Pursuit Collection

How does it feel to be recognized as one of the top places to work in Alberta? The team at Pursuit’s Banff Jasper Collection was recently selected as one of Alberta’s Top 75 Employers, and it turns out it feels pretty good.

Why Wellness Matters

“Something remarkable is happening across Alberta these days,” states an announcement from Alberta’s Top 75 Employers. “Employers across the province are paying attention to employee wellness—and going to considerable lengths to improve it in their workplaces.”

Pursuit’s workplaces in Banff and Jasper are pretty epic, and team members come from around the world to work and play here. Just last year, the diverse Banff Jasper team included staff from more than 20 countries. With office views that include the summits of six different mountain ranges at the top of the Banff Gondola or the emerald waters of the Maligne Lake Cruise, it’s easy to see what the draw is. But working here is about much more than the Instagrammable moments.

Three people hold nature photography prints.

“We have the ultimate mountain playground, but that doesn’t mean we don’t work as hard as we play,” says Jane Brideau-Hudspith, Director of People & Culture for Banff Jasper. She explains that Pursuit team members hold a lot of responsibility in their day-to-day roles, from driving boats and buses to making sure every experience lives up to what might well be a guest’s lifelong dream of visiting Banff and Jasper national parks.

“The opportunities we have every day to deliver outstanding experiences are pretty powerful, but they can put us under pressure at the same time,” says Jane. “Our goal in the work experience we provide is to offset this—to make sure that all of our staff live a balanced work life that lets them find the magic in these places.”

Discovery, Supported Here

For some, finding that magic might mean a lakeside sunset. For others, it could be summiting their first mountain peak or spending a night in the backcountry. Regardless of what staff are looking for, the entire team at Pursuit’s Banff Jasper experience is committed to making sure it’s achievable.

From People & Culture to Operations, team leaders have worked together on the programs and initiatives that have landed Pursuit on the Top 75 Employers list. At the root of this are empowered workplaces and comfortable staff accommodation. Jane notes that staff accommodation is hugely important in such a popular region, and her team puts a lot of effort into making sure that staff feel they have a home, not just a house.

A group of five people smile for a selfie on a snowy mountain ridge.

With all the basic needs covered, Pursuit staff are able to focus on exploring the Canadian Rockies. Besides complimentary passes to Pursuit attractions across Banff and Jasper, the team is also able to take advantage of perks like free access to canoes and cruiser bikes, staff horseback riding and rafting trips, and discounted activities with local partners.

“Our staff come here to connect with this place,” says Jane. “We do what we can to support that because it matters—it truly makes a difference in someone’s summer.”

A Shared Win

The award committee at Alberta’s Top 75 Employers clearly agrees, as perks and benefits are part of the reason why Pursuit was selected as a winner. Another significant element is the focus that leaders put on celebrating the team members who make these experiences what they are. “Pursuit cultivates a culture of recognition,” state the editors of the list, and Jane couldn’t agree more.

A group of chefs and farmers stand in an open field.

“Our entire team is dedicated to creating work experiences that we can all be proud of,” says Jane. “So we’re delighted to have official recognition for what we know to be true—our people really are some of the best.”

To learn more about Pursuit as one of Alberta’s Top 75 Employers of 2020, check out the full listing and pay special attention to the cover image—it’s a pretty special place.

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