For Second Year, Ernst & Young Named A Top GTA Employer

    TORONTO, Oct. 15 /CNW/ - For a second year in a row, Ernst & Young has
been recognized as one of Greater Toronto Area's Top 50 Employers for 2008.
This designation acknowledges employers in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA) that
are trailblazers in their respective industries in offering extraordinary
places to work.
    "Our people are our biggest asset and we have created progressive
programs to address both their personal and professional needs," said Karen
Wensley, Canada's People Team Leader for Ernst & Young. "This includes many
benefits that continue to attract attention from potential employees. We offer
a competitive vacation day plan, extended summer weekends, fitness benefits
and numerous family-friendly policies such as subsidized back up child- and
elder-care. We thrive as a firm by putting our people first."
    Flexible work arrangements, inclusiveness networks, gender equity
initiatives, and positive corporate social responsibility programs are just a
few of the many work arrangements at Ernst & Young. Other popular benefits
include a concierge service that will book travel, run errands, and many other
initiatives that focus on meeting our people's needs.
    "A great example of our response to the needs of our people is when we
decided to add three additional paid days off, we turned to our people for
insight on when those days should be," Karen explained. "They told us they
preferred extra days off in the summer when the entire office is closed,
ideally attached to a long weekend."

    The firm has also received recognition by:

    -   Financial Post's 2007 list of the Ten Best Companies To Work For

    -   Canadian Business magazine's list of "The Best Workplaces in Canada"
        (10th out of 50 companies)

    -   Today's Parent magazine's annual list of the "Top 10 family-friendly

    -   Working Mother magazine's top-10 list of "Best Companies for Working

    About Ernst & Young

    Ernst & Young, a global leader in professional services, is committed to
restoring the public's trust in professional services firms and in the quality
of financial reporting. Its 114,000 people in 140 countries pursue the highest
levels of integrity, quality and professionalism in providing a range of
sophisticated services centred on our core competencies of auditing,
accounting, tax and transactions. Further information about Ernst & Young and
its approach to a variety of business issues can be found at Ernst & Young refers to the global organization of member
firms of Ernst & Young Global Limited, each of which is a separate legal
entity. Ernst & Young Global Limited does not provide services to clients.

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(514) 874-4308; Megan Bailey at, or (403) 206-5037

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