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GrapeJuice Raises $100,000 for Big Sisters

We are excited to announce that this year’s GrapeJuice event at Aston Martin Vancouver & Bentley Vancouver raised $100,000 for Big Sisters of BC Lower Mainland. These funds will help Big Sisters BCLM make and support 50 new mentoring matches this year.

GrapeJuice is a wine tasting & wine auction fundraising event which was created in 2007 by McNeill Nakamoto Recruitment Group and MLA Canada. Since then, GrapeJuice has raised over $700,00 in support of Big Sisters of BC Lower Mainland’s mentoring programs.

A big thank you to all of our generous GrapeJuice sponsors , donors, guests and volunteers!


photo by: Vikaash Prasad

To view more photos of the event, click here.

Happy 20th Birthday McNeill Nakamoto!

Today, we celebrate 20 years of doing what we love, and doing what we do best…

It was on a Monday in September 1996 when McNeill Nakamoto Recruitment Group was founded by Sarah McNeill and Cheryl Nakamoto.

“Sarah and I wanted to create a different kind of recruitment company that personalized the recruitment process for both our clients and candidates,” says Cheryl Nakamoto, “and we plan to continue striving to be the most customer focused staffing and recruitment company.”Happy Birthday McNak

Since 1996, McNak has stayed true to its roots; we’re still all about WOW. FUN. PEOPLE. Our core values have not changed since the inception of McNeill Nakamoto, and these are values everyone in our company feels strongly about.

We are committed to creating positive experiences and work to provide the highest standards of professionalism, positive energy, and client focused services. After all these years, McNak still enjoys conjuring up new ways to make our clients and candidates say ‘WOW’.

We show pride and enthusiasm in everything we do, adding innovative and fresh ways of doing our work. We smile and laugh every day, making the McNak experience FUN for clients and candidates.

We work to add significant value to our partners by connecting exceptional PEOPLE with outstanding companies and lasting opportunities that will deeply impact their lives and careers. We truly get to know our clients and candidates, delivering outstanding ‘cultural fit’.

“It is extremely rewarding to see candidates we’ve placed over the past 20 years, enjoying long successful careers” Cheryl reflects, “and we feel very grateful for the continued partnerships we have with so many exceptional companies in Vancouver.”

Thank you to our clients, candidates and our team who have helped to build the McNak brand over the last 20 years. We are excited about the next decade as we continue to believe in the magic of WOW. FUN. PEOPLE.


Staffing for Canada Week

staffing for Canada weekTemporary employees and candidates together with industry professionals from across the country will be celebrating Staffing for Canada Week from June 5-11, 2016.

First introduced in Edmonton in 1980 as “National Temporaries’ Week”, this celebration has become widely recognized in both Canada and the United States, based on the dramatic growth in the numbers of contract and temporary workers contributing to the skilled labour force in all industry sectors.

The annual event is celebrated by members of the Association of Canadian Search, Employment and Staffing Services to acknowledge the more than 400,000 people who are employed in the staffing profession in Canada. ACSESS members represent 85 percent of the staffing volume in Canada.

ACSESS is the single voice for promoting best practices and ethical standards for the recruitment, employment and staffing services industry in Canada.  Its members provide a key service to businesses and offer a broad range of career coaching, planning and employment opportunities to their clients.

Happy Birthday to us!

McNak BirthdayMcNeill Nakamoto turned 19 years old this week. We love to celebrate successes. And if you visit our behind the scenes photos on Facebook, you will know that we love to celebrate with food! Breakfast treats and afternoon cake one day, a pot luck lunch another day. And next week we will continue the celebrations with a night out as a team.

We are celebrating 19 years of doing what we love, and doing what we do best….

Since founding McNak  in 1996, our company has stayed true to its roots and continues to colour outside the lines. We are still crazy about positive experiences for our candidates and clients after all these years. Team McNak enjoys every day conjuring up new ways to make ourselves and others smile.

Our commitment to fun lives on. Its just the McNak way.

Happy Birthday McNak!

Happy Canada Day from McNak!

Happy Canada Day

We love to celebrate triumphs, but we also love to celebrate for no reason in particular. We simply love being together as a team, and enjoy each others company. We celebrate individual achievements, and team accomplishments.

We like to have fun, we like to encourage and support each other. We pitch in when needed. We appreciate everybody’s contribution. This is a healthy corporate culture. This is Team McNak.


Staffing for Canada Week

Found it!

This week is Staffing for Canada Week.

Each year during the first week of June, members and chapters of the Association of Canadian Search, Employment & Staffing Services (ACSESS) acknowledge the outstanding contributions of the many Canadians employed through staffing firms. Letters from the Prime Minister of Canada and Provincial Premiers recognize the key role these individuals play in our country’s continued economic growth and prosperity.

Canadian staffing firms provide a key service to businesses and offer a broad range of career planning and employment opportunities for over 500,000 Canadians every business day. ACSESS members take pleasure in this annual opportunity to celebrate and thank its employees while at the same time benefiting many charities through industry events.

Sweet Sixteen

On the 23rd of September 1996, Sarah McNeill and Cheryl Nakamoto founded McNeill Nakamoto Recruitment Group, affectionately known as McNak. Recently, I met with Sarah and Cheryl separately to ask about the road they have traveled these past 16 years. Interesting how in sync these two are.

Congratulations on 16 successful years. How does it feel?

Sarah:  I think I love McNak more with every passing year. It truly only gets better!

Cheryl:  Pretty incredible given most partnerships don’t endure the test of time.  We have been able to create a strong brand and have lots of fun doing it!

What was your vision for McNak when you started in September 1996?

Sarah: To stand out in the vast sea of staffing agencies and provide the best staffing experiences for our customers.

Cheryl:  To be a great recruitment firm in terms of getting the RIGHT FIT from the onset. Also, an agency that cares equally about exceeding the expectations of our clients as well as the candidates. Having been a candidate at one point I know the struggles of looking for work and having some compassion – care to treat them with respect was top on my list.

Regarding business partnership, how do you ‘make it work’?

Sarah:  Cheryl and I are very different people with complimentary skill sets. We make a perfect yin/yang partnership. And we share a love for fun and for seeing the ‘glass half full’.

Cheryl: Really listening to each other and playing to each others’ strengths then trusting the other to make the right choices when implementing decisions that were made jointly.  Not acting unilaterally without consideration for the other.

You are very successful entrepreneurs. What advice would you give to someone just starting out in business now?

Sarah:  It’s a shark tank out there. Put your best ideas forward and hire the best people to execute your plan.

Cheryl:  Have passion for what you are wanting to accomplish otherwise it becomes too difficult to push through those tough times.  You need to know it’s going to be hard work and some long hours and seek out help in areas where you know you need direction.

Why is Corporate Culture important?

Sarah:  Without corporate culture the business is just a machine with no soul. The best employees want to be a more of something greater than just the product or service.  We wanted to create even just 10% of what the best brands have with their teams in terms of corporate culture.

Cheryl: Corporate culture is so important in that is defines the company.  With the enormous growth around using social media, corporate culture is even more important now.  People can get a sense of your culture and share this information with others, make opinions quickly and you are even more “exposed” to the public.  Brand and corporate culture are so closely tied together.  If you build a strong corporate culture then it can attract and help to retain top talent!

How do you make it FUN to work at McNak?

Sarah:  We embrace our inner quirks and let others do the same. It’s never ‘just another day’ at the office.

Cheryl:  We laugh at least 10 times a day…I just laughed at a joke right now with my team!  We harness and embrace all our inner quirks and it makes it a fun place to work!

What’s next for McNak?

Sarah:  To always remain true to our original McNak vision and to keep having fun!

Cheryl: Excited about building in our 2 areas of expertise- Finance and Real Estate and a new partnership formed that will allow us to offer Global Recruitment to our clients.

photo credit: bookgrl

It’s The Right Thing To Do

It all started with one bottle of Hawthorn Mountain late harvest wine.

The year was 2006 and McNeill Nakamoto Recruitment Group was celebrating 10 years in business. We had a little party at our office, inviting clients and friends. Just a few weeks before the party, our team had a great idea to add a philanthropy element to our festivities, and host a modest silent auction benefiting Big Sisters of BC Lower Mainland. We had already been a big supporter since 2005 , but true to our McNak spirit we wanted to do something different, and give our staff the opportunity to become directly involved.

Several merchants in our Yaletown neighbourhood generously donated items for the silent auction. The night arrived, people celebrated, and enjoyed bidding on many wonderful items.

The most popular item which received the most bids was that bottle of wine, donated by one of our staff members. It was during this evening that the idea of ‘GrapeJuice’ was born. Just a few months later we put together the first wine auction benefiting Big Sisters of Lower Mainland. Tomorrow night will be the 5th annual GrapeJuice wine auction.

Corporate social responsibility is part of our soul. It’s the right thing to do.