Business Development Bank of Canada's People Practices Garner 'Triple Crown' of distinctions - BDC one of Canada's Top 100 Employers for second consecutive year

    MONTREAL, Oct. 9 /CNW Telbec/ - On the heels of two prestigious
distinctions for its people practices, the Business Development Bank of Canada
(BDC) is proud to announce that it has also been ranked amongst Canada's Top
100 Employers for 2008, the second consecutive year BDC has made the Top 100
list. In June of this year, BDC topped Benefits Canada magazine's list of
"Canada's 30 Best Pension and Benefits Plans" and in September, BDC was the
first and only Canadian employer to make the global list of Top Companies for
Leaders, compiled following a study of more than 560 companies from around the

    Canada's Top 100 Employers

    The annual Top 100 Employers competition, which recognizes employers with
outstanding workplace environments, is conducted by Mediacorp Canada Inc. In
making the list for 2008, BDC was also recognized as one of the Top 10
Employers in Montréal for the second year in a row.
    BDC was selected from a group of over 1,500 employers that participated
in the Top 100 application process this year. The recruitment history of over
60,000 employers across Canada was reviewed - and more than 10,000 employers
across the nation were invited to apply.
    "The fact that BDC has been recognized with these three prestigious
distinctions in the space of a few months confirms what our people have told
us consistently through engagement and internal satisfaction surveys: our
employees are proud of BDC's mission to support SMEs and they are happy to
work here," said Jean-René Halde, BDC's President and CEO.
    "BDC sets itself apart by listening to its employees and taking action to
understand and meet their evolving needs. Our designation as one of the
country's top employers for two years running shows that our approach
continues to foster an environment in which employees can thrive," he added.
    The experience of Angela Lucia, a Head Office employee from Montréal,
Québec, illustrates the flexibility that enables BDC employees to balance work
and personal demands in the face of changing circumstances. "For over 25
years, BDC has offered me various professional opportunities which reflected
my personal needs and allowed me to achieve a work-life balance," said Angela.
    This was especially true for Angela when, in 2006, she was diagnosed with
breast cancer. "I was coping with the stress of the diagnosis and, because I
was classified as a temporary employee at the time, I could have faced being
unemployed after undergoing treatment," said Angela. "BDC reassured me that
this would not happen."
    Angela returned to work part-time after her leave, and was recently hired
as a permanent, part-time employee. "I will be forever grateful to BDC, and to
the executives involved, for their flexibility, their morale support and their

    About BDC

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BDC actively supports the development and growth of Canadian small and
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For further information:

For further information: Johanne Bissonnette, Manager, Media Relations,
BDC, (514) 283-7929,

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