Veridian recognized as Durham Region's Smart Commute Employer of the Year

Award demonstrates utility's commitment to reducing environmental impacts of commuting to work

AJAX, ON, Nov. 16, 2011 /CNW/ - Veridian Connections Inc. was recognized as Durham Region's 'Smart Commute Employer of the Year' at a ceremony held in Toronto last night. The Smart Commute awards ceremony was hosted by Metrolinx and is held annually to recognize employers who are leaders in helping employees to reduce their environmental impacts of commuting to work.

Accepting the award on Veridian's behalf was Kyle Brown, the company's Manager of Retailer Relations and Smart Commute Coordinator. Brown credited Veridian's 200-plus employees for the award. "The employees at Veridian have embraced our smart commute initiatives targeted at reducing congestion and focusing on the environment," explains Brown. "Simple measures such as promotions to increase awareness, fun competitions and low cost incentives have led to significant changes in employee commuting practices."

Brown points out that Veridian's smart commute initiatives have been supported by the company. "Veridian offers flexible work options such as telecommuting and compressed work weeks to reduce the amount of travel required by employees, and earlier this year introduced a bike sharing program and high occupancy vehicle (HOV) parking spaces at its corporate office located in Ajax," she said. "Among a number of other unique smart commute initiatives, the company has a video conferencing system to reduce the need for travel between the company's work locations."

"A member since 2008, Veridian has twice been awarded Durham Region's Smart Commute Employer of the Year award for its outstanding efforts in assisting employees with travel planning to reduce harmful carbon dioxide emissions," said Sandra McEleney, Smart Commute Durham Representative. "Veridian has a number of successful programs supporting alternative transportation methods for employees that are the cornerstone of building strong, sustainable communities."

The Smart Commute initiative began as a partnership of municipal governments in the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area (GTHA), and the partnership was expanded to include Metrolinx early in 2008. Smart Commute's goal is to reduce traffic congestion and to take action on climate change through transportation efficiency. It helps and encourages local employers to explore and promote more environment-friendly commuter options such as carpooling, teleworking, transit, cycling, walking and flexible working hours.

Recipients of the Smart Commute awards were selected by an independent panel of community members from various sectors across the GTHA. Evaluations were based on the employer's commitment to the program, leadership in their communities, innovation and results.

Veridian Connections Inc. safely and reliably delivers electricity to more than 115,000 customers in the Cities of Pickering and Belleville, the Towns of Ajax, Port Hope and Gravenhurst, and the communities of Uxbridge, Bowmanville, Newcastle, Orono, Port Perry, Beaverton, Sunderland and Cannington. Veridian Connections Inc. is a wholly owned subsidiary of Veridian Corporation. The City of Pickering, the Town of Ajax, the Municipality of Clarington and the City of Belleville jointly own Veridian Corporation.

SOURCE Veridian

For further information:

Chris Mace
Sales & PR Representative - Corporate Communications
Veridian Connections Inc.
905-427-9870, extension 2218

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