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Knowledge First Financial Recognized as a Best WorkplaceTM

Apr 29, 2019

Mississauga, ON (April 26, 2019) – A people-centred culture and a mission with meaning has Knowledge First Financial employees focused on delivering value to customers everyday. Today, the company is named as a Top 50 Great Places to Work® by the Great Place to Work® Institute.
Soon after achieving certification as a Great Place to Work® in 2018, Knowledge First Financial was placed on the Best Workplaces TM for Women and Best Workplaces TM in Financial Services and Insurance lists. Now the company joins the ‘best of the best’ by ranking 38th in the top 50 companies with 100-999 employees.
“The last 14 months has been a year of tremendous growth and change for Knowledge First Financial,” said George Hopkinson, President & CEO. “I believe our people, who strive to continuously contribute to the business, all the while creating an award-winning atmosphere and organizational culture, is at the core of our success.”

Individuals from across the company celebrated alongside other Best Workplace TM companies who gathered at the Gala Night to receive the news firsthand. “It’s a delight to be here with so many distinguished organizations,” said Darrell Bartlett, Chief Compliance Officer. “Helping students achieve post-secondary education makes Knowledge First Financial a great place to work everyday. It’s very rewarding to make a difference in the lives of customers and I really enjoy it.”
Knowledge First Financial works hard to foster teamwork towards a common goal by encouraging transparent communications and introducing initiatives to celebrate success.

The 2019 Best Workplaces™ in Canada list is compiled by the Great Place to Work® Institute.  The competition process is based on two criteria: two-thirds of the total score comes from confidential employee survey results and the remaining one-third comes from an in-depth review of the organization’s culture. This offers a rigorous representation of the organization from an employee perspective, and an overall portrait of the workplace culture. Together, they provide crucial data relative to five trust-building dimensions: credibility, respect, fairness, pride, and camaraderie.
About Great Place to Work®
Great Place to Work® is the global authority on high-trust, high-performance workplace cultures. It is a global research and consulting firm with a mission to build a better society by helping companies transform their workplaces. Great Place to Work® provides the benchmarks, framework, and expertise needed to create, sustain, and recognize outstanding workplace cultures. In Canada, Great Place to Work® produces both industry and demographic specific Best Workplace™ lists. This is part of the world’s largest annual workplace study, which culminates in a series of national lists in over 50 countries, including the study’s flagship list of 100 Best Companies published annually in Fortune magazine.

About Knowledge First Financial
Canadian families have relied on education savings plans offered by Knowledge First Financial for more than 50 years. Since 1965, payments from the plans have reached $6.6 billion and the Knowledge First Foundation has further enhanced Education Assistance Payments to students by over $50 million.  As at June 30, 2018, the Knowledge First Financial manages $6.6 billion in assets for more than 500,000 registered education savings plan agreements on behalf of its customers.
Knowledge First Financial Inc. is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Knowledge First Foundation and is the investment fund manager, administrator and distributor of various education savings plans, including the Family Single Student Education Savings Plan. Knowledge First Foundation is a not-for-profit Canadian corporation with no share capital. The Foundation is therefore able to reinvest excess revenues in initiatives that support students.