Game Changers Awards: Best Youth Employer (Large Business)

Grant Thornton LLP

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“At Grant Thornton LLP we have a culture that is vibrant, evolving and changing. Hiring young professionals brings new ideas, a fresh perspective and energy into our internal culture."






For nine years, Grant Thornton LLP has been ranked at the top of their industry for Best Workplaces in Canada. They believe passionately in hiring and retaining youth to make a difference for their culture, clients and the city of Halifax. 

Grant Thornton LLP provides professional audit, tax and advisory services. They are committed to being proactive in bringing their clients timely information and advice.

Thirty-six percent of the Halifax Grant Thornton team are between the ages of 20-29. Forty-two employees are in leadership roles and their inclusivity and diversity initiative baseline has increased significantly over the past three years.

 

Katrina Beach, Partner at Grant Thornton, shares how hiring youth has benefitted her business

 

What has been the biggest benefit of hiring young professionals for your business?

“At Grant Thornton LLP we have a culture that is vibrant, evolving and changing. Hiring young professionals brings new ideas, a fresh perspective and energy into our culture. 

Recently, our young professionals organized a fundraiser for the Big Brothers Big Sisters across the country and the Breakfast Program through the Grant Thornton LLP foundation. In the past, I would participate in the 4km walk, come back to work and continue working. 

Our young professionals who organized this event transformed it into an all day celebration which had a speaker, food and promoted healthy lifestyles. As a result, the event encouraged everyone at Grant Thornton to celebrate who we are as individuals.”

 

Our goal is to reach zero net loss (retaining all youth), what does that mean for Halifax?

“At Grant Thornton, we understand the importance of retaining our youth in Halifax, being attractive to new industries and open to innovation, and being seen as one of the spotlights in Canada. If we don’t retain our youth, that becomes a tall order. Creating a place where they want to live, work and play is the ticket to our success as a city, province and country.”

 

What do you learn from your young colleagues?

“Youth today focus on being creative and challenged. They believe they can do anything, and I believe they can. I think it’s up to us to get out of the way and allow them the space to be innovative. That’s where the magic comes to life.”