Blair Tullis, left, accepts the WMC's Award of
Distinction from WMC Board Chair Gary Williams.


MISSISSAUGA, ON –

The Wood Manufacturing Council presented its third annual Human Resources Awards during the Woodworking Machinery & Supply Expo.

Richard Lipman, president of the WMC said, “The 2009 awards recognize outstanding individuals or companies that continue to embrace innovation and best practices under these difficult circumstances.”

Award recipients included:

  • Christina Leyden of Nienkämper, a manufacturer of high-end office furniture based in Toronto, received the Innovation in Human Resources Award. The company was cited for a variety of HR efforts that have helped reduce its annual employee turnover rate to less than 3 percent.
  • Robert Aucoin, technology teacher at Rideau High School of Ottawa, won the WoodLINKS Success Award. Among his many accomplishments, Aucoin coordinated the “Child’s House of Dreams” project, which has raised $250,000 to benefit a local Ronald McDonald House.
  • LakeCity Woodworkers of Dartmouth, NS, won the Equity Award. The company employs 50 people who have mental illnesses.
  • Blair Tullis received the WMC Award of Distinction for 21 years of service to the Canadian woodworking industry as a former trade magazine publisher and his involvement with several industry trade groups.

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