Ottawa — June 4, 2001 — Cominco Trail Operations in Trail, B.C., has received a national award for being most supportive employer in Canada from the ministry of national defence for its support of the Reserve Force. On June 2, 2001, the ministry presented 14 Canadian employers with various national, provincial and special awards for their support of the reserves in the Canadian Forces.
“By supporting reservists in their communities, employers make a very real contribution to the defence of Canada and to international peace and security,” said deputy prime minister Herb Gray.
“Many of these employers gain a competitive advantage from reservists who return from military service with greater skills and expertise in leadership and management,” commented the Hon. Art Eggleton, minister of national defence
Members of the Reserves serve in the Canadian Forces on a part-time basis, usually on weekends and evenings. General Maurice Baril, chief of defence staff, said “Reservists have repeatedly answered the call and responded to domestic emergencies such as the Quebec and Manitoba floods, the ice storm in eastern Canada, and the crash of Swissair Flight 111 in Nova Scotia.” Occasionally, Reservists have also been asked to volunteer to serve on operations for up to 12 months, such as United Nations peacekeeping missions.
The following is a list of the winners and their locations:
-National Award for Most Supportive Employer in Canada — Cominco, Trail Operations, Trail, B.C.
-Support to Canadian Forces Operations — Sterling Trucks, St. Thomas, Ont.
-Special Award for Support in an Emergency — Dalhousie University — Undergraduate Medical Education, Halifax, N.S.
-Special Award for Support to Operation ABACUS — Lakehead University, Thunder Bay, Ont.
-Most Supportive Employer in British Columbia — Churchill Armoured Car Service, Vancouver, B.C.
-Most Supportive Employer in Alberta — Alberta Department of Justice, Edmonton, Alta.
-Most Supportive Employer in Saskatchewan — Caterpillar Logistics, Saskatoon, Sask.
-Most Supportive Employer in Manitoba — Spud Plains Farms Ltd., Wellwood, Man.
-Most Supportive Employer in Ontario — Royal LePage Commercial Inc. Research Group, Ottawa, Ont.
-Most Supportive Employer in Quebec — Aldeavision Inc., St. Laurent, Que.
-Most Supportive Employer in New Brunswick — Securicor Cash Services, Fredericton, N.B.
-Most Supportive Employer in Nova Scotia — Trade Center Limited, Halifax, N.S., nominated by Captain Colin Kiley of 3 Intelligence Company, Halifax, Nova Scotia
-Most Supportive Employer in Prince Edward Island — Confederation Bridge, Borden-Carleton, P.E.I.
-Most Supportive Employer in Newfoundland — St. John’s Regional Fire Department, St. John’s, Nfld.
A backgrounder on the Canadian Forces Liaison Council Awards for Employer Support of the Reserves can be found at www.vcds.dnd.ca/cflc.