TORONTO, Nov. 23, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Aon will honour Colliers International as a Gold Level Best Employer in Canada at the Best Employers awards ceremony taking place today at the Toronto Ritz-Carlton. The Aon Best Employers program is the "premier benchmark for assessing the quality and performance of Canadian and global workplaces," recognizing companies that excel in the following indices: employee engagement, leadership, performance culture and employment brand. This year marks the first time Colliers International has received Aon's Best Employer distinction. "We are thrilled to be named a Gold Level Aon Best Employer in Canada," said David Bowden, CEO of Colliers International Canada. "Creating a great place to work is a fundamental business goal for Colliers and an important aspect of our culture. We began our pursuit to become a Best Employer six years ago, and our employees' participation and candid feedback throughout our journey were invaluable in identifying areas for improvement, implementing positive change, and ultimately, elevating us to top employer status. This achievement is the result of collaboration among all aspects of our organization, and I couldn't be prouder of what we've accomplished as a team." In September, the Canadian HR Awards also recognized Colliers International with the Beyond Boardrooms Award for Best Employee Engagement Strategy in Canada. "This recognition as a Gold Level Best Employer in Canada is a tremendous accomplishment. On behalf of Colliers professionals around the world, I would like to congratulate the leadership and professionals of Colliers Canada for embarking on this journey and setting an example for Colliers people everywhere," said Jay S. Hennick, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. "Colliers is the place where creative and entrepreneurial people choose to make a difference. Being one of the leading players in commercial real estate globally and headquartered in Canada makes this honour particularly gratifying."