Top Startups 2019: The 25 hottest Canadian companies to work for now

The 2019 LinkedIn Top Startups list reveals the 25 hottest companies where Canadians want to work now.

With the 2nd annual Top Startups ranking, we uncover the breakout companies commanding professionals’ attention today: the ones that are growing massively, scrambling industries, shifting talent flows around the world and, often, altering how we work and live.
Our editors and data scientists parsed billions of actions generated by LinkedIn’s 645 million members — and looked at four pillars in particular: employee growth; jobseeker interest; member engagement with the company and its employees; and how well these startups pulled talent from our flagship LinkedIn Top Companies list. To be eligible, companies must be 7 years old or younger, have at least 50 employees, be privately held and headquartered in Canada. (You can learn more about our methodology at the bottom of this article.)
Looking to land a job at one of these fast-growing companies? You can stay up to date on new postings by turning on job alerts for a curated list of these startups: Click here, add your desired job title or function, location and any other details, then toggle the job alert to “on.” You’ll get a notification when any new job goes live so you can be the first to jump at the opportunity.

1. Element A1
Headcount in Canada: 442 | Headquarters: Montreal | Year founded: 2016 | Most common skills: Artificial Intelligence, Python, Machine Learning | Largest job functions: Research, Engineering, Business Development | What you should know: Element AI builds artificial intelligence-powered software for enterprises, including its first publicly available product that helps automate document reading and processing for businesses. For applicants with wanderlust, Element AI has open roles across the world, including in Paris and Singapore.

2. Wealthsimple
Headcount in Canada: 211 | Headquarters: Toronto | Year founded: 2014 | Most common skills: SQL, Software Development, JavaScript | Largest job functions: Engineering, Sales, Operations | What you should know: Wealthsimple aims to make investing simple and accessible to everyone by combining human financial advisors along with a low-fee, diverse portfolio that minimizes risks. The startup, which said it was closer to an IPO after a $75 million funding round in May, has 25 open positions across teams, including its brand, investments, product and production units.

3. Clearbanc
Headcount in Canada: 114 | Headquarters: Toronto | Year founded: 2015 | Most common skills: E-commerce, Digital Marketing, Finance | Largest job functions: Finance, Engineering, Business Development | What you should know: Clearbanc gives startups the money they need to grow without having to give up equity in their companies. Clearbanc, which aims to invest $1 billion across 2,000 companies this year, provides anywhere from $10,000 to $10 million to help young companies expand their marketing efforts and, ultimately, revenue. Instead of taking equity, Clearbanc sets up a revenue-share model and charges a percentage fee.

4. CCI
Headcount in Canada: 70* | Headquarters: Mississauga | Year founded: 2017 | Most common skills: Quality Assurance, Recruiting, Regulatory Affairs | Largest job functions: Legal, Sales, Human Resources | What you should know: Cannabis Compliance Inc. is one of Canada’s first consulting firms to advise on regulatory issues around cannabis. The startup not only helps companies gain government approvals and stay compliant, they also offer training for professionals who want to break into the industry. The startup has more than 10 open positions, including “Financial Controller” and “GM, Toxicology.”

5. League
Headcount in Canada: 200 | Headquarters: Toronto | Year founded: 2014 | Most common skills: Health Care, Insurance, Software Development | Largest job functions: Engineering, Support, Business Development | What you should know: League has built a one-stop app for employees to access their lifestyle and health care benefits, streamlining everything from insurance details to unique company perks in an easy-to-use hub. The startup, which counts Unilever and Shopify as customers, is hiring for more than 30 positions across its teams with a focus on sales, product and engineering.

6. Drop
Headcount in Canada: 58 | Headquarters: Toronto | Year founded: 2015 | Most common skills: SQL, Analytics, JavaScript | Largest job functions: Engineering, Marketing, Business Development | What you should know: Fintech startup Drop turns your everyday purchases — like Uber rides, coffee and groceries — into gift card rewards. Drop hires applicants from both startups and Fortune 500 companies to help grow its more than 3 million-member base. The startup is now hiring for 8 roles with a specific focus on engineering as it continues expanding its platform.
7. Connected
Headcount in Canada: 182 | Headquarters: Toronto | Year founded: 2014 | Most common skills: Java, Software Development, SQL | Largest job functions: Engineering, Product Management, Arts and Design | What you should know: Connected helps brands build better software products, partnering with them at any point in the product development lifecycle. If you’re looking to land one of its 8 open roles, be ready to show off your hard-earned skills. But, that’s not all Connected is looking for: The startup also seeks smart, kind and curious professionals, says Marketing Manager Kelly O’Hara.

8. Dialogue
Headcount in Canada: 315 | Headquarters: Montreal | Year founded: 2016 | Most common skills: Health Care, Nursing, Software Development | Largest job functions: Health Care Services, Engineering, Sales | What you should know: Virtual health care startup Dialogue helps you and your family access therapists, nutritionists, nurses and more at the moment you need them. The startup has more than 30 open roles, hiring for health care professionals as well as sales, marketing and global operations expertise. Late-stage candidates can expect to complete and present a case study, an important moment to stand out with “out of the box” thinking, says COO and Co-founder Anna Chif.

9. Integrate.ai
Headcount in Canada: 71 | Headquarters: Toronto | Year founded: 2017 | Most common skills: SQL, Python, Analytics | Largest job functions: Engineering, Research, Support | What you should know: Customer intelligence-platform integrate.ai — founded by former Facebook and Instagram executive Steve Irvine — uses AI to help create more meaningful digital interactions between people and businesses. To snag one of the startup’s 11 open roles, you’ll need to “love people,” one of its core values.

10. Ritual.co
Headcount in Canada: 226 | Headquarters: Toronto | Year founded: 2014 | Most common skills: SQL, Java, Software Development | Largest job functions: Engineering, Operations, Sales | What you should know: Ritual makes paying for and picking up your order at more than 5,000 restaurant locations easier than ever through the concept of “social ordering” on its mobile app — and it’s not slowing down anytime soon. Ritual is hiring for more than 60 positions with most open roles available on its engineering, operations and sales teams.

11. Mejuri
Headcount in Canada: 95 | Headquarters: Toronto | Year founded: 2015 | Most common skills: Adobe Photoshop, Merchandising, Digital Marketing | Largest job functions: Marketing, Arts and Design, Operations | What you should know: Mejuri sells fine jewelry — without the retail markups. The jewelry brand continues to dazzle: It recently opened its third brick-and-mortar store and raised US$23 million in Series B funding in April. The startup is continuing to grow rapidly and is now hiring for more than 20 roles, primarily across its retail and technology teams.

12. Ada
Headcount in Canada: 120 | Headquarters: Toronto | Year founded: 2016 | Most common skills: Analytics, JavaScript, User Experience | Largest job functions: Engineering, Sales, Business Development | What you should know: Ada, which has grown from two to 120 employees in three years, enables enterprises to create a seamless customer experience through its AI-powered chatbot platform. The startup has raised $21.5 million to date and is now on the hunt for 24 open roles as it scales its product, engineering and sales teams.

13. PathFactory
Headcount in Canada: 94* | Headquarters: Toronto | Year founded: 2012 | Most common skills: Digital Marketing, Analytics, Salesforce | Largest job functions: Sales, Engineering, Support | What you should know: PathFactory ultimately helps business-to-business companies nurture, educate and convert potential customers by improving how they consume company-created content, customizing it for each buyer using AI and in-depth analytics. PathFactory recently welcomed CEO Dev Ganesan, who has deep experience in the software-as-a-service and content management space.

14. Openacre
Headcount in Canada: 52 | Headquarters: Toronto | Year founded: 2012 | Most common skills: Digital Marketing, SQL, JavaScript | Largest job functions: Engineer, Business Development, Marketing | What you should know: Engineering and product teams are growing particularly quickly at Opencare, which aims to change the patient-health provider relationship by making preventative care as accessible and convenient as possible. Want to get in but don’t see the right job? “We encourage people to introduce themselves even if the job posting does not 100% match their skills,” says Mike Bettley, senior manager of talent acquisition.

15. Flybits
Headcount in Canada: 75 | Headquarters: Toronto | Year founded: 2013 | Most common skills: Java, Software Development, SQL | Largest job functions: Engineering, Business Development, Sales | What you should know: Flybits empowers banks to offer personalized and relevant financial services to their customers by combining bank data with contextual data, such as a customer’s location. The startup’s recent US$35 million in Series C funding has paved the way for even more growth with more than 20 open roles across Canada, the U.K. and the U.S., primarily in its technology and sales divisions.

16. Certarus
Headcount in Canada: 101 | Headquarters: Calgary | Year founded: 2012 | Most common skills: Petroleum, Oil and Gas, Energy | Largest job functions: Operations, Accounting, Engineering | The basics: Certarus developed a “virtual natural gas pipeline” system that compresses, transports and integrates natural gas for the industrial sector, which ultimately helps lower operating costs and reduce the environmental impact as companies seek to displace diesel and propane projects. The energy startup has more than 40 jobs open across its Alberta, Ontario, and U.S. operations.

17. StackAdapt
Headcount in Canada: 132 | Headquarters: Toronto | Year founded: 2013 | Most common skills: Digital Marketing, Social Media Marketing, User Experience | Largest job functions: Sales, Support, Engineering | What you should know: StackAdapt, a native advertising platform, is looking to hire 11 people across its teams, including marketing, platform quality and revenue — and not all the roles require a four-year college degree. “Often, relevant experience is more telling about candidates’ potential,” StackAdapt COO Vitaly Pecherskiy tells LinkedIn.

18. Loopio
Headcount in Canada: 114 | Headquarters: Toronto | Year founded: 2014 | Most common skills: Software Development, User Experience, JavaScript | Largest job functions: Engineering, Sales, Support | What you should know: Loopio’s software streamlines how to respond to requests for proposals, requests for information and security questionnaires, allowing internal teams at companies such as IBM to collaborate more efficiently. Between now and the end of the year, the startup plans to hire about 30 new team members across all functions, from marketing to engineering to sales, says Alexis Macdonald, senior director of people operations.

19. Collective Arts Brewing
Headcount in Canada: 115 | Headquarters: Hamilton | Year founded: 2013 | Most common skills: Brewing, Sales Management, Social Media Marketing | Largest job functions: Sales, Operations, Accounting | What you should know: Collective Arts brings together the creative process of brewing craft beer with emerging artists and musicians. The self-described grassroots company is hiring for 10 open positions, including a brewer and a forecasting coordinator.
20. Ample Organics
Headcount in Canada: 94 | Headquarters: Toronto | Year founded: 2014 | Most common skills: Software Development, SQL, JavaScript | Largest job functions: Engineer, Information Technology, Sales | What you should know: Ample Organics is a trailblazer in the burgeoning cannabis-software industry, which helps producers track everything from growth to clientele. The privately funded startup grew its employee base rapidly over the past year, though very recently had to scale back. The readjustment isn’t slowing the company down as CEO John Prentice expects its client base to continue to grow.

21. Swift Medical
Headcount in Canada: 85 | Headquarters: Toronto | Year founded: 2015 | Most common skills: Software Development, C++, SQL | Largest job functions: Engineering, Information Technology, Business Development | What you should know: Swift Medical’s app can assess the severity of a skin wound with the wave of a smartphone, then help medical professionals streamline everything from tracking the healing progress to documentation and claims submission. Swift Medical is already used by more than 1,000 organizations and is monitoring more than 100,000 patients each month. Looking to join the team? The startup is now hiring for five new roles across its engineering, sales and marketing teams.

22. Borrowell
Headcount in Canada: 72 | Headquarters: Toronto | Year founded: 2014 | Most common skills: SQL, Software Development, JavaScript | Largest job functions: Engineering, Product Management, Business Development | What you should know: Fintech startup Borrowell reached more than 1 million users and closed a $20 million Series B funding round in June, furthering its mission to help Canadians make more informed decisions about their credit — for free. Borrowell is dedicated to achieving gender parity, with 47% of its team currently made up of women.

23. Greenhouse
Headcount in Canada: 168 | Headquarters: Toronto | Year founded: 2014 | Most common skills: Digital Marketing, Merchandising, Social Media Marketing | Largest job functions: Operations, Sales, Marketing | What you should know: Healthy beverage company Greenhouse, which has 25 open jobs, is focused on growing its sales and events marketing team across Canada as it takes its plant-based products nationwide. Not based in Toronto? Greenhouse also has workers located in Mississauga, Quebec, Ottawa, and soon, Vancouver.

24. #paid
Headcount in Canada: 51* | Headquarters: Toronto | Year founded: 2013 | Most common skills: Digital Marketing, Social Media Marketing, Digital Media | Largest job functions: Marketing, Sales, Engineering | What you should know: Forget influencers: Creators are in the spotlight with #paid. The media platform helps companies such as Starbucks and Toyota connect with their fans, leveraging them to create marketing campaigns that will resonate broadly. #Paid, which is pronounced “hashtag paid,” then helps manage, measure and optimize those creator-led campaigns. The startup is now on the hunt for a brand strategist, controller and more.

25. Venngage
Headcount in Canada: 55 | Headquarters: Toronto | Year founded: 2012 | Most common skills: JavaScript, Web Development, SQL | Largest job functions: Engineering, Marketing, Arts and Design | What may surprise you: Venngage makes it easy for anyone to make beautiful infographics, reports and data visualizations. It’s already being used by organizations such as Google, Forbes, Harvard University and WIRED. Venngage has two openings — office coordinator and DevOps engineer.
Jessi Hempel

Senior Editor at Large at LinkedIn

 

 

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About Olajide Olutuyi

Entrepreneur Social Entrepreneur. Calgary Flames fan. Calgary Stampeders fan. Supports conscious capitalism.Progressive conservative( supports sin taxes, low taxes and laissez-faire economy). Former rap fan. Now listens to gospel and country. Believes in volunteering and community service as agents of developmental change. A lot of my time goes into community service, reading, encouraging people and most importantly God’s business. Loves culture , business start-ups and politics of both my home and adopted countries. This is my blog. The opinions and thoughts in my article are mine and I make no mistakes for having them. You may also find articles, news or opinions of others that I agree with or love to keep. More information about my professional background and interests available on my LinkedIn page.
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