Wellington West again named as one of 50 Best Employers in Canada

    Ranked as one of top two employers for third consecutive year

    TORONTO, Jan. 2 /CNW/ - Wellington West Holdings Inc., a privately held,
employee-owned financial services firm, has been named as No.2 Best Employer
in Canada in the 2008 Hewitt Associates / Report on Business Magazine, 50 Best
Employers survey. This marks the third consecutive year that Wellington West
has taken the No.1 or No.2 spot.
    "We are grateful to once again be named as a top employer," said Kish
Kapoor, president, Wellington West Holdings Inc. "This achievement is an
endorsement for the strategy we have been following - hiring the top talent in
our industry, equipping them with the tools and resources they need and
liberating them to do what they do best."
    Wellington West was named the No.1 employer in Canada by the 50 Best
Employers survey in January 2007 and No.2 employer in January 2006. The
rankings are based on a cross-country survey of employees, corporate leaders
and human resources professionals.
    "There is a spirit of ownership at Wellington West that we feel gives us
a unique personality in an otherwise undifferentiated market of financial
institutions," says Mr. Kapoor. "We are committed to transparency of our
business strategy and vision and we encourage all of our employees to
participate fully in the company as owners.
    "This award is an excellent way to begin the year for a team of people
who work so hard together, who have fun together and genuinely enjoy being

    About Wellington West

    Wellington West is a full-service independent investment dealer
specializing in family wealth management and capital markets services to
institutions and corporate issuers in certain niche markets. With more than
500 employees across Canada, Wellington West provides investment management,
financial planning, insurance, asset management and capital markets services.
Wellington West is an employee-owned company. Founded in 1993 and based in
Winnipeg, Wellington West has become one of the fastest-growing independent
full-service investment firms in Canada, with more than $9.7 billion in assets
under administration. Among its many corporate achievements, Wellington West
was named the No.1 Best Employer in Canada in 2007, one of Canada's Fastest
Growing Companies in 2007 and one of Canada's 50 Best Managed Companies for
2006. In addition, Wellington West retained its No.1 ranking for a record
fourth consecutive year in the 2007 Brokerage Report Card survey and was named
No.2 Independent Investment Dealer in the 2006 Financial Post / Starmine Top
Analyst Awards, along with No.1 analyst ranking in Oil, Gas and Consumable
Fuels, No.1 in Business Trusts and No.2 in IT Equipment in the top earnings
estimators category.

For further information:

For further information: Media Contact: Janine Waschuk, (416) 899-2617
or janine@wellwest.ca

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