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Left Finalist for Best Workplace Culture and Most Innovative Use of HR Technology in the 2018 Canadian HR Awards

MAPLE RIDGE, BC — JULY 16, 2018— LEFT announced today that it has been selected as a finalist for the ‘Best Workplace Culture’ and ‘Most Innovative Use of HR Technology’ in the 5th annual Canadian HR Awards, the leading independent awards for the HR function in Canada and top representation of people-centric leadership, service, performance, innovation and principle in the business.

Winners in all 24 categories will be selected by a panel of industry experts and announced on September 20, 2018 during a stellar black-tie awards ceremony at The Liberty Grand Toronto hosted by ‘TV’s funniest woman’ Jessi Cruickshank.

“The finalists are the best of the best,” said Jessica Duce, Project Director of Canadian HR Awards. “They demonstrate the resilience, innovation and sheer management smarts it takes to build a thriving people-centred business today. Success stories like theirs are the lifeblood of HR in Canada.”

“We are honoured to be selected as a finalist for the Best Workplace Culture and Most Innovative Use of HR Technology,” says co-founder and CEO, Chris Jensen. “Our 10 core values represent the heart of Lefty culture and are embedded into everything we do. We are passionate about innovation and constantly seeking to make process improvements. It is wonderful to be nominated in two categories that represent both aspects of our business.”

The annual gala welcomes over 600 top HR professionals from Canada’s top HR teams and employers of choice. Those who wish to attend the event are urged to reserve and purchase seats as soon as possible.

About Left

“Imagine if…” It was those two words that launched the Left story in 2010. Imagine if we could build a company built on innovation and ideas where thinking differently was cherished rather than chastised. Imagine if we could leverage technology, marketing, and automation to build businesses of real and lasting value. Imagine if what we built made a difference to our families, our Community, and the world at large.
With its headquarters in the Vancouver-based suburb of Maple Ridge, Left is a multinational media and technology company with holdings in mobile mesh networking and Internet-based businesses. A few of our most well-known and innovative brands include: WAVE™, YO!™ and the Left Travel group of brands. Our flagship project is RightMesh, a platform and protocol that incorporates mesh networking with blockchain and tokenization to connect the next billion people and lift 100 million people out of poverty.

Contact: Amber McLennan
Email: amber@left.io

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Human Resources Director is published in multiple editions in Canada, Australia, USA, Asia and New Zealand. The Canadian print edition is published quarterly, with a readership of 1,800. The print edition is supported by HRD Online, an online industry hub offering in-depth features, analysis of
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Email: krissy.salvador@keymedia.com

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Left's Magical Retreat

In early June, our Lefties travelled to Loon Lake for our yearly strategic retreat. As our company has grown substantially over the last twelve months, this was a special opportunity to come together and reflect on the company culture and organization as we continue to scale. With the theme of the world of witchcraft and wizardry, the experience was magical to say the least.

As seen in the video above, our first day was spent immersed in a world of sorcery. Our Lefties were first split into ‘houses’, which included team members from every department of our organization, to compete in the wizard trials. Wands were made, duels were fought, dragons were tricked, and brooms soared through the sky to make up a brilliant day of team bonding.

“The retreat to Loon Lake was absolutely magical! the creative team at Left managed to fulfill my 11 year-old dreams of being a wizard! Having never worked for a tech company before (or been on a company retreat), every moment was exciting, and it was really awesome to bond with the team over the course of a few days. I’m looking forward to continuing to create magic as we work together to change the world.” — Keefer Rourke, Co-op and SDK Developer at Left

Our second day was company focused as our Lefties came together to plan our organizational objectives for the coming year. Our team did a deep dive into our process, people, product, platform, and purpose by asking questions on long term outcomes and working through scenarios collectively as a team. The session was fantastic. We had unique perspectives and ideas as all were present, from our newest Lefties to those who have been a part of the company since its founding in 2010.

“The retreat was a great opportunity for us to revisit the meaning of our Corporate Values through exciting team challenges and friendly competition. It was a lot of fun, but it also reminded me of why Left is such a special place to work — the amazing and generous people, and a culture that dares to be incredible in all things. I lost my voice singing around the campfire, but can’t wait for the next one!” — Joanne Lott, Project Manager, Left

After having spent time on our team and company, the final day was a focus on the self. Melissa Quinn, our Director of Corporate Strategy, led a’ Dream Workshop’ to help our Lefties identify the areas (such as family, career, spirituality, community, etc) in their lives that are most important to them and to help them set goals to improve them. The workshop sparked great conversation and left everyone feeling elated as we packed up the cars for the bumpy drive home.

“I feel fortunate to say I’ve attended 3 Left retreats because each one has been its own unique and awesome experience. This year was extra magical — not just because we now have enough people to hold a proper wizard match, but also because as we’ve grown, we’ve brought on people who know that a little bit of magic is important.” — Jenna Mortemore, Product Manager, Left

With the sound of the soft crunch of gravel beneath our tires, our team made our way down the winding dirt road back from Loon Lake. Looking around at the smiles of our Lefties, it was evident the retreat had left us feeling stronger as an organization and closer as a team. We are very excited to start the next chapter and cannot wait to see what comes next.

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Tracey

Tracey Topping

Tracey

Tracey Topping

Lefty

I'm making my mark by...

  • Promoting an engaged workplace culture; creating and supporting a workplace in which people are encouraged to do great things.
  • Continuing to be my true self, the essence of being human in everything I do
  • Building community and providing value
  • Not just recruiting employees but sowing the seeds of our reputation.

Words Of Wisdom

Be fearless in the pursuit of what sets your soul on fire!


Igor

Igor Yakubov

Igor

Igor Yakubov

Lefty

I'm making my mark by...

As a blockchain enthusiast I would like to continue learning and experiment with this interesting technology in order to understand better how can we integrate it with the mesh networks for making lives of people around the world better.

Words Of Wisdom

We will never stop learning, since the life will never stop teaching us.


Sachin

Sachin Raturi

Sachin

Sachin Raturi

Lefty

I'm making my mark by...

By working as an developer, learning different skills so I can help assist Left make the dream of connecting billions of unconnected people a reality.

Words Of Wisdom

“Don’t count the days, make the days count.” – Muhammad Ali


Stephen

Stephen Poole

Stephen

Stephen Poole

Lefty

I'm making my mark by...

By contributing to a product that has potential to dramatically improve the lives of millions of people.

Words Of Wisdom

All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy.


James

James Wang

James

James Wang

Lefty

I'm making my mark by...

Left is my home and I met my lovely family members here. We believe nothing is impossible, and we would like to walk out of comfortable zone to make some incredible things happened. As a team, we make a huge difference.

Words Of Wisdom

Find a job you like and do it with passion.


Keefer

Keefer Rourke

Keefer

Keefer Rourke

Lefty

I'm making my mark by...

As a hacker and computer scientist, my goal has always been to make meaningful change through technology — I spend a lot of time trying to make that happen. I am always ready to take on exciting challenges, and I am more than happy to be a part of the team that is taking on the task of connecting the next billion.

Words Of Wisdom

“Mechanical rules are never a substitute for clarity of thought.” — Brian Kernighan


Brea

Brea MacNeil

Brea

Brea MacNeil

Lefty

I'm making my mark by...

  • Connecting the dots between groups and ideas so that they can use RightMesh to extend connectivity to the next billion.
  • Working towards creating humanitarian solutions with RightMesh to bring connectivity to those who need it most.
  • Raising awareness for the state of connectivity globally and (hopefully) inspiring youth to design products that consider how the user’s ability to access and afford internet will impact usage.
  • Evangelizing the potential of blockchain and cryptocurrencies.

Words Of Wisdom

Keep saying yes to increasingly more difficult, or new opportunities (more “words of wisdom” here).


Joanne

Joanne Lott

Joanne

Joanne Lott

Lefty

I'm making my mark by...

Being guided by empathy. In big and little ways, I try to show empathy for all people and living things. Through daily interactions, planned giving, and even small gestures, I think we have the power to touch each others lives. I hope my daughters can pick up on this and help others in their daily lives.

Words Of Wisdom

Don’t call it a dream, call it a plan.