Hill & Knowlton named one of Canada’s Top 100 and GTA’s Top 50 employers

9 October, 2007


For the sixth time in seven years, Hill & Knowlton Canada (H&K) has been named one of Canada’s Top 100 Employers by Mediacorp, and this year earned the additional distinction of the GTA Top 50 Employer’s list. H&K is the only communications agency included. This annual report ranks organizations that have created exemplary workplace environments for employees based on key areas such as: physical workplace; work and social atmosphere; health, financial and family benefits; performance management; as well as training and skills development.

"Our people and our culture are what differentiate Hill & Knowlton Canada; we hear it over and over from staff, and clients alike," said Mike Coates, president and chief executive officer of Hill & Knowlton Canada. "We work hard to create an engaging, fun and high performance workplace for all our staff, and we are all proud to see the company being recognized in this capacity."

In its analysis, Mediacorp highlighted H&K’s commitment to ongoing career development through performance feedback and training opportunities. The corporate culture was also recognized for fostering opportunities for employees to interact, and share knowledge through both formal meetings, and the now famous "beer cart" wheeled around the office – by the most recently joined staff – on Friday afternoons.

Andrea Craig, a senior consultant in the marketing communications practice, was drawn to H&K’s size and culture when she joined two years ago.

"Hill & Knowlton affords me the opportunity to work with a variety of people on a wide spectrum of clients and across multiple industry sectors," said Craig. "This has accelerated the development of my career, along with the company’s commitment to training, such as frequent in-house lunch ‘n learn sessions, virtual academy courses on our intranet and participation in external conferences."

For Craig, work-life balance is critical and was a major consideration when she chose to join H&K. In that sense, she says, H&K is an atypical agency. "The company has a very healthy approach to work-life balance," added Craig. "It’s promoted, not just tolerated, here. The flexibility to be able and encouraged to work from home when needed and the willingness to accommodate employees’ schedules makes a huge difference. It’s one of those intangible but important benefits that can help working women not have to choose career over family."

Kelly Lendvoy, vice president communications in H&K’s Vancouver office, returned to the company this past September after having started his career with H&K back in 1989.

"When I decided to return to the spirited, creative atmosphere of agency life, with a rounded perspective after working for several other national PR firms, moving over to the client side and running my own consultancy, H&K was my first choice.

"As a leader here in British Columbia and across Canada, H&K is known for attracting a diversely talented, and uncommonly loyal, team of employees. You often hear a staffer proudly talk about ‘the H&K way.’ Rather than a corporate credo or cliché, the H&K way describes not just the way we service clients but how the company goes the extra distance taking care of its employees. This includes, for example, the widespread use of flexible schedules, leading edge cross-discipline, cross-geography, practice groups that collaborate closely; promoting from within; a powerful industry leading intranet that places extensive databases and resources at a consultant’s fingertips; the allowance for bicycle commuters like myself for subsidized locker rentals and gym memberships; and finally, the amount H&K spends on training and subsidized courses and professional development."

About Hill & Knowlton Canada

With eight offices across the country, Hill & Knowlton Canada (www.hillandknowlton.ca) is Canada’s industry leader in public relations, public affairs and strategic communications. The company specializes in corporate, crisis, consumer marketing, technology, natural resources, healthcare, aboriginal and digital communications, public affairs, and financial and investor relations. Hill & Knowlton Canada is a recipient of the Canada Award for Excellence awarded by the National Quality Institute, and has been recognized as a Top 100 Employer for 2007. Its parent company, Hill & Knowlton, Inc, is a world leader in public relations and public affairs, with 70 offices in 40 countries, and is a member of WPP (NASDAQ: WPPGY) (www.wpp.com), one of the world’s largest communications services groups.

For more information:

Ilyse Smith
Hill & Knowlton Canada
416.413.4632
ilyse.smith@hillandknowlton.ca

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