Life at Admiral

The World Trade and Convention Centre in downtown Halifax was transformed into a ritzy Parisian street corner as Admiral Halifax recognized its top performers for 2015 at the company's annual Spring Awards Gala.

With A Night in Paris as the theme, the evening was highlighted by laughter and plenty of applause as hosts David Sanderson and Chloe Speirs kept the crowd smiling and Admiral handed out awards to 16 of its staff members - those who gave exemplary service and had a positive impact on our business in the 2015 fiscal year.

Continuing the momentum of sister sites in the UK, Spain and France, Admiral Halifax is thrilled to announce it has been named one of the Best Workplaces in Canada for 2016.

The Halifax site placed 34th in the list of Best Large and Multinational Employers. It is the fourth time in the last five years that we have earned the Best Workplaces... designation.

The win completes ‘The Triple Crown’ for Halifax as earlier this year we were named one of Nova Scotia’s Top Employers and one of Atlantic Canada’s Best Workplaces for 2016.

Halifax’s newest indoor trampoline park was the site of a recent gravity defying get together courtesy of Admiral’s Sport and Social Committee.

Close to 200 Admiral employees and their family members gathered at the new Get Air facility in Dartmouth to blow off some steam on a Sunday evening. The Get Air site sports a foam pit, rope ladder, rock wall, and trampolines basically everywhere (including trampoline basketball and trampoline dodge ball).

Allison O’Brien, who spearheaded the activity on behalf of Admiral's Sport and Social Committee, says they were fortunate enough to be able to book the entire venue for the Admiral gathering, making sure that there was ample space for anyone who wanted to attend.

The Facilities team in Halifax is all smiles after vibrant new Admiral signage was recently installed outside the Halifax office (the former Baywest site at 7067 Chebucto Road).

The new display – the first of two to be erected at the property Admiral Halifax occupies - ensures the Admiral brand is now more visible and recognizable to businesses in the area as well as the general public.

With this, Halifax also becomes the first site in the Admiral Group to utilize the new company logo (unveiled this past summer) as part of exterior office signage.

Admiral Halifax kicked off 2016 with some exciting news: for the fifth time in six years, the site has earned a place on the  ‘Best Places to Work in Atlantic Canada’ list which recognizes top employers in the four Atlantic provinces.

The announcement on January 6th highlights Admiral’s pension plan, flexi time program and maternity leave top-ups as progressive, forward-thinking programs and reasons Admiral was successful in earning a place on the prestigious list.

Some of the criteria the committee assesses and bases their selections on include physical workplace; work atmosphere; financial & family benefits; and vacation time, among others.

Admiral Halifax recently teamed up with C100 FM and Salvation Army to bring some holiday cheer to families in need across Nova Scotia.

To attend Admiral's recent staff holiday party, employees and guests were charged a nominal $12.50 ticket fee which covered their meals, complimentary beverages and entertainment for the evening. In previous years these admission fees were simply applied towards the cost of facilitating the party. This year, however, the combined fees -  totalling $5,000 - went towards a bigger and better cause: the annual C100 FM/Salvation Army Toy Drive.

An annual favourite amongst staff, Admiral's Staff Holiday Party saw a new look and change of venue this year. Instead of settling into our usual digs at the World Trade and Convention Centre in downtown Halifax, we were instead  welcomed by The Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21.

The evening was highlighted by a performance from the band The Chess Club and comedian Ian Black. Staff also enjoyed a delicious buffet meal and dessert bar courtesy of RCR catering.

For one October night only, the lunchroom at Admiral Halifax was transformed into a small concert hall – complete with audience and performer.

Brian Byrne, the lead singer of 90’s Canadian alternative rock band I Mother Earth, visited Halifax and gave staff an intimate acoustic concert the likes of which few will forget.

Byrne’s hour long show was a combined effort from Halifax’s Support department and Live 105 FM – the radio station Byrne now works for as an on-air personality.

While Byrne shyed away from performing classic I Mother Earth Tunes, his new material and onstage demeanour struck the right balance between quiet soulfulness and a eager playfulness. Something the Admiral crowd embraced right off the bat.

A crowd of about 120 Renewals employees packed into The World Trade and Convention Centre in downtown Halifax earlier this month to commemorate the “decade of excess” with The Halifax Renewals Top 10 Committee's 80’s themed 'Thank You' party.

The costumes were vibrant, the props were retro, the music was loud and a good time was had with dancing and socializing as the order of the evening.

Resident in-house photographer, Dan Miner, was there to immortalize the happenings.

On September 16th, Admiral Halifax’s payroll department emailed some exciting news to all our employees: the company’s Share Incentive Plan would be distributing $884,167.80 to 224 staff members in late September.  

The payout relates to shares that were issued in September 2012 and when broken down works out to about $3,947 per employee before taxes on top of their bi-weekly pay.

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