Canada’s Most Admired: FISPAN Wins With Corporate Culture

FISPAN continues to foster a people-centric culture that drives organizational performance.

Corporate culture affects all aspects of a business and has become a critical competitive advantage in and of itself. Organizations with strong, enduring cultures are able to attract the greatest talent and retain their most important employees — which is no easy feat.

Last week on Thursday, March 31, 2022, FISPAN’s Head of HR, Claudia Ivanova, attended Canada’s Most Admired™ 2021 Celebration Gala where she accepted FISPAN’s corporate culture award at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre.

“We’re thrilled to receive this recognition from Canada’s Most Admired Corporate Cultures (CMACC) as our culture is truly pivotal in everything we set out to do,” Claudia said. “Even amid the last two challenging years of work and adjusting to a hybrid work model, we’re proud to have maintained an exemplary culture at FISPAN. Our culture continues to evolve and endure as we continue hiring amazing new talent to our team.”

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Head of HR, Claudia Ivanova, is all smiles after accepting FISPAN’s Most Admired Corporate Cultures award at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre in March.


The Canada’s Most Admired Corporate Cultures award annually recognizes the many ways that great culture builds great organizations. The award specifically highlights those who have built an employee-centric culture that drives business performance by prioritizing hiring for fit, diversity and inclusion, career development, rewards and recognition, and company alignment. Organizations are evaluated by a Board of Directors, consisting of esteemed CEOs and HR executives of past winners who exemplify leading cultures across the nation.

“Each of the 2021 award recipients puts culture at the center of everything they do, and demonstrates a commitment to culture as a competitive advantage. They set an excellent example of how crafting and sustaining a high performance culture can drive incredible growth and performance,” says Marty Parker, President and Chief Executive Officer of Waterstone Human Capital and Chair of the Canada’s Most Admired™ program.

FISPAN’s Culture Fosters Resilience

The COVID-19 pandemic pushed organizations to redefine success and understand how corporate culture plays an important role in the face of adversity. With rapid growth in 2020, that is still ongoing to this day, our team at FISPAN has worked hard to nurture our culture and drive success in new ways, especially in recent years that have been far from normal.

While many businesses have struggled with the “great resignation” brought about by the pandemic (which Claudia discusses on this episode of the HR Works Podcast), FISPAN managed to more than double its employee base in the same period of time — all while maintaining our core culture and values. To accommodate such growth, we have also expanded our head office space, increased our talent acquisition initiatives to attract international talent, and acquired and onboarded new clients as the need for digital-first banking experiences accelerated.

At our core, we understand that FISPAN’s greatest asset is its people. Recognizing that our culture drives company performance, we strive to foster an exceptional workplace environment that puts ambition, passion, and innovation at the forefront, and are committed to elevating the potential and well-being of those who make FISPAN what it is today.

“I am constantly amazed by the team we’ve built at FISPAN and honoured to lead this company as it continues growing,” said CEO and Co-Founder, Clayton Weir. “When we founded FISPAN, we already knew the type of culture we wanted to establish and it’s funnelled into who we hire, how we work, and how we engage with our clients.”


FISPAN was also named one of Canada’s Top Small & Medium Employers for 2022! Check out the announcement here.

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