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Nine Canadian organizations recognized with inaugural Employee Recommended Workplace Award

Morneau Shepell and The Globe and Mail announce 2017 winners at conference and award ceremony

TORONTO, June 21, 2017 /CNW/ - The winners of the first Employee Recommended Workplace Award were announced today at The Globe and Mail's new headquarters in Toronto. The winning organizations in the small, mid-sized and large categories, in the privately-owned, public, or not-for-profit or government sectors, are also being announced and profiled nationally in The Globe and Mail tomorrow, June 22.

Nestlé Canada (CNW Group/Morneau Shepell - Corporate)

The Employee Recommended Workplace Award recognizes excellence in achieving a healthy, engaged and productive workforce. Employees were asked to complete a short confidential survey that includes questions about their physical and mental health, as well as aspects of their work and life – all elements of Total Health that impact employee engagement and productivity. On completion, they received a personal assessment that identified potential areas for improvement and provided them with resources to help them take action. Organizations received a summary report of their workforce that highlighted positive results and outlined opportunities for improvement, which they could use for Human Resources planning.

Award recipients were selected solely on the basis of the scores from their employee's surveys. The 2017 Employee Recommended Workplace Award winners are:

·  Private company:

Sklar Wilton & Associates (small)

L.V. Lomas (mid-sized)

Klick Inc. (large)

·  Public company:

NEBS (small)

Killam Apartment Real Estate Investment Trust (mid-sized)

Nestlé Canada (large)

·  Not-for-profit/ Government:

New Brunswick Association for Community Living (small)

Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics (mid-sized)

Cégep Garneau (large)

More information on each company and why they won is included below.

"The 2017 Employee Recommended Workplace Award recipients provide an excellent example of leading organizations that are undertaking successful strategies to foster a positive culture and improve their employees' total health, including their physical and mental well-being in both work and life," said Dr. Bill Howatt, Chief Research & Development Officer, Workforce Productivity, Morneau Shepell. "These winning organizations understand that workplaces made up of mentally and physically healthy employees go hand-in-hand with strong engagement and high productivity. Each organization accepting this award has also demonstrated a commitment to continued success by identifying opportunities for improvement in their workplace and effectively taking action to address these gaps."

"The Globe is thrilled to celebrate the inaugural winners of the Employee Recommended Workplace Awards. They have set the bar high for organizations looking to achieve a healthy, engaged and productive workforce," said Phillip Crawley, Publisher and Chief Executive Officer, The Globe and Mail. "Award recipients should be particularly proud of their accomplishment in receiving this unique award as winners were chosen solely based on employee submissions. It's very encouraging to see so many organizations fostering an employee-centric work environment and making their employee's health needs a priority."

Enrolment for the 2018 Employee Recommended Workplace Award program is now live. For more information on the Employee Recommended Workplace Awards and to register online, please visit

About The Globe and Mail
The Globe and Mail, founded in 1844, is Canada's foremost news media company. Each day, The Globe leads the national discussion by engaging Canadians through its award-winning coverage of news, politics, business, investing and lifestyle topics, across multiple platforms. The Globe and Mail print and digital formats reach 6.3 million readers every week, with Report on Business magazine reaching 1.7 million readers every issue in print and digital. The Globe and Mail is owned by Woodbridge, the investment arm of the Thomson family.

About Morneau Shepell
Morneau Shepell is the only human resources consulting and technology company that takes an integrative approach to employee assistance, health, benefits and retirement needs. The Company is the leading provider of employee and family assistance programs, the largest administrator of retirement and benefits plans and the largest provider of integrated absence management solutions in Canada. Through health and productivity, administrative, and retirement solutions, Morneau Shepell helps clients reduce costs, increase employee productivity and improve their competitive position. Established in 1966, Morneau Shepell serves approximately 20,000 clients, ranging from small businesses to some of the largest corporations and associations in North America. With approximately 4,000 employees in offices across North America, Morneau Shepell provides services to organizations across Canada, in the United States, and around the globe. Morneau Shepell is a publicly-traded company on the Toronto Stock Exchange (TSX: MSI). For more information, visit


Winner, privately-owned, small business
Sklar Wilton & Associates is a privately-owned Toronto-based Canadian marketing advisory firm that specializes in business strategy. The company stresses that its people are the key to its success and aims to ensure that every member of its team feels connected and supported. Turnover is non-existent at this company – it offers flexibility for its staff and a wide array of workplace wellness and health programs. Sklar Wilton & Associates achieved the highest overall score of any entrant in the 2017 award.

Winner, privately-owned, mid-sized business
L.V. Lomas is a supplier of fine ingredients, ranging from chemicals and packaging, to food ingredients, to ingredients for home and personal care products and pharmaceuticals. The company has low turnover, offers mental health training for its managers and supplies an array of workplace health programs to employees.

Winner, privately-owned, large business
Klick Inc. is a full-service digital marketing and strategy company. Through its Klick Health division, it is the world's largest independent health marketing and commercialization agency. The company promotes a culture of fun and philanthropy, while focusing on positive employee experience through an array of programs built to support employees in the workplace including peer recognition and health initiatives.

Winner, public company, small business
NEBS is a company that provides online payroll and administrative services. The company provides a compelling work environment where its employees can grow in their careers, while fostering a culture of openness, trust and respect.

Winner, public company, mid-sized business
Killam Apartment Real Estate Investment Trust owns, manages and develops multi-family residential properties in Atlantic Canada, Ontario and Alberta. Since its first acquisition in 2002, Killam's real estate portfolio has grown to $1.8-billion and includes 13,655 apartment units and 5,165 manufacture home community sites. The company is committed to its employees, offering a scholarship program, rental discounts and a unit purchase program.

Winner, public company, large business
Nestlé Canada is the Canadian division of Nestlé, the world's largest food and beverage company. The company focuses on the values of its founder, Henri Nestlé, fostering a people-focused, flexible and diverse work environment. To support employees achieve their professional goals, the company offers personal development and careers development programs.

Winner, not-for-profit or government, small business
New Brunswick Association for Community Living is a provincial non-profit organization that works on behalf of children and adults with an intellectual disability and their families. It promotes an inclusive work environment where employees are working to help those living with disabilities lead a better, happier life.

Winner, not-for-profit or government, mid-sized business
Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics is a leading centre for scientific research, training and educational outreach in foundational theoretical physics. The institute focuses on having a "comfortable, harassment-free working environment" for everyone and it has a zero-tolerance policy towards any form of harassment, discrimination or violence in the workplace. Trust and mutual respect are the core values of the company and its community.

Winner, not-for-profit or government, large business
Cégep Garneau is a public, French-language college in Quebec City, offering pre-university and technical programs. The college focuses on the health and well-being of both its staff and students, from having the right support staff, to its beautiful location in Quebec City. It also dedicated to environmental sustainability throughout the college.

Sklar Wilton (CNW Group/Morneau Shepell - Corporate)

Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics (CNW Group/Morneau Shepell - Corporate)

SOURCE Morneau Shepell - Corporate

For further information: Contacts: Cathren Ronberg, Morneau Shepell,, 416.355.5632; Lanna Crucefix, The Globe and Mail,, 416 585-5000