What started as a career at the largest publicly traded gaming company in the world, quickly turned into founding and championing Canada’s leading financial rate comparison site. Justin Thouin, along with his Co-Founder, Cliff Ritter, started LowestRates.ca after watching their mortgages and car insurance premiums increase year after year. Both thought, why do Canadians use Trivago or Expedia to find better prices, but do not do so for what are some of the biggest financial decisions of their lives? From there, the idea for LowestRates.ca was created. After five years of hard work, Thouin and Ritter have developed a massively successful digital platform to help millions of Canadians save thousands of dollars each year.
As the recent nominee of the EY Entrepreneur of the Year, Thouin was among the many finalists who were competing for this prestigious award; “there were these amazing people I was up against, one a former NHL goalie who started GFL which is now at 1 billion dollars in revenue per year. It was a real honour and was very meaningful for me to be among those inspiring people”. Under Thouin’s leadership, LowestRates.ca has been ranked in the Top 20 on Maclean’s and Canadian Business’ Growth 500 list of Canada’s fastest growing companies for three years in a row, placing 11th this year.
LowestRates.ca has a “challenging yet energetic and diverse culture” and that’s exactly what Linkus Group has helped create; by finding the right people, all from different walks of life, our team has been hand-picked to perform at the highest level of quality. “We want to bring on people who are here for the long haul”, Thouin stated as he was discussing the ideal candidate and what he looks for in his staff. “We want people who want to make a difference in the lives of Canadians. People who aren’t afraid to speak their mind, have open candid conversations, and who can handle complete transparency”. The Toronto-based startup’s ideal candidate is someone “who has a passion to make financial and personal finance easier, more approachable, and more convenient for Canadians”.
Early growth startups can be especially exciting to work with, “because they are innovative and put a huge emphasis on solving real world problems”, Benita Foo, Recruitment Consultant at Linkus Group, explains while discussing her experience working with the team at LowestRates.ca. “Every single hire is a very important hire for them. They will not just fill a spot whenever it comes time to recruit. They are serious about the role the recruitment process plays in the growth of their business and its impact on their bottom line. Justin and his team are looking for candidates who are passionate about what they do, who are metrics driven, and are hustlers.”
As the company is continuing to expand, Thouin needed to find top tier talent for the organization and he partnered with Linkus Group to curate a list of exceptional, passionate candidates: “Linkus only presented us with the candidates who would be a great fit for our company”. Thouin went on to say that the candidates presented were highly qualified and it was clear that the attention to detail from the Linkus consultants was of high priority.
To-date, LowestRates.ca has saved Canadian $1 billion dollars in interest and fees and is becoming Canadian consumers’ first stop when making a financial decision in their day-to-day lives. For more information about LowestRates.ca visit their website.