Benefits Canada Magazine Names Annual List of Canada's 30 Best Pension and Benefit Plans



    "Best" Programs Determined by Employees Who Use Them

    TORONTO, June 12 /CNW/ - When it comes to ranking the best human
resources plans, the best judges are the employees who use them. For that
reason, employee feedback was used to determine Benefits Canada magazine's
second annual list of Canada's 30 Best Pension and Benefits Plans, released
today in the June issue of the magazine (see attached list).
    Employee opinion data related to benefits from over 150,000 workers at
more than 200 Canadian organizations was used to decide the list of the
30 best plans. Each candidate participated in the 2008 Best Employers in
Canada study, the 2008 Best Small & Medium Employers in Canada study, or a
custom employee engagement study conducted by Hewitt Associates, a global
human resources services company.
    "The organizations that appear on the 2008 list of Canada's 30 Best
Pension and Benefit Plans did not achieve this recognition because they
necessarily offer the most innovative employee benefits," said Don Bisch,
editor of Benefits Canada. "But they all do three things extraordinarily well.
They listen to their employees and offer programs that meet their needs; they
communicate them well, so workers understand and appreciate their benefits;
and they deliver them properly so employees avoid any administrative hassle.
For high employee satisfaction with retirement and benefit programs, all of
these factors must be present."

    About Benefits Canada

    Benefits Canada is the country's original and most influential pension
and benefits publication for key decision-makers in thousands of Canadian
workplaces. Senior finance executives, pension board trustees, benefits
professionals, human resource managers and industry specialists have turned to
the magazine for 30 years to help make informed decisions about their pension
and benefits plans. Published monthly, Benefits Canada provides award winning
editorial content, including in-depth features, exclusive industry reports,
profiles of innovative plan sponsors, expert analysis, critical statistical
data, and a wide range of national and international news and trends. For more
information, visit www.benefitscanada.com.

    About Hewitt Associates

    For more than 65 years, Hewitt Associates (NYSE:   HEW) has provided
clients with best-in-class human resources consulting and outsourcing
services. Hewitt consults with more than 3,000 large and mid-size companies
around the globe to develop and implement HR business strategies covering
retirement, financial and health management; compensation and total rewards;
and performance, talent and change management. As a market leader in benefits
administration, Hewitt delivers health care and retirement programs to
millions of participants and retirees, on behalf of more than
300 organizations worldwide. In addition, more than 30 clients rely on Hewitt
to provide a broader range of human resources business process outsourcing
services to nearly a million client employees. Located in 33 countries,
including Canadian offices in Toronto, Montreal, Vancouver, Calgary and
Regina, Hewitt employs approximately 23,000 associates. For more information,
please visit www.hewitt.com.

    
    Canada's 30 Best Pension and Benefits Plans for 2008
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    Ranking      Organization                              Headquarters

        1        Business Development Bank of Canada       Montréal, QC
        2        AstraZeneca Canada                        Mississauga, ON
        3        L'Union Canadienne                        Québec, QC
        4        Gibson Energy Ltd.                        Calgary, AB
        5        Wellington West Holdings Inc.             Winnipeg, MB
        6        Envision Financial                        Langley, BC
        7        EllisDon Corporation                      London, ON
        8        JTI-Macdonald Corp.                       Mississauga, ON
        9        CONEXUS                                   Regina, SK
       10        Prospera Credit Union & Insurance Agency  Abbotsford, BC
       11        Intuit Canada                             Edmonton, AB
       12        PCL Constructors Inc.                     Edmonton, AB
       13        Northern Savings Credit Union             Prince Rupert, BC
       14        National Bank of Canada                   Montréal, QC
       15        Midwest Surveys Inc.                      Calgary, AB
       16        Canadian Western Bank                     Edmonton, AB
       17        Ceridian Canada Ltd.                      Mississauga, ON
       18        OMERS                                     Toronto, ON
       19        Abbott Canada                             St-Laurent, QC
       20        GlaxoSmithKline Inc.                      Mississauga, ON
       21        Novartis Pharmaceuticals Canada Inc.      Dorval, QC
       22        BC Biomedical Laboratories                Surrey, BC
       23        Business Objects                          Vancouver, BC
       24        Aecon Group Inc.                          Toronto, ON
       25        ATB Financial                             Edmonton, AB
       26        Deloitte & Touche LLP                     Toronto, ON
       27        Nexen Inc.                                Calgary, AB
       28        Dillon Consulting Limited                 Toronto, ON
       29        Procter & Gamble                          Toronto, ON
       30        The Co-operators                          Guelph, ON
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For further information:

For further information: Marcia McDougall, Hewitt Associates, (416)
225-5001, marcia.mcdougall@hewitt.com

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