Yani Hornilla-Donato and Alvanson So: On What Makes Canva a Powerful Product and Employer Brand

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Canva is an online design company co-founded by Fil-Aussie, Melanie Perkins. Canva Philippines is one of the fastest growing start-ups, and is a Great Place to Work-Certified company.

They need a strong, trusting, and happy team to be able to create a great product and that’s why their employer brand has been very clear even from the start.

Yani Hornilla-Donato, Canva Philippines’ Country Head, together with Vanson So, Canva Philippines’ Country HR Head, shared in our recent interview what makes their brand sought after as a product and as a company.

Holding a spot at the Philippines’ Best Workplaces list for 2 consecutive years, and now, No. 1 in the recently announced Asia’s Best Workplaces 2021 – Small and Medium Category, there’s no sign of slowing down for this fast growing employer of choice.

Watch Canva Philippines’ Country Head Yani Hornilla-Donato,  Canva Philippines’ Country HR Head Vanson So, and our Sales Manager Karissa Huyong-Manankil, in the fourth episode of our Employer Branding webcast, as they share about their people, their employer brand, their product and their amazing culture at Canva.

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Philippines Best Workplaces™ 2024 Methodology

Employees respond to over **60 survey questions** describing the extent to which

their organization creates a great place to work For All™️.

85% of the evaluation is based on what employees say about their experiences of trust and reaching their full human potential as part of their organization, no matter who they are or what they do.

Great Place to Work® analyzes these experiences relative to each organization’s size, workforce make up, and what’s typical in their industry. The remaining 15% of the rank is based on an assessment of all employees’ daily experiences of innovation, company values, and the effectiveness of their leaders to ensure these are consistently experienced.

To be considered, companies had to meet the Great Place to Work-Certified™

standard. Trust Index©️ survey results are accurate to a 95% confidence level with a 5% margin of error or better to ensure the survey results truly represent all employees.

We review any anomalies in survey responses, news and financial performance to ensure there aren’t any extraordinary reasons to believe we couldn’t trust a company’s survey results.

Companies with 10 to 99 people were considered for the Small category.

Companies with 100 employees or more were considered for the Medium category.

Companies exceeding 1,000 employees were considered for the Large category.


To be eligible for the World’s Best Workplaces list, a company must apply and be named to a minimum of 5 national Best Workplaces lists within our current 58 countries, have 5,000 employees or more worldwide, and at least 40% of the company’s workforce (or 5,000 employees) must be based outside of the home country. Extra points are given based on the number of countries where a company surveys employees with the Great Place to Work Trust Index©, and the percentage of a company’s workforce represented by all Great Place to Work surveys globally. Candidates for the 2017 Worlds Best Workplaces list will have appeared on national workplaces lists published in September 2016 through August 2017.