University of Ottawa Residential Dining Brings Home the Gold

June 28th, 2021, Ottawa, Canada – The National Association of College and University Food Services (NACUFS) announces the University of Ottawa as a recipient of the NACUFS 2020 Loyal E. Horton Dining Awards. The University of Ottawa received a Gold award in the category of Residential Dining Concept for large institutions. Named for a NACUFS founder, past president, and highly regarded innovator, the dining awards celebrate exemplary menus, presentations, special event planning, and new dining concepts, and provide an avenue for sharing ideas and creative presentations in campus dining services.

Fifty-eight member institutions across North America submitted entries in six categories, including Residential Dining Concepts, Residential Dining Facility, Residential Dining—Special Event, Retail Sales—Single Concept/Multiple Concepts/Marketplace, Catering—Special Event, and Catering—Online Menu.

A team of six judges and a committee chair safely gathered in East Lansing in June 2021 to examine each entry and selected top candidates in each category. All winners are listed here: The Grand Prize winners will be announced at a later date.

Competing for one of these prestigious awards helps market the dining program as a winning program and builds a sense of pride and team spirit among dining staff. Sharing creativity and knowledge with other foodservice professionals is a key component of NACUFS membership.

“We are thrilled for the University of Ottawa Dining Services to be recognized as one of the top student resident dining experiences in North America through this award,” said Derek Küffer, Resident District Manager & General Manager for Chartwells Canada. “This award reflects the passion and dedication of our associates, combined with our commitment to going above and beyond to care for our campus community. Our determination to always put students first in all our decisions is the key component in our constant drive for excellence.  We are very proud of our team’s hard work and enthusiasm being recognized through this award.”


The National Association of College & University Food Services (NACUFS) was founded in 1958 by a group of college and university foodservice professionals from across the United States. Since its inception, NACUFS has focused on its mission to support and promote excellence in collegiate dining by providing members with the programs and resources they need to excel, from benchmarking and best practices to educational programming and professional networking. 

NACUFS institutional members include private colleges to large public universities, and two-year colleges to four-year universities and span the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, and beyond. Industry members include food and equipment manufacturers, distributors, brokers, foodservice support companies, councils, boards, trade associations, advisory commissions, and other professional groups. For more information, visit

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:

Chartwells / Compass Group Canada

Laurelle Knox

Manager, Corporate Communications


Compass One Healthcare and Indwell Announce Partnership in Gather Culinary Academy

Partnership will support culinary training for individuals receiving mental health care or living in poverty

MISSISSAUGA, Ontario, Canada –  February 19, 2020 – Compass One Healthcare, one of Canada’s leading service providers of food and hospitality services in healthcare, today announced their partnership with Indwell, a Canadian charity supporting individuals receiving mental health care with their transition back into the community. Through their partnership, Compass One Healthcare will support the Gather Culinary Program by providing culinary training, financial support, and assist graduates with professional development.

Indwell’s Gather Culinary Academy is a job skills program that’s offered free to individuals seeking health, wellness and belonging, to enter or re-enter the workforce in the culinary arts. The program is led by Indwell in partnership with the City of Hamilton, Hamilton Health Sciences, and Compass One Healthcare. In its first year, the program is already seeing great success including the recent graduation of all 12 inaugural students.

During an 11-week program, students receive in class hands on instruction and visit local food industry sites including restaurants and the Joseph Brant hospital in Burlington. These trips expose students to the real life situations they will experience when they re-enter the workforce.

For many of the students in the Gather Culinary program there is a significant gap in work experience which often results in a significant barrier to finding employment. The Culinary Academy helps students grow their skills in a field they are passionate about, and provides them with the proper tools needed for a successful return to work.

“I could not imagine doing anything else” said Hannah Puhuta, Gather Culinary Academy Program Coordinator. “I have seen the students’ levels of confidence grow exponentially since starting the program. Their enthusiasm and willingness to learn coupled with the support of the Academy is a recipe for success.”

Dahlia Abou El Hassan, Senior Director of Business Excellence at Compass One Healthcare shares her elation regarding the partnership. “As a food service provider in healthcare settings across the country, Compass One has the unique ability to offer culinary training and professional development to outstanding graduates of the Indwell Culinary Academy. We are thrilled to support learning and hands-on skills development with our team of experts while helping to support graduates with their self-confidence and sense of belonging.”

The Compass One team have hired two graduates of the Indwell Culinary Academy at the St. Joseph Hamilton site, where the company provides food services, and will continue to do so annually.

About Indwell

Started in 1970 in Hamilton, Ontario, Indwell is a charity that creates affordable housing communities that support people seeking health, wellness and belonging. Their programs support more than 550 households in Hamilton, Woodstock, Simcoe, and London.

Compass Group Canada Acquires Majority Ownership of Assembly Chef’s Hall

On November 27, Toronto restaurateur and entrepreneur Andreas Antoniou and Compass Group Canada announced a landmark partnership deal with Assembly Chef’s Hall. Under the terms of the agreement, Compass Group Canada will assume a majority stake in the 18,000 square foot venue in Toronto’s financial district, further solidifying the Chef’s Hall as a premier, gourmet food destination.

Joined by The Honourable John Tory, Assembly Chef’s Hall celebrated its grand opening in December 2017 positioning itself as Canada’s very first chef-driven market.  Located in the heart of downtown Toronto, it has become home to Toronto’s top chefs, food purveyors and baristas and has become synonymous with both quality and caliber. Today, Assembly Chef’s Hall is recognized as a leading event venue and culinary destination by Venue Report and Canadian Geographic and proudly serves more than 2,500 guests each day.

“No other retail category has seen as much significant growth as food halls in recent years and that is why we believe we have captured the attention of Compass Group Canada,” said Antoniou. “Their strong investment track record and deep focus on operational and strategic development makes them an ideal partner for Assembly Chef’s Hall and our expansion plans.”

As majority owner of Assembly Chef’s Hall, Compass Group Canada brings vast experience in technology driven experiences, scaling businesses and providing purchasing power. In recent months, Compass Group Canada has doubled down on its mission to create outstanding culinary experiences, including an exclusive partnership with Copper Branch, the world’s largest vegan restaurant chain. The company will leverage the innovative approach and culture of Assembly Chef’s Hall to further strengthen and drive their culinary offering.

 “We are thrilled to partner with Andreas Antoniou on his outstanding vision – the Assembly Chef’s Hall,” said Saajid Khan, CEO Compass Group Canada. “As a business, we are not focused on being the largest, we are focused on being the best, particularly when it comes to our culinary offering. This Chef’s Hall exemplifies the very best in culinary excellence and we look forward to bringing that experience to our guests and sharing this culinary innovation incubator with our talented Chefs within Compass, while helping to build on this innovative concept.”

Under the new agreement and corporate structure, Andreas Antoniou will remain the President of Assembly Chef’s Hall. Saajid Khan, CEO Compass Group Canada and Michael Hachey, Chief Innovation Officer, Compass Group Canada, will join the Assembly Chef’s Hall Board of Directors.

The formula for success was not accidental. Assembly Chef’s Hall was conceptualized and executed to serve as an amenity to the Richmond Adelaide Centre, a flagship asset of Oxford Properties. It has succeeded in attracting the city’s most talented culinary experts by creating a model that allowed food entrepreneurs to launch or expand their restaurants downtown at a fraction of the cost. Under this model, Assembly Chef’s Hall takes care of all operational and development functions so that the chefs can focus on what matters most: Food and Service.

“Compass Group Canada recognizes the significant potential of our concept, and we know that our strategic alliance will allow us to deploy scalable technology and pursue future opportunities,” said Antoniou.

The partnership between Compass Group Canada and Assembly Chef’s Hall came into full effect on October 7, 2019.

About Assembly Chef’s Hall
Assembly Chef’s Hall is where Toronto’s best chefs, restaurateurs and baristas come together to feed the city. Located in the heart of downtown Toronto, this chef-driven community market is the first of its kind in Canada and offers upscale menus in a fast-casual setting. Visitors to Assembly Chef’s Hall experience some of the city’s very best, including global cuisines from unique food and beverage vendors, along with a diverse range of craft beers and spirits. Assembly Chef’s Hall is open Monday through Saturday for breakfast, lunch and dinner. The 18,000-square foot space is located at 111 Richmond Street West and includes a wine bar, massive beer hall and downtown Toronto’s largest outdoor patios

For more information, please visit

The Property Brothers Team Up with Chartwells, Canada’s Largest Educational Food Service Provider To Get Canada Reading

The Property Brothers, Drew Scott (L) and Jonathan Scott (R) with Ashton Sequeira, President Chartwells Canada, announce plans to promote literacy in Chartwells’ elementary schools across the country with the launch of brothers’ new kids book, Builder Brothers: Better Together. Photo credit: Dennys Ilic

Chartwells Canada partners with Drew and Jonathan Scott, twin hosts of HGTV Canada’s Property Brothers to build youth literacy in Canadian students through their ‘Campaign for Literacy’ program

TORONTO, ON – September 5, 2019 Today, Chartwells, Canada’s largest educational foodservice provider, and TV hosts Drew and Jonathan Scott, (Property Brothers), announced a unique and exciting partnership to promote literacy among Canadian youth. Through this partnership, Chartwells will distribute the Property Brothers’ new book, Builder Brothers: Better Together to Chartwells K-12 and private school locations across Canada. Chartwells will be the first to bring this innovative literacy program to the Canadian K-12 and private school education landscape with this one-of-a-kind partnership.     

The book will be available to elementary schools within Chartwells’ 550+ K-12 and private schools from coast to coast. Students will be encouraged to “borrow a book,” take it home to read with their caregivers, and participate in the interactive mini racecar building exercise at the end of the book. Chartwells will then track the number of hours the children spend reading as part of a wider campaign promoting youth literacy across Canada. 

“We are so proud to be partnering with the Property Brothers on this one-of-a-kind Campaign for Literacy,” said Ashton Sequeira, President, Chartwells. “At Chartwells, we focus on nourishing the minds of Canadian youth — it’s not only our business, it’s our responsibility. We know a well-balanced diet is a critical factor in overall well-being, but our commitment to nourishment goes beyond the nutritious, better-for-you meal options we serve students. Our goal is to help nourish the whole student. Mind, Body and Soul.”

“Chartwells is incredibly committed to enriching the communities they serve, and we are excited to collaborate with them under their Thinking Ahead Giving Back platform and launch this program that supports a big push for literacy across Canada,” said Drew Scott. 

Added Jonathan Scott: “We have always been passionate about reading and storytelling and the way it inspires us to dream big. Kids benefit so much from spending time reading aloud with their parents, teachers, and caregivers. It’s engaging, enlightening, and social. It builds curiosity, memory, and motivation and shows kids that anything is possible.”

This partnership connects directly to Chartwells’ platform, Thinking Ahead Giving Back, where 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 other challenges facing their students, and
  • Create 1,000 job connections through a more focused commitment to student employment

The Campaign for Literacy supports Chartwells’ commitment to providing 10,000 hours of community support by helping students at the elementary school level develop their literacy and reading skills, while decreasing the amount of time spent in front of a screen. To date, Chartwells, with the support of their partner schools across the country, have delivered over 1.4 million meals to children in need and provided more than 17,000 hours of community support.

Drew and Jonathan Scott, known to millions as the hosts of HGTV’s top‐rated show Property Brothers, made their debut as picture book authors last fall with their fun and imaginative New York Times bestseller Builder Brothers: Big Plans. This September, the brothers are back with the next adventure for kid brothers Drew and Jonathan, Builder Brothers: Better Together (HarperCollins; $17.99 US/$21.99 CAD; on sale September 10, 2019). Young Drew and Jonathan do everything together, whether they’re building birdhouses or dreaming up big plans for their future. They’re not just twins; they’re best friends. So when their town sponsors a soapbox derby race, Drew and Jonathan are first in line to enter. But when the rubber hits the road and the brothers just can’t agree on how to build the best car, they wind up competing against each other! Can one of them win without the other? Complete with charming illustrations by Kim Smith and a do‐it‐yourself project to build a miniature race car, Builder Brothers: Better Together is a hilarious and heartwarming story that reminds young readers that everything is better when you work together.

About Drew and Jonathan Scott

Drew and Jonathan Scott are multifaceted entrepreneurs, authors, and twin television personalities. They are the cofounders of Scott Brothers Global, a leading lifestyle and entertainment enterprise which includes the award‐winning production company Scott Brothers Entertainment, the home furnishings collection Scott Living, and the digital design and renovation platform Casaza. The Scott Brothers also host multiple top‐rated HGTV series, including the Emmy nominated and Canadian Screen Awards–winning Property Brothers and Brother vs. Brother, as well as their new show Forever Home. Their shows are enjoyed by millions of viewers in over 160 countries. All three of their books—Dream Home, It Takes Two: Our Story, and Builder Brothers: Big Plans—are New York Times best‐sellers, and in 2017, Drew and Jonathan were named Habitat Humanitarians, the highest recognition awarded by Habitat for Humanity. For more information on Drew and Jonathan Scott, visit

Canadian companies – Compass Group + Copper Branch – launch national partnership to deliver network of new, 100% plant-based power food locations

Partnership allows opening of up to 50 locations over 10 years

to improve the availability of vegan options in hospitals and on campuses across Canada

TORONTO, Ontario, Canada – July 31, 2019 – Compass Group Canada, the country’s leading food service provider, and Copper Branch, the world’s largest vegan restaurant chain, today announced the launch of an exclusive national partnership aimed at improving the availability of plant-based options in healthcare and post-secondary settings in Canada.

Today, more Canadians identify as vegan or vegetarian than at any other point in history, with nearly three million adopting plant-based diets. Increasingly, customers—particularly those in healthcare and educational settings—are looking for healthy, plant-based alternatives. This partnership unites the plant-based food expertise of Copper Branch and the food service expertise of Compass Group Canada to deliver a best-in-class experience for Canadian customers seeking improved access to vegan options.

Under this agreement, Compass Group Canada has the option to open up to 50 Copper Branch locations over the next 10 years, with five planned openings in the next year. These new locations will put a wider array of healthy, plant-based options within reach for Compass Group Canada customers while simultaneously fueling Copper Branch’s growth.

“We are committed to making sustainability a key driver in our decision making.  Plant-forward meals is one of the key action platforms of the Compass Group sustainability strategy, promoting menu choices that are better for the body and the planet,” said Michael Hachey, Chief Innovation Officer at Compass Group Canada. “This strategic partnership is a direct response to what our customers have told us: they want healthy, plant-based options that are environmentally sustainable and fit into a well-balanced lifestyle. We are excited to partner with Copper Branch – a homegrown Canadian success story, and the world’s largest vegan restaurant chain – to offer more plant-based options for customers who want them.” 

 “Copper Branch understands the role 100% plant-based power food can play in a healthy, well-balanced lifestyle,” said Rio Infantino, Copper Branch’s Chief Executive Officer. “Our partnership with Compass Group Canada will allow us to put vegan options within reach for more Canadians while accelerating our growth and expanding our national footprint. We are thrilled to partner with the nation’s leading food service provider to diversify diets from coast to coast.”

Copper Branch
Started in 2014 and headquartered in Montreal, Copper Branch is a privately held company and
holds the distinction of being the largest and fastest growing plant-based fast casual chain in the world. The company’s mission is to Empower, Energize and make people feel their Best;
providing a convenient, plant-based dining experience without sacrificing taste, quality or
satisfaction. The reasonably priced, 100% plant-based menu items are never fried and consist of mainly organic and non-GMO ingredients. For locations, menus and other details, visit  Facebook, Twitter and Instagram @CopperBranch


July 22, 2019 – ESS, a division of Compass Group Canada, has been recognized as one of the Achievers 50 Most Engaged Workplaces™ in North America. This is the third year in a row that ESS has been recognized. The annual award, issued by Achievers, an industry leading provider of employee recognition and engagement solutions, commends top employers that display leadership and innovation in engaging their workforces.

“There are an unprecedented five generations in the workplace. Coupled with the fight for top talent at an all time high, it’s more important than ever for organizations to put a greater focus on engaging their employees to drive positive business performance and culture. The companies we honor as the Achievers 50 Most Engaged Workplaces® have proven their forward-thinking directly leads to a more positive employee experience,” said Jeff Cates, CEO and president at Achievers. “Through the development of a people-first culture, the organizations listed epitomize an innovative, engaged and accomplished workforce, and we’re honored to add them to our growing roster of past winners.”


The awards are judged by a panel of academics and thought leaders in the field of employee engagement, and submissions are evaluated based on the Eight Elements of Employee Engagement™: Leadership; Communication; Culture; Rewards & Recognition; Professional & Personal Growth; Accountability & Performance; Vision & Values and Corporate Social Responsibility.

“It is an honour to be recognized for the third time as one of the Achievers 50 Most Engaged Workplaces™,” said Michael Hachey, President ESS North America. “In the past year, we leveraged the Compass Group PLC global mandate of “People, Performance, Purpose” into our day to day operations.  Our team have embraced these principles and it provides the foundation for how we work together to deliver for our customers and succeed in future growth. This award, really is about recognizing the amazing contributions of our Associates, who are the heart and soul of our organization and I’m so proud to share this award with them.”

ESS will be honored alongside other recipients of the Achievers 50 Most Engaged Workplaces® Award at an awards gala on September 9, 2019 at the Chicago Public Library – Harold Washington Library Center before the opening of this year’s Achievers Customer Experience (ACE) Conference. 


For more information about Achievers 50 Most Engaged Workplaces®, please visit 

About Achievers

Achievers Employee Success Platform delivers proven tools for organizations of all sizes to align on values and strategic goals by empowering every employee as an owner of organizational culture and engagement. Built on behavioral science and real-world results from over a decade of engagement leadership, hundreds of global customers rely on Achievers’ dynamic employee recognition, coaching, and continuous listening tools for their people to feel valued and heard, to drive desired behaviors and ignite a positive corporate culture.  Achievers provides organizations and managers with engagement intelligence to inform their actions and decisions every day. To learn more about the Achievers platform, visit us at Achievers is a subsidiary of Blackhawk Network Holdings, Inc.


Compass Group Canada: Certified as a Great Place to Work

Great Place to Work

Following a thorough and independent analysis conducted by Great Place to Work™ Institute Canada, Compass Group Canada has been certified as a Great Place to Work!

This is a wonderful achievement and it’s all due to our amazing associates.  Over 1,500 of them were randomly selected by the Great Place to Work organization to provide anonymous opinions on several aspects of our workplace, including their perceptions of credibility, trust, respect, and fairness. 

Certification as a Great Place to Work is about the trust associates have placed in our organization, the level of pride they have in their jobs and the extent to which they enjoy engaging with their colleagues. Their positive feedback about our corporate culture is what made us successful in the certification 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 is a significant achievement and a testament as to the kind of company we strive to be – one that is open, transparent and a great place to work.



The University of Ottawa and Chartwells Launch a New Initiative

TAGB logo in French and English

University of Ottawa logo




Thinking Ahead Giving Back will increase engagement with the student population

Ottawa, ON – December 4, 2018 – Today, Chartwells Canada and the University of Ottawa announced the launch of a new aspect of their partnership. Chartwells’ Thinking Ahead Giving Back (TAGB) initiative will see the company increase its engagement with students by working with them to tackle some of the key social concerns they face every day. 

“We are very excited to bring our partnership with the University of Ottawa to an entirely new level,” said Ashton Sequeira, President of Chartwells Canada. “TAGB will allow us to become a collaborative thought partner, not only with the University, but also with our students and the campus community. By thinking ahead, we’ll identify opportunities to benefit and support our clients, and through giving back, we will focus on creating a more engaged community.”

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 to address the social and mental health challenges our students face; and
  • create 1,000 jobs through a more focused commitment to student employment.

 “The University values its partnership with Chartwells: it contributes to the wellbeing of our entire community and goes far beyond food,” said Jacques Frémont, President and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Ottawa. “Most importantly, this partnership has a positive impact on the student experience and generates opportunities for experiential learning for our students.”


Celebrate Earth Month Through Food

crate of assorted vegetables on grass

Celebrate Earth Month Through Food

Of the total land area that we as humans occupy on the earth, we dedicate half of it to agriculture production[1].  Three quarters of this land is used for raising livestock and the remainder for crops1. Interestingly however, livestock only provides 20% of the world’s supply of calories, yet occupies the greatest proportion of agricultural land.[2] Inevitably as the population continues to grow, we will need to consider not only how much we eat but what we eat. Earth Month is a great time to celebrate our beautiful planet, and also to reflect upon what we as humans can do to help preserve it. Simple changes in our diet and lifestyle can have significant positive effects on the earth. Here are ways that we can celebrate Earth Month, through food:

  1. Embrace plant-forward meals. Eating a diet that consists mainly of plants (whole grains, legumes, soy, fruits and vegetables, nuts and seeds) can help to reduce your carbon footprint by 55%[3]. This can easily be achieved by designing your meals to feature plant-based foods first and then use animal proteins as a garnish. Alternatively, try dedicating one day per week to a meat-free meal.
  2. Minimize your red meat consumption. Beef utilizes 20 times the amount of land and emits 20 times the amount of greenhouse gas per unit of edible protein, in comparison to plant-based counterparts such as lentils, peas and beans[4]. Switching some of your protein choices each week for a plant-based alternative can have a big environmental impact. For example try substituting half the amount of ground meat in your #tacotuesday recipe for beans or lentils.
  3. Choose locally grown foods when possible. Foods that are locally grown and in season, are not only fresher in flavour, they support your local economy. They are also more environmentally friendly as the distance the food travels from farm to plate is lessened, reducing transportation emissions and energy usage for storage and processing[5]. Check out what’s in season.
  4. Opt for sustainable seafood choices. 31% of the world’s fish stocks are fished at an unsustainable level[6]. Choosing sustainably sourced fish and seafood promotes a more viable supply. Visit Ocean Wise to learn more about sustainable seafood options.

If we really want to make an impact this Earth Month, we can all take part in Stop Food Waste Day on April 27th. Stop Food Waste Day brings awareness to the issue of food waste across the globe and what we can do to help stop it. It is estimated that 1/3 of the world’s food that is produced every year is wasted[7], and in Canada the annual cost of food waste is 31 billion dollars[8]! Considering the environmental impacts of landfills and the levels of food insecurity and malnutrition across the globe, food waste should be top of mind. For more tips on how you can reduce the amount of food waste in your home visit