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SAS Canada Makes 'Best Workplaces in Canada' List for Fifth Consecutive Year

Recognized for its commitment to investing in Employee Satisfaction, Community Focused Philanthropy and Environmental Stewardship

Toronto, ON  (17 Apr. 2014)  – SAS Canada, the leader in business analytics, is No. 11 on the 2014 Best Workplaces in Canada list in the category for companies with less than 1,000 employees. SAS Canada is one of the top companies on the list, published by the Great Place to Work Institute Canada, because of its commitment to investing in employee satisfaction, environmental sustainability, employee benefits, and its dedication and focus to the community.

"Our success depends on our employees," said Carl Farrell, President SAS Canada and EVP SAS Americas. "Retaining top talent is good for business; which is why maintaining a work environment that nurtures happy and committed employees is quintessential to our company's ability to grow and prosper, and have a positive impact on the customer experience that maintains the strong customer loyalty SAS is known for."

The Great Place to Work® Institute Canada was launched in 2005 and is the Canadian affiliate of the U.S. based Great Place to Work® Institute, the largest program of its kind in the world. The institute surveys over 4,000 organizations in 44 countries every year, surveying a total of over 2 million employees across the globe annually.

Earlier in 2014 SAS Canada celebrated another successful year, increasing software revenue by 6 per cent over 2012. To support its ongoing growth, SAS also announced that it will continue hiring for the 25th consecutive year, investing in talent in sales and services, increasing its workforce by more than 9 per cent across the country.

"It's a privilege to be recognized alongside some of Canada's strongest employers," said Seta Kouyoumdjian, Senior Director, Human Resources for SAS Canada. "Today's ranking is a testament to SAS' employee-centric culture that is defined by work-life balance, flexible work schedules and excellent work environments that SAS is committed to providing to all its employees."

This list of "Best Workplaces in Canada" is compiled by The Globe and Mail's Report on Business and the Great Place to Work Institute Canada. The competition process is based on two criteria: two-thirds of the total score comes from a 58-statement survey completed by a random selection of employees, along with their open-ended comments about their organization; the remaining one-third of the score comes from an in-depth review of the organization's culture, including an evaluation of HR policies and procedures. This offers a rigorous representation of the organization from an employee perspective, and an overall portrait of the workplace culture. Together they provide crucial data relative to the five trust-building dimensions of a great place to work: credibility, respect, fairness, pride, and camaraderie.

About The Great Place to Work Institute

The Great Place to Work® Institute, Inc. is a research and management consultancy based in the U.S. with International Affiliate offices throughout the world. At the Great Place to Work(R) Institute, we have been listening to employees and evaluating employers since 1980, to understand what makes a workplace great. We know that the foundation of every great workplace is trust between employees and management. Our ongoing research, measurement tools, and educational services have made us leaders in helping build high-trust workplaces.

About SAS

SAS is the leader in business analytics software and services, and the largest independent vendor in the business intelligence market. Through innovative solutions delivered within an integrated framework, SAS helps customers at more than 65,000 sites improve performance and deliver value by making better decisions faster. Since 1976 SAS has been giving customers around the world THE POWER TO KNOW®.

The Canadian subsidiary of SAS has been in operation since 1988. Headquartered in Toronto, SAS employs more than 300 people across the country at its Vancouver, Calgary, Toronto, Ottawa, Quebec City and Montréal offices. www.sas.com/canada

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