Canadian Tourism Human Resource Council

Canadian Tourism Human Resource Council

March 02, 2010 10:40 ET

CTHRC Congratulates Cambridge Suites Hotel Sydney on Becoming an Employer of Choice

Nova Scotia property first in province to receive the national employee-rated designation

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - March 2, 2010) - The Canadian Tourism Human Resource Council (CTHRC) and the Nova Scotia Tourism Human Resource Council (NSTHRC) are pleased to announce that the Cambridge Suites Hotel Sydney has been awarded the employee-rated Employer of Choice designation. The Cambridge Suites Sydney offers a welcoming home base for guests who visit Sydney for business or pleasure. Sharing a strong HR ethic, the hotel's management strongly believes that professional development opportunities attract outstanding candidates and facilitates the retention of superlative staff. "We believe our employees are our most important asset and we are very excited to receive the EOC designation," said Cathy Burt, Human Resources Manager, Cambridge Suites Hotels. "I recommend this process to any other establishment interested in earning EOC designation." The hotel actively supports the national emerit certification program, certifying 85% of their staff since 2005. "We now have employees asking to participate in the certification process when they see that it represents a personal achievement and valuable industry recognition," said Ms. Burt.

"By achieving this status, the Cambridge Suites Hotel Sydney has demonstrated it values its employees and puts first-rate HR practices at the forefront of its goals," states Wendy Swedlove, CTHRC president. "Choice employers who continually improve their HR practices will be in a better position to attract and retain the talent they need to remain competitive once the economy improves and the tourism sector is again hit by a labour shortage."

"We are delighted that Cambridge Suites Sydney has earned this prestigious recognition," said Darlene Grant Fiander, Executive Director of NSTHRC. "They have proven that ongoing support and investment in their employees is a valuable business strategy for recruitment and retention and we look forward to working with other employers in the province as they work towards earning this important national designation."

The free Employer of Choice program is an online assessment tool which allows employees to rate employers based on established standards in today's workplace. It provides specific recommendations and resources to assist employers in achieving Employer of Choice status. It has been specially tailored by human resource experts to reflect the needs of all sizes of businesses, with the flexibility to assess multiple business locations or individual departments. The program makes a vital contribution to shaping a skilled Canadian tourism workforce by encouraging employers to motivate and train talented staff.

To sign up or for more information on the employee-rated Employer of Choice program, please visit

About the Canadian Tourism Human Resource Council (CTHRC)

The Canadian Tourism Human Resource Council (CTHRC) is a national organization that facilitates and coordinates human resources development activities which support a globally competitive and sustainable Canadian tourism sector. The Council conducts labour market research (, offers training and recognition under the emerit tourism training brand (, promotes the advantages of working in the sector through Discover Tourism (, and helps identify companies with positive HR practices through its employee-rated Employer of Choice program.

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