American Express Canada named one of Canada's Best Diversity Employers in 2012

MARKHAM, ON, Feb. 21, 2012 /CNW/ - American Express Canada has been selected as one of Canada's Best Diversity employers in 2012. The award is presented annually by the editors of Canada's Top 100 Employers.

American Express has operated as a Canadian business and employer since 1853, and creating a workplace environment where a diverse group of 3700+ employees are valued, respected and supported has been key to the business' success. Bringing together people of different talents, perspectives and backgrounds has helped generate new ideas to better service customers, and continue to provide an inclusive workplace environment.

"We are thrilled to have won this award," said Jason Colley, head of human resources at American Express Canada. "At American Express we consider diversity and inclusion a key business imperative and are committed to attracting, hiring and developing diverse talent worldwide."

Canada's Best Diversity Employers recognizes employers across Canada who exhibit outstanding workplace diversity and inclusiveness programs across five major employee groups: (a) Women; (b) Members of visible minorities; (c) Persons with disabilities; (d) Aboriginal peoples; and (e) Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgendered/Transsexual (LGBT) peoples.

About American Express in Canada

American Express in Canada operates as Amex Bank of Canada and Amex Canada Inc. Both are wholly owned subsidiaries of the New York based American Express Travel Related Services Company, Inc., the largest operating unit of the American Express Company. Amex Bank of Canada is the issuer of American Express charge and credit cards, with outstanding products like the American Express(r) Gold Rewards Card, and the American Express(r) AeroplanPlus(r) Gold Card. Amex Canada Inc. operates the Corporate Travel and Travellers Cheques divisions in Canada. American Express opened its first offices in Toronto and Hamilton in 1853 and now employs 3,700 Canadians coast-to-coast. For more information, visit AmericanExpress.ca or connect with us at Facebook.com/AmericanExpressCanada and YouTube.com/AmericanExpressCAD.

For further information:

Amanda Frehr-Smith, Communications Coordinator
American Express Canada
905-474-8747
Amanda.frehr-smith@aexp.com