Little Guy Packs a Big Punch: Kinaxis Named as One of Canada’s Best Small & Medium Employers for 2014

Supply Chain Management Cloud Provider Wins National Employer Award

Ottawa, Canada, December 6, 2013— Kinaxis®, provider of RapidResponse®, a cloud-based supply chain management (SCM) and sales and operations planning (S&OP) solution, today announced that it has been recognized as one of Canada's Top Small & Medium Employers for 2014. This is a new competition organized by the editorial team at Canada’s Top 100 Employers and this announcement will be made today during a special presentation at the Toronto Board of Trade.

“For several years, we have noticed a growing number of small and medium enterprises (SMEs) that provide their employees with great benefits and valuable workplace perks,” says Richard Yerema, Managing Editor of the Canada’s Top 100 Employers project at Mediacorp Canada Inc. “Not only are these SMEs matching many of the workplace policies once found only at larger organizations, but their nimble size allows them to innovate and adapt new programs more quickly than larger employers.”

“This new competition recognizes the vital role that small and medium enterprises play in the working lives of most Canadians and the nation’s economy,” says Tony Meehan, Publisher at Mediacorp. “Small and medium enterprises employ almost two-thirds (63.7%) of private-sector employees in Canada and account for over half of the nation’s gross domestic product.”

“We are delighted to be named as one of Canada’s Top Small & Medium Employers,” said Megan Paterson, director of human resources at Kinaxis. “As a successful, medium sized company, we are fortunate that we can listen closely to our employees and are flexible enough to quickly develop employee focused programs. Kinaxis not only provides its employees with meaningful work, but also strives to develop a fun work culture that creates high levels of employee satisfaction and loyalty.”

For this national competition, the editors of Canada’s Top 100 Employers adopted the SME definition used by Statistics Canada, limiting the competition to private-sector commercial organizations with fewer than 500 employees. This project recognizes small and medium enterprises across Canada that lead the nation in creating exceptional workplaces with forward-thinking human resources policies. Employers are evaluated on eight criteria: (1) Physical Workplace; (2) Work Atmosphere & Social; (3) Health, Financial & Family Benefits; (4) Vacation & Time Off; (5) Employee Communications; (6) Performance Management; (7) Training & Skills Development; and (8) Community Involvement.

A full list of recipients, including the reasons why Kinaxis and other companies were chosen, can be found online at canadastop100.com/sme. For more information on career opportunities at Kinaxis, please visit the company's "careers" page here: kinaxis.com/careers. There are a wide variety of opportunities available at Kinaxis including positions in marketing, product support, professional services, quality assurance and software development.

Recognition in this category adds to the growing list of industry accolades Kinaxis has earned: 2013 Canada’s Top Employers for Young People, 2013 National Capital Region's Top Employer, 2013 Great Supply Chain Partner, 2013 Pros to Know, 2013 100 Great Supply Chain Projects, 2012 Gold Stevie® Award (Live Events category) and 2011 OCRI Company of the Year.

About Kinaxis

Kinaxis delivers cloud-based S&OP and supply chain applications for discrete manufacturers and brand owners with complex supply chain networks and volatile business environments. Leaders across multiple industry verticals, including A&D, Automotive, High Tech, Industrial and Life Sciences rely on RapidResponse applications to create a foundation for concurrent planning, continuous performance monitoring, and coordinated responses to plan variances across multiple areas of the business. All founded on a single product, RapidResponse’s configurable applications encompass a full spectrum of supply chain related business processes, including such functions as: S&OP, supply planning, capacity planning, demand planning, inventory management, MPS and order fulfillment. As a result, Kinaxis customers have replaced disparate planning and performance management tools and are realizing significant operations performance breakthroughs in planning cycles, supply chain response times and decision accuracy. From a single product, customers are able to easily model varying supply chain conditions to make both long-term and real-time demand and supply balancing decisions quickly, collaboratively, and in line with the shared business objectives of multiple stakeholders.

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