"Best Employers for 50-Plus Canadians" Business Awards Application Deadline Extended

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE “Best Employers for 50-Plus Canadians”Business Awards Application Deadline ExtendedTORONTO – July 4, 2005 – CARP, the leading advocacy association for mature Canadians 50-plus, and FGI, Canada’s premier employee and employer support services provider, announce that the deadline for submissions for the Best Employers Award for 50+ Canadians is being extended another month in order to give applicants a little more time to complete their application forms.“We have received a number of applications already but we have received some requests for extensions from some new applicants that are still a bit unsure of how much information to provide. We also know that other companies have expressed interest in participating but have only recently learned of the Awards and need more time to complete their documentation,” said Barbara Jaworski, Award Project Co-ordinator and Director of WorkLife Solutions at FGI. “The evaluations will continue over the summer and we are still planning to have the awards ceremony in the fall time at the Summit on the Mature Workforce, as planned.” The 2nd annual Best Employers Award for 50-Plus Canadians will be sed on criteria of excellence in the key areas of hiring, training, career development, health care, employee and family benefits, retirement policy, pensions, and pre- and post-retirement support systems.This year the Award winners will be announced at the two Summits on the Mature Workforce, which will be held in Toronto on September 19th, and Calgary on October 3rd. The Summit on the Mature Workforce will feature experts on such topics of hiring, retention, and skills inventory evaluation of older workers within an organization’s payroll, and will provide useful insights and tactics on how to maximize “return on experience”, a different kind of ROE. The featured speaker at both events will be Dr. David DeLong, a research fellow at MIT’s AgeLab, and author of the book, “Lost Knowledge”, an insightful look at the deterioration of various organizations’ knowledge bases as their older workers retire. This is one HR event that should not be missed.Information about the Best Employers Award for 50+ Canadians can be found at www.50plusbestemployers.com, and information about the Summits can be found at www.summitonthematureworkforce.com .ABOUT CARP CARP, Canada’s Association for the Fifty-Plus, is a non-profit organization with 400,000 members across the country. It does not receive any government operating funding in order to maintain non-partisanship and independence. Since its inception in 1984, CARP has become an effective voice dealing with all levels of government. Their goal is to provide the 50-plus population with a strong voice in the face of a host of financial, social, economic and political challenges – and information about relevant issues and services. CARP doesn’t just “carp” about issues. It always offers practical alternatives.ABOUT FGIFGI is dedicated to providing leading-edge, human resource programs and web-based solutions in the areas of Employee Assistance Programs, a full suite of WorkLife Solutions services, Disability Management, Trauma Response Programs, Training Programs and Global Services for business travelers, expatriate employees and local nationals. FGI’s 1,900 clients employ 3.5 million people around the world. Its corporate headquarters is based in Toronto, Canada. www.fgiworld.comFor more information, please contact:Eric VengroffVice-President, MarketingCARP, Canada’s Association for the Fifty-Plus416-363-8748 ext. [email protected] JaworskiDirector, WorkLife Solutions and WellbeingFGI905-886-2157 [email protected]