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    MISSISSAUGA, ON, March 8, 2017 - Compass Group Canada and Mercy for Animals announced a unique and historic partnership that will transform the welfare of chickens within Compass' Canadian supply chain by 2024. With this announcement, Compass Group Canada becomes the first Canadian food service company to commit to healthier strains of chickens, improved living conditions, and more humane processing, leading to improved lives for millions of broiler chickens across the country each year.

    The new standards were developed by leading animal protection agencies throughout North America including Mercy for Animals, The Humane Society of the United States/Humane Society International, Compassion in World Farming, and the Humane League, and were codified as the new broiler welfare requirements of Global Animal Partnership (GAP), an international non-profit farmed animal welfare certification program.

    These standards are informed by the internationally recognized Five Freedoms for animals and cover using approved genetic strain of birds, minimum space requirements, and improved environments, including light levels, litter and enrichments. The standards also ensures that all chickens in the supply system are processed in a manner that avoids live dumping and live shackling of birds and instead utilizes a pre-shackle multi-step controlled-atmosphere processing system that's widely hailed as less cruel. By 2024, demonstrated compliance with these standards via a third-party auditing system will be a contractual requirement for any company supplying chickens to Compass Group Canada.

    "As an industry leader, we are proud to take a leadership role in the area of broiler chicken welfare," said Saajid Khan, Chief Executive Officer, Compass Group Canada and ESS North America. "Achieving the goals set out by GAP will require us to work closely with our suppliers to make this commitment happen. We believe this is the right direction for Compass and we are confident that we will reach 100% compliance by 2024."

     Krista Hiddema, Vice President, Mercy for Animals stated, "We are excited that we have received this commitment from Compass Group Canada, the leading foodservice provider in Canada.  Not only do they continue to set the standard for foodservice, they are truly committed to adopting the most progressive animal welfare standards in the country. 

    Compass Group Canada is the country's leading foodservice and support services provider with over $1.9 billion in revenues in 2015 and over 26,000 associates working throughout the country. The company specializes in providing foodservices and support services across the core sectors including leading sports and leisure venues, executive dining rooms and cafes, schools, universities, seniors' residences and hospitals as well as remote camps and off shore oil rigs.  With over 500,000 associates worldwide and operations in more than 50 countries, Compass Group Canada's parent company had revenues of £16.9 billion in the year to September 30, 2015.

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    For more information, contact:

    Stephanie Baxter

    Director, Corporate Communications

    (905)-795-5100 ext 7604  

     Corporate.Communications@Compass-Canada.com  


  • Chartwells is committed to supporting a vibrant academic and student life experience on campuses across Canada.  We know that our students wield incredible abilities to address the sustainability challenges on campus, and the world we live in.  In recognition of this, we have developed the Chartwells Campus Projects funds as means of letting students apply their imagination and knowledge to advance sustainability on their campus.  For the third year, we asked students to submit their innovative sustainability ideas over the 5 week open application term. 

    We are proud to announce the six selected campuses as the recipients of the Chartwells Campus Projects for 2016-2017, each receiving $5,000 and resource support to bring their projects to life:

    2016-2017 Winners:

    • St. Paul's University College (Waterloo, Ontario) for their project submission to build a greenhouse as an expansion of their Campus Market Garden

      Georgian College (Barrie, Ontario) for their project submission to enhance the Growing Georgian Initiative

      Parkside Student Residence (Toronto, Ontario) for their project submission to implement a reusable Eco-Container take out program.

      University of Ottawa (Ottawa, Ontario) for their project submission to design and build an automated Recycle Sorter.

    • Humber College (Etobicoke, Ontario) for their project submission community garden development

    We look forward to working with these students and our partner campuses over the coming year to implement these projects. 

    Keep your eye out for updates and stories on the progress on Chartwells social media channels.​

  • We are happy to announce that Chartwells will once again be accepting applications to the Chartwells Campus Projects for the 2016 - 2017 academic year. 

    At Chartwells (a member of Compass Group Canada), we strongly believe in the power of students to initiate positive change. As a foodservice provider on college and university campuses across Canada, we also embrace the tremendous opportunity we have to contribute to this change by promoting and supporting student-led ideas, particularly in the areas of food and foodservice-related sustainability. The Chartwells Campus Projects is a fund to support student projects in these areas. By supporting such projects, we aim to encourage students to work together with Chartwells to turn their innovative ideas into tangible action that positively contributes to sustainable food services on campus.

    For the third year students will be able to partake in this unique opportunity to take a leadership role in advancing sustainability on campus with the support of Chartwells and a $5000 grant.

    The success and popularity of last year's projects has led us to increase the number of projects from three to four, providing even more students with a valuable learning opportunity.  

    We are promoting the Chartwells Campus Projects on our Dine on Campus website, through our social media platforms, and through direct outreach on campus to our clients, partnering organizations, and through our food service offices.   

    Applications to the fund open September 7, 2016 and close on October 7, 2016. To apply, please contact your Chartwells food service manager. Selected projects will be announced on October 18th..

    Stay tuned!

     

  • Today, Compass Group Canada proudly releases its 3rd annual Sustainability Highlights Report, which details the company's performance in 2015 against its sustainability commitments.

    This year, the report also focuses on sharing best practice stories of how the company's operational teams are collaborating with clients and partners to reduce environmental impacts and support local communities through innovative and engaging projects and programs. These examples are a "particular area of pride because our success around Sustainability & Wellness centers on engaging the power of our 31,000 associates across Canada" says Saajid Khan, CEO Compass Group Canada.

    For the first time, the release of the report is also accompanied by a series of videos highlighting these best practice stories. To view the report, click here. To view the videos, click here.

    About Compass Group Canada

    Compass Group Canada became a market leader in contract foodservice and facilities management through a simple recipe: great people, great service and great results. This easy-to-follow recipe serves millions across the nation, from serving delicious, nutritious meals at school cafeterias, corporate cafes, hospitals and remote camps to routine cleaning and maintenance services at your workplace and airports. Chances are good that if you're hungry and away from home, you've tasted Compass Group's award-winning food and experienced our exceptional support services. For more information visit www.compass-canada.com

    About BALANCE

    BALANCE is Compass Group Canada's sustainability and wellness platform. It links four distinct yet interconnected areas of focus: Wellness, Environment, Supply Chain and Community. Under these four areas, the company focuses its actions on the issues that are important to its business, clients and consumers.

  • Compass associates holding cheque.

    MISSISSAUGA, ON, March 4, 2016 - Mercedes-Benz Canada and Compass Group Canada joined forces to host their first annual Retail Experience Innovation Competition (CXI) in Toronto. While Mercedes-Benz Canada and Compass Group Canada are known as highly successful and innovative organizations in their respective industries, they felt that they needed to do something different to fully utilize the potential of creative Canadian startups to boost the retail customer experience.

    It was only three months ago that Ralph Ostertag from Mercedes-Benz Canada and Humza Teherany from Compass Group Canada were chatting informally. Despite their companies' different product offerings, they soon realized that they were facing similar challenges, especially in their retail customer experience environments. They surmised that working with young startups could very well be the key to creating and executing these much needed solutions with a shorter turnaround and a more focused approach than by using traditional means.

    "Our mission as the number one manufacturer in the luxury car segment in Canada is to delight our customers and make them into fans of our products and our brand. In the digital age where opportunities come and go quickly, collaboration with nimble startups is essential to win the race for the best retail customer experience. Our Retail Experience Innovation Competition is a new and different way of connecting startup champions with premium enterprises to further drive innovation in Canada," said Ralph Ostertag, Chief Information Officer, Mercedes-Benz Canada, Mexico and Latin America.

    "As an industry leader in hospitality, retail and food services, we understand that to grow and maintain our market dominance over the long term, it's all about driving great consumer experiences, through innovation," said Humza Teherany, Chief Innovation Officer, Compass Group Canada. "Young startups offer the agility and creative thinking that larger organizations require to unplug innovation bottlenecks along with access to new energy, talent and enthusiasm."

    With the proliferation of young and very successful Canadian startups, it was a timely opportunity for both firms to seek out potential associates to help them develop turnkey retail experience solutions. It was decided that the search for these partners would be done in the form of a startup competition.

    Mercedes-Benz Canada and Compass Group Canada turned to TWG (The Working Group) whose invaluable experience helped them conceptualize the CXI competition, build its numerous components and organize the event. A few weeks ago, TWG cast a wide net to invite as many startups as possible to enter the competition. A significant number of them responded and it was an arduous task for the committee to pare down the number of applicants to six startups.

    This very strong field of contenders, listed below, presented to a group of discerning judges comprising of the companies' CEO's and CIO's, Baba Shiv, Professor at Stanford University and the Marketing Director at TWG.

    The six presenting startups were:

    Candid: Providing powerful tools for building community and driving revenue from Instagram. Using fresh and authentic content to increase conversion and sales as well as generate higher user engagement.

    Chargespot: A smart platform to help to turn power into a powerful customer engagement and retention tool using wireless charging triggers and engaging customers while providing them with an invaluable service.

    Nudge Rewards: Harnessing the combined power of smartphone technology, performance feedback, social competition and incentives to mobilize the team, drive sales, improve productivity or operational performance.

    Sampler: Helping brands distribute product samples to customers through digital channels in more targeted and measurable ways than in traditional strategies. A digital sampling program that converts consumers to the clients' own marketing channels.

    Spently: Maximizing a business' transactional emails as a marketing tool to effectively provide an on-brand customer experience after the point of purchase and reward existing customers with relevant promotions.

    teaBOT: Building and distributing a robot that makes customized tea. teaBOT makes customized cups of grab-and-go loose leaf tea to create a new consumer experience where grab-and-go and made-to-order food meets robotics.

    All six startups delivered compelling and passionate eight-minute pitches that were followed by a Q&A from the judges who were not afraid to ask tough questions. Following a much longer than expected deliberation, the judges agreed unanimously that each of the six startups had very interesting propositions which made their decisions all the more difficult.

    In addition to sizable cash prizes, there was the riveting possibility for any of the startups to earn one or even two pilots to actually develop and implement their idea at their newly acquired client(s), Mercedes-Benz Canada and/or Compass Group Canada. The judges' choices were:

    1st place: Cash prize of $12,000 - teaBOT

    2nd place: Cash prize of $6,000  - Candid

    People's Choice Award: Cash prize of $2,000 - Nudge Rewards

    Compass Group pilot winner: Nudge Rewards

    Mercedes-Benz pilot winner: Nudge Rewards

    Jordan Ekers, Partner at Nudge Rewards said, "We were delighted to be invited to participate in the CXI. It was the perfect platform to ignite a discussion around how the disruptive solutions of small businesses can be applied to solve large-scale enterprise problems. We're thrilled to have been chosen to launch Nudge Rewards with two forward-thinking businesses and to be able to drive their team performance."

    About Compass Group Canada
    Compass Group Canada became a market leader in contract foodservice and facilities management through a simple recipe: great people, great service and great results. This easy-to-follow recipe serves millions across the nation, from serving delicious, nutritious meals at school cafeterias, corporate cafes, hospitals and remote camps to routine cleaning and maintenance services at your workplace and airports. Chances are good that if you're hungry and away from home, you've tasted Compass Group's award-winning food and experienced our exceptional support services.

    About Mercedes-Benz Canada
    Mercedes-Benz Canada is responsible for the sales, marketing and service of the Mercedes-Benz and AMG passenger vehicles, Mercedes-Benz Vans and smart. Headquartered in Toronto, Ontario, Mercedes-Benz Canada Inc. employs approximately 1,400 people in 21 locations across Canada. Through a nationwide network of 11 Mercedes-Benz owned retail operations and 46 authorized dealerships, Mercedes-Benz Canada sold 44,526 vehicles in 2015. This represents the best year ever for the company and has positioned Mercedes-Benz as the top luxury manufacturer in Canada for the second consecutive year.

    About TWG
    Founded in 2002, TWG is a world-class team of software engineers, product designers and product managers located in downtown Toronto. Its mission is to build software applications for the world's most innovative companies while keeping values such as problem solving, reliability, craftsmanship and collaboration close to heart. TWG's roots are in software development and, as the web has evolved, so has TWG. The company believes that software is the most powerful tool available to create impact for its clients. TWG's toolkit blends lean and agile methodologies with human-centred design philosophies to generate real, measurable results.


    Contacts:

    Compass Group Canada
    Saira Husain               
    saira.husain@compass-canada.com     
    905-568-4636 x7432

    Mercedes-Benz Canada
    JoAnne Caza               
    joanne.caza@mercedes-benz.ca              
    416-847-7550

    Nathalie Gravel            
    nathalie.gravel@mercedes-benz.ca        
    416-847-7509

    TWG
    Alison Gibbins             
    alison@twg.ca                                              
    647-537-2229

  • MISSISSAUGA, ON, Dec. 14, 2015 – Compass Group Canada announced a $153,400 donation to Food Banks Canada today, as part of Compass' Nourish program. The funds will be used to increase the amount and diversity of fresh, nutritious food to families-in-need through community gardens and food education at select food banks across Canada.

    The level of food insecurity has increased across Canada and food bank usage has risen by 26 per cent since 2008. With 1 in 8 Canadian households currently facing food insecurity, Compass' $153,400 donation will help create sustainable solutions to ensure all Canadians, regardless of income, have access to safe and nutritious food to lead healthy and productive lives.

    "Food plays a powerful role in our daily lives, both as a social connector and a community builder," said Saajid Khan, CEO, Compass Group Canada. "Our community gardens do more than just provide fresh local food. They serve as a hub where people access healthy food and develop relationships by cooking, eating and even gardening together."

    Since October 2014, Compass, through its Nourish program has donated $253,400 to Food Banks Canada. From the Maritimes to British Columbia, Compass has supported nine community gardens and provided educational opportunities to ensure high levels of participation in fresh food adoption, food preparation and healthy eating. To view a short video on Nourish's community impact, visit https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TXjTxhjvvlU

    About Compass Group Canada
    Compass Group Canada became a market leader in contract foodservice and facilities management through a simple recipe: great people, great service and great results. This easy-to-follow recipe serves millions across the nation, from serving delicious, nutritious meals at school cafeterias, corporate cafes, hospitals and remote camps to routine cleaning and maintenance services at your workplace and airports. Chances are good that if you're hungry and away from home, you've tasted Compass Group's award-winning food and experienced our exceptional support services. For more information visit www.compass-canada.com

    About Food Banks Canada
    Food Banks Canada supports a unique network of over 3,000 food-related organizations in every province and territory that assists more than 850,000 Canadians each month. Together our network shares over 200 million pounds of essential safe quality food annually, provides social programs that help to foster self-sufficiency, and advocates for policy change that will help create a Canada where no one goes hungry. Visit foodbankscanada.ca for more information.

    For more information, contact:
    Saira Husain
    Manager, Corporate Communications
    Compass Group Canada
    (905) 568-4636 x7432
    corporate.communications@compass-canada.com

  • Chartwells is highly committed to engaging and collaborating directly with students, particularly on sustainability-related projects and campaigns. At the beginning of the 2015-2016 academic year, we reached out to students across Canada to submit their innovative ideas on ways to advance sustainable foodservices through the Chartwells Campus Projects Campaign. Over the course of 5 weeks, we received 23 submissions from 15 Chartwells-operated campuses, exceeding our internal goal of 15 submissions.

    We are proud to announce that the following three campuses have been selected as the recipients of the Chartwells Campus Projects for 2015-2016, each receiving $5,000 and resource support to bring their project to life:

    2015-2016 Winners:

    • Capilano University (in British Columbia) for their project submission on an Aquaponics Sustainable Food Pilot
    • Mount Saint Vincent University (in Nova Scotia) for their project submission on raising awareness on recycling and waste sorting on campus
    • SAIT Polytechnic (in Alberta) for their project submission called Healthy E.A.T.S

    Over the course of the year, we will be working together with students and stakeholders from these campuses to implement these projects. We can't wait to share all the stories and lessons we learn along the way stories with you!

  • MISSISSAUGA, ON, Oct. 8, 2015 – Working together to eliminate food insecurity, Compass Group Canada has partnered with Food Banks Canada to provide Canadian families-in-need with greater access to fresh, nutritious food through its Nourish program. Nourish supported Food Banks Canada's Community Garden Fund which was granted to nine food banks across Canada to help develop community gardens and food education programs. In the spirit of the season, special Thanksgiving-themed recipes have been developed by one of Compass' corporate chefs, using ingredients grown in the community gardens, and shared with all participating food banks.

    "Food insecurity is a serious and growing problem in Canada. We want to ensure that everyone has access to safe, nutritious food to lead a healthy and productive life," said Saajid Khan, CEO, Compass Group Canada. "By supporting the work of Food Banks Canada to provide educational resources, our Nourish program is designed to offer a hand up versus a hand out."

    Food security often refers to an individual's access to food and food availability; however, it goes beyond hunger. Food security is the availability of sufficient nutrition to guarantee a healthy diet and avoiding the health implications of malnutrition.

    "Healthy and nutritious food is at the core of what we do," adds Chef Breanne Coulton, corporate chef, Compass Group Canada. "We believe in working to support all Canadian households are food secure by increasing  access to fresh, nutritious food, while improving the skills to prepare food."

    The Nourish program supports Food Banks Canada's community gardens, which enables food banks to have access to more fresh, nourishing food as well as educational resources to ensure high levels of participation in fresh food adoption, food preparation and healthy eating. Additionally, this funding helped to create a community garden toolkit to expand fresh food availability across Canada.

    This Thanksgiving and throughout the year, Compass employees will help develop recipes, hold local cooking classes, deliver safe food handling talks and more.

    Nourish Recipes:

    About Compass Group Canada
    Compass Group Canada became a market leader in contract foodservice and facilities management through a simple recipe: great people, great service and great results. This easy-to-follow recipe serves millions across the nation, from serving delicious, nutritious meals at school cafeterias, corporate cafes, hospitals and remote camps to routine cleaning and maintenance services at your workplace and airports. Chances are good that if you're hungry and away from home, you've tasted Compass Group's award-winning food and experienced our exceptional support services.

    About Nourish
    Launched in October 2014, Compass Group Canada created its corporate program Nourish, and is working in partnership with Food Banks Canada, to increase the amount and diversity of fresh, nutritious food to Canadians families-in-need whom experience food insecurity. Through its community gardens initiative, food bank clients' will have access to more fresh, nourishing food as well as educational resources to ensure high levels of participation in fresh food adoption, food preparation and healthy eating.

  • ​At Chartwells (a member of Compass Group Canada), we strongly believe in the power of students to initiate positive change. As a foodservice provider on college and university campuses across Canada, we also embrace the tremendous opportunity we have to contribute to this change by promoting and supporting student-led ideas, particularly in the areas of food and foodservice-related sustainability.  The Chartwells Campus Projects is a fund to support student projects in these areas. By supporting such projects, we aim to encourage students to work together with Chartwells to turn their innovative ideas into tangible action that positively contributes to sustainable food services on campus.

    The process of the Chartwells Campus Projects involves student groups working together with our onsite foodservice management team to jointly submit an application. We will select three projects to receive up to $5000 each. Each selected project will advance sustainable food services on campus while engaging the student and broader community.

    If you're a student on a campus with Chartwells as a contracted foodservice provider, please contact your foodservice management office to apply. The application form is available online: CLICK HERE. The application process formally opens September 9, 2015 with a submission deadline of October 9, 2015.

    CLICK HERE for the Chartwells Campus Projects video.

    For more information, please contact Eli Browne, Chartwells Manager of Campus Engagement and Sustainability at eli.browne@compass-canada.com.

  • Compass Group Canada has recently been notified of a fraudulent scam, where letters are being addressed to individuals with cheques for a "mystery shopping assignment."

    Please note Compass Group Canada does not have mystery shopping assignments and does not issue letters or cheques of this nature.

    To learn more about how to protect yourself from common scams, please visit: http://www.rbc.com/privacysecurity/ca/schemes-and-scams.html

  • Compass Group Canada today releases its 2nd annual sustainability report highlighting the progress made in 2014 against its sustainability goals announced last year. The report follows the Company's sustainability framework and is rooted in three leadership priorities: empowering people, supporting clients and customers and becoming a catalyst for change.

    "Sustainability touches every aspect of our company and operations and as such, is woven into every business activity and process throughout our business," says Saajid Khan, CEO, Compass Group Canada. "From the way we source our products to the health and wellbeing of our consumers, our associates work hard to continuously enhance the positive contribution we make to local communities."

    To view the report, click here

    About Compass Group Canada
    Compass Group Canada became a market leader in contract foodservice and facilities management through a simple recipe: great people, great service and great results. This easy-to-follow recipe serves millions across the nation, from serving delicious, nutritious meals at school cafeterias, corporate cafes, hospitals and remote camps to routine cleaning and maintenance services at your workplace and airports. Chances are good that if you're hungry and away from home, you've tasted Compass Group's award-winning food and experienced our exceptional support services. For more information visit www.compass-canada.com

    About BALANCE
    BALANCE is Compass Group Canada's sustainability and wellness platform. It links four distinct yet interconnected areas of focus: Wellness, Environment, Supply Chain and Community. BALANCE challenges associates, clients, customers and suppliers to personally engage in the journey to a healthier state of being, healthier communities and a healthier planet.

  • Food Banks 

    MISSISSAUGA, ON, Dec. 19, 2014 – Compass Group Canada announced a $100,000 donation to Food Banks Canada today, as part of Compass' Nourish program. The funds will be used to help individuals across Canada who experience food insecurity by providing more fresh, nutritious meals, educational programs that focus on healthy eating and food preparation.

    "Compass has always rallied together to support various charities, but tackling food insecurity in our local communities is an issue that our associates overwhelming support, " said Saajid Khan, CEO of Compass Group Canada & ESS North America. "Our Nourish program is designed to give Canadians-in-need a hand up versus a handout and will help change the story of food insecurity across Canada."

    Launched in October 2014, Nourish, is a Compass Group Canada program under its BALANCE platform.  In partnership with Food Banks Canada, the program will increase access to more fresh, nourishing food to food bank clients through a multi-channel approach while delivering educational programming to ensure high levels of participation in new food adoption, skill development and healthy lifestyles.

    "We are very grateful to Compass Group Canada, who along with their employees are making a significant commitment to address hunger in Canada," said Katharine Schmidt, Executive Director of Food Banks Canada. "With this investment, we will be able to support the development of innovative programs for food banks with the focus on increasing fresh foods.

    The level of food insecurity has increased across Canada and food bank usage has risen by 25% since 2008. With 1 in 8 Canadian households currently facing food insecurity, Compass' $100,000 donation will help ensure that all Canadians, regardless of income, can obtain more nutritious food.

    About Compass Group Canada
    Compass Group Canada became a market leader in contract foodservice and facilities management through a simple recipe: great people, great service and great results. This easy-to-follow recipe serves millions across the nation, from serving delicious, nutritious meals at school cafeterias, corporate cafes, hospitals and remote camps to routine cleaning and maintenance services at your workplace and airports. Chances are good that if you're hungry and away from home, you've tasted Compass Group's award-winning food and experienced our exceptional support services. For more information visit www.compass-canada.com

    About BALANCE
    BALANCE is Compass Group Canada's sustainability and wellness platform. It links four distinct yet interconnected areas of focus: Wellness, Environment, Supply Chain and Community. BALANCE challenges associates, clients, customers and suppliers to personally engage in the journey to a healthier state of being, healthier communities and a healthier planet.

    About Food Banks Canada
    Food Banks Canada supports a unique network of food-related organizations in every province and territory, which assists more than 850,000 Canadians each month. Together our network shares over 200 million pounds of essential, safe, quality food annually, provides social programs that help to foster self-sufficiency, and advocates for policy change that will help create a Canada where no one goes hungry. Visit foodbankscanada.ca for more information.

    For more information, contact:
    Saira Husain
    Manager, Corporate Communications
    (905) 568-4636 x432
    corporate.communications@compass-canada.com

  • Fresh, Healthy, Local Food Coming to Durham Schools Thanks to Ecosource Partnership

    Toronto, ON - February 19, 2014 - An innovative project facilitated by Ecosource means fresh, healthy meals made from local food will be on the plates of high school students in the Durham Region.

    With support from the Greenbelt Fund, and funding from the Ontario government, Ecosource will develop a series of educational programs and events to increase student and cafeteria staff engagement in buy local programs and drive local food sales in public high schools.

    “Ecosource will build on their past success in Peel Region schools with this latest project. With three children of my own, I can relate to the need for educating kids on local food early on. We are eager to see more school boards, including the Durham District School Board, get involved in local food education and increased purchasing of local food. The result—more local food for Ontarians and happier, healthier students,” says Burkhard Mausberg, CEO of the Greenbelt Fund.

    Ecosource will partner with Compass Group Canada and the Durham District School Board for the Cafeteria Connects: Bringing Ontario Foods to Secondary School Cafeterias ($109,000) project. This partnership will create training for cafeteria staff on how to purchase, track, prepare, and communicate about local food options. Ecosource will also host events celebrating the produce and farmers of Ontario and the Durham Region. These efforts will be supported by educational opportunities for students with Ecosource developing and delivering workshops that integrate local food education into several curricula including business, hospitality, and family studies.

    ”Ecosource is pleased to build on past successes and partnerships in Peel Region as we work together to change the face of food in Durham District School Board cafeterias and engage students in food literacy in Durham classrooms,” says Stephanie Crocker, Executive Director at Ecosource.

    “It’s great to see everyone working together to put more Ontario food on dinner plates in our daycares, schools, and healthcare facilities in Ajax and Pickering. We support and encourage these types of projects because we know how good they are for our farmers, our health, and our local economies,” says Joe Dickson, MPP for Ajax-Pickering.

    For a more detailed description of this project and other grants that are a part of the Greenbelt Fund’s Regional Food Grant Program, please visit Ontariofresh.ca.

     

    Since its launch in 2010, the Greenbelt Fund has supported 78 projects with funding totalling $7.4 million, increasing the amount of local food available across the province. The province’s total investments toward broader sector programming means a targeted return of $38.9 million in additional Ontario food in daycares, schools, universities, and colleges–or a five to one return on investment for every dollar spent.

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    About the Greenbelt Fund:

    The Greenbelt Fund, a non-profit organization, supports and enhances the viability, integrity, and sustainability of agriculture in the Greenbelt and Ontario.

    The Fund delivers support to farmers and local food leaders to ensure more of the good things that grow in Ontario are being served and distributed through our public institutions, retail, and foodservice markets. Helping to overcome challenges and support economic growth, the Fund’s goal is to create systemic change to permanently increase the amount of local food consumed in the province through grants, education, policy, and networking initiatives. The Fund is supported by public and private sources. For more information about the program and grants visit Ontariofresh.ca. For more information on local food visit foodlandontario.ca.

     

    For more information about the Ontario government’s new Local Food Act and broader local food strategy, visit the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture and Food website.

                                       

    Grant Information

    Ecosource Cafeteria Connects: Bringing Ontario Foods to Secondary School

    Cafeterias ($109,000)

    Ecosource will partner with Compass Group Canada and Durham District School Board to increase student and cafeteria staff engagement in buy-local programs and drive local food sales in public high schools. This project includes training cafeteria staff on how to purchase, track, and prepare local food. Ecosource will also host local food events and integrate local food education into several curricula including business studies, hospitality, and family studies.

    About Ecosource:

    Ecosource is the non-profit environmental organization bringing the key food system stakeholders to the table to create the connections between local and healthy food. Ecosource provides innovative education programs in Peel and throughout the province to more than 40,000 youth and their families each year. For more information, visit ecosource.ca.

    About Compass Group Canada:

    Compass Group Canada is the country’s leading foodservice and support services company with over 26,000 associates across the country. Operating sectors include: Canteen Vending Services, Chartwells, Compass Leisure & Entertainment, Crothall, ESS Support Services Worldwide, Eurest Dining, Eurest  Services, Foodbuy, Gourmet Cuisine, Levy Restaurants, Marquise Facilities, Marquise Hospitality, Morrison Healthcare and Restaurant  Associates. With more than 500,000 associates worldwide and operations in around 50 countries, its parent company, UK-based Compass Group PLC had revenues of £17.6 billion in the year to September 30, 2013. For more information visit compass-canada.com.

    About Durham District School Board:

    Durham District School Board is responsible for public education in the rural settings of Uxbridge, Brock, and Scugog Townships and the urban settings of Ajax, Whitby, Pickering, and Oshawa. The Board employs 7,000 teaching and educational services staff. With 128 elementary and secondary schools and learning centres, the Board accommodates more than 66,000 regular day students and thousands more who take advantage of a wide variety of continuing education and adult credit courses. More information can be found on the Board’s website at ddsb.ca. Please follow us on Twitter @DurhamDSB.                                                    

  • ESS North America delivers an innovative healthy lifestyle program to the Oil & Gas and Mining industries

    Mississauga, ON – February 10, 2014 – ESS North America, a member of Compass Group Canada, is the industry leader in providing food and support services to oil and gas, mining and infrastructure clients.  In response to global client demand ESS North America is proud to introduce Tastelife, a health and wellness program developed specifically for remote and offshore workers globally.

    ESS is currently implementing Tastelife with clients across Canada and the U.S. and promoting a focus on nutrition, physical and mental well-being.  The program includes three core elements that combine to support an employee’s healthy lifestyle:

    • Nutritiouslife - Educates employees about the nutritional value of food choices they make on a daily basis while away from home and is managed by certified dieticians and nutritionists.
    • Activelife - Educates employees about leading a healthy and active lifestyle.
    • Leisurelife - Aims to create a fun, social and stress free atmosphere for employees while away from home for extended periods.

    “A majority of employees in the oil & gas and mining industries do rotational shifts, which means they are away from home three to five weeks at a time. Many of our clients already understand that the health and well-being of their employees is important. Our Tastelife program provides scalable and easy to implement tools and resources for an employee,” says Erin Meehan, President of ESS North America. “In addition, we have a duty of care commitment to ensure employees in remote sites have the resources necessary to keep their health and well-being top-of-mind”.

    Tastelife is one of the specialized nutrition and wellness programs ESS North America delivers to clients as part of Compass Group Canada’s sustainability and wellness platform called BALANCE. BALANCE, provides Compass food and support services clients across Canada with focused programs, tools and information on wellness, environment, supply chain and community.

    “ESS understands the unique needs of remote and offshore employees and are committed to giving them the tools necessary to take control of their health,” says Donna Bottrell, Director of Sustainability and Wellness/RD for Compass Group Canada. “Eating healthy, staying active and making balanced choices for long-term health are important in whatever environment an employee works, and ESS makes it possible.”

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    About ESS North America, a member of Compass Group Canada
    ESS North America provides food and support services to clients in the oil and gas, mining, construction, coastal logging, military and defence sectors. ESS services include facilities such as drill camps, mining camps, construction camps, pipeline camps and offshore oil & gas installations. For more information visit ESS North America, Gulf of Mexico and Alaska online.

    Compass Group Canada is the country’s leading foodservice and support services company with over 26,000 associates across the country.  With more than 500,000 associates worldwide and operations in around 50 countries, its parent company, UK-based Compass Group PLC had revenues of £17.6 billion in the year to September 30, 2013. For more information visit www.compass-canada.com

    About BALANCE
    BALANCE is Compass Group Canada’s sustainability and wellness platform. It links four distinct yet interconnected areas of focus: Wellness, Environment, Supply Chain and Community. BALANCE challenges associates, clients, customers and suppliers to personally engage in the journey to a healthier state of being, healthier communities and a healthier planet.


    For more information, please contact:
    Kathy Salazar
    Compass Group Canada and ESS North America
    (905)568-4636 x432

    corporate.communications@compass-canada.com

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