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Workplace Institute

November 21, 2007 08:00 ET

Workplace Institute: Nine Companies Win 2008 Best Employers Award for 50 Plus Canadians

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Nov. 21, 2007) - Nine companies from across Canada received a Best Employers Award for 50 Plus Canadians today during the Workplace Institute's third annual Summit on the Mature Workforce.

"This year's winners realize that older workers are the key to weathering talent shortages and are taking some novel approaches to attracting and retaining them," says the Workplace Institute's Barbara Jaworski, founder of the awards and author of KAA-BOOM! How to Engage the 50-Plus Worker and Beat the Workforce Crisis. "The judges felt these organizations had found ways to meet their business needs by using strategies in one or more of the areas of career development, retention, recruitment, workplace culture/practices, benefits, management practices, health support, retirement/retiree practices, pension and/or recognition."

The judging panel for the 2008 Best Employers Award for 50 Plus Canadians represented various sectors and regions. The judges were: Dan Kelly, Senior Vice-President, Canadian Federation of Independent Business; Marjorie Armstrong Stassen, Professor, Odette School of Business, University of Windsor; Leroy Stone, Associate Director-General, Statistics Canada and Adjunct Professor, University of Montreal; Giselle Samson-Verreault, Assistant Deputy Minister, Foreign Affairs and International Trade; Catherine Brown, Assistant Deputy Minister, Ontario Ministry of Government Services, and Susan Williams, Assistant Deputy Minister, Alberta Ministry of Employment, Immigration and Industry.

This year's winners are:

- HSBC Bank Canada

- Merck Frosst

- Stream

- EDS Canada

- Wal-Mart Canada

- Home Instead Senior Care

- Metasoft Systems Inc.

- Catholic Children's Aid Society of Toronto

- Small Business Section: Youth Emergency Shelter, Edmonton

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