Merger creates Canada's largest staffing firm

    New Managing Director For Combined Vedior and Randstad Organizations Sees
    Significant Opportunity, Offering Broadest and Deepest Pool of Talent in
    the Country

    TORONTO, Sept. 4 /CNW/ - Randstad Canada, subsidiary of The
Netherlands-based Randstad Holding nv, a leading provider of HR services and
professional staffing, is pleased to announce today that Terry Power,
President of Sapphire Technologies Canada Limited has been named Managing
Director and will head up its local operations, as Vedior's Canadian companies
merge with Randstad to form the largest, full-service staffing organization in
    This follows the June 2008 announcement of the merger between Vedior nv
and Randstad Holding nv. This merger creates the second largest HR services
and professional staffing company in the world with 5,416 branches in over 50
countries and annual revenues of (euro)17.6 billion ($27 billion CAN) combined
in 2007.
    In addition to managing Randstad's Canadian operations, Mr. Power will
continue to oversee Sapphire Canada and its subsidiaries: OriginHR Canada, a
leading HR solutions provider,Global Managed Services Canada, one of the
country's oldest specialists in vendor management, and ATS Reliance, a
Canadian-based company focused on engineering and light industrial staffing.
    "Randstad Canada will offer Canadian organizations an unparalleled
service: a single resource for the broadest supply of talent across an array
of specialized industries, trades and professions," said Mr. Power. "This is
an exciting opportunity to lead a staffing powerhouse with global reach and
local expertise."
    Together, the combined businesses will offer HR support services, vendor
management services and recruitment for temporary staffing and permanent hires
within the following specialties: administration, accounting, finance, call
centres, sales and marketing, HR, industrial, skilled trades, engineering and
information technology.
    "There's a continuing shortage of qualified talent in many key sectors,"
added Mr. Power. "Our clients tell us that they need creative solutions and
partnerships. Now we're better positioned than ever to help Canadian companies
create a competitive advantage through strategic HR and staffing solutions."

    Randstad Canada

    Randstad Canada is the country's largest provider of staffing and HR
services. With over 60 branches Randstad Canada partners with leading
companies to help attract and retain the best talent in the areas of
Administrative Support, Accounting and Finance, Call Centre & Customer
Service, Engineering, Human Resources, Industrial Support, Information
Technology, Sales and Marketing, Skilled Trades Industrial Management.
Randstad Canada is a wholly owned subsidiary of Dutch-based Randstad Holding
nv. For more information, please visit

    Randstad Holding nv

    Randstad specializes in solutions in the field of flexible work and human
resources services. Our services range from regular temporary staffing and
permanent placement to inhouse, professionals, search & selection, and HR
Solutions. Since acquiring Vedior in 2008, the Randstad Group is the second
largest HR services provider in the world with major positions in Australia,
Belgium, Canada, France, Germany, India, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Spain,
Switzerland, Poland, Portugal, and the southeastern United States. Randstad
has over 34,000 employees working from 5,400 branches and inhouse locations in
53 countries around the world.
    Randstad and Vedior generated combined revenue of (euro) 17.6 billion in
2007. Randstad was founded in 1960 and is headquartered in Diemen, the
Netherlands. Randstad Holding nv is listed on the NYSE Euronext Amsterdam
exchange, where options for stocks in Randstad are also traded. For more
information see

For further information:

For further information: Martha Linton, Cohn & Wolfe, (416) 924-5700
ext. 4048,

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