Global Relay, a message archiving firm that was founded in Vancouver's historical Gastown district in 1999 by two local entrepreneurs, has invested $1 million to resurrect one of North America's most prestigous bike races.
The goal is to build their brand and give back to their community—and also to hire local talent, including developers, interface designers, and engineers. From the ashes, the Gastown Grand Prix (which started all the way back in 1973 and which was won by Lance Armstrong in 1991) is also a "Race for Talent" for Global Relay, whose revenues have grown 373% to $20 million in the past three years.
Their interesting approach to employee retention and recruitment includes involving their employees in many key positions for the race. For example, Global staff—the firm has 190 employees in five offices stretching from Canada to Singapore—will manage event support, logistics, marketing, finance and project management of the Grand Prix.
Ranked 18th on Deloitte's 50 Fastest Growing Tech Companies in Canada, it's no wonder Global Relay is having trouble keeping up with itself. But perhaps just as remarkable as this growth spurt is the fact that, even though 85% of Global's 15,000 customers are in the US, the company has remained decidedly Canadian: indeed, Global Relay is 100% Vancouver-owned with no outside funding.
In addition to this inventive method for hiring, Global Relay is also using the Techvibes Job Board. My, what good taste they have.