PowerStream earns recognition for its employee engagement

Named "Achievers 50 Most Engaged Workplaces(TM) in Canada" for second consecutive year

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TORONTO, Jan. 14, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- PowerStream was named today as one of the "Achievers 50 Most Engaged Workplaces™ in Canada" for 2013, marking the second consecutive year the company has earned this honour. The award recognizes top employers that display leadership and innovation in engaging their workplaces.

A panel of judges selected PowerStream for the award through an evaluation process in which applicants were considered based on Achievers' Eight Elements of Employee Engagement™.  These Eight Elements include: leadership, communication, culture, rewards and recognition, professional and personal growth, accountability and performance, vision and values, and corporate social responsibility.

The electric utility which serves customers in communities located immediately north of Toronto and in Central Ontario, will be honored alongside other recipients of the Achievers 50 Most Engaged Workplaces™ Award at an awards gala to be held on March 6, 2014 at the Hilton in Toronto, Ontario.  
Achievers is an employee recognition solution that helps companies reward and recognize their global workforce to reinforce key behaviours and drive employee engagement.  The Achievers 50 Most Engaged Workplaces™ Awards celebrate top employers that believe their employees are their number one asset and have built a workplace environment that cultivates employee engagement.

QUOTES

"We believe that the cornerstone of our success as a company is the extent to which we engage our employees. Having an engaged team helps us develop the right goals for the corporation and enhances our employees' ability to deliver excellent customer service," explained Frank Scarpitti, PowerStream Board Chair and Mayor of the City of Markham. "This recognition we have received from Achievers is a testament to our success."

"At PowerStream, we have a unique corporate culture that brings our employees together.  We value our employees and promote engagement through various internal events, communications, teachings and programs," said Brian Bentz, PowerStream's President and CEO.  "Our strong leadership and corporate culture resonates with employees and helps drive everyone within our organization to succeed."  

BACKGROUND

PowerStream won several other employer awards in 2013 including being named a Gold Recipient of Canada's Safest Employer Award and Silver Recipient in the Wellness category, one of Greater Toronto's Top Employers and the Smart Commute Employer of the Year for North Toronto, Vaughan.

Achievers has earned substantial media attention for its employee-centric culture, employee engagement practices, and growth in publications such as the Wall Street Journal, Forbes, NBC News, USA Today and more. Achievers has been repeatedly recognized as a top employer with over 30 company awards in the last three years.

ABOUT Achievers

The Achievers mission is to Change the Way the World Works and accomplishes this by helping companies around the world recognize and reward positive employee behaviors on a daily basis. 

ABOUT POWERSTREAM

PowerStream is a community-owned energy company that provides power and related services to more than 365,000 customers residing or owning a business in communities located immediately north of Toronto and in Central Ontario. It is jointly owned by the Cities of Barrie, Markham and Vaughan. 

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