Permanent Employees in Canada: 277

Klick Health
Toronto | Permanent Employees in Canada: 356

LGM Financial Services Inc.
Vancouver | Permanent Employees in Canada: 175

National Leasing
Winnipeg | Permanent Employees in Canada: 319

Nulogy
Toronto | Permanent Employees in Canada: 68

PGL Environmental Consultants
Vancouver | Permanent Employees in Canada: 78

Réal Huot Inc.
Québec | Permanent Employees in Canada: 55

RLB LLP
Guelph, Ont. | Permanent Employees in Canada: 102

Ryan ULC
Mississauga, Ont. | Permanent Employees in Canada: 180

Solutions 2 Go Inc.
Mississauga, Ont. | Permanent Employees in Canada: 110

Solvera Solutions
Regina | Permanent Employees in Canada: 175

The Berkeley Retirement Residences
Halifax | Permanent Employees in Canada: 158

Trisura Guarantee Insurance Co.
Toronto | Permanent Employees in Canada: 85

Unitron
Kitchener, Ont. | Permanent Employees in Canada: 210

Vigilant Global
Montreal | Permanent Employees in Canada: 124

Gold Level

Addenda Capital
Montreal | Permanent Employees in Canada: 126

Boa-Franc SENC
Saint-Georges, Que. | Permanent Employees in Canada: 338

Boone Plumbing and Heating Supply Inc.
Ottawa | Permanent Employees in Canada: 180

Kawartha Credit Union Ltd.
Peterborough, Ont. | Permanent Employees in Canada: 330

Kingston Ross Pasnak LLP
Edmonton | Permanent Employees in Canada: 99

Lakeside Process Controls Inc.
Mississauga, Ont. | Permanent Employees in Canada: 209

Medgate Inc.
Toronto | Permanent Employees in Canada: 103

Mitsubishi Motor Sales of Canada, Inc.
Mississauga, Ont. | Permanent Employees in Canada: 86

OPTIMUS – SBR Inc.
Toronto | Permanent Employees in Canada: 66

PEAK Financial Group
Montreal | Permanent Employees in Canada: 100

The Sovereign General Insurance Co.
Calgary | Permanent Employees in Canada: 265

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