Canadian Companies Earn Top Honours As Environmental Employers of the Year

CALGARY, March 12, 2012 /CNW/ - Canada's 2012 Environmental Employers of the Year (EEYA) have been named, with companies from across the country winning the top honours.

The five winners, in no order, are:

The Awards, presented by Environmental Careers Organization (ECO) Canada, recognize excellence in human resource practices from employers who operate within Canada's environment industry. The Awards showcase innovation in employee engagement that contributes to overall organizational success within an ever-growing industry.

"We want to celebrate human resource achievements in an industry that continues to expand with high expectations of both companies and employees," says Grant Trump, President of ECO Canada, adding, "The Awards provide companies the opportunity to engage their staff and gain vital feedback on HR practices. This contributes greatly to the continued growth and vitality of Canada's environment industry."

The top honours are based on the results of a company employee satisfaction survey that is administered and analyzed by ECO Canada. A committee of HR professionals from across Canada then evaluates both the organization's HR practices and employee satisfaction results to distinguish the winners.

"We are so thrilled and honoured, and have worked so hard to improve our practices. Participating in the [EEYA] process for the past three years has been so valuable to us." says Karin Hedetniemi, Director of Business and Human Resources at Inside Education.

The Awards will be formally presented to the winners at a luncheon in Vancouver on March 13, 2012. This event, though not formally connected, runs concurrent with GLOBE 2012, the international conference and tradeshow for environmental sustainability and social responsibility.

Mike Harcourt, former premier of British Columbia, Mayor of Vancouver and City Councillor, will present a keynote address on Environmental Leadership at the luncheon.

For more information on the awards, please visit eco.ca/awards.

Interviews and photo opportunities will be available with the award winners, Mike Harcourt and Grant Trump at the presentation. Please contact Kayley Brooks at ECO Canada to confirm an interview time at the event.

About ECO Canada:

ECO Canada develops programs that help individuals build meaningful environmental careers, provides employers with resources to find and keep the best environmental practitioners, and informs educators and governments of employment trends to ensure the ongoing prosperity of this growing sector. ECO Canada is funded in part by the Government of Canada's Sector Council Program. For more information please visit: www.eco.ca.

For further information:

MEDIA CONTACTS

Primary Contact:
Kayley Brooks - Senior Manager Marketing, ECO Canada
403- 476-1942
kbrooks@eco.ca

Alternate Contacts: 
Inside Education - Becky Hall, Communications Manager
780-421-1497
bhall@insideeducation.ca

EDI Environmental Dynamics - Bob Redden, President
250-562-5412
bredden@edynamics.com

Transfert Environnement - Cédric Bourgeois, President,
819-345-6592
cbourgeois@transenvironnement.qc.ca

Langley Environmental Partners Society - Nichole Marples, Executive Director
604-532-3511
nmarples@tol.ca

SIMS Recycling Solutions - Katrina Marten
905-874-6818