Let’s Focus on Our Mental Health and Wellness


By: Denise Simas Baltazar, Senior Manager, Diversity, Development & Inclusion


While January can often be a sign of new beginnings and a general refresh for some, it is also when many of us feel the effects of over-extending ourselves during the holidays. Couple that with the current situation of an ongoing COVID-19 case surge and a return to early-pandemic restrictions – it is safe to say that the mental health of Canadians across the country is something we should all be monitoring and supporting.

At Compass Group Canada, we continue to foster a culture of compassion and and empathy.  This is why we launched our just now mental health and wellness initiative in 2019, with a focus on providing resources and safe, judgement-free spaces for all our team members.

Our just now initiative was founded by our Chief People &Culture Officer, Lauren Davey. Lauren’s desire to sponsor this program was a personal one; the tragic loss of a friend to suicide who used the lower-case initials “jn” as her signature. Honouring her friend, the initials jn, turned into just now, because there is no time like the present to make a difference.

The purpose behind just now is to provide associates with mental health resources from trusted experts, foster open dialogue among our colleagues and break the barriers of stigma around talking about mental health.  Our goal is to inspire everyone to make inclusion and well-being a priority – not tomorrow or the next day, but just now.

Since launching, we’ve focused on providing trusted options, and encouraging personal mental health awareness, including initiatives such as health and wellness bonuses for our 15,000+ field associates –  to use towards something that made them smile, mental health and wellness training for all our people leaders, bi-monthly virtual sessions (available on-demand) with mental health professionals on topics such as self-care and how to find the right support, as well as sharing an externally available resource site, justnowcompass.com.

As we begin this year and acknowledge the difficulties January can bring, we recognize the ongoing value of having open and judgement-free discussions around mental health. This year, we are reaffirming our commitment to mental wellness through:

  • Continuing virtual learning sessions with mental health and wellness practitioners, to keep the conversations going
  • Partnership with Bell Let’s Talk Day through our Chartwells education sector, to highlight mental health concerns in the educational & student communities and their 2022 theme of Listening
  • An upcoming refresh and relaunch of our external website, further focusing on equity, diversity and inclusion as mental health stabilizers, with a rally cry of we are stronger together.
  • Recirculating collateral around availability for all our associates to access our 24/7 Employee and Family Assistance Program (EAFP)
  • Continuing to grow our Wellness Sessions resource centre where associates can find all just now session recordings on demand for themselves or loved ones, as we understand that not all our sessions are available at suitable times
  • Upgrading our recognition programs to continue to highlight and reward even more of our amazing associates.

Our commitment to is to make health and wellbeing a priority and we will continue to share information and resources and continue to actively seek feedback.  Remember, you are never alone and we truly are stronger together.


For anyone who has struggled this January – below are three reputable and free resource options to help you through a tough moment. Please do not hesitate to use their resources.

Crisis Text Line

  • Text HOME to 686868 in Canada to text with a trained Crisis Responder




Holiday Traditions from our Compass Group Canada Chefs!

As we get close to celebrating the holiday season with our loved ones, we can’t help but think about all the cozy, nostalgia-boosting traditions that families across our country will include in their celebrations.

Since we are, at heart, a food company full of foodies, we checked in with some of our talented Compass Group Canada Chefs to see what types of traditions they cherish and celebrate with their families – and in the hopes of persuading them to share some delicious recipes as well. We are happy to say we were successful on both fronts!


Chef Michael McKinnon

Q: Chef Michael, can you tell us what holiday traditions you and your family include in each years’ celebrations?

Of course! We love food, naturally. Holidays are about sharing delicious food – from turkey dinners to Nova Scotia lobster to name just a couple. Wrapping presents while listening to Christmas music is another simple, but important part of our celebrations.

Q: Thanks Chef! We have to ask – are there any special recipes you consider ‘must make’ over the holidays? Also – can you share?

Cabbage rolls are a McKinnon tradition. On Christmas Eve, we make up a batch of beef and rice stuff cabbage rolls to share together. They are baked to perfection in a tangy tomato sauce – a can’t miss meal!

We convinced Chef Michael to share his cabbage roll recipe – click here to see how to make this tasty treat!


Chef Sean Sloan

Q: Chef Sean – what would you consider to be a true Christmas Flavour?

Mulled wine! It is like Christmas in a glass! The cloves, cinnamon and nutmeg combined with the wine make a lovely aromatic scent all throughout your home.

Q: What is your favourite holiday activity that you can do with a cup of mulled wine in your hand?

My family and I can be found sipping a glass of mulled wine while hanging ornaments and signing carols together – it’s an extra holiday spirit boost when (or if) you need it.

Chef Sean’s mulled wine recipe can be found here! Be sure to enjoy responsibly!


Chef Kirk Walters

Q: Chef Kirk, we’ve got a lovely holiday meal and drink recipe – if you had to name one holiday snack that tops them all – what would it be?

Roasted chestnuts, of course. One of my holiday traditions is roasting chestnuts over an open flame using my chestnut pan, while enjoying some port wine.

Q: This sounds delightful! I don’t have an open fire – can I still enjoy some roasted chestnuts?

Yes! An open flame gives them a bit of a smokey taste, if you like that – however you can absolutely roast them in an oven and still achieve an amazing holiday treat!

Thanks Chef Kirk, for your Roasted Chestnuts recipe (here) – fireplace not included – but extinguishers close by suggested.


Chef Andrew Hodge 

Q: Ok Chef Andrew – we’ve got our meal, a cozy drink, and some snacks for our holiday’s. Any chance you can dazzle us with some dessert. No one wants that canned fruit cake, amiright?

I might surprise you – my holiday go-to dessert is a Fruit and Rum cake. It’s a classic holiday treat, infused with fruits like unsweetened figs, cherries, raisins, and mango. It gets soaked in a tiny bit of dark rum for added flavour.

Q: Surprised is right, Chef! But we trust your culinary talents and are willing to give it a try. Do you have a holiday tradition that accompanies this holiday treat?

Yes – every Christmas Eve, my kids and I sit by the tree and read our favourite holiday stories like Twas the Night before Christmas – while enjoying our delicious fruit cake. It a tradition we continue to this day.

Try Chef Andrew’s Fruit and Rum Cake – the recipe is available here!


A big thank you to our chefs who shared some of their holiday traditions with us today! We can’t wait to try these recipes and include them in our own family traditions as we celebrate a diverse list of holidays this December.

Wishing everyone a safe and wonderful holiday – from all of us at Compass Group Canada.


Holiday Traditions – Chef Recipes

Chef Michael McKinnon – Cabbage Rolls


1 head Green Leaf Cabbage | 2 lb. Lean Ground Beef  | 2 Cups White Instant Rice | 1 Tbsp. Garlic Power | 1 Tbsp. Onion Powder  | 1 Tbsp. Ground Mustard | 2 Garlic Clove, Minced  | 1 tsp Kosher Salt  | 1 tsp Black Pepper 


15oz can Tomato sauce | 2 cans Tomato Soup | 1 Tbsp. Garlic Powder | 1 Tbsp. Onion Powder | 1 Tbsp. Ground Mustard | 2 Bay Leaf | 1 Tbsp. Worcestershire Sauce | 1 tsp Kosher Salt | 1 tsp Black Pepper | 1 Tbsp. Sriracha Hot Sauce | 1/2 Cup Brown Sugar 


  1. Heat a large pot of salted water over high heat until boiling. Drop the cabbage leaves, a few at a time, into the boiling water. Cover and cook for about 3 minutes or until wilted and pliable. Remove with tongs to a strainer to drain. Repeat until all leaves are par-boiled. Remove the thick central ribs by cutting along both sides of the rib in a long narrow triangle. Discard the ribs and set leaves aside.  
  2. Mix ground beef (raw), rice (uncooked), garlic, garlic powder, ground mustard, onion powder, salt, and pepper together. Using gloves mix completely until all ingredients are mixed completely. 
  3. Portion ground beef mixture into each blanched cabbage leaf and roll (folding in the ends) until each is tightly wrapped. Place raw cabbage rolls in a casserole pan or roasting pan. 
  4. Keep Raw Cabbage roll chilled until sauce is ready. 

To prepare the sauce: 

  1. Mix all sauce ingredients in a heavy bottomed saucepan, including 1 can of water from rinsing the soup cans. Whisk until all ingredients are incorporated. 
  2. Heat Sauce on Medium heat until sugar is dissolved. Lower heat to low and simmer for 30 minutes to intensify the flavors. 
  3. Pour sauce over Cabbage rolls and cover with Tin foil or a casserole lid and place in a 350F oven and bake for 2- 2 ½ hours. 
  4. Serve Cabbage Rolls with fresh parmesan cheese and cracked black pepper 


Chef Sean Sloan – Mulled Wine


200 g caster sugar   | 6 cloves  | 3 star anise  | 1 cinnamon stick  | 2 bay leaves  | 2 oranges  | 1 lemon  | 2 x 750 ml bottles of red wine  | 100 ml crème de cassis  | 1 whole nutmeg, for grating 


  1. Place the sugar and all of the spices (except the nutmeg) into a large, heavy-bottomed pan. 
  2. Add the bay leaves and use a speed peeler to pare the zest of the lemon and oranges. Add to the pan, slice the oranges in half and squeeze in the juice. 
  3. Pour in just enough of the wine to cover all the ingredients. Place the pan over a medium heat, bring to the boil, then lower the heat and simmer for 5 minutes, or until all of the sugar is dissolved and you have a lovely fragrant syrup. 
  4. Add the rest of the wine and the crème de cassis, then gently heat for 10 minutes, until warm and fragrant. Be careful not to let the mixture boil. Serve hot, with fresh nutmeg grated on top. 

** Please enjoy responsibly. ** 


Chef Kirk Walters – Roasted Chestnuts


2lb of Fresh Chestnut | Sea Salt | Sharp Paring knife | Chestnut Pan or a Sheet Tray | Medium pot to blanch chestnuts | Colander for straining  


  1. Using a sharp paring knife, score the rounded side of the chestnut to create an “X” in the shell. 
  2. Place Chestnuts into a pot of cold lightly salted water and place them over high heat. Once the water comes to a boil remove the pot from the heat and drain them. 
  3. Place the Chestnuts onto a sheet tray and roast in a 425-degree oven for 20-25 minutes until the shells crack open and the nut is soft and fluffy in texture. Optional if you have a chestnut pan roast the chestnuts while tossing them over low-medium fire for approx. 20 minutes or until the shells are cracked and slightly charred. 
  4. Place warm Chestnuts in a Kitchen Towel for 5-10 minutes, this helps with making the shells easier to remove. 
  5. Feel free to enjoy this seasonal treat with a glass of port wine! (If of legal drinking age. Please enjoy responsibly) 


Chef Andrew Hodge – Fruit and Rum Cake


Rum Soaked Fruit Base:  

1 cup dried unsweetened black figs chopped  | 1 cup dried cherries chopped | 1/2 cup dried dates chopped | ¾ cup dark rum | 2 ½ cup Dark Raisin | 2 cup other mixed dried fruit- chopped ¼” pieces (apricot, cranberries, mango, strawberries, or currants). 

Cake Batter Ingredients: 

1 teaspoon baking powder | 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon | 1 teaspoon ground ginger | ¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg | 1 teaspoon salt | 1½ cups all-purpose flour | 1 stick (4 oz,115 g) unsalted butter softened | 1/2 cup light brown sugar | 4 large eggs room temperature | 2 tablespoon freshly grated orange zest | ½ cup orange juice | 1 Granny Smith apple peeled and coarsely grated | 1 cup chopped pecans 


  1. Add the dried fruit in a large mixing bowl, mix with the dark rum, cover, and allow the mixture to soak overnight. 
  2. When ready to bake, preheat the oven to 310°F 
  3. Grease two 8×4-inch loaf pans.  
  4. In a mixing bowl, whisk together the all-purpose flour, baking powder, spices, and salt and set aside. 
  1. In a separate bowl using a mixer cream the butter and light brown sugar together on medium speed until light and fluffy. Reduce speed to low and add eggs slowly until each egg is incorporated. 
  2. Over low speed, slowly add the flour mixture until just absorbed. Add the lemon zest, orange zest, fresh orange juice, grated apple, slivered almonds, diced candied ginger, and soaked dried fruit mixture. Stir mixture with a rubber spatula until all of the ingredients are evenly mixed. 
  3. Divide the batter evenly among the loaf pans- tap the pans on the counter a few times to settle the batter down and remove any bubbles in the mix. Set the loaf pans on the middle rack of the oven. Bake for 80 to 90 minutes. Bake until the batter is set, and the crust is golden brown. Remove from the oven and place on a wire rack to cool completely before removing from the pans. 
  4. Allow to rest and cool for 3 hours, remove from the loaf pan and slice into desired piece sizes with a pastry knife. 

Note: Store in an airtight container to keep the cake moist and tender until ready to serve. 

Compass Group Canada named as one of Canada’s Most Admired Corporate Cultures 2021

November 26, 2021 (Mississauga, ON) – Compass Group Canada announced today that they have been recognized as one of Canada’s Most Admired Corporate Culture 2021 by Waterstone Human Capital.

This national and prestigious award recognizes best-in-class Canadian organizations for having cultures that have helped enhance performance and sustain a competitive advantage.

“This recognition is a testament to our associates, who embody our values and vision every day,” says Saajid Khan, CEO, Compass Group Canada and ESS North America. “We know that culture isn’t just a program or department. It is something we see our associates bring with them to work each day – with their passion for food and service and genuine enthusiasm to share great experiences with our guests – and I have an immense amount of gratitude to work alongside such special people.”

Led by Compass Group Canada’s Chief People and Culture Officer, Lauren Davey, the company has been on a journey to build an associate-centred culture, beginning with their “Leadership Commitments” –We Care. We Share. We Dream. We Deliver which launched in 2018. With today’s announcement, the success of that commitment is further realized. Some of the specific considerations for this recognition include:

  • A focus on associate wellness through the launch of their just now mental health resource site, a company-wide Mental Wellness bonus program and expansion of benefits to include additional mental health practitioners
  • CompassFIRST, an initiative focused on bringing associates back to work through redeployment into new facilities or open salaried positions. To date, CompassFIRST and returned hundreds associates to active roles within the company
  • Diversity, Equity & Inclusion promise to Listen, Learn and Act through programs offered in association with their DIACs (Diversity and Inclusion Action Councils) including Black History Month Leadership Panel, Fireside Chat with indigenous leaders, celebration of diversity on social channels and the translation of critical material into multiple languages for associates
  • Supporting communities and the environment through initiatives like the Toronto Police Services Engage416 program and partnering with the Jamaal Magloire Foundation, helping prepare students for back to school with the donation of iPads and school supplies
  • Recognition programs that celebrate their great associates, including relaunching programs to support in-the-moment recognition bonuses for team members and celebrating frontline heroes throughout the pandemic across social channels 

“At Waterstone we believe corporate culture drives performance and that it’s your organization’s greatest asset,” says Marty Parker, President and Chief Executive Officer of Waterstone Human Capital and Chair of the Canada’s Most Admired™ program. “Each of the 2021 award recipients puts culture at the centre of everything they do and demonstrates a commitment to culture as competitive advantage. They set an excellent example of how crafting and sustaining a high-performance culture can drive incredible growth and performance.”

Compass Group Canada will accept this award at the Canada’s Most Admired Corporate Cultures Awards Celebration event on March 31, 2022.

If you would like to join the Compass Group Canada team, view their open positions available here.


About Compass Group Canada

Compass Group Canada is Canada’s leading foodservice and support services provider with over 25,000 associates working in more than 2,200 locations 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 offshore oil rigs. Compass Group Canada has been recognized as one of Canada’s Most Admired Corporate Cultures in 2021, an award recognizing best-in-class Canadian organizations for having cultures that help enhance performance and competitive advantage, as well as a Great Place to Work®, in 2022, 2021, 2020, and 2019, as a Best Workplaces™ in Retail and Hospitality in 2021 and 2020 and as a Greater Toronto Area Top Employer in 2021.

About Waterstone Human Capital:

At Waterstone Human Capital, we inspire organizations to build high performance cultures. We’re a human capital management consulting firm specializing in retained executive search, cultural measurement and assessment, and leadership training and development. We have successfully helped hundreds of entrepreneurial-minded, high-growth organizations across North America recruit, measure and train for fit. Waterstone is also the founder of the Canada’s Most Admired™ Corporate Cultures and Canada’s Most Admired™ CEO programs. These national programs annually recognize best-in-class Canadian organizations and CEOs, for fostering cultures that enhance performance and help sustain a competitive advantage.

For more information, please visit waterstonehc.com or canadasmostadmired.com 

For media inquiries:

Courtney Gardner, Sr. Manager Corporate Communications, Compass Group Canada




Lindsay George, Marketing and Communications Leader, Waterstone Human Capital


416-408-4545 x 227

Flexitarian Lifestyle and Its Effect on our Planet


November is Flexitarian Month – what does that mean? To get a better sense of what ‘Flexitarian’ means – and why it is considered a more planet-friendly lifestyle – we spoke to our sustainability lead at Compass Group Canada, Jana Vodicka. Jana has spent 14 years leading sustainability programs at Compass Group Canada and other public and private sector organizations.

Flexitarian Lifestyle and Its Effect on our Planet

By Jana Vodicka

What is Flexitarian?

Let’s jump right in; the advantage of a flexitarian diet is it is not about absolutes, unlike vegan and vegetarian counterparts – it is a lifestyle that offers flexibility between protein choices (including both animal and plant-based), however favouring the plant-based protein options as both a health and planet conscience decision. The overall goal is to simply increase the amount of meals that are plant based and actively choosing to eat fewer animal products in everyday meals.

According to a recent report from the United Nations, “almost two thirds of food system emissions come from agriculture and land use…”. The message here is simple. As participants in our global community, we need to look for alternative food sources if we intend to have a real impact when it comes to meeting our recent Planet Promise commitment of Global Net Zero by 2050.

Given Compass Group is one of the largest food suppliers in the world, this puts us in a unique position to own that scale and have a real impact when it comes to issues like reducing carbon emissions directly related to animal agriculture and food waste.

This is not a new concept for us; we are constantly driving new and innovative solutions that support our planet health, a great example being our ongoing participation in the annual Stop Food Waste Day campaign, a digital initiative that shares tips and recipes on how we can reduce food waste at home.

The Choice for a Healthy Planet

As I mentioned, the effect of animal agriculture has been implicated by the United Nations as one of the top contributors to the global environmental problems. The land, water and fossil fuels required to farm and keep animals is significant, not to mention deforestation of property to make space for additional livestock.

With meat consumption across the globe rising, the supply of livestock must grow to keep up. The resulting consequence being an ongoing increase of the amount of carbon dioxide and methane emissions released into the atmosphere. Currently, meat production accounts for approximately 18% of human caused GHG’s, meaning our eating habits have a significant influence on climate change.

To address this issue, we have adopted a Plant-Forward approach to our menu selection. This is not a new philosophy, in fact, in 2012 – Compass was one of the founding members of Menus of Change, which focuses on putting plants at the centre of each plate and has been in practice by our Chefs since its inception.

When meal planning with a focus on plant-based proteins, we offer our guests an opportunity to participate in both a healthier diet choice, as well as reducing their intake of animal agriculture and therefore, harmful emissions.

Putting Flexitarian into Practice

As we look at climate-friendly menus, our goal is to approach the practice in simplified ways that can be easily replicated at home. I checked in with Executive Chef Tyler Hallam, who explains our philosophy to include more plants into meals.

“We’ve built this by focusing on 3 main principles: Flip, Blend and Swap.

  • Flip: the tradition portions of meat with vegetables, giving meat a smaller role on the plate
  • Blend: meat with vegetable for items like burgers, meatballs and meatloaf
  • Swap: traditional meat items for plant-based alternatives”

Of course, I must mention that in our business, this practice is brought to life by our truly talented Compass Group Canada chefs, who scour the world for inspiration when it comes to plant-based foods. They thrive within the opportunity to experiment with flavours and ingredients – creating delicious meals and many happen to be plant-based.

I Want to Follow a More Plant-Based Diet – Where Do I Start?

There are lots of simple ways to incorporate more veggies into your diet. For example, the simple act of swapping half your meatball recipe to include grated veggies like carrots and/or zucchini, is an easy way to move towards a flexitarian diet, without giving up family staples.

Another great way to explore a more flexitarian diet? Look outside your traditional meal selections. As Chef Tyler Hallam says “Taking inspiration from a variety of cultural cuisines is not only great for exploring new flavours and ideas, but it can also help to include more vegetables as there are many cultures that eat more plant-based foods as part of their traditional cuisine!”

Thanks for reading! I wish all of you luck on your flexitarian journey!

Jana Vodicka

Sustainability Lead, Compass Group Canada


Looking for more food waste and plant-based recipe tips? Follow us on Instagram @compassgroupcan where we regularly post new and interesting ways to support a plant-based diet and sustainable food choices!

Compass Group makes global commitment to reach Climate Net Zero by 2050

2030 emissions reduction targets approved by the Science Based Targets initiative
Group commits to be carbon neutral worldwide on Scope 1 & 2 greenhouse gas emissions by 2030


Compass Group, the world’s largest food services group which operates in 45 countries, employs around 550,000 people and serves over 5.5 billion meals a year, has announced a commitment to reach Net Zero greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions across its global operations and value chain by 2050.

The Group’s Net Zero target makes Compass the first international company in the contract catering industry to announce a global commitment to a 2050 net zero emissions economy. It includes ambitious emissions reduction targets over the next decade which have been validated by the Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi), and a further commitment to be carbon neutral worldwide in its own operations (Scope 1 & 2) by 2030.

Compass Group’s decarbonisation strategy will be delivered through collaboration, innovation, and investment across its global operations. Specific actions include:

  • Transition of all fleet vehicles globally to 100% plug-in electric
  • Switch to renewable electricity across all its own operations
  • Reformulate menus to be low carbon and switch towards more plant-based proteins
  • Increase sourcing from regenerative agriculture
  • Focus on packaging solutions to further reduce single-use plastic
  • 50% reduction in food waste across its operations globally by 2030
  • Increase share of seasonal and locally sourced produce
  • Invest in climate positive projects worldwide to support decarbonisation, compensation and neutralisation including reforestation, biodiversity, freshwater, land and ocean initiatives
  • Deliver a global deforestation-free and land conversion-free supply chain strategy


As well as driving significant reductions in its own operations, the Group will use its scale and global reach to influence and work collaboratively with clients, industry associates, governments and suppliers to reduce their direct GHG emissions, set their own Net Zero and Science Based Targets and help create a more sustainable global food system for all.

Today’s announcement follows the commitment made earlier this year by the Group’s UK & Ireland business to deliver Climate Net Zero across its operations by 2030. Compass intends to leverage the experience of early adopter countries such as the UK to share best practice across the Group and drive accelerated transformation towards its global Net Zero goal.

Dominic Blakemore, Group Chief Executive Officer of Compass Group PLC, said:

“The international food industry has a major role to play in reaching Climate Net Zero and driving the transition to a healthy and sustainable food system. Compass Group’s new global Climate Net Zero target reflects our teams’ commitment to sustainable sourcing, eliminating food waste and transforming our environmental impact.

“Given the complexity of the global food supply chain as it is today, we do not underestimate the scale of the challenge ahead of us. Radical new collaborations are urgently needed across the entire value chain to make it a reality. As the world’s largest food services group, operating at the heart of the global food supply chain, we are in a unique position to influence real change, by working in partnership with our suppliers and encouraging sustainable consumption from the clients and consumers we serve every day.”

Diane Holdorf, World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) Managing Director, Food & Nature, added:

“We congratulate Compass Group for their ambitious and clear goals for Net Zero, and for their drive to lead and innovate to provide climate-positive solutions on a global scale.  

“Food systems are at the center of integrated solutions for nature, climate and equity. Leadership like this to achieve Net Zero across the entire food value chain is key to addressing the challenges these systems face. We look forward to continuing our collective work with Compass and supporting them in implementing innovative new solutions that sustain healthy people on a healthy planet.”

More details on the Group’s sustainability strategy and Net Zero priorities to 2030 and beyond can be found in its Global Roadmap to Net Zero. It is the Group’s intention to provide an update annually on its progress and Roadmap development within its global Sustainability Report, and the Group has committed to validating its 2050 Net Zero targets with the SBTi once its guidelines are finalised.



For more information, please contact

Compass Group Canada

Courtney Gardner.   647-633-5420


Notes to Editors

Compass Group PLC is the world’s leading food services company, which generated annual revenues of £20.2 billion in the year to 30 September 2020.  It operates in around 45 countries, employs and engages around 550,000 people and serves over 5.5 billion meals a year. The Company specialises in providing food and a range of support services across the core sectors of Business & Industry, Healthcare & Seniors, Education, Sports & Leisure and Defence, Offshore & Remote, with an established brand portfolio. 

Our Kids Media Names Chartwells Canada as Exclusive Dining Services Partner

June 7th, 2021, Toronto, ON – Our Kids Media and Chartwells Canada, a sector of Compass Group Canada, the country’s leading food service and support services provider, today announced a partnership that positions Chartwells Canada as the exclusive dining services partner with Our Kids Media, reaching 1,850 independent schools including 350+ members. 

The goal of the partnership between Our Kids and Chartwells is to deliver added value to their members, providing a unique foundation for messaging around the place of nutrition in learning. The partnership with Our Kids Media and Chartwells Canada will provide nutrition-based resources as well as case studies from key Canadian educational institutions.  

“The dining hall is the social heart of the school. It’s where students gather informally with peers from across the grade levels and faculty, reinforcing lasting relationships,” said Agatha Stawicki, Publisher at Our Kids Media. “It’s also where they learn about nutrition and build knowledge and habits that will remain long after graduation. Partnering with Chartwells Canada fosters a continuation of that learning through their commitment to their holistic approach to an engaging dining experience Chartwells Canada has continually proven their dedication to offering a student-focused dining experience that originates with chef-driven, seasonally inspired menus and responsibly sourced food.

Our Kids Media is Canada’s trusted source for families researching private and independent school options. As such, this partnership will provide an opportunity to engage with industry leaders across the country in a discussion around key topics including health, culture, creative menus, and sustainable sourcing.  

“We are excited to engage with the Our Kids Media community through this partnership by elevating the conversation around student food and nutrition,” said Ashton Sequeira, President, Chartwells Canada. “At Chartwells, we’re committed to developing customized student dining experiences beyond traditional school programs. We bring a focus on health and wellness, curated dining plans for special diets, and functional food education to create a distinct and dynamic student experience.”

 The news today builds on Chartwells Canada’s commitment to nourishing positive experiences for students in private and independent schools, as both a food services and support services provider. Chartwells Canada is excited to build upon the existing longstanding partnerships with the independent schools they serve, including their recently announced partnerships with Bayview Glen Independent School, St. John’s-Kilmarnock School and TFS – Canada’s International School.

About Our Kids Media

Our Kids helps families find the right schools—and helps schools find the right students. We provide the leading platform for families to discover, analyze, compare, and choose independent schools. Each year, over 2,000,000 families use our website, print guide, mobile app, and virtual and live expos throughout their school-research process. This enables us to provide over 350 schools—large and small—with the most effective school-marketing platform available.

About Chartwells

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 offshore oil rigs.  Compass Group Canada has been certified as Great Place to Work (2018; 2019; 2020); Best Workplaces Retail & Hospitality (2019, 2020) and Best Workplaces in Ontario (2020)] by Great Place to Work®, the global authority on high-trust, high-performance workplace cultures.

For More Information, contact:

Our Kids Media

Glen Herbert



905.272.1843 ext. 26

Chartwells / Compass Group Canada

Courtney Gardner

Sr. Manager, Corporate Communications



Compass Group Canada Celebrates Stop Food Waste Day




April 28, 2021

Taking place in over 45 countries, Stop Food Waste Day is a global annual event that raises awareness of the issue of food waste and encourages the industry, from farm to fork, to reduce the amount of food thrown away.

At Compass Canada, we have made it our mission to create a significant, meaningful, and positive impact on the environment. As Canada’s largest foodservice provider, we have the responsibility to be a catalyst for change in the global food-waste epidemic.

The focus of both the global and national food waste strategies is to reduce food waste at the source. Our overall commitment is to make a 50% reduction in food waste by 2030.

To further this commitment, we are proud to join Compass PLC in the annual Stop Food Waste Day awareness campaign.

Why is this important?

  • 30% of all food produced in Canada ends up in landfill   
  • Canada’s food waste is estimated at $31 billion a year
  • It’s not just about food waste; factoring in resources such as fuel, water, labour, and land, it’s a $100 billion loss
  • 47% of food waste in Canada occurs at home, that’s almost $1500/year 

How are we recognizing Stop Food Waste Day in Canada?

Global Chef Challenge: We participated in a Compass PLC global challenge, where Chefs were asked to submit a recipe for a national or culturally-relevant dish that was low or zero waste in nature.  Winning recipes from 24 countries, including submissions from our Canadian Chefs Tyler Hallam and Michael Hadid, are featured on the Global SFWD website.

Just Now Stop Food Waste Day Teaching Kitchen: You can watch a video of Chef Tyler demonstrating his winning recipe by clicking here: Chef Tyler Video.

SFWD Virtual Event on April 28: Join this free, engaging discussion about the food waste crisis, hosted by Compass US, and featuring more than 25 speakers including chefs, politicians, sustainability experts and more.

Want to know more?

Humber College and Chartwells Canada Launch Pilot for Food Delivery Lockers

MISSISSAUGA, ON March 18, 2021 – Humber College and Chartwells today announced a new Food Locker pilot for students at Humber’s North Campus, in partnership with Apex Order Pick Up Solutions. The Food Locker will be the first of its kind at any post-secondary institution in Canada.

Since the pilot commenced on March 15th, students who order their meals through Boost™, a mobile ordering app from Compass Digital Labs North America, an innovative, technology-focused division of parent company, Compass Group Canada, have the option to have their order delivered to an area nearest to them. With four locations around campus to meet Boost™ couriers, and the additional Food Locker across from Gratitude Hall, students can get hot and fresh food where and when they want it with a simple unique QR code scan to access the secured food.

“We’re excited to provide students with new alternatives to campus dining. With the uncertainties of the pandemic, technology allows us the flexibility to continually innovate and improve our guest experience. This is simply a first step.” said Michael Hachey, Chief Innovation Officer at Compass Group Canada, Chartwells’ parent company.

Ashton Sequeira, President of Chartwells Canada, adds “With the long-term impacts of COVID-19 still relatively unknown, there could potentially be a lasting change to how students use on-campus eateries. Piloting this new delivery feature provides an opportunity to try out technology that supports contactless pick up and pay solution and reduces the number of students in a concentrated area.”

Students can now order from the popular “Grill & Co”, one of Compass Group Canada’s culinary concept locations that offers a contemporary burger experience with a playful personality, and a focus on sourcing only quality Canadian ingredients. Humber’s North Campus Students and faculty who would like to participate in the pilot can download the Boost™ app available on iOS and Android stores.

Looking forward, Chartwells hopes to make Boost Food Lockers available to campuses across the country in the fall. “We’re excited to apply the learnings from this pilot to the broader organization and to provide a convenient, contactless pick up solution to students and faculty coast to coast” said Sequeira.


About Chartwells 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 offshore oil rigs.  Compass Group Canada has been certified as Great Place to Work (2018; 2019; 2020); Best Workplaces Retail & Hospitality (2019, 2020) and Best Workplaces in Ontario (2020)] by Great Place to Work®, the global authority on high-trust, high-performance workplace cultures.

About Compass Group Canada

Compass Group Canada is Canada’s leading foodservice and support services provider with over 25,000 associates working in more than 2,200 locations 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 offshore oil rigs. Compass Group Canada has been identified as a Great Place to Work®, the global authority on high-trust, high-performance workplace cultures, in 2021, 2020, 2019 and 2018, as a Best Workplaces™ in Retail and Hospitality in 2021 and 2020 and as a Greater Toronto Area Top Employer in 2021.

About Compass Digital Labs (CDL) North America

Compass Digital Labs drives extraordinary customer experiences at the intersection of hospitality and technology. Our suite of digital products empowers operators, enhances customer experiences, and helps identify new business opportunities.

About Apex Order Pick Up Solutions

Apex is the world’s leading provider of self-serve automated pickup solutions for use in foodservice and retail industries. The Apex Heated Pickup Station was a recipient of the 2019 Kitchen Innovations Award from the National Restaurant Association. Apex contactless order pickup solutions are in use in over 5,000 restaurant, foodservice and retail locations globally.  Visit https://apexorderpickup.com for more details.

About Humber College Institute of Technology & Advanced Learning   
Humber College is focused on our students’ future. As a global leader in polytechnic education, Humber students receive in-depth theoretical learning and hands-on experience with applied research and extensive industry connections. Humber provides career-focused education to more than 33,000 full-time and 23,000 part-time and continuing education students across three campuses. A comprehensive range of credentials including honours undergraduate degrees, Ontario graduate certificates, diplomas, apprenticeships and certificates, prepare career-ready global citizens to move seamlessly from education to employment. More than 86 per cent of Humber graduates are employed within six months of completing their studies. Visit humber.ca.   

Media Contacts

Compass Group Canada
Courtney Gardner – Sr. Manager, Corporate Communications

Apex Supply Chain
Ashley McNamara – Senior Marketing Director

Compass Digital Lab Communications

Nadia Araujo 
Media Relations and External Communications Specialist 
Humber College Institute of Technology & Advanced Learning 
nadia.araujo@humber.ca | 416.580.1364



WEConnect International Announces Partnership with Compass Group Canada to Support Supplier Diversity in Canada

WEConnect International and Compass Group Canada today announced a partnership aimed at supporting, promoting and increasing opportunities for women-owned suppliers through Foodbuy, the company’s procurement division. This partnership builds on Compass Group Canada’s end-to-end approach to diversity and inclusion. As one of the country’s largest foodservice providers, Compass Group Canada is focused on improving opportunities for women both within their organization and within the industry as a whole.

“As a large service provider with significant purchasing, we have the responsibility and opportunity to support the advancement and representation of diverse suppliers. We are looking forward to working with WEConnect International to help drive more opportunities for women-owned businesses, and to grow the diversity of our Canadian supply chain,” said Keith Carlson, Vice President, Procurement.

Globally, women’s business enterprises continue to earn less than 1% of the money spent on vendors by large global buyers. As a member buyer, Foodbuy joins a community of leading organizations committed to supplier diversity and inclusion and specifically to increasing the participation of women-owned businesses in their supply chains.

“We’re thrilled to welcome Compass Group Canada and Foodbuy into our community and look forward to supporting their supplier diversity objectives in 2021 and beyond.” said Stephanie Fontaine, Regional Director for the US and Canada. “We’ve had productive meetings and the team is enthusiastic and eager to get involved in the WEConnect International network. We’re aligned on creating beneficial buyer-seller matches, and we’re planning a fall activity for women-owned businesses to learn how to become a supplier to Foodbuy.”

About WEConnect International

WEConnect International is a member-led, global non-profit that brings motivated, large corporate, multilateral and government buyers together with qualified women-owned suppliers around the world. It works with over 110 multinational buying organizations, with over $1 trillion in annual purchasing power combined, that have committed to sourcing more products and services from women-owned businesses based in over 120 countries. WEConnect International identifies, educates, registers and certifies women’s business enterprises based outside of the U.S. that are at least 51% owned, managed and controlled by one or more women. WEConnect International provides certification in almost 50 countries that represent over 60 percent of the world’s population.

About Compass Group Canada

Compass Group Canada is Canada’s leading foodservice and support services provider with over 25,000 associates working in more than 2,200 location 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 offshore oil rigs. Compass Group Canada has been identified as a Great Place to Work®, the global authority on high-trust, high-performance workplace cultures, in 2021, 2020, 2019 and 2018, as a Best Workplaces™ in Retail and Hospitality in 2021 and 2020 and as a Greater Toronto Area Top Employer in 2021.

About Foodbuy

Foodbuy is the procurement division of Compass Group Canada, that utilizes our vast purchasing volume to deliver cost savings. We work with over 400 leading manufacturers and distributors across Canada and leverage over $2.2 billion in purchasing power. We are a team of supply chain professionals devoted to helping both our members and suppliers grow by delivering the highest level of customer value and experience through innovative, flexible procurement solutions. Foodbuy is much more than a Group Purchasing Organization (GPO), we help realize savings and efficiencies by collecting purchasing volume and using that leverage to negotiate discounts with manufacturers, distributors and other vendors.