Aecon Recognized as one of the 50 Best Employers in Canada



    TORONTO, Jan. 8 /CNW/ - Aecon Group Inc. (TSX: ARE) announced today that
it has been recognized as one of the 50 Best Employers in Canada. The 50 Best
Employers in Canada is an influential annual study managed by Hewitt
Associates, a human resources outsourcing and consulting firm and published in
the Globe and Mail's Report on Business Magazine.
    Hewitt selects organizations from across Canada with the greatest
employee engagement, based on their investment in employee development and
employee empowerment. Hewitt stresses that, for a company to make its 50 Best
list, employees must see the connection between their daily contributions and
the success of their organization. The final selection of the 50 Best
Employers in Canada is a direct result of employees' responses to a
confidential opinion survey from Hewitt.
    "Aecon is one of only a few new companies to make it onto our list this
year," said Neil Crawford, leader of Hewitt Associates' Best Employers in
Canada study. "They clearly have a strong employee focus, and their inclusion
on the list is testament to their high level of employee engagement and the
priority they place on their people culture."
    "We are thrilled to be recognized as one of Canada's 50 Best Employers,"
said Scott Balfour, President and CFO of Aecon Group Inc. "We are
strategically committed to being the employer of choice in our industry, and
being recognized as among the best in the country this year indicates we are
clearly on the right path. It positions us well to continue to attract and
retain the best people in the industry."

    Aecon Group Inc. is Canada's largest publicly traded construction and
infrastructure development company. Aecon and its subsidiaries provide
services to private and public sector clients throughout Canada and
internationally.

    The information in this news release includes certain forward-looking
statements. These statements are based upon assumptions that are subject to
significant risks and uncertainties which are generally described in Section
3.2 "Risk Factors" of Aecon's Annual Information Form available on SEDAR at
www.sedar.com. Although Aecon believes that the expectations reflected in
forward-looking statements are reasonable, it can give no assurance that the
expectations of any forward-looking statements will prove to be correct.

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For further information:

For further information: Mitch Patten, Vice President, Corporate
Affairs, Aecon Group Inc., (416) 297-2615, aecon@aecon.com, www.aecon.com


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