Culture is the foundation upon which an entire company is built. It allows for consistent and sustainable behaviours from everyone – how we hire, what we reward, what we discourage. Our Clients experience it every day in all that we do – how decisions are made, products we create, the experience they have and how we help them when they need our help.

I couldn't be more proud of our culture at Tangerine. We care about transparency and trust, which allows our teams to deliver and individuals to thrive. It is this people-first approach that has shaped the Tangerine corporate culture throughout the company's transformational history. I'm not sure we could have survived if it weren't for the strength of our DNA and the dedication of our people. Because of our culture, we are able to continually exceed our Clients' expectations while delivering real business results as we work towards our purpose of helping Canadians live better lives.

It is especially rewarding when our business is recognized for our culture. We're deeply honoured and thank Waterstone for choosing Tangerine as one of Canada's 10 Most Admired Corporate CulturesTM. This is in fact the second time Tangerine has earned this distinction, having been named a winner in 2011 as ING DIRECT.

Since changing our name to Tangerine, we have become even more focused on the power and strength of our culture. Our daily behaviour is guided by our values. We refer to them as our Promises (We Care, We Share, We Dare and We Deliver) and they keep employees accountable to Clients, shareholders, the community and each other.

What we're trying to do at Tangerine is to build and sustain a culture in which individuals—people—have the means to truly thrive. To succeed. To be happy in their work. To feel fulfilled and growing. A culture that gives voices to all team members, no matter who they are or what they do.

Why? It's simple.

Because being good to your own people is good business. It's a way of putting people first in the short term so that a company can thrive in the long term. It's a win-win scenario.

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