February 6, 2006

Delphi Group, Golder honoured as first Environmental Employers of the Year

The Delphi Group, an Ottawa environmental consulting firm, and Golder Associates, a Calgary-based provider of environment, health and safety services, were the winners of ECO Canada's first Environmental Employer of the Year awards.

The Delphi Group received the award in the small- to medium-sized company category. Other finalists included the Summerhill Group and Terrapex Environmental. Golder Associates was the winner in the large company category, over finalists Rescan Environmental Services and Seacor Environmental.

The awards were presented during the closing luncheon of ECO Canada Conference 2006, ECO Canada's inaugural environmental sector conference, which was held this year in Toronto. They are designed to recognize environment industry companies that demonstrate outstanding human resource and business management practices and policies.

In both categories, the selection of finalists was based on quantitative and qualitative results from an employee survey (with responses from at least 25% of a firm's staff). Stand-out entries not only reflected a high quantitative response, employees of these companies also indicated an exceptionally high degree of satisfaction with their jobs and their organizations in the context of the firms' human resources (HR) practices.

"It's critical to the growth of the environmental profession that we recognize companies that can be referred to as 'employers of choice,'" said ECO Canada president and CEO Grant Trump. "The Employer of the Year Awards allow qualified workers to narrow their job search to include only the best companies."

The ECO Canada Conference offered environmental professionals an opportunity to spot environmental business opportunities on the horizon, define strategies to secure new ventures, and showcase human resource best practices and case studies to promote business growth.

ECO Canada (formerly CCHREI, the Canadian Council for Human Resources in the Environment Industry) is a national, not-for-profit organization working to strengthen the Canadian economy by providing a critical link between industry's need for qualified environmental practitioners and those looking for career and skills development in the environment profession.

More information is available from Megan Lappi at ECO Canada, 403/233-0748 or on the ECO Canada Web site, www.eco.ca.

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