Prairie South School Division has been named one of the top Canadian employers in 2024 by Forbes.
The school division ranked 72nd out of 300 organizations on the list. Although Forbes lists Prairie South School Division as 600 employees, Director of Education Ryan Boughen said they employ closer to 1,100 to 1,200 people.
He said the school division was honour to be recognized by Forbes and he immediately shared the news with other staff members.
“It’s a thing that staff create by working very collaboratively with each other and supportive of each other and work done at our school level and done by our managers and done by the board is creating an organization that people want to be a part of,” said Boughen.
Boughen added that Forbes’ methodology includes how supervisors manage direct reports and if the company would be recommended to others. He felt they are an organization that allows employees to freely talk to their direct supervisors and feels those two methodologies are happening at the school division.
Even more remarkable was the fact that the Prairie South School Division was the only Saskatchewan school division to make the list.
“The board has a pretty strong desire to be a preferred employer. Since I’ve been working with them, one of the things that they’ve talked about was striving to be a world-class organization, which they defined as a place where people want to work and where students want to come to learn,” said Boughen.
The only other Saskatchewan company to crack the top 100 on the list was SaskPower at 73.
Other Saskatchewan companies that made the Forbes list of top Canadian employers included SGI at 146, Affinity Credit Union in Saskatoon at 182 and Farm Credit Canada based out of Regina at 209.
You can see the full list of Canada’s top employers here.