Announcement of the winners of the Défi Meilleurs Employeurs 2008

    MONTREAL, Sept. 30 /CNW Telbec/ - The winners of the seventh Défi
Meilleurs Employeurs awards were announced last night at a gala held as part
of the conference of the Ordre des CRHA et CRIA du Québec (ORHRI). Madam
Dominique Savoie, Acting Deputy Minister responsible for Emploi-Québec and
Acting Secretary General of the Commission des partenaires du marché du
travail, was among the guests attending the event, which was organized by
ORHRI, Watson Wyatt Worldwide and Affaires Plus magazine.
    Défi Meilleurs Employeurs honours businesses that have taken the
opportunity to measure themselves against and compare themselves with their
peers in order to become better employers. These organizations have made their
mark through implementing best HR practices. The awards highlight the work of
organizations that provide an environment conducive to their employees'
well- being. Some 60 companies participated in the competition this year.

    Top winners in 2008

    For the fourth year in a row and representing a first for all categories,
D.L.G.L. once again ranked among the province's best employers.
    First prize in the 500 employees or more category was awarded to
Teknika HBA in recognition of its focus on the quality of life in the
workplace, which in turn builds a strong sense of engagement among its
    Exceptionally this year, two organizations tied for first place in the
200 to 499 employees category: BBA, a company that promotes a family spirit
and is known for keeping promises made during hiring interviews, and the
Centre de réadaptation Estrie, an organization that takes such good care of
its workforce that its reputation has spread well beyond the borders of the
Estrie region.
    In the small business category (50 to 199 employees), first prize went to
Beenox, a trendsetting organization acknowledged for its friendly work
environment and transparent leadership. In 2007, Beenox received third prize
in its category so this year's award represents an impressive leap forward.

    Other winners

    Xerox Canada took second prize in the large business category, while the
Caisse populaire Desjardins de Saint-Eustache/Deux-Montagnes and the Centre
d'Interaction Proximédia inc. won second and third prize respectively in the
small business category. In addition, Couche-Tard was honoured with the award
in recognition of improvement.
    "Above and beyond these prestigious awards, Défi Meilleurs Employeurs
offers Quebec businesses an excellent tool for evaluating their HR management.
Participating in the competition allows them to identify the best practices
within their organization that promote the engagement and loyalty of their
employees. Even more importantly, the competition helps them improve from one
year to the next, which is a significant advantage at a time when skilled
workers are in such short supply," explained Florent Francoeur, CHRP, Ordre
president and CEO.
    "Attracting, retaining and motivating employees are challenges that
businesses have to face daily. The Défi Meilleurs Employeurs awards salute
organizations that have successfully met this challenge. Over the years, the
competition has become a genuine learning platform for Quebec companies,"
confirmed Sylvain Bédard, editor of the economic magazines section at
Transcontinental Media.
    "More than ever, organizations understand just how important it is to
attract, retain and mobilize their workforce in order to effectively implement
their strategy. Our company is proud to contribute to Défi Meilleurs
Employeurs and to recognize companies' efforts to translate their human
resources practices into a competitive advantage for the success of their
organization. Talent is unquestionably a strategic asset," added Francis
Lafrance, managing consultant, Eastern Canada, for Watson Wyatt Worldwide.

    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 Worldwide, 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 seventh year, the Défi Meilleurs Employeurs
competition was jointly established by Watson Wyatt Canada and Affaires PLUS

    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 9,500 dynamic professionals,
including almost 7,500 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

    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 Montreal 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 in order to create a
competitive edge; recommending optimal investment strategies for retirement
plan sponsors and other types of organizations; providing strategic and
financial advice to insurance companies and financial services; and providing
related technological, outsourcing and data services. Watson Wyatt has
7,000 associates in 32 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

    To learn more...

    The complete results of the Défi meilleurs employeurs 2008 competition
are available at
    Photos of representatives from the winning organizations are available in
the press room of the ORHRI portal at

For further information:

For further information: Caroline Soulas, Coordinator, Event
organization and communications, (514) 941-1989, September 30, (514) 879-1636,
ext. 224 as of October 1,

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