Canada's 30 Best Benefit Plans Offer Flexibility to Meet Employee Needs, According to Hewitt



    TORONTO, June 7 /CNW/ - When it comes to selecting the best benefits
plans, the true judges are the employees who use them. For that reason,
employee feedback was used by Hewitt Associates, a global human resources
services company, to determine Benefits Canada magazine's list of "Canada's 30
Best Pension and Benefits Plans," announced today in the June issue (see
attached list).
    Employee opinion data regarding benefits from more than 220 Canadian
organizations was used to determine the list of the 30 best plans. Each of
these organizations participated in the 2007 Best Employers in Canada study,
the 2007 Best Small & Medium Employers in Canada study, or a custom employee
engagement study conducted by Hewitt.
    "The 30 organizations that appear on the 2007 list of Canada's Best
Pension and Benefit Plans are clearly listening to their employees and
providing them with the programs they need and appreciate," said Don Bisch,
editor of Benefits Canada. "As the Canadian workforce becomes more diverse,
designing flexible programs that meet a variety of needs is not easy. These 30
companies have met that challenge."
    The June issue of Benefits Canada also marks the magazine's 30th
anniversary.

    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

    With more than 65 years of experience, Hewitt Associates (NYSE:   HEW) is
the world's foremost provider of human resources outsourcing and consulting
services. The company consults with more than 2,300 organizations and
administers human resources, health care, payroll and retirement programs on
behalf of more than 340 companies to millions of employees and retirees
worldwide. Located in 35 countries, including Canadian offices in Toronto,
Montreal, Vancouver, Calgary and Regina, Hewitt employs approximately 24,000
associates. For more information, please visit www.hewitt.com.

    
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    Canada's 30 Best Pension and Benefit Plans 2007
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    Rank      Organization                                      Headquarters
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    1         Business Development Bank of Canada                Montréal QC
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    2         Farm Credit Canada                                   Regina SK
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    3         Intuit Canada                                      Edmonton AB
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    4         DaimlerChrysler Financial Services Canada Inc.      Windsor ON
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    5         Wellington West Capital Inc.                       Winnipeg MB
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    6         EllisDon Corporation                                 London ON
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    7         Midwest Surveys Inc.                                Calgary AB
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    8         CONEXUS                                              Regina SK
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    9         AstraZeneca Canada                              Mississauga ON
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    10        National Bank of Canada                            Montréal QC
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    11        Envision Financial                                  Langley BC
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    12        Prospera Credit Union & Insurance Agencies       Abbotsford BC
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    13        Pfizer Global Pharmaceuticals Group - Canada       Kirkland QC
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    14        L'Union Canadienne                                   Québec QC
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    15        JTI-Macdonald Corp.                             Mississauga ON
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    16        PCL Constructors Inc.                              Edmonton AB
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    17        GlaxoSmithKline Inc.                            Mississauga ON
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    18        BC Biomedical Laboratories Ltd.                      Surrey BC
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    19        Nexen Inc.                                          Calgary AB
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    20        Ceridian Canada Ltd.                                Markham ON
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    21        Procter & Gamble Inc.                               Toronto ON
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    22        Golder Associates Ltd.                              Burnaby BC
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    23        Deloitte & Touche LLP                               Toronto ON
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    24        The Co-operators                                     Guelph ON
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    25        Co-operators Life Insurance Company                  Regina SK
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    26        ATB Financial                                      Edmonton AB
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    27        Sleep Country Canada                                Toronto ON
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    28        Hoffmann-La Roche Limited                       Mississauga ON
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    29        CNC Global Ltd.                                     Toronto ON
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    30        Flight Centre North America                       Vancouver BC
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For further information:

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

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