Workplace Institute

Workplace Institute

November 14, 2006 12:00 ET

Nine Companies Receive 2007 Best Employers Award for 50 Plus Canadians'TM'

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(CCNMatthews - Nov. 14, 2006) - Nine diverse companies from across Canada are this year's recipients of a Best Employers Award for 50-Plus Canadians™. The awards, sponsored by the Workplace Institute, were presented today during the second annual Summit on the Mature Workforce in Toronto.

"For several years, leading voices in demographics and economics have been sounding the alarm about the looming talent shortage due to not enough skilled younger workers available to fill the shoes of millions of retiring baby boomers," says Barbara Jaworski, founder of the awards and head of the Workforce Institute. "These nine companies have heard the alarm bells and are taking action. Indeed, they are on the vanguard of a workplace revolution to overturn outdated, discriminatory hiring and retention policies aimed at workers over 50."

This year's winners are:

Catholic Children's Aid Direct Energy, Toronto, Ontario
Society of Toronto Flexo Products, Niagara Falls, Ontario.
Excell Services, Penticton, Metasoft Systems Inc., Vancouver, B.C.
British Columbia Statistics Canada, Ottawa, Ontario
Merck Frosst, Montreal, Quebec
Seven Oaks General Hospital,
Winnipeg, Manitoba
Toronto Auto Auctions,
Milton, Ontario

The Best Employers Award for 50-Plus Canadians™ is open to all Canadian companies with more than 20 employees. Criteria for the awards are excellence in the areas of hiring, training, career development, health care, employee and family benefits, retirement policy, pensions and pre- and post-retirement support systems.

The awards are designed to recognize and reward innovative and effective programs or initiatives within organizations that lead the way in best practices concerning older workers while achieving organizational goals. Nominees are asked to demonstrate how their organization has introduced or tried new ideas or programs with mature employees and the rewards they have reaped from doing so.

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