Bonjour from Paris

We’re excited to highlight another employee’s adventurous trip of a lifetime! Part-time employee, Adam A., was recognized for his dedication and top sales performance for the last quarter, and was eligible for a trip to the destination of his choice through the Travel-the-World recognition program.

“I got to see the fashion capital Paris in France, as well as Scotland with a few layovers in Dublin and London! I even got to visit some family while travelling! Although I cannot sum it up in one word, I will always refer to my trip experience as DAZZLING!!!”

Looks like Adam had an impressive packed itinerary!

Groupe Dynamite on the winner’s list for Montreal and Canada’s Top Employers for Young People!

We are immensely pleased to announce that, for the second time, we have been named one of Montreal’s Top Employers! Also, for the fourth year in a row, we have won the award for being one of Canada’s Top Employers for Young People!

At Groupe Dynamite, we are dedicated to investing in our current talent and future generations, and creating a work environment where everyone can flourish. Here are a few reasons why we won these awards:

  • Graduate Rotational Program
  • Our corporate events, such as the Annual Meeting, the recruitment cocktails, and the summer BBQ
  • Innovative and creative work space
  • Recognition programs both in stores and at HO

The Montreal’s Top Employers and Canada’s Top Employers for Young People editorial competitions are organized by the Canada’s Top 100 Employers project. These special designations recognize the employers that lead their industries in offering exceptional workplaces.

Canada’s Top Employers for Young People:

More details concerning our nomination as one of Canada’s Top Employers for Young People here.

GET ON BOARD!

Time to get out of the office and into the sunshine! Our Distribution Centre Team was treated to an exclusive boat experience where they cruised down the St. Lawrence River and indulged in a 3-course gourmet meal while enjoying the view of Montreal.  

This token of appreciation is our way of recognizing their hard work, boosting morale and maintaining the team’s high energy! This bonding moment was the perfect opportunity for our employees to connect, have fun, and be proud to be a part of the GD family!   

International Women’s Day

On this International Women’s Day, we’d like to take this opportunity to highlight the important contribution that women have made to the evolution and success of Groupe Dynamite. Whether it is in our stores, at Head Office or in the Distribution Centre, each woman that is part of our big family contributes to making a real difference! Here are some fun facts about the women who work at Groupe Dynamite:

Did you know that…

  • Women make up 79% of our Head Office employees, 53% of our Distribution Centre employees, and 99% of our in-store employees!
  • 50% of women at Groupe Dynamite’s Head Office hold a senior Management position!
  • 97% of our Management team is made up of women!

Our Marketing team spent some time with nine women whose leadership here at GDI really stands out. A “Born to Boss” video series that was launched via Instagram stories was posted to Dynamite’s official Instagram account (@dynamiteclothing) that has more than 205,000 followers in order to let the world discover some of our boss ladies through some Q&A.

Check out the “Born to Boss” video series here!:

In this video : Andrea Lombardi (Designer), Katia Berlin (Director, Continuous Improvement), Tracy McElligott (Senior Manager, Visual), Crystal Walton (Senior Manager, Marketing), Rachael Elizabeth Hodgson (Divisional Design Director), Ry Pak (Manager Communications and Events), Sarah-Eve Lessard (Junior Designer), Valerie Bédard (Divisional Merchandise Director, Dynamite) and Christina Vongas (VP, Dynamite Merchandising).

Happy International Women’s Day to all of our employees and to every woman in the world! 

One of Canada’s top employers for young people

For a third year in a row, Groupe Dynamite is honoured to be named one of Canada’s Top Employers for Young People.

At Groupe Dynamite, our people truly make the difference; in fact, they make our vision a reality! Here, young people get the chance to grow within the fashion industry, contribute to the projects and goals that are strategic to the business, and have their voices heard!

Here are a few reasons for which we won this award:

  • Graduate Rotational Program
  • Recognition programs both in stores and at HO
  • Average age of our workforce (Sales, HO and DC) is 24 years old

The Canada’s Top Employers for Young People editorial competition is organized by the Canada’s Top 100 Employers project. This special designation recognizes the employers that offer the nation’s best workplaces and programs to young people who are just starting their careers.

More details concerning our nomination as one of Canada’s Top Employers for Young People here.

You can see the full winner’s list here.

We made the winners list!

We are immensely pleased to announce that, for the first time, we have been named one of Montreal’s Top Employers!

At Groupe Dynamite, we are dedicated to investing in our current talent and future generations, and creating a work environment where everyone can flourish. Here are a few reasons for which we won this award:

  • Our corporate events, such as the Annual Meeting, the recruitment cocktails, and the summer BBQ
  • Innovative and creative work space
  • Recognition programs both in stores and at HO

The Montreal’s Top Employers editorial competition is organized by the Canada’s Top 100 Employers project. This special designation recognizes the employers that lead their industries in offering exceptional workplaces.

More details concerning our nomination as one of Montreal’s Top Employers here.

You can see the full winner’s list here.

 

A GD-style urban legend!

Prizes, recognition, magic and unicorns, oh my! They’re all part of the urban-but-true legend that is our GDA Gala, which, this year, took place on May 16. Our Atrium was completely transformed for the occasion with magical and enchanting decor! The festive evening, which brought together more than one hundred people, included some musical performances, a gastronomic meal, and the presentation of prizes and distinctions.

Now that we were all together to celebrate the accomplishments of about thirty store employees, our Directors and Executives were ready to party! 

In all, 38 prizes in 18 different categories were presented by our store employees who distinguished themselves over the last year. 

For each celebration, Groupe Dynamite is proud to select winners according to the criteria for performance and excellence.  

After an emotional evening, our winners were able to take a few days to relax by going to a spa, after which they were transformed into stars for a photo shoot. Finally, a unicorn-filled cocktail marked the end of the Gala festivities! 

These are no ordinary pictures. They are authentic portraits, in full color!

Jamaica, Yeah Mon!

Winners from our President’s Club recognition program soaked up some of the hot Jamaican sun and relaxed on the beach of the Hyatt Zilara Rose Hall in Montego Bay. Nestled between impressive mountains and the Caribbean Sea, it’s a veritable paradise for the big winners of our annual program.

Thanks to a jam-packed and interesting itinerary, they got to discover the tropical island without ever having to worry about anything. Here are some highlights from our trip to Bob Marley’s home country: 

We recognized everyone’s exceptional performance and celebrated together in a festive atmosphere!

We experienced an unforgettable day of fun and adrenaline-filled adventure in Ocho Rios!

We learnt about Rastafarian culture during a community activity at the Women’s Centre of Jamaica Foundation.

We (obviously) lounged on a gorgeous sandy beach and bobbed our heads to some reggae music while we sipped on Red Stripe beer and delicious rum-based cocktails! Yeah mon!

We’re already looking forward to next year’s trip! 

Vip access

GOING OFF SITE!

Our VIP Access Program is the ultimate biannual team incentive reward, which honours the top overall store teams who have distinguished themselves through their outstanding customer service.  As recognition, the winning teams are relieved from their daily tasks and are sent off on a VIP weekend getaway while Senior Managers from Head Office step up to replace them in-store! 

Over the past six months, we have hosted a few VIP events. Our exclusive recognition-filled urban escapes include:

  • A one-night hotel stay
  • VIP dinner at a top restaurant in the area
  • Spa day and pampering
  • VIP treats and so much more!

Giving our people a chance to get away from their daily routine is rewarding, but offering them a VIP treatment is priceless.

 

 

Here are a few pictures from previous VIP Access events, a program designed to show our appreciation to our hard-working employees.

While winning teams are out enjoying a weekend of pampering, our Head Office peeps are filling in and working the sales floor!

TRAVEL THE WORLD – NEW WINNER, NEW JOURNEY

With its ‘’Travel the World’’ program, Groupe Dynamite enables its employees to experience one of life’s richest and most rewarding experiences.

Kristina, a Sales Associate at Dynamite, shares with us her journey and the highlights of her recent trip to Amsterdam.

Q1: What was your first reaction when you heard you had won the contest?

When my Manager called me to announce that I was the winner, I did not believe it at first.  I was in the top 10 the first week of the contest but as the weeks passed I went down in the rankings, therefore hearing the news that I won came as a real surprise!

Q2: Why Amsterdam?

I have been fortunate to have traveled a lot. With twelve countries and several cities under my belt, I can say that Amsterdam was definitely a destination I wanted to revisit. I love architectural history and experiencing different cultures but it’s the old charm of Amsterdam that truly stole my heart. I feel very fortunate that I got to rediscover a city dear to my heart with my boyfriend and that GD made it all possible!

Q3: How did you find the Dutch culture?

When I travel, I like to try new food and immerse myself in the local culture. However, what we ate most were fries because they sell them at every corner! (Fun fact: Dutch eat their fries with mayonnaise instead of ketchup!) I love that Amsterdam has such a laid back lifestyle. Everyone there is so friendly and carefree.

Q4: What were the highlights of your trip?

  1. Anne Frank’s house

Learning about Anne Frank’s story during World War II in school is very different than being on site and seeing it with your own eyes.

  1. The Icebar

At the entrance, we were given a thermal coat to keep us warm since literally everything was made of ice: the furniture, the walls and even the glass they serve the drinks in!

  1. Canal dinner cruise

This is a great way to explore the city while enjoying a nice meal because you get to see buildings that you wouldn’t be able to see on foot.

Q5: What advice would you give to employees wishing to win this contest?

Stay focused and keep your eyes on the prize. Just because you dropped in rank does not mean you cannot win in the end. You have to keep pushing for that exceptional customer service and be true to yourself. Style your customers with your favourite pieces and the recommendations will come naturally.