The 50 Best Employers in Canada: Report on Business Magazine Unveils the Nation's Ultimate Workplaces

    Interview Opportunities from the January Report on Business magazine

    TORONTO, Dec. 28 /CNW/ - Today, Report on Business magazine releases the
ninth annual list of the 50 Best Employers in Canada.
    This year's 50 Best Employers are a diverse group of progressive
companies that excel in sustained employee engagement while meeting corporate
objectives. Ranging in size from a few hundred employees, such as Intuit
Canada, to companies that are as big as a small town, such as Scotiabank
Group, the winners come from across the country and represent a multitude of
industries, including construction and engineering, insurance and financial
services, pharmaceuticals, hotels, restaurants, retailers, and oil and gas.
    The Best Employers in Canada study, where employees determine the
ranking, is conducted by Report on Business magazine and Hewitt Associates, a
global human resources services company. This year, more than 100,000
employees, 1,400 leaders and 115 HR professionals completed the confidential
surveys designed to measure employee engagement and how closely leaders and
employees work together toward a common vision, as well as the collective
energy that goes into making an organization a great place to work.
    "The top organizations have clearly demonstrated that they understand how
to attract and retain the employees they need in order to meet their business
objectives," explains Neil Crawford, leader of the Best Employers study at
Hewitt Associates. "They have developed people strategies that are designed to
facilitate, promote and achieve corporate success from the inside out."

    The Top 10 companies in this year's 50 Best Employers ranking boast highly
engaged employees:

    1.   EllisDon Corp., London. Last year's second best, international
         construction firm EllisDon posted top marks in almost every
    2.   Wellington West Capital Inc., Winnipeg. Last year's first-place
         winner, Wellington is a financial services company employing over
         450 advisers and other employees.
    3.   PCL Constructors Inc., Edmonton. The Alberta construction company
         has steadily moved up the ranks over the years. It was fifth last
         year and employs over 1,600.
    4.   Bennett Jones LLP, Calgary. Keeping its place in the Top Five, the
         law firm has over 800 staff.
    5.   Edward Jones, Mississauga. The financial services brokerage firm,
         employing over 1,600, was third last year.
    6.   JTI-MacDonald Corp. of Mississauga. The tobacco company has moved
         up from ninth place last year and employs 425.
    7.   Farm Credit Canada of Regina. The Saskatchewan financial services
         company has over 1,200 employees and climbed up from eighth last
    8.   Envision Financial of Langley, B.C. The financial services company
         employs over 700 and was seventh last year.
    9.   Intuit Canada, Edmonton. The software company was eleventh last
         year and currently has over 350 employees (smallest of the Top 10).
    10.  GlaxoSmithKline Inc. The Mississauga-based pharmaceuticals company
         is the largest in the Top 10, with over 1,700 employees.

    New to the ranking this year are, among others, Earls Restaurants of
North Vancouver (17th), Novartis Pharma Canada of Dorval, Que. (35th), and
construction and engineering firm Aecon Group Inc. of Toronto (45th).
    This year's No. 1 employer, EllisDon Corp. is in the spotlight of Report
on Business's Best Employers feature, offering a slew of hot workplace lessons
and learnings, including getting the CEO out of the way and focusing on
employees first, attracting and inspiring Generation Y/Millennial workers,
keeping up with the driving demand in Western Canada, building workplace
diversity, and more.
    To participate in the Best Employers in Canada study, an organization
must have at least 400 permanent employees in Canada and have operated in
Canada for at least three years. Detailed questionnaires are distributed to
employees, a comprehensive human resources practices survey is completed by HR
personnel, and a leadership team survey is completed by top executives. Hewitt
also examines how closely employees' and leaders' goals are aligned, and
whether workplace practices and programs reinforce that corporate vision.
    The January edition of Report on Business magazine offers fresh
perspectives and engaging insights on the issues that influence business in
Canada. Other interview opportunities in this issue:

    -   2018: BlackBerry implants. A green Alberta. Women in charge. In this
        feature about the brave new world of business ten years hence, Report
        on Business greats - the likes of Peter C. Newman, Derek DeCloet,
        Margaret Wente and others - predict what's to come.

    -   The Merchant of Menace: A candid profile of the most talked-about,
        eyebrow-raising class-action litigator in Canada, Regina lawyer
        Tony Merchant. Intense, driven and a threat to a growing number of
        big-name corporations, he's the class action king. But is he risking
        the title? asks Report on Business writer Timothy Taylor.

    -   Winnipeg could be king of the prairies again - the Russian prairies
        that is, argues award-winning columnist Eric Reguly in his piece
        about the boom of Russia's farming industry and the huge opportunity
        for Canadian manufacturers of agricultural equipment.

    Report on Business magazine is Canada's most-read business publication.
Published monthly in The Globe and Mail, Report on Business magazine offers
readers insightful, award-winning coverage of Canadian and global business and
economics. The Globe and Mail is a division of CTVglobemedia, a dynamic
multimedia company that also owns CTV, Canada's leading private broadcaster.

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