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  • Kitchener-Waterloo, ON

Desire2Learn Named a “Best Employer” in National Study

Press Release

Desire2Learn places in Top 50 as a Best Small & Medium Size Employer with high employee engagement

Desire2Learn Incorporated (“Desire2Learn”), a leading provider of mission-critical enterprise learning solutions, is pleased to announce its placement in the 2011 Best Small & Medium Employers in Canada study.

The primary requirement to be named a Best Employer is high “employee engagement” – a measure of how positively employees feel about their employer, how likely they are to stay, and how committed they are to doing their utmost to achieve business objectives. In the 2011 Study, Desire2Learn placed in the Top 50.

“We are incredibly honoured to be named a Best Small & Medium Employer in Canada,” states John Baker, President & CEO, Desire2Learn. “We are very committed to building, sustaining and improving high employee engagement. Our employees are the key to our business success and we are very proud of the dedication and commitment they show every day here at Desire2Learn.”

“As Desire2Learn heads into its second decade of operation, they are well positioned as an organization focused on their employees. Our research shows that this is a key ingredient to any organization’s success,” states Einar Westerlund, Director of Project Development of Queen’s Centre for Business Venturing.

Defining Employee Engagement

Two hundred and fifty-one Canadian employers took part in the two national 2011 Best Employers studies. Organizations are selected as Best Employers based primarily on survey responses from more than 134,000 Canadian employees at these organizations that measure their level of engagement.

According to Aon Hewitt’s definition, employees are engaged when they “say, stay and strive”: they speak positively about the organization to others, are committed to remaining with their current employer, and are motivated by their organizations’ leaders, managers, culture and values to go “above and beyond” to contribute to business success. The average engagement score for Best Employer organizations of all sizes was 80 per cent; the average for other organizations participating in the two studies was 59 per cent.

The Study

Participants in the Best Employers studies are required to complete three surveys: the Employee Opinion Survey, the Leadership Team Survey and the Human Resources Survey. The results of the Employee Opinion Survey make up the vast majority of a participant’s score used to determine its ranking in the study.

The study is conducted by the Queen’s Centre for Business Venturing, the Queen’s University School of Business and Aon Hewitt. Organizations that have operated in Canada for at least three years and have between 50 and 399 Canadian-based permanent employees are eligible to participate.

The 2011 study marks the 6th time the study has been conducted.

The 2011 list of the Best Small & Medium Employers in Canada will be published in the November 8, 2010 issue of Maclean’s magazine, available on newsstands on October 28, 2010, and the November 4, 2010 edition of La Presse newspaper.

About Queen’s Centre for Business Venturing (QCBV)

Based at Queen’s School of Business, Canada’s leading business school, QCBV’s mandate is to become the leading and definitive source of knowledge and expertise in the creation, leadership and management of new ventures. It will accomplish this by developing innovative curriculum, providing access to pools of capital to fund new ventures, conducting applied research, brokering and being a hub of SME and new venture knowledge, and by playing a key role with decision-making bodies. Its focus is to increase the odds of success for Canadian new ventures.

About Aon Hewitt

Aon Hewitt is the global leader in human capital consulting and outsourcing solutions. The company partners with organizations to solve their most complex benefits, talent and related financial challenges, and improve business performance. Aon Hewitt designs, implements, communicates and administers a wide range of human capital, retirement, investment management, health care, compensation and talent management strategies. With more than 29,000 professionals in 90 countries, Aon Hewitt makes the world a better place to work for clients and their employees. For more information on Aon Hewitt, please visit

About Desire2Learn

Desire2Learn comprises Desire2Learn Incorporated and its subsidiaries. Desire2Learn Incorporated is a world-leading provider of enterprise eLearning solutions that enable institutions and other organizations to create teaching and learning environments that reflect their vision, values, goals, pedagogical approaches and branding. Desire2Learn and its subsidiaries support more than five million learners worldwide and clients include higher education, K-12, as well as associations, government and other leading organizations. Founded in 1999, Desire2Learn is headquartered in Kitchener, ON, Canada with personnel located in North America, the U.K. and Australia. For more information, visit:, call 1.519.772.0325 or toll-free 1.888.772.0325 (within North America), +44 808.234.4235 (U.K. and Europe), 0.800.452.069 (New Zealand) and 1.800.656.210 (Australia).

Press Contacts:

John McLeod
Vice-President, Marketing, Desire2Learn Incorporated
Twitter: @Desire2Learn