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

Grand Prix Award DUX 2019 Winner

 

Teaching Kitchen: The ultimate cooking experience

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

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

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

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

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

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

There are many benefits to the teaching kitchen:

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

 

Chartwells Contributes $500,000 to Make Way – The Campaign for NSCC

Funds support food relief for students experiencing urgent financial need

February 27, 2018 Halifax, NS – Today, Chartwells presented the Nova Scotia Community College (NSCC) Foundation with a cheque for $500,000, with the aim of helping NSCC students in urgent financial need. Chartwells’ support of NSCC’s Urgent Aid Fund – via Make Way – The Campaign for NSCC – was announced this morning at NSCC’s Ivany Campus in Dartmouth.

As a leading foodservice provider on university and college campuses across the country, Chartwells, a sector of Compass Group Canada, understands the importance nutrition plays in the development of minds and bodies. With the funds being distributed over the next five years, on the four campuses where Chartwells is present, the contribution will provide students in need of food relief though access to swipe cards that can be used in Chartwells’ dining halls, or through grocery-store gift cards for use off-campus. This aid will help support them as they continue their NSCC journey.

“Students sometimes find themselves facing unanticipated financial challenges that may affect their ability to remain in school,” says Don Bureaux, NSCC President. “They may have nowhere else to turn. Our Urgent Aid Fund is there to help them address those challenges and get back on track,”

He adds, “We are grateful for this generous support from Chartwells, which will help students continue on their educational journey and contribute positively to their communities.”

“As the foodservice provider at four NSCC campuses, we see firsthand the considerable obstacles faced by some students and we know that with a bit of help, they can overcome these barriers,” says Ashton Sequeira, President, Chartwells. “I am so pleased that our contribution will go toward helping these students continue their studies and realize their dreams.”

Chartwells provides food services at four NSCC campuses: Ivany Campus in Dartmouth, Institute of Technology Campus in Halifax, Kingstec Campus in Kentville, and Truro Campus.

The Urgent Aid program, funded through the NSCC Foundation and administered by the College’s Student Services department at all NSCC locations across Nova Scotia, provides financial and other support to current students who are at risk of leaving their academic program due to challenging events.

About Compass Group Canada
Compass Group Canada is Canada’s leading foodservice and support services provider. With more than 25,000 associates and over $1.9 billion in revenues in 2017, its recipe is simple: great people, great service and great results. Exceptional foodservices and support services are provided to leading sports and leisure venues, executive dining rooms and cafés, schools, universities, seniors’ residences and hospitals, as well as remote camps and off shore oil rigs.

About Make Way – The Campaign for NSCC
Make Way is NSCC’s most ambitious campaign to date, opening doors to education by raising $25 million to help students succeed. Through the generosity of donors, partners and sponsors, we are supporting students through scholarships, bursaries and urgent aid, as well as innovative learning, leading-edge instructional equipment and centres of expertise. Make Way is helping secure a strong future by investing in those who will propel Nova Scotia forward.

About Nova Scotia Community College
NSCC is committed to building Nova Scotia’s economy and quality of life through education and innovation. Serving the province through a network of 13 campuses, the College offers 120+ programs in five academic schools – Access, Business, IT & Creative Industries, Health & Human Services, and Trades & Technology – reflecting labour market needs and opportunities in Nova Scotia. NSCC’s primary goal: student success. In an annual survey of its graduates, the College has found 87% are employed, most in their field of choice, with 92% of those employed living and working in Nova Scotia.

Chartwells Announces Winners of the Chartwells Campus Projects

Supporting students across Canada working to make real environmental and social changes

Toronto, ON, November 24, 2017 – As winners of the Chartwells Campus Project, students at 5 colleges and universities will have an opportunity to make their environmental and social dreams a reality. Since 2014 Chartwells foodservices has worked with university and college students across Canada to develop innovative concepts that offer solutions to the real environmental and social challenges facing us today. (complete list of previous winners below)

We are pleased to announce the 2017-2018 winners of the Chartwells Campus Project:

  • Acadia University (Wolfville, Nova Scotia) will build a Campus Food Room, focusing on food security for students
  • McGill University (Montreal, Quebec) will develop a campaign to affect waste generating behavior and host a Waste Case Competition
  • Laurentian University (Sudbury, Ontario) will develop a culinary skill curriculum for use by campus groups
  • Trinity College, University of Toronto (Toronto, Ontario) will build a roof top food garden
  • Trent University (Peterborough, Ontario) will reinvent their reusable mug program which will include a self-serve wash station

The Chartwells Campus Projects fund winners for 2017-2018 have been selected for their ability to advance sustainability through innovation on their respective campuses, with support from Chartwells and Compass Group Canada. Through the Chartwells Campus Projects, students are empowered to take action today, in the places they live and study by building sustainable solutions for the world to adopt tomorrow.

“At Chartwells we firmly believe in a collaborative approach with our students and clients whereby we are a thought partner with them throughout the student experience. We are so inspired by the active role that our students are taking in shaping the future of food. Now, more than ever, food for the Mind, Body and Soul is critical in enhancing student life on campus. These campus projects, led by students, motivate all of us to think bigger and aspire to do more not just for today, but for the sustainable footprint we leave behind in the future. I want to personally congratulate all of our winners and look forward to seeing this list growing even larger in the years to come!” – Ashton Sequeira
Innovative Chartwells Campus Projects ideas range from a small scale off-grid hydroponic table, created by Humber college students, that not only grows fresh food but is also a piece of functional furniture, and ultimately an education tool to the creation of the Trent Market Garden which annually provides 2000lbs of fresh organic produce to the wider community, and lets students practice organic agriculture on their campuses.

“The students we get to work with on these projects come with a truly transformative perspective on how to approach some of the persistent roadblocks to sustainability we face every day,” said Jana Vodicka, Manager, Campus Engagement and Sustainability. “The best part is, we get to figure out how to overcome these issues together through the students’ projects.”

These project have lasting impacts that serve the campuses on which they are implemented, but also allow for trialed adoption on numerous campuses at which Chartwells is the food service provider. Most importantly, students have the chance to affect change, develop skills and challenge their entrepreneurial muscles, and become the leaders we need here and now.

This is about looking forward, engaging passion and advancing sustainability by igniting one idea at a time.

Congratulations to our partner campuses! We look forward to working with you.

View our current list of Chartwells Campus Project winners!

Tim Hortons® Smile Cookies Help Grow Community Gardens across Canada

Canadian families-in-need will have access to more fresh, nourishing food thanks to the Tim Hortons® Smile Cookie Campaign

Mississauga, ON, January 3, 2018 – Compass Group Canada is proud to announce that through the Tim Hortons® Smile Cookie campaign, our Tim Hortons® locations raised $31,596 dollars for Food Banks Canada’s community garden initiative.

tim hortons cheque presentation to food banks canada

One dollar from every Smile Cookie sold is donated to charitable causes chosen by the Tim Hortons® locations – for 2017, Compass’ Tim Hortons® selected Food Banks Canada. At Compass, we look to positively impact a serious and growing problem across Canada – food insecurity. Through Nourish, our corporate giving initiative and in partnership with Food Banks Canada, we aim to increase the amount and diversity of fresh and nutritious food available to Canadian families-in-need through our community gardens initiative.

“I am delighted to make this donation to Food Banks Canada,” said Jacques Webster, Regional Vice President, Operations, ESS. “As a food service company, we are very aware of the need for sustainable and healthy food that exist throughout this country and I’d like to thank our Guests for making this donation possible. All of us at Compass and Tim Hortons® are proud to play a role in supporting Food Banks Canada in their important work.”

“More than 860,000 Canadians turn to food banks each month and this money will go towards the Community Gardens Granting Program helping local food banks grow, prepare and share more fresh, nutritious food,” added Mimi Lowi-Young, Executive Director, Food Banks Canada. “We are so appreciative of the support shown by Compass and their Tim Hortons® locations.”

To date Compass Group Canada has helped fund over 40 gardens across Canada. Learn more about Compass Group Canada’s Nourish program.

Compass Group Canada
Compass Group Canada is the country’s leading foodservice and support services provider with over $1.9 billion in revenues in 2015 and over 24,000 associates working throughout the country. The company specializes in providing foodservices and support services across the core sectors including leading sports and leisure venues, executive dining rooms and cafes, schools, universities, seniors’ residences and hospitals as well as remote camps and off shore oil rigs. With over 500,000 associates worldwide and operations in more than 50 countries, Compass Group Canada’s parent company had revenues of £19.9 billion in the year to September 30, 2016.

About TIM HORTONS®
TIM HORTONS® is one of North America’s largest restaurant chains operating in the quick service segment. Founded as a single location in Canada in 1964, TIM HORTONS® appeals to a broad range of consumer tastes, with a menu that includes premium coffee, hot and cold specialty drinks (including lattes, cappuccinos and espresso shots), specialty teas and fruit smoothies, fresh baked goods, grilled Panini and classic sandwiches, wraps, soups, prepared foods and other food products. TIM HORTONS® has more than 4,600 system wide restaurants located in Canada, the United States, and around the world. To learn more about the TIM HORTONS® brand, please visit the TIM HORTONS® brand website at www.timhortons.com or follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram

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

ESS Support Services Worldwide

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Compass Group Canada and Their Suppliers Help Raise $100,000 to Increase Fresh Food Across Canada

Canadian businesses join Hockey Hall of Fame and NHL celebrities, and a World Champion curler to help raise funds to fight food insecurity

Compass Group Canada presented Food Banks Canada with a cheque for $100,000 today at the Compass Stars and Strikes Celebrity Charity Event. The event is a key fundraising element of Compass’ Nourish program. The funds raised today through the generosity and support of Compass suppliers will be used to increase the amount and diversity of fresh, nutritious food to families-in-need through community gardens and food education programs at select food banks across Canada.

The level of food insecurity continues to increase across Canada with more than 860,000 Canadians turning to food banks each month. Compass’ $100,000 donation will help create sustainable solutions to ensure all Canadians, regardless of income, have access to safe and nutritious food to lead healthy and productive lives.

“As a leader in foodservice, we understand the important role that quality food plays in our everyday lives and we strongly believe that everyone should have access to fresh, nourishing food.” said Saajid Khan, CEO, Compass Group Canada. “Community gardens do more than just provide fresh local food. They serve as a hub where people access healthy food and develop relationships by gardening together.”

“Every day the food bank network aims to put nutritious food on the table for Canadians who are struggling with hunger and these efforts would not be possible without the generosity of companies like Compass,” says Katharine Schmidt, Executive Director, Food Banks Canada. “Through programs like community gardens, we not only provide essential fresh foods but also the learning supports so families and individuals in need can be on the path to self-sufficiency”

Compass Stars and Strikes Celebrity Charity Event special guests included:

  • Rod Black
  • Wendel Clark
  • Dale Hawerchuk
  • Al Iafrate – HHOF ‘01
  • Kirk Muller
  • Wayne Primeau
  • Billy Smith – HHOF ‘93
  • Dave Ellett
  • Peter Mahovlich
  • Brad May
  • Gerry Cheevers – HHOF ’85
  • Rachel Homan

Since October 2014, Compass, through its Nourish program has donated $485,000 to Food Banks Canada. From the Maritimes to British Columbia, Compass has supported over 45 community gardens and provided educational opportunities to ensure high levels of participation in fresh food adoption and healthy eating. To view a short video on Nourish’s community impact, visit https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TXjTxhjvvlU.

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

About Food Banks Canada
Food Banks Canada supports a unique network of over 3,000 food-related organizations in every province and territory that assists more than 860,000 Canadians each month. Together our network shares over 200 million pounds of essential safe quality food annually, provides social programs that help to foster self-sufficiency, and advocates for policy change that will help create a Canada where no one goes hungry. Visit foodbankscanada.ca for more information.

Rod Black (from left); hockey legend Pete Mahovlich; Katharine Schmidt, Executive Director, Food Banks Canada; and Saajid Khan, CEO, Compass Group Canada, shown in Toronto, Tuesday, June 13, 2017, at Compass Group Canada’s Stars & Strikes Celebrity Bowling Event, were among many celebrities who attended the event and raised $100,000 to help end food insecurity in communities across Canada.

Chartwells wins “Excellence in Public Outreach” Fair Trade Award

Mississauga, ON — We are very proud to share the news that Chartwells was awarded the “Excellence in Public Outreach” Award at the 2016 Canadian Fairtrade Awards this past February in Halifax.

Every year, Fairtrade Canada presents this and other awards in recognition of exceptional Fairtrade supporters, partners and allies, including retailers, traders, towns and campuses. The Excellence in Public Outreach award was presented to Chartwells in recognition of events and activities that highlighted awareness of Fair Trade and created successful public engagement for Fairtrade-certified products.

Chartwells works to support Fair Trade on a national scale by increasing our procurement of Fairtrade products, and providing education and awareness to our customers on what this alternative market model is all about.

With students being our target market, and their concern for the social and environmental wellbeing of their communities, we know the key to the success of Fair Trade at the campus level is to connect what we do as food services, with the passion for food sustainability expressed by our students.

Through public outreach, we have been able to open a dialogue with our students and provide an opportunity to answer questions about the program, explain the benefits gained by those producing the products, and to encourage their support for an even wider variety of products.

Further demonstrating our commitment, we sponsored a student from one of our Fair Trade designated campuses to attend the 2016 Fair Trade Origins trip to Costa Rica. The student was selected based on academic endeavours that align with Fair Trade and the submission of an essay.

Chartwells is honoured to be the recipient of the 2016 Excellence in Public Outreach Award and thanks everyone involved for their dedication to making our Fairtrade program successful. Having this recognition helps to confirm our commitment to being leaders in advocacy for food production and will serve to strengthen our efforts to increase Fairtrade purchasing on our campuses. We will make every effort possible to support a system that resonates at a basic human level.
Compass Group Canada is the country’s leading foodservice and support services provider with over $1.9 billion in revenues in 2015 and over 26,000 associates working throughout the country. The company specializes in providing foodservices and support services across the core sectors including leading sports and leisure venues, executive dining rooms and cafes, schools, universities, seniors’ residences and hospitals as well as remote camps and off shore oil rigs.  With over 500,000 associates worldwide and operations in more than 50 countries, Compass Group Canada’s parent company had revenues of £16.9 billion in the year to September 30, 2015.

International Women’s Day

Every year on March 8, companies around the world celebrate International Women’s Day. On this day, we applaud women’s social, economic, cultural and political achievements and acknowledge the challenges many continue to face in the quest for gender equality.

At Compass Group Canada, women account for 66 per cent of our workforce and we value the contributions made by the thousands of women who are part of our business. Their desire for excellence, leadership skills and customer focused energy helps drive our business forward and we continue to excel.

On March 8, 2017, we asked our employees to help identify and acknowledge those women in our business who make a significant contribution every day; women we admire, women we look up to and women who inspire us. We received close to 300 submissions from across the country.

Some amazing stories were submitted; stories of women whose contributions go above and beyond every day, who demonstrate their desire for excellence, their leadership skills, their compassion for others and their customer focused energies.

Some individuals were recognized for their positive impact at work, while others were recognized for their contributions in their communities. The stories were unique, touching and tremendously inspiring – the positive influence that these women have on their colleagues and their communities is widespread and has a greater impact than they may even realize.

Out of those submissions, we picked our top ten nominees and have made a $1,000 donation to a women’s shelter in each of their communities. In honour of the other amazing nominees a donation has been made to Nourish, our corporate philanthropy program that aims to fight food insecurity.

Chartwells Higher Education Announces the Launch of the 2016-2017 Chartwells Campus Project

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

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

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

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

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

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

After the Bell

Every year, in communities all across the country, an estimated 1.1 million children face food insecurity issues. This is especially true during the summer months when food bank donations dip and with summer vacation, school breakfast and lunch programs are not available.

Food Banks Canada, through the After the Bell initiative, helps to alleviate this need by filling food packs with 10 child child-friendly, nutritious mini meals. These packs will be delivered to children across Canada throughout the summer.

For the past few years, Compass Group Canada employees have come out in droves in support of this event and our community investment program, Nourish, in support of Food Banks Canada and this year was no exception.

On May 17, almost fifty Compass volunteers, along with volunteers from other companies gathered at the International Centre in Mississauga to help Food Banks Canada meet its ambitious target of filling 30,000 lunch packs by the end the day.

We are proud to say that at the end of a long, hot, busy day it was mission accomplished – 30,000 lunch packs had been boxed, stacked on pallets and shrink wrapped, ready for shipping to food banks and children in need across Canada.

We’re already looking forward to After the Bell 2018!