Marriott Hotels of Canada named a 2017 Aon Best Employer in Canada for the 12th year in a row

Toronto, Canada, 2016-Nov-11 — /Travel PR News/ — Marriott Hotels of Canada (NASDAQ: MAR) has been named a 2017 Aon Best Employer in Canada for the 12th year in a row.

President for Marriott Hotels of Canada, Don Cleary said, “Our associates are truly our greatest and most valued asset. We strive to be true to the principle established by our founder J Willard Marriott, to always take care of our associates, as they in turn will then always take care of our hotel guests. This recognition shows that Marriott still takes this to heart. It makes me enormously proud of our company and our team of associates across Canada.”

Neil Crawford, Partner and Canada Leader, Talent, Rewards & Performance at Aon Hewitt, said, “Being a Best Employer doesn’t just happen – it takes teamwork and a commitment to excellence from leaders, managers and employees alike. It means that the organization inspires strong commitment and superior performance from its people, and drives business results through effective people practices. Not only has Marriott Hotels of Canada achieved this, but also its parent company, Marriott International Inc., who is currently the only employer to hold the title of Global Aon Best Employer.”

Marisa Milton, Vice President of Human Resources, Canada for Marriott International said the company is dedicated to its associates’ professional development and personal wellbeing.

“At Marriott, our innovative TakeCare programs encourage our associates to take care of themselves, their co-workers and their community. We know these programs keep our employees highly engaged and healthier, and this commitment makes good business sense. We’ll continue to put people first in order to attract, develop and retain the best talent in Canada,” Milton said.

Marriott provides several best in class programs and resources to attract and retain employees. They include:

  • The Marriott Voyage program, which is a 12 to 18 month global leadership development program for recent university graduates that combines hands-on, discipline-specific training at a Marriott managed hotel with online leadership training accessed through a life-like virtual environment.
  • Access to free and low-cost development and learning tools, including Rosetta Stone, to encourage Marriott associates to learn another language.
  • The Marriott Explore Program of hotel and food and beverage discounts for Marriott associates, as well as their friends and families, to encourage them to travel the world and experience Marriott’s 30 global hotel brands.

The Aon Best Employer in Canada study is the country’s premier benchmark for assessing the quality and performance of workplace excellence using global standards. It reflects more than 20 years of learnings and best practices from Aon Best Employer and employee engagement studies conducted all over the world, relying on data collected in more than 150 markets from over 5,000 organizations in 68 industries, including over 735,000 employees and more than 600 companies of all sizes in Canada. Using the stringent global standards, each participant’s employee survey scores on engagement, leadership, performance culture and employment brand were assessed against Aon’s Canadian Survey Database and the opinions of Canadian employees.

About Marriott International, Inc.

Marriott International, Inc. (NASDAQ: MAR) is the world’s largest hotel company based in Bethesda, Maryland, USA, with nearly 6,000 properties in 120 countries and territories. Marriott operates and franchises hotels and licenses vacation ownership resorts. The company’s 30 leading brands include: Bulgari®, The Ritz-Carlton® and The Ritz-Carlton Reserve®, St. Regis®, W®, EDITION®, JW Marriott®, The Luxury Collection®, Marriott Hotels®, Westin®, Le Méridien®, Renaissance® Hotels, Sheraton®, Delta Hotels by MarriottSM, Marriott Executive Apartments®, Marriott Vacation Club®, Autograph Collection® Hotels, Tribute Portfolio™, Design Hotels™, Gaylord Hotels®, Courtyard®, Four Points® by Sheraton, SpringHill Suites®, Fairfield Inn & Suites®, Residence Inn®, TownePlace Suites®, AC Hotels by Marriott®, Aloft®, Element®, Moxy® Hotels, and Protea Hotels by Marriott®. The company also operates award-winning loyalty programs: Marriott Rewards®, which includes The Ritz-Carlton Rewards®, and Starwood Preferred Guest®. For more information, please visit our website at, and for the latest company news, visit and @MarriottIntl.


Sabrina Bhangoo
Director, Public Relations, Canada

Source: Marriott International, Inc.