Compass has been named to the 2019 Best Workplaces in Retail and Hospitality list!

Best Workplaces 2019 Retail and Hospitality

Compass has been named to the 2019 Best Workplaces in Retail and Hospitality list!

In October, a random selection of associates were asked to take part in a survey and provide their feedback on what it was like to work at Compass. Their positive responses to questions about credibility, trust, respect, and fairness in our workplace earned us our Great Place to Work certification. The Great Place to Work® organization has now taken those responses and additional material, provided by Compass through a detailed questionnaire, and compared them to other companies in Canada, with the goal of identifying and recognizing the very best in the retail and hospitality industry.

Being listed as a Best Workplace in Retail and Hospitality is very exciting. It shows how much trust associates have in our organization, the level of pride they have in their work, the extent to which their engagement with colleagues is enjoyable and meaningful, and it shows how Compass is delivering on our promise to create an exceptional work environment. The positive feedback we received on our corporate culture is what distinguished us from our competition and made us successful in the comparison process conducted by this global organization.

Great Place to Work is the global authority on high-trust, high-performance workplace cultures. Through proprietary assessment tools, advisory services, and certification programs, Great Place to Work® recognizes the Best Workplaces across the world.

This incredible award is a testament to the kind of company we are – one that is open, transparent, and above all else, one of the best places to work! I am very proud of this accomplishment but even more so of what we have created together – a truly exceptional company culture. 

Compass One’s Teaching Kitchen Wins the DUX Eat Better, Live Better Award!

Grand Prix Award DUX 2019 Winner


Teaching Kitchen: The ultimate cooking experience

Compass One’s Teaching Kitchen has won the DUX Eat Better, Live Better project category award at the gala in Montreal on January 30th, 2019.  The winning company is recognized for their leadership and innovation in projects that improve the dietary choices, health and wellness of Canadian

So what exactly is the Teaching Kitchen? The Teaching Kitchen is a fun and interactive platform to explore food, learn about nutrition and enhance participants’ cooking skills. Each session is led by a Dietitian and Chef who provide participants with healthy cooking tips so they can learn how to prepare easy, delicious meals made from wholesome ingredients at home.

The Teaching Kitchen had been implemented at North York General Hospital and classes are available for hospital staff including nurses, physicians as well as the community such as previously discharged patients, outpatients, their caregivers and family members.

Participants learn nutrition knowledge and food skills with the intention of improving cooking behaviours, quality of meals and the frequency of meals cooked and eaten at home.  Interactive cooking classes feature fresh seasonal foods, prepared in a manner that excites the senses, builds relationships and enhances the community’s well-being.

Teaching Kitchen Chef North York General HospitalLiterature and research has shown that more Canadians are turning to fast food, delivery and eating out instead of grocery shopping and cooking at home. According to the Heart and Stroke Foundation, up to 80% of premature deaths related to heart disease and stroke can be prevented through a healthy diet and exercise. Not knowing how to cook stands as a barrier to eating healthy and preparing nutritious meals. Research shows that hands-on cooking classes are effective in increasing confidence with cooking (improved knife skills) and food skills at all ages and that better health and higher fruit and vegetable consumption is related to an increased frequency of meals cooked and eaten within the home. For example, for those with diabetes, cooking programs have resulted in a reduction in A1C (average blood sugar), other studies showed a reduction in blood pressure or improved cholesterol.

The Teaching Kitchen’s goal is to empower and teach participants basic nutrition education and culinary skills through hands on cooking classes so that they have the ability to improve their food skills, cook at home more often and make healthy food choices.

There are many benefits to the teaching kitchen:

  • Increased frequency of cooking at home
  • Decrease home meal time stress
  • Increase frequency of family time at home
  • Increased nutrition knowledge and skills to manage diet and health conditions at home
  • Helps prevent hospital readmissions and address malnutrition in the community
  • Increased appreciation of cultural diversity and world cuisines
  • Improved employee productivity/morale (team building events within the organization)
  • Engagement with existing healthcare organization wellness initiatives (mom baby class, baby food), cardiac, outpatient diabetes, children in kitchen







Innovative programs and high employee engagement ensure ESS Support Services claims it position as one of 

North America’s most engaged workplaces


ESS, a division of Compass Group Canada, has been recognized for the second year in a row as one of the Achievers 50 Most Engaged Workplaces™ in North America. The annual award, issued by Achievers, an industry leading provider of employee recognition and engagement solutions, recognizes those top employers in North America who through their innovative program and strategies display leadership in engaging their workforces.

ESS will be honored alongside other recipients of the Achievers 50 Most Engaged Workplaces™ Award at the awards gala on October 22, 2018 at The Art Gallery of Ontario in Toronto before the opening of this year’s Achievers Customer Experience (ACE) Conference.

“Sustainability in program development and execution is one of the bigger challenges faced by corporations today. By being recognized for the second year as one of Achievers 50 Most Engaged Workplaces proves that our programs for an engaged and positive work place among our associates is definitely working,” said Michael Hachey, President ESS North America. “Ensuring that our workforce is engaged is crucial to the successful execution of our commitment to our clients and the overall success of our business. Receiving this recognition again this year reinforces our efforts to create the kind of workplace we can all be proud of. Our people work in some of the most challenging environments in the world and this award highlights their ability to work together as a team. ”

“The companies we honor as the Achievers 50 Most Engaged Workplaces™ have made the employee experience, engagement and recognition the highest priority. They understand how critical employee engagement is to company performance, and what a competitive advantage it provides,” said Achievers General Manager Aris Zakinthinos. “The companies on this list serve as role models for other businesses by creating an engagement strategy that cultivates a high-performing workplace.”

The winners were selected by a panel of esteemed judges comprised of employee engagement academics, industry analysts, thought leaders, journalists and influencers. Applicants were evaluated based on the Eight Elements of Employee Engagement™: Communication, Leadership, Culture, Rewards and Recognition, Professional and Personal Growth, Accountability and Performance, Vision and Values and Corporate Social Responsibility.

About ESS Support Services and Compass Group Canada

ESS North America has over 40 years of remote support services experience, and is the market leader in total support service solutions for clients in the construction, oil & gas, mining and defence sectors. They go to the ends of the earth to deliver the highest levels of customer support and service to Defence, Offshore and Remote Sites.

Compass Group Canada is the country’s leading foodservice and support services provider with over 25,000 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 550,000 associates worldwide, its parent company, UK-based Compass Group PLC (CPG), has been named in the Forbes Global 2000 – World’s Best Employer list for 2017. Compass Group PLC had revenues of £22.9 billion in the fiscal year ended September 30, 2017.

About Achievers
The Achievers Employee Engagement Platform combines an award-winning employee recognition and rewards solution with an active listening interface to accelerate employee engagement. Designed for today’s workplace, Achievers’ innovative cloud-based platform can increase and align employee engagement to business objectives and success. It empowers employees to recognize and reward each other in real time and aligns employees with company values and goals. Achievers connects with employees directly. It’s an always-on, open channel to hear and understand what matters to the individual, and then it closes the loop, delivering bite-sized, personalized actions for both employees and managers, so everyone is empowered to impact engagement right away. The Achievers platform inspires employee loyalty, engagement, and performance. To learn more about Achievers, visit us at Achievers is a subsidiary of Blackhawk Network Holdings, Inc.

Chartwells Canada launches partnership with WE to empower students across Canada to make a difference through their everyday food choices


Chartwells Canada launches partnership with WE to empower students across Canada to make a difference through their everyday food choices  

 Through the WE Special meal, students in over 600 Chartwells’ elementary, secondary and post-secondary locations across Canada will have the opportunity to make life-changing impacts with their meal purchases


Toronto, ON – September 18, 2018 – Today, Chartwells Canada and WE, a family of organizations that makes doing good doable, announced a new partnership to empower young people to make a difference through the food they eat. Available at more than 600 Chartwells’ elementary, secondary and post-secondary locations across Canada, the Chartwells WE Special is more than a meal with a portion of the proceeds from every special purchased supporting the Food pillar of WE’s holistic sustainable development model, WE Villages. By purchasing the special, students are joining a movement to enable one million meals to individuals in WE’s partner communities.

“We are thrilled to be partnering with WE to empower students to deliver change,” said Ashton Sequeira, President, Chartwells Canada. “Our students really care about doing 
good for others and they vocalize this in many ways. We’ve listened to them and have brought in a partnership with WE that gives them an opportunity to help change the world each day they come to school. Students are presented with hundreds of food choices every day, and with the WE Special, we’re making it easier for students to make a difference in the world.  Chartwells is always looking for sustainable ways to give back, and we’re confident that this partnership will create lasting benefits in the communities WE serves.”

WE Villages is built on five pillars of impact – Food, Education, Water, Health and Opportunity – with the Food pillar focusing on innovative farming techniques helping to ensure communities have access to healthy, self-sustaining food sources. Students can see how they are making a difference thanks to a one-of-a-kind number provided with every Chartwells WE Special, which includes WE’s Track Your Impact promise, a simple code that gives students the opportunity to connect the dots from the meal they purchased directly to the community they are supporting.

“Through the generous commitment of Chartwells, Canada’s leading educational foodservice provider, young change-makers from kindergarten to post-secondary will be able to give back in a new way by fueling their everyday meal choices to do good,” said Craig Kielburger, co-founder of WE. “By supporting communities overseas in building food security, a ripple effect is created. The health of community members flourishes with access to nutrient-rich foods, including students, who develop energy and focus to be successful learners in the classroom. In turn, farmers earn a sustainable source of income and can send their children to school, which creates opportunity for their future.”

The WE partnership is a key element of Chartwells’ Thinking Ahead Giving Back initiative which will see the company engaging with students on a higher level and working with them to tackle some of the key social concerns they face every day.

Through Thinking Ahead Giving Back, Chartwells has pledged to:

  • Deliver 1,000,000 meals both domestically and globally to tackle food insecurity,
  • Provide 10,000 hours of community support around mental health and social challenges facing our students, and
  • Create 1,000 jobs through a more focused commitment to student employment

Alongside the WE Special meal, select Chartwells’ post-secondary dining locations will sell product from ME to WE, WE’s innovative social enterprise that offers products that change lives including ME to WE Chocolate and ME to WE Rafiki bracelets:

  • ME to WE Chocolate is an award-winning treat sustainably made in Ecuador in partnership with local cacao farmers. The product also supports WE’s Education pillar, which helps build schools and provide the essentials for students to learn.
  • In Swahili, rafiki means friends and ME to WE Rafiki bracelets are handmade by artisans in Kenya and inspired by Maasai beading traditions with colourful strands of glass beads. As part of ME to WE’s Artisans initiative, over 1,400 Kenyan Mamas and over 100 women in Ecuador in communities where WE works are now employed full time and make a fair wage (2.2 times the average wage).

Chartwells will also support WE Well-being, a new initiative from WE that aims to empower people of all ages with tools and resources to promote and nurture their own positive well-being and the well-being of their community. Chartwells will fund the delivery of WE Well-being workshops free to students at targeted post-secondary institutions across Canada, beginning this fall.

Chartwells operates in over 600 partner schools, employs more than 6,000 associates and serves over 50 million meals every year. For more information on Chartwells, please visit

Chartwells Canada – Compass Group Canada

Chartwells Canada is a sector of Compass Group Canada, the country’s leading foodservice and support services provider with over 25,000 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 550,000 associates worldwide, its parent company, UK-based Compass Group PLC, has been named in the Forbes Global 2000 – World’s Best Employer list for 2017. Compass Group PLC had revenues of £22.9 billion in the fiscal year ended September 30, 2017.

WE is a family of organizations making doing good, doable. WE is made up of WE Charity, empowering domestic and international change, ME to WE, a social enterprise that creates socially conscious products and experiences to help support the charity, and WE Day, filling stadiums around the world with the greatest celebration of social good. WE enables youth and families to better the world – supporting 7,200+ local and global causes by volunteering millions of hours of service, shopping daily with an impact, and raising millions of dollars that directly benefit their local communities and the world. Globally, our teams in Asia, Africa, and Latin America have provided more than 1 million people with clean water, built 1,000 schools and schoolrooms overseas, and empowered more than 200,000 children with access to education. WE was founded more than 20 years ago by social entrepreneurs, brothers Craig and Marc Kielburger. Join the movement today at



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Plants Take Centre Stage in 2018

Plant Based menuWith the New Year right around the corner, the food and restaurant industry is buzzing with the predicted foods trends of 2018.

One major trend that is going to garner a lot of attention in 2018 is plant-based foods. We have seen an increase in the number of plant-based offerings in grocery stores and in the foodservice industry over the past few years. Consumers are becoming increasingly more concerned with their health, and about sustainability practices and the environmental impacts of their food.

This plant-forward approach to food is certainly one to celebrate, as there are many advantages to eating more plant-based foods, most notably, the nutritional benefits. Here are 3 reasons to include more plant-based foods into your diet:

  1. Increased fibre. Fruits, vegetables, beans, lentils, tofu and whole grains are loaded with fibre. Adding more of these foods to your plate will increase your fibre intake, keeping you feeling fuller longer and aiding in healthy digestion.
  2. Inexpensive source of protein: Legumes and soy-based foods (tofu, tempeh, edamame) are cost-effective sources of protein. By incorporating more of these proteins on your plate, your wallet will thank you.
  3. Increases your consumption of whole-foods. Eating more plant-based foods, means you are also eating more whole foods. Whole foods deliver more nutrients then their processed and pre-packaged counterparts. Fresher really is better!

Stay tuned in the new year for how Compass Group Canada will be committing to this plant-forward approach to food, making this 2018 trend one that will definitely be here to stay!

Body. Community. Planet.:  A new food philosophy from Sustainability & Wellness

At Compass Group Canada, we embrace the tremendous power of food and the opportunity we have to positively impact the lives of our guests, our associates and our communities – on both a local and global level.

Body. Community. Planet. is a reflection of our conviction that we can make a positive impact that extends beyond our business. This platform is based on a philosophy that healthy and sustainable menus prioritize food that promotes the wellbeing of people, community and the planet.

These are the principles we passionately pursue, consciously menu and joyfully celebrate within and beyond our cafés. Specifically, we strive to include food that is:

  • Full of flavour, delicious and creative
  • Inspired and designed by chefs
  • Fresh and seasonal
  • Locally grown and produced
  • Wholesome and minimally processed
  • Plant-based, with less red meat
  • Contains more of the good stuff, less of the bad
  • Sustainable and fair
  • Affordable and accessible to all
  • Diverse and culturally authentic
  • Welcoming of all diets
  • Perfectly paired with water
  • Grown, produced and prepared to limit food waste and resource use

As reflected in our tagline “for you, for us, for all,” our goal is to be the company trusted to do the right thing for our guests, for society and for our shared environment.

Simply put, through food, Body. Community. Planet. empowers our guests and our associates, making it easy for them to live their best lives possible and in the process building stronger communities and a healthier planet…“for you, for us, for all,”

A New Way Forward for Compass Group Canada’s Sustainability & Wellness Platform

Body. Community. Planet.

“A vision for healthy people and communities within and beyond our doors….” So reads the vision for Compass Group Canada’s (CGC) new Sustainability & Wellness platform, Body. Community. Planet. The platform is the result of nine months of extensive stakeholder engagement which involved conducting a materiality assessment using feedback from nearly four dozen internal and external stakeholders, consultation with nine internal departments, review of over 60 consumer research papers and articles, and online forums held with students. Reflecting the global reach of Compass Group, the development of the new platform was also supported by colleagues from Compass Group UK&I and Compass Group USA.

The Body. Community. Planet. platform is a reflection of how food connects a healthy body, community and planet. Indeed, the mission of the platform is to empower and make it easy for guests and associates to live their best lives possible, to build better communities and a better planet; for you, for us, and for all. As such, the platform takes ownership of the incredibly important and powerful role that Compass plays in the lives of our guests and in communities near and far.

Highlights of the new platform include best practice programs from around the Compass world, such as: Menus of Change (menu philosophy to put more plant-forward meals as centre of plate); Winnow (food waste reduction technology); and a Buy Local program.

We can’t wait to share all the stories of how the platform is positively impacting guests and communities within and beyond our cafés.

ESS Support Services Named to Achievers 50 Most Engaged Workplaces North America List

ESS Support Services Worldwide

ESS Support Services Named to Achievers 50 Most Engaged Workplaces North America List

It is always rewarding when hard work and team effort is recognized but even more so when it is recognized by external experts. Compass Group Canada is excited to announce that ESS Support Services has been recognized by Achievers, an industry leading provider of employee recognition and engagement solutions, as being one of North America’s 50 Most Engaged Workplaces. This award highlights the incredible work done by our ESS managers and associates to create an engaging and rewarding work environment.

To fully understand the unique engagement challenges faced by our associates it is important to know that working for ESS isn’t a typical 9-5 job. ESS is the market leader in total support services solutions for clients in the construction, oil & gas, mining and defence sectors in some of the most remote locations in the world. To work in these locations, our associates are onsite 24 hours a day, most commonly for a span of 20 days straight, leaving their homes, families and friends behind. This creates a unique work environment, where associates, managers and clients not only work together, but live together for extended periods of time.

Faced with a changing economic work environment and unique engagement challenges our leadership team developed an organizational strategy called THINK, NAVIGATE, and TRANSFORM (TNT) which embodied four pillars – Health, Safety & Quality (HSEQ); Food; Guest Experience; and Client Value. To integrate this new strategy in the culture of ESS, we partnered with Achievers to develop a recognition program aligned with the four TNT pillars. This new program encouraged managers and associates to recognize and reward each other based on the new vision and values put forward in TNT. Associate engagement has become an important element of our business, so much so that engagement and recognition are now key performance indicators for our managers.

With vast distances between isolated work sites, communication played a vital role in keeping our associates connected. ESS offered various means to facilitate communication between peers, managers and leaders – a monthly magazine, a company survey, toolbox meetings to reinforce safety and address concerns, a confidential Speak Up program, daily workplace walks and service standard questionnaires to continually improve the customer experience and identify those excelling in their role.

All of these elements, plus an incredible commitment from our all of our associates is what has helped us create one of the most engaged workplaces in North America.

If we are to be successful, we must be a team in the strongest sense of the word.

Foodbuy wins the 2017 Pinnacle Award for Supplier of the Year by Hotelier Magazine

October 18, 2017 – Foodbuy, North America’s largest procurement organization supporting the foodservice industry across Canada & the United States, has been recognized by Hotelier Magazine as their 2017 Pinnacle Award Winner for Supplier of the Year. Foodbuy focuses on delivering unrivaled value through extraordinary insights, partnerships and people, this was the driving force behind this prestigious industry award.

Kostuch Media Limited, publisher of industry magazines Foodservice and Hospitality and Hotelier, recognizes companies who are industry leaders in the area of diversity, customer service, innovation, creativity and Canadian spirit.

“Over the past 10 years, we have created an innovative data-driven procurement system that aligns our Partners with our national and regional suppliers to ensure they have timely access to the products and services they need,” said Matt Gillison, SVP, Foodbuy Canada. “We have also engaged associates who are passionate and committed to what we do and we have looked for ways to embrace new innovations that will make business easier for our Partners. I am exceptionally proud of the work our team has done and truly believe that this award belongs to all of them.”

In 2018 Foodbuy celebrates 10 years of success in Canada, has experienced consistent double digit growth, and this past year grew by +35 percent YOY. As an industry leader in procurement, technology, data management and analytics, Foodbuy helps ensure our Partners have the products and services they need to succeed in their own businesses.   

Foodbuy Canada has been evolving and enhancing its model over the past 10 years, supporting more than 5,000 hospitality operators in Canada.  Strong supplier and distributor partnerships enable Foodbuy to deliver exceptional value, year over year, to our Partners. We are honored to be selected as the number one choice in the foodservices procurement industry by our colleagues, Partners & peers. 

Foodbuy’s largest Partner is Compass Group Canada, who 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