On September 28th, 2005, Memorial University of Newfoundland, North Atlantic Refining Ltd., and Exploits Valley Dental Office were selected from twelve progressive employers to receive the Newfoundland and Labrador Employers’ Council’s Employer of Distinction Award.

The Employer of Distinction Award recognizes employers who go above and beyond the norm when it comes to all elements of the employment relationship including:

  • Best Practices Approach Health & Safety Practices and Disability Management
  • Presence in the Community
  • Stakeholder Awareness
  • Compensation and Advancement


Memorial-University-1North Atlantic Refining

Newfoundland & Labrador Employers” Council President Marilyn Tucker commented on the recipients, “North Atlantic Refining is a well-known leader with a commitment to its workforce in all areas of progressive employment relationships. The company and its union have worked together for thirteen years and have never had a union disruption.”



Memorial University

Tucker commented, “Memorial University is also being recognized as an Employer of Distinction in the large employer category due to the successful integration of its human resource strategy with its strategic direction – this at a level seldom witnessed in any organization. Memorial continues to attract and retain talented employees into all positions and maintains a turnover rate of less than 1% for permanent employees.”

Exploits Valley Dental

Tucker, speaking of the winner in the small employer category, “Exploits Valley Dental does not have an internal Human Resources Department but acts as if it does. One of the judges commented that the organization could package what they have done in the field of employee relations and franchise it to others in their industry”.

Path of Distinction

The Path of Distinction Designation recognizes industry-leading excellence in one or more of the Employer of Distinction criteria.

The judging panel recognized

  • Ches’s Fish & Chips,
  • H.J. O’Connell Construction Ltd., and
  • Imprint Speciality Promotions with the Path of Distinction status.

These organizations have done something remarkable in one or more of the categories of the Employer of Distinction criteria as outlined above.

Short List

The other organizations short-listed for the 2005 awards included

  • City of St. John’s,
  • CareGivers,
  • Hospitality Newfoundland & Labrador,
  • Colemans,
  • Newfoundland Personnel, and
  • Brook Enterprises.


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