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Smart Travel Employers Presented with Smart Commute Awards

Smart Commute Regional Employer of the Year Award winner, PowerStream Inc.
(L-R) Leslie Woo, Metrolinx, Barb Gray and Caroline Karvonen, PowerStream Inc., Lauren Bates and Lawrence Bouchard, Smart Commute North Toronto

TORONTO: November 20, 2015 – Last night at the 2015 Smart Commute Awards, six Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area (GTHA) employers and two individuals were recognized for their exceptional achievements in promoting smart travel options such as walking, cycling, transit, carpooling and teleworking. This year a special Pan Am Preparedness Award was also presented.

This year’s awards were presented at St. Lawrence Hall in Toronto. An expert review panel determined a Smart Commute Employer of the Year Award winner from each of the four participating GTHA regions. The winning employers are: Mohawk College, Hamilton; LoyaltyOne, Peel Region; Manulife, Toronto; and PowerStream Inc., York Region.

From these winners, Power Stream Inc. 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 to IMAX Corporation, 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 Caroline Karvonen, PowerStream and Jennifer Spence, Town of Halton Hills.

This year a special Pan Am Preparedness Award, was presented to Cogeco Cable Canada, based in Burlington, Ontario. During the lead-up to last summer’s TORONTO 2015 Pan Am and Parapan Am Games, the company made a concentrated effort to keep residents and businesses informed about changes to the transportation network and the options available to them. Nominees were asked to describe the challenges, how they generated awareness and behaviour change, the results they achieved and anticipated legacy effects at the workplace.

“I would like to congratulate all of this year’s Smart Commute winners for their commitment and leadership,” said Leslie Woo, Metrolinx Chief Planning Officer. “By helping people explore all their travel options, Smart Commute workplaces are playing an essential role in getting us all moving more seamlessly across the region. Their hard work is taking us all to a brighter future for mobility.”

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

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 325 employers with 706,000 employees have signed on to the program and are designated Smart Commute workplaces.

Metrolinx is planning, building and delivering hundreds of projects across the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area (GTHA) to move the region forward and give people the transportation options they need to lead productive and happy lives, now and in the future.

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.

Find out more about Smart Commute Awards.

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