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.

 

Oilers Entertainment Group Launches ICE District Hospitality with Compass Group Canada and Levy

Leverages OEG’s market leadership, Compass Group Canada’s operational power and Levy’s experience serving North America’s most iconic major venues.

EDMONTON, AB, MAR 3, 2021 – Today, Oilers Entertainment Group (OEG) announced the launch of ICE District Hospitality for the start of the 2021-22 NHL season, with Compass Group Canada and Levy to enhance the fan experience at Rogers Place and the surrounding ICE District. ICE District Hospitality is a part of OEG’s long-term vision for its food and beverage business and will tap into Compass Group Canada’s operational expertise, as Canada’s leading foodservice company and Levy, a specialized sports and entertainment provider within the Compass Group portfolio. Levy will support ICE District Hospitality through its experience as the market-leader in delivering world-class hospitality at major sports and entertainment venues and iconic events.

“ICE District Hospitality will build upon a strong foundation to elevate the food and beverage offering for our guestwhile creating an integrated hospitality experience across ICE District,” said OEG Business President & COO Tom Anselmi. “We are delighted to work with Compass Group Canada and Levy to bring their experience and creativity to ICE District. We will create a signature experience for guests to ICE District and it starts with fresh, diverse and inspired food and beverage choices, delivered with exceptional service.”

“We thank Aramark for spearheading the launch of our food and beverage program at Rogers Place during our first five years of operation,” Anselmi added.

ICE District Hospitality will be responsible for the Rogers Place food and beverage program, including general concessions, suites and club level dining, restaurants and catering. ICE District Hospitality will also work within a broader, integrated food & beverage program for ICE District, working with its sister company, Oliver & Bonacini, to build off the success of its initial offerings – Braven, Kindred and Alchemy. At the core of ICE District Hospitality will be a focus on elevated hospitality embracing the very best ingredients from local farmers and purveyors, fused with the dynamic and diverse Edmonton culinary landscape. The company is also committed to hiring local hospitality industry talent to help deliver the experience.

“OEG has created an entertainment destination in ICE District that is on par with any you’ll find around the world,” said Andy Lansing, President and CEO of Levy. “We’re honored to join OEG in fulfilling the vision of the District. From delivering the experiences that Oilers fans enjoy most to creating new, signature hospitality experiences throughout the district. Through it all, we’ll continue to work with the community and Edmonton’s incredible hospitality talent.”

Levy and Compass Group Canada, both sectors within the portfolio of parent company Compass Group, will join OEG to bring ICE District Hospitality to life. Levy will support the development of unique hospitality concepts and programming, and Compass Group Canada will provide the operational expertise and resources.

Levy is known for creating many of the most acclaimed food and beverage experiences in sports and entertainment, from food hall collaborations with local restaurants in concessions and personalized service in premier clubs and suites, to dining and entertainment districts that operate year-round. Levy’s partners include a market-leading roster of major arenas across the continent, including Bell Centre in Montreal, Barclays Center in Brooklyn, United Center in Chicago, and Staples Center in LA, as well as Michelin Star restaurants and award-winning cultural attractions. In crafting hospitality for premium seating areas in Rogers Place, Levy will also tap into its roots as the original innovator bringing restaurant quality food and beverage service to stadium suites. 

Compass Group Canada is Canada’s leading foodservice provider, with more than 2,200 locations throughout the country. Through operational excellence, innovation and seamless execution, the company brings outstanding experiences to guests across the country. Compass Group Canada amplifies their offering further through strategic partnerships including a decade-long relationship with Oliver & Bonacini, to provide a premium culinary experience to guests and clients.

More information about dining at Rogers Place and the surrounding ICE District will be available closer to the 2020-21 season.

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About Oilers Entertainment Group

Oilers Entertainment Group (OEG) delivers leading sports, entertainment and special event programming to fans and patrons in Canada and the United States. OEG owns the five-time Stanley Cup Champion Edmonton Oilers, the WHL’s Edmonton Oil Kings, the AHL’s Bakersfield Condors, operates Rogers Place, the top venue in North American sports and entertainment, and anchor of ICE District, Canada’s largest mixed-use sports and entertainment district, a destination for people from all corners of the city, country and world.

 About Levy

The disruptor in defining the sports and entertainment hospitality experience, Levy is recognized as the market leader and most critically acclaimed hospitality company in its industry. Twice named one of the 10 most innovative companies in sports by Fast Company magazine and one of the top three Best Employers for Diversity in America by Forbes, Levy’s diverse portfolio

includes award-winning restaurants; iconic sports and entertainment venues, zoos and cultural institutions, theaters, and convention centers; as well as the Super Bowl, Grammy Awards, US Open Tennis Tournament, Kentucky Derby, and NHL, MLB, NBA, NFL, and MLS All-Star Games. For more, visit www.levyrestaurants.com or follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

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.

For more information, contact:
Tim Shipton, Oilers Entertainment Group: (780)909-8584, tshipton@edmontonoilers.com

Kevin Memolo, Levy: (312) 335-4741, kmemolo@levyrestaurants.com

Courtney Gardner, Compass Group Canada: (647) 633-5420, Courtney.Gardner@compass-canada.com

 

Compass Group Canada Certified as a Great Place to Work® 3rd Year in a Row

Mississauga, ON – (Thursday November 5th 2020) – Compass Group Canada announced today that they have been certified as a Great Place to Work® for the third consecutive year after a thorough and independent analysis conducted by Great Place to Work® Institute Canada. This certification is based on direct feedback from associates, provided as part of an extensive and anonymous survey about the workplace experience.

Compass Group Canada prides itself on being a people centered organization, with an ongoing focus on their four leadership commitments – We Care, We Share, We Dream, We Deliver.

This year, Compass Group Canada is very pleased to share that their anonymous employee survey returned a 3% overall increase in GPTW’s Trust Index®; this is in addition to the 3% overall lift Compass achieved as part of their 2019 survey results.

“We are incredibly proud of our 3rd consecutive Great Place to Work® certification” said Lauren Davey, Chief People & Culture Office “We are even more pleased that our Trust Index® continues to rise, showcasing that our focus on the associate experience is having an impact. Our Great Place to Work® certification is an official testament to our great people, our commitment to their growth and our effort to recognize their contributions.”

 

About Great Place to Work®:

Great Place to Work® (www.greatplacetowork.ca) 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 in a series of national lists including those published by Fortune magazine (USA) and The Globe & Mail (Canada). Great Place to Work® provides the benchmarks, framework, and expertise needed to create, sustain, and recognize outstanding workplace cultures.

Follow Great Place to Work® at www.greatplacetowork.ca and on Twitter at @GPTW_Canada

Durham College to Transform Food Services with Chartwells

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Introducing DCEats: Food Matters

TORONTO, ON – October 19, 2020 – After a comprehensive review of proposals from December 2019, Durham College announced they have awarded their food service contract to Chartwells, a division of Compass Group Canada, who put forward an approach that supports Durham College’s strategic pillars – students, people, work and community.  Access to nutritional, holistic and diverse food offerings on campus is important for an enriched post-secondary experience. When students, employees and community are eating well, they can focus on what matters – learning and developing personal and professional skills while supporting each other.

Food matters at Durham College. When the campus reopens to students and employees, food services will operate with a new brand: DCEats: Food Matters. By branding food services DC EATS, we are providing Durham College with a culinary vision that is unique to Durham College. By living the Food Matters mantra, Chartwells aligns to the studentsfirst culture at DC and supports the campus with the people and resources of Chartwells.

“We look forward to Chartwells providing creative, healthy, customer-focused food services when students and employees return to our campuses,” said Barbara MacCheyne, Vice-President, Administration and Chief Financial Officer, Durham College.

As part of this partnership, DC and Chartwells will collaborate to expand experiential learning and employment opportunities for students. In addition, many of the college’s academic and co-curricular programs, such as athletics, AI Hub, Centre for Food and sustainability office, will be included in future planning for food services.

“We are honoured to partner with Durham College and bring DCEats to life on campus to complement their already exceptional student experience,” said Ashton Sequeira, President of Chartwells. “We recognize there will be sensitivities returning to campus during the COVID-19 pandemic and we assure you the health and safety of our guests and the school community is of the utmost importance – we have the necessary protocols in place to ensure the safety of everyone in our care. We look forward to transforming your on campus dining experience.”

Stay tuned for more information about the innovative food projects DC and Chartwells will be rolling out throughout our partnership.

Durham College to Transform Food Services with Chartwells

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Introducing DCEats: Food Matters

 

TORONTO, ON – October 19, 2020 – After a comprehensive review of proposals from December 2019, Durham College announced they have awarded their food service contract to Chartwells, a division of Compass Group Canada, who put forward an approach that supports Durham College’s strategic pillars – students, people, work and community.  Access to nutritional, holistic and diverse food offerings on campus is important for an enriched post-secondary experience. When students, employees and community are eating well, they can focus on what matters – learning and developing personal and professional skills while supporting each other.

 

Food matters at Durham College. When the campus reopens to students and employees, food services will operate with a new brand: DCEats: Food Matters. By branding food services DC EATS, we are providing Durham College with a culinary vision that is unique to Durham College. By living the Food Matters mantra, Chartwells aligns to the studentsfirst culture at DC and supports the campus with the people and resources of Chartwells.

 

“We look forward to Chartwells providing creative, healthy, customer-focused food services when students and employees return to our campuses,” said Barbara MacCheyne, Vice-President, Administration and Chief Financial Officer, Durham College.

As part of this partnership, DC and Chartwells will collaborate to expand experiential learning and employment opportunities for students. In addition, many of the college’s academic and co-curricular programs, such as athletics, AI Hub, Centre for Food and sustainability office, will be included in future planning for food services.

 

“We are honoured to partner with Durham College and bring DCEats to life on campus to complement their already exceptional student experience,” said Ashton Sequeira, President of Chartwells. “We recognize there will be sensitivities returning to campus during the COVID-19 pandemic and we assure you the health and safety of our guests and the school community is of the utmost importance – we have the necessary protocols in place to ensure the safety of everyone in our care. We look forward to transforming your on campus dining experience.”

 

Stay tuned for more information about the innovative food projects DC and Chartwells will be rolling out throughout our partnership.