• Kitchener-Waterloo, ON

Desire2Learn Named One of the Top 50 Best Small and Medium Employers in Canada for the Second Year in a Row

National study names Desire2Learn one of the top 50 best small or medium sized employers in Canada, citing high levels of employee engagement

Desire2Learn Incorporated (“Desire2Learn”), a leading provider of enterprise teaching and learning platforms, today announced that Desire2Learn has been named among the Best 50 Small and Medium Employers in Canada. This is the second consecutive year that Desire2Learn has been named in this national study, having been placed on the 2011 list as well.

To derive a complete picture of corporate culture and employee satisfaction, the study is composed of three separate surveys. The Employee Opinion Survey is the study’s primary tool, and measures employee engagement. Those results are then compared with the Leadership Team Survey to assess the alignment of the employees and leaders’ goals. The final component is the Human Resources Survey completed by the company’s HR team.

“Being named one of the Top 50 Best Small and Medium Employers in Canada for the second year in a row is a great honor,” remarks Dennis Kavelman, Chief Operating Officer, Desire2Learn. “Our employees dedication continues to be at the center of our success, and it is very rewarding to see that this study reflects the excitement and engagement that we experience every day at Desire2Learn.”

Jointly administered by the Queen’s University School of Business, Queen’s Centre for Business Venturing and Aon Hewitt, the study rewards businesses with high employee engagement. The organizations’ research indicates that high engagement is strongly correlated with greater employee retention, decreased absenteeism, better employee health, lower job stress, enhanced customer service, and better business results.

The 2012 survey marks the seventh time it has been conducted, and results will be published in PROFIT magazine, on stands February 8th.

For media inquiries, please contact Sandra Olszowka, Queen’s Centre for Business Venturing, Queen’s School of Business at 613.533.3119 or at solszowka@business.queensu.ca.

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 accomplishes March 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 resource 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 www.aonhewitt.com.

About Aon

Aon Corporation (NYSE:AON) is the leading global provider of risk management, insurance and reinsurance brokerage, and human resources solutions and outsourcing services. Through its more than 61,000 colleagues worldwide, Aon unites to empower results for clients in over 120 countries via innovative and effective risk and people solutions and through industry-leading global resources and technical expertise. Aon has been named repeatedly as the world’s best broker, best insurance intermediary, reinsurance intermediary, captives manager and best employee benefits consulting firm by multiple industry sources. Visit www.aon.com for more information on Aon and www.aon.com/manchesterunited to learn about Aon’s global partnership and shirt sponsorship with Manchester United.

About Desire2Learn

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, goals, and branding. Desire2Learn and its subsidiaries support more than eight million learners worldwide. Clients include higher education, K-12, and healthcare, as well as associations, government and other leading organizations. Founded in 1999, Desire2Learn has personnel in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Australia and Singapore. For more information, visit: www.Desire2Learn.com, 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
Sr. Director, Marketing & Alliances, Desire2Learn Incorporated
519.772.0325 ext. 378
PR@Desire2Learn.com
Twitter: @Desire2Learn