November 6, 2010 -

Waterloo-based Equitable Life of Canada® is pleased to announce it has been selected as one of the Waterloo Area's Top Employers for the third consecutive year.

"We are delighted to be recognized as a great place to work for the third year in a row," said Ronald Beettam, President and CEO. "Our employees are the strength of this Company and this extraordinary achievement demonstrates our commitment to them."

Waterloo Area's Top Employers is an annual competition recognizing employers in the Kitchener-Waterloo and Guelph area that lead their industries in offering exceptional places to work. Employers are evaluated using eight criteria: (1) Physical Workplace; (2) Work Atmosphere & Social; (3) Health, Financial & Family Benefits; (4) Vacation & Time Off; (5) Employee Communications; (6) Performance Management; (7) Training & Skills Development; and (8) Community Involvement. Employers are compared to other organizations in their field to determine which offers the most progressive and forward-thinking programs.

Equitable Life's selection was based on a number of key factors, including: competitive compensation and benefits, employee and management development programs, active Wellness and Green Committees; a company-subsidized Social Committee; an in-house cafeteria, and a commitment to charitable giving.