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EllisDon: Canada’s top employer and Job opportunities

MISSISSAUGA, December 24th, 2008 – EllisDon has been named Canada’s top employer for the second year in a row. The ranking is determined by Hewitt’s study of the 50 Best Employers in Canada for 2009, and the full study is published in the January 2009 edition of Report on Business Magazine in The Globe & Mail on Friday, December 26th, 2008.

This incredible achievement marks EllisDon’s eighth consecutive placement on the list, and the second consecutive first place finish. Placing first more than once in the study is something that only one other company has been able to do in the history of the survey. “This is outstanding news given the tremendous pressure that so many people have been working under this year” says Geoff Smith, President and CEO of EllisDon.

Hewitt’s study measures three elements: say, when employees speak positively about the organization; stay, when employees have an intense desire to be a member of the organization; and strive, when employees exert extra effort and are dedicated to doing the very best job possible. According to Hewitt, Best Employers are focused on more than just the latest trend in employee benefits. In order to succeed, these companies all foster a culture and work environment in which employees are constantly engaged, and therefore more committed to the business’ success.

“These organizations are quite magical because what they are able to do is they’re able to create a work environment that really engages, captures the hearts and minds of their employees,” says Ted Emond, Senior Consultant at Hewitt Associates who worked on the study. “The work environment they create also drives these people, motivates these people to go above and beyond as they serve customers; and EllisDon is a perfect example of an organization that for a number of years has built this into their essence, their DNA as an organization.”

EllisDon’s win is a “fantastic accomplishment”, says Janine Szczepanowski, Vice President of Leadership and Entrepreneurial Development at EllisDon, “One that we should all be proud of because without each and every one of us we would not be the company we are today.”

About EllisDon

EllisDon is a leading employee-owned global company delivering construction expertise, services and specialized support to clients throughout the world. Completing in excess of $2 billion in new construction annually, EllisDon employs approximately 1,100 people and has a presence in Canada and the United States, as well as offices in the West Indies, the United Arab Emirates and Greece. Incorporated in 1951, EllisDon has distinguished itself through its people and its innovative practices. Offering not only general contracting, construction management and project management but a growing range of equity, IT and communication services, EllisDon is behind some of the most exciting infrastructure, manufacturing and retail projects in the world. For more information, please visit

About Hewitt Associates

For more than 65 years, Hewitt Associates (NYSE: HEW) has provided clients with best-in-class human resources consulting and outsourcing services. Hewitt consults with more than 3,000 large and mid-size companies around the globe to develop and implement HR business strategies covering retirement, financial and health management; compensation and total rewards; and performance, talent and change management. As a market leader in benefits administration, Hewitt delivers health care and retirement programs to millions of participants and retirees, on behalf of more than 300 organizations worldwide. In addition, more than 30 clients rely on Hewitt to provide a broader range of human resources business process outsourcing services to nearly a million client employees. Located in 33 countries, Hewitt employs approximately 23,000 associates. For more information, please visit

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