Hill & Knowlton Named One of Canada's Best Places to Work

    Recognition Marks Third Award for Quality in Past Year

    TORONTO, April 23 /CNW/ - Hill & Knowlton Canada is being recognized in
Canadian Business magazine as one of the "Best Workplaces in Canada" for 2007.
This and related stories appear in the April 23rd issue of Canadian Business
    "The number one reason our clients trust us with their business and their
reputation is the quality of our people," said Michael Coates, president and
CEO of Hill & Knowlton Canada. "Creating a positive and enjoyable workplace to
attract and retain the right staff is our top priority. In that environment,
our people are motivated to stay with us longer, perform higher, and exceed
client expectations on a daily basis. Our average client feedback surveys are
a 4.43/5 ranking."
    Hill & Knowlton is committed to professional development through
extensive training opportunities, flexible job options to achieve work-life
balance, national and international transfer opportunities, formalized
performance feedback, and world class knowledge management tools and
    This recognition from "Best Workplaces in Canada" makes Hill & Knowlton
the only public relations and public affairs agency to receive three of
Canada's most prestigious workplace quality awards in one year. The other
awards include Top 100 Employer for the fifth time and the Silver Quality
Award for Excellence from the National Quality Institute.
    This list of "Best Workplaces in Canada" is compiled for Canadian
Business magazine by Great Place to Work(R) Institute Canada. The competition
process is based on two criteria: two-thirds of the total score comes from a
57-statement survey completed by a random selection of employees, along with
their open-ended comments about their organization; the remaining one-third of
the score comes from an in-depth review of the organization's culture,
including an evaluation of HR policies and procedures. This offers a rigorous
representation of the organization from an employee perspective, and an
overall portrait of the workplace culture. Together, they provide crucial data
relative to the five trust-building dimensions of a great place to work(R):
credibility, respect, fairness, pride, and camaraderie.
    More than 20,000 employees participated in the 2007 "Best Workplaces in
Canada" survey.

    About Hill & Knowlton Canada

    With eight offices across the country, Hill & Knowlton Canada
(www.hillandknowlton.ca) is Canada's industry leader in public relations,
public affairs and strategic communications. The company specializes in
corporate, crisis, consumer marketing, technology, natural resources,
healthcare, aboriginal and digital communications, public affairs, and
financial and investor relations. Hill & Knowlton Canada is a recipient of
Level III Certification under the National Quality Institute's Progressive
Excellence Program, and has been recognized as a Top 100 Employer for 2007.
Its parent company, Hill & Knowlton, Inc, is a world leader in public
relations and public affairs, with 70 offices in 40 countries, and is a member
of WPP (NASDAQ:   WPPGY) (www.wpp.com), one of the world's largest
communications services groups.

For further information:

For further information: Lisa Walker, Hill & Knowlton Canada, (416)
413-4656, lisa.walker@hillandknowlton.ca

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