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2014 Smart Commute Awards recognize employers that promote smart travel

TORONTO, November 27, 2014 - Last night at the 2014 Smart Commute Awards, seven Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area (GTHA) employers were recognized for their exceptional achievements in promoting smart travel options such as walking, cycling, transit, carpooling and teleworking.

The Smart Commute Awards were introduced in 2007 to officially recognize employer members or partners who have put forth exceptional effort in implementing Smart Commute programs. The awards recognize outstanding commitment, leadership, innovation and results.

“It is important we recognize the strong leadership of Smart Commute’s partner employers as they set an example for businesses across the GTHA,” said Leslie Woo, Metrolinx Vice-President of Policy, Planning and Innovation. “Their role is essential to improving commuting experiences across the region.”

This year’s awards were given out on November 26, 2014 at St. Lawrence Hall in Toronto. An expert review panel determined a Smart Commute Employer of the Year Award winner from each of the five participating GTHA regions. Winning employers are L-3 WESCAM (Halton Region), City of Mississauga (Peel Region), Horizon Utilities Corporation (Hamilton), University Health Network (Toronto) and AMD (York Region). From these winners, the City of Mississauga was selected by the panel to receive the top honour: the overall Regional Employer of the Year.

The Smart Commute Rising Star Award was given out for the first time this year to Honda Canada Inc., acknowledging a workplace that is achieving outstanding success in their first year in the program. The Smart Commute Champion Award, celebrating the ‘above and beyond’ achievements of an individual or group whose contribution has been integral to the success of a Smart Commute program, was awarded to Rebekah Jackson-Gravely & Joceline Turner of Hamilton Health Sciences.

Smart Commute is a program of Metrolinx and the municipalities in the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area. We help anyone who is going from A to B explore and try out smart travel options such as walking, cycling, transit and carpooling. Our goal is to ease gridlock while helping you save time and money. To date, more than 340 employers with 732,000 employees have signed on to the program and are designated Smart Commute workplaces.

Metrolinx is working to provide residents and businesses in the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area (GTHA) with a transportation system that is modern, efficient and integrated. Find out more about The Big Move, Metrolinx's Regional Transportation Plan for the GTHA. Find out more about GO Transit, PRESTO, and Union Pearson Express, divisions of Metrolinx.