Announcement of the Winners of the Défi Meilleurs Employeurs 2007 Awards



    MONTREAL, Oct. 4 /CNW Telbec/ - The winners of the Défi Meilleurs
Employeurs 2007 awards were announced last night a gala held as part of the
conference of the Ordre des CRHA et CRIA du Québec (ORHRI). Minister of
Employment and Social Solidarity Sam Hamad was among the guests attending the
event, which was organized by ORHRI, Watson Wyatt Canada and Affaires PLUS
magazine.
    This year, some 60 companies participated in the competition, which pays
tribute to Quebec businesses that implement best practices in human resources
management. The awards highlight the work of organizations that provide a
healthy and stimulating work environment and contribute to the welfare of
their employees.

    Top winners in 2007

    This year's winner in the 500 employees or more category was Xerox, an
organization that takes care of its employees and supports them through
numerous initiatives to ensure their well-being in both their professional and
their personal lives.
    First prize in the 200 to 499 employees category went to Sofitel in
recognition of its focus on building employee commitment and loyalty.
    In the small business category (50 to 199 employees), the first prize was
awarded to the consulting firm of L-IPSE, an organization known for promoting
its consultants' self-management capabilities.

    Other winners

    Sixpro took second prize in the medium-sized business category, while
Groupe Forget and Beenox won second and third prize respectively in the small
business category. In addition, Roche was honoured with the award in
recognition of improvement.
    "At a time when employers are fiercely competing to attract and retain
skilled workers," the Défi Meilleurs Employeurs competition provides an
excellent opportunity for employers to find out what motivates employee
engagement and mobilization. The competition's winners and participants are a
great source of inspiration for businesses wishing to adopt sound HR
management practices," commented Order president and CEO Florent Francoeur,
CHRP.
    "This competition is now more relevant than ever, given the ongoing
challenge businesses are facing to attract talent. We are convinced that it
significantly helps participating organizations improve their HR management
practices and thus achieve success," confirmed Sylvain Bédard, editor of the
economic magazines section at Transcontinental Media.
    "The Défi celebrates not only the winners, but also all the participating
organizations that have contributed to enhancing their employees' commitment,"
added Francis Lafrance, managing consultant, Eastern Canada, for Watson Wyatt.
"Research carried out by Watson Wyatt in Canada and abroad has shown that
employee commitment has a powerful impact on productivity and financial
performance. Our company is proud to take part in this event, which honours
employers who understand that their success depends upon their employees."

    About Défi Meilleurs Employeurs

    The main objective of Défi Meilleurs Employeurs is to encourage Québec
businesses to become better employers through evaluating their efforts based
on employee feedback and in comparison with other organizations.
    The competition also evaluates employees' productive engagement and
identifies organizational strengths and weaknesses to allow businesses to
adopt the most appropriate tools. Through questionnaires prepared by Watson
Wyatt, information is collected on the quality of the work environment and
leadership, the decision-making process, and professional development and
training. It is therefore in an organization's best interest to participate
regularly in the competition to be able to track its progress over the years.
Now in its sixth year, the Défi Meilleurs Employeurs competition was jointly
established by Watson Wyatt and Affaires PLUS magazine.

    About ORHRI

    ORHRI is the primary human resources management and industrial relations
reference organization in Quebec. Recipient of a Grand Prix québécois de la
qualité 2005, it has a membership of close to 8,000 dynamic professionals,
including over 6,700 CHRPs and CIRCs. It is the only organization authorized
by the Professional Code to confer the designations of certified human
resources professional and certified industrial relations counsellor. Active
in all sectors - businesses, government organizations, unions, academia,
consulting firms - CHRPs and CIRCs work in industrial relations, human
resources management, occupational health and safety and in-house professional
development.

    About Transcontinental

    Affaires PLUS magazine is published by Transcontinental Media, the fourth
largest print media group in Canada and the leading publisher of consumer
magazines. It is also the largest publisher of regional and community
newspapers in Quebec and the second largest in Canada. A subsidiary of
Transcontinental group, it also publishes Métro, a free Montréal daily.
Through its well-known Publi-Sac, it is the Quebec leader in door-to-door
advertising distribution.

    About Watson Wyatt Worldwide

    Watson Wyatt (NYSE:   WW) is the trusted business partner to the world's
leading organizations on people and financial issues. Its global services
focus on managing cost effective employee benefit schemes; developing
strategies to attract, retain and compensate employees; providing strategic
and financial advice to insurance companies and financial services;
recommending optimal investment strategies for retirement plan sponsors and
other types of organizations; and providing related technological, outsourcing
and data services. Watson Wyatt has 7,000 associates in 31 countries. In
Western Canada, the firm services clients from Vancouver and Calgary, in
Central Canada from Toronto and Kitchener-Waterloo; and in Eastern Canada from
Montreal. For more information visit www.watsonwyatt.com/canada.

    To learn more...

    The complete results of the Défi meilleurs employeurs 2007 competition
are available at www.defimeilleursemployeurs.com




For further information:

For further information: Caroline Benarrous, Coordinator, Event
organization and communications, (514) 941-1989, October 4, (514) 879-1636,
ext. 224 as of October 5, c.benarrous@orhri.org

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