Chartwells Canada To Hire More Than 2,000 Food & Hospitality Roles Across The Country As They Ramp Up To Welcome Students Back To Campus This Fall

Mississauga (August 3, 2022) – Chartwells Canada, the educational division of the nation’s largest foodservice provider, Compass Group Canada, announced today they are looking to fill over 2,000 roles as the company gears up to welcome students back to campus dining this fall. The company will be hiring for roles including culinary, customer service and environmental service positions at a number of post-secondary and primary school locations in the GTA, Ottawa, Montreal, across the East Coast, Calgary, Edmonton, Vancouver and more, starting this July. Prospective candidates are invited to apply here. The company has a wide variety of roles available to job seekers, from full time operations leaders and front-line workers to part-time shifts for those who need a bit more flexibility, including returning students, who the team encourages to apply.

Chartwells Canada provides dining services for approximately 650 K-12 and post-secondary schools across Canada, with an ongoing focus on providing both nutritious and delicious food options for students. Chartwells is engrained in the communities they serve and are committed to becoming a positive and integral part of the student experience on campus through their Thinking Ahead Giving Back (TAGB) program. TAGB builds community and purpose by using Chartwells scale to help engage associates and students in initiatives and programs that are meaningful to them, such as food security, nutritional education and career development.

“We are excited to have students return to campus this fall and see vibrant and energized dining rooms once again come to life in schools across Canada. Our teams are ready to ramp up operations, welcoming new associates who will help us provide nutritious and delicious meals for students. We look forward to meeting candidates with a passion for hospitality and great food,” said Kevin Booth, executive vice president, Chartwells Canada.

New associates can look forward to participating in Compass Group Canada’s award-winning culture. In 2021, the company was recognized as a Canada’s Most Admired Canadian Cultures and has been named as one of Canada’s Best Workplaces in 2022 by Great Places to Work. Additionally, the company offers a robust benefits program, extensive Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion initiatives and exceptional career advancement pathways.

“Our people and their passion for our customers really sets us apart,” said Darlene D’souza, senior director, talent at Compass Group Canada.  “As the country’s leading food and support services provider, we have a number of opportunities available to join our team. We offer flexible scheduling, benefits for eligible roles, and opportunities to grow across our business. There is a seat for you at our table!” 

These opportunities with Chartwells offer candidates, including students, strong career development and tangible skills, full time and part time opportunities and a terrific team! All interested candidates are encouraged to apply at


Compass Group Canada and SJW Robotics Announce Exclusive Partnership to Introduce A Revolutionary 24-Hour, Automated Kitchen

The food service leader will pilot RoWok™️ technology offering around-the-clock access to hot, fresh meals in select Canadian locations later this year.

Mississauga, ON (July 7, 2022) – Compass Group Canada and SJW Robotics today announced an exclusive partnership where the global food service leader will pilot three 24/7 autonomous kitchen robots named RoWok™️ in select Canadian operations. The partnership is aimed at addressing a gap in food service – where warm, fresh, customizable meals are not available – providing a welcome option for healthcare workers on a night shift or students studying after hours. RoWok™️ is designed to serve spaces that traditionally may not have an available footprint for an on-site kitchen or kitchen staff available 24/7 while also providing an easy-to-use, hot and fresh food alternative throughout the day. Today’s announcement is another step in Compass Group Canada’s mission to be the country’s most innovative food service provider – offering new service and business models while improving experiences for customers, clients and associates.

“We looked at traditional hot food service models and saw a real need for 24/7 meal availability with wow factor,” said Michael Hachey, chief innovation officer. “By partnering with RoWok, we are adapting to different needs in the market and augmenting existing hot food service models that typically require labour and a full-service kitchen. People never used to think about grabbing a hot, fresh, customized meal at 3 a.m. because it was simply not available – now it’s possible with this cutting-edge technology that solves for these complexities,” he said.

Using robotics, AI, machine learning, data science and cloud analytics technology, RoWok™️ offers an engaging and innovative customer experience – while occupying only 100 square feet of space. With the ability to produce 60+ meals per hour, the product is a natural fit for some of Compass Groups managed facilities where kitchen services are not available. The company intends to expand these services to provide another option to large-scale kitchen operations and mixed schedules, for example, healthcare workers and hospital guests eating during non-business hours or office workers without easy access to fresh cafeteria services.

“Our team has developed a fully autonomous QSR solution with one goal in mind – to cook incredibly fresh and great-tasting meals at high speed. Our partnership with Compass allows us to rapidly scale up within the infrastructure of one the best workplaces in retail and hospitality – and the team at Compass have been an invaluable complement to help accelerate our deployment,” said Nipun Sharma, co-founder & CEO, SJW Robotics Inc.

The RoWok™️ machine works hand in hand with foodservice associates on site, who are required to prep, stock and monitor the quality of product and service. The technology will also help reduce the costs and labour complexities associated with offering a 24/7 staffed, fresh food service operation.

“Building an eco-system of partners allows us to implement and deploy new ideas, quickly and effectively. We are thrilled to partner with the SJW Robotics team and bring RoWok into our facilities, combining their state-of-art technology with our expertise in food service,” said Heather Wilkie, vice-president, innovation at Compass Group Canada. “We are challenging the status quo and pushing boundaries with this partnership, and we can’t wait to hear what our clients and guests have to say about RoWok.”

Today’s announcement is one of several new concepts from Compass Group Canada’s newly announced innovation team. Compass Group Canada and SJW Robotics have begun exploring pilot locations across Ontario and plan to install three machine this coming Fall in the Healthcare, Business & Industry and Educational spaces.



About SJW Robotics

SJW Robotics is a pioneering FoodTech company developing autonomous kitchen robotic systems for the hospitality industry. Drawing upon eighty years of combined experience in autonomous machine engineering, restaurant concept development and foodservice manufacturing, the company’s multi-disciplinary core team is reshaping the foodservice industry via scalable and profitable automated solutions –  merging the art of cooking with the science of automation. To learn more, visit or LinkedIn.






Compass Group Canada Launches Elevated & Integrated Facilities Management Division with Rebrand of Eurest Services to ESFM

As workplaces return to in-person, ESFM serves as holistic facilities management brand aimed at elevating and simplifying the workplace experience for clients and their teams.

MISSISSAUGA, ON – (June 14, 2022) – Compass Group Canada, the country’s leading food and support service provider, is revolutionizing its Canadian corporate facilities management (IFM) division with the official rebrand announcement of Eurest Services to ESFM. This rebrand aligns and more accurately reflects the expansive service platform currently provided to Canadian clients. The new identity comes as facility owners and clients’ welcome employees back to the workplace with enhanced safety protocols and amenities that augment their environment.

The ESFM brand reflects the ‘elevated’ portfolio of Integrated Facilities Management (IFM) solutions offered to clients and showcases an ‘Elevated experience” – something associates shared as a key distinguishing factor, while staying true to its Eurest Services roots. With new, industry-leading operational programs designed to help clients create enhanced workplace experiences, the goal for ESFM and their teams is to truly be an integrated part of their client’s ecosystem, offering a wide variety of services, including capital project and subcontractor management, cleaning, maintenance technicians and specialized office services. EFSM currently manages 13 million sq. ft of built space, warehouses, office spaces and manufacturing spaces across Canada.

“Throughout the pandemic, our facility management teams were tasked with navigating the uncertainty of the pandemic; rising to the occasion to help keep our clients and our associates, safe,” said Jacques Webster, president of Business and Industry at Compass Group Canada. “This brand change reflects our commitment to staying on top of state-of-the art services, ultimately making workplaces somewhere people both want to be and feel safe being.”

ESFM currently self-performs end to end facilities management services for clients, creating a consistent hospitality experience that leads to increased satisfaction and engagement. 

“We don’t provide a menu of simple, off-the-shelf services, but instead, a portfolio of solutions that are curated for each client location to support their specific workplace experience needs,” said Paul Schroder, vice president of operations for ESFM. “With the rebranding of our company as ESFM, we are redesigning what tomorrow’s holistic workplace environment will look like.”

While the name is getting a refresh, the ESFM team is committed to upholding the traditional pillars as their foundation, including:

  • Ensure workplace safety.
  • Engage people.
  • Deliver innovative solutions.
  • Create sustainable environments.
  • Elevate user experiences.



Remote Food and Support Services company, ESS North America Achieves ISO 22000 Food Safety Certification

Two ESS North America managed sites have been ISO 22000 certified, the gold standard of food safety and associate health and safety standards.

Calgary, AB – June 07, 2022 – Today, ESS North America, marks World Food Safety Day and announces they have received the prestigious ISO 22000 Food Safety Certification for two managed facilities within their portfolio. The certification for the ESS teams at CNRL Albian Village in Alberta, Canada, and Shell Robert Training and Conference Centre in Louisiana, United States is a testament to the safety-first approach and commitment to excellence of ESS North America, Compass Group Canada’s remote food and support service sector.

ISO (International Organization for Standardization) 22000 certification was developed as a program, by a non-governmental organization comprised of 161 national standards bodies, to highlight and acknowledge the consequences of unsafe food handling, from the beginning of the journey, throughout the supply chain and handling by receiving parties.

“Safety is a core priority and value for ESS North America” said Gavin Hamilton, vice president operational excellence, “We are incredibly proud to achieve the gold standard in safety certification by the ISO – it’s a true credit to the commitment of our teams to engrain safety in everything we do. From how we store food to how it’s handled – our team takes this responsibility very seriously and sincerely appreciate this recognition of our efforts,” he said.

The addition of these two newly certified sites in Alberta and Louisiana further compliments the company’s safety focus, with East Coast Catering (ECC), a division of ESS North America, having all their sites certified at the ISO 9000 level.

Full compliance of Food Safety and Associate Health & Safety at both ESS North America sites was confirmed after extensive ISO 22000 audits conducted earlier this year.



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Celebrity Chef Corbin Hosts His Final School Kitchen Takeover

Students in Ontario and Atlantic Canada to enjoy healthy and delicious menu items designed specifically for them

Mississauga, ON – May 11, 2022 – Celebrity Chef Corbin Tomaszeski, who rose to fame through his participation on popular Canadian TV shows, and Chartwells Canada today announced his new signature menu items, created specifically for the foodservice provider for schools in Ontario and Atlantic Canada, at an unveiling event hosted by Cawthra Park Secondary School in Mississauga, Ontario. Chef Corbin’s new recipes feature current, fun, sophisticated and anything but boring ingredients – making a clear definition between these new menu items and school lunches from Chef Corbin’s school aged days!

Students at Cawthra Park Secondary School will assume the role of judge as they taste test and review the new menu offerings with Chef Corbin and Chartwells on hand to listen to their feedback. Taking what he learns at the taste test, Chef Corbin will adjust his recipes, ensuring that come fall, the meals will meet Chartwells’ highest standards, incorporate delicious flavours, and reflect the views of students.

Chartwells School Dining, food service provider to approximately 300 schools across Ontario and 275 in Atlantic Canada, has partnered with celebrity Chef Corbin since 2014. The partnership allows Chef Corbin to develop signature menu items that reflect students’ tastes and culinary curiosity. Always striving to create innovative and exciting menu offerings, Chef Corbin has continued to unveil exciting new recipes in response to student input and feedback throughout this 8-year partnership.

“I am excited to partner with Chartwells once again to create some new, fun, and exciting offerings that will satisfy our students’ greatest food cravings! I look forward to seeing them in the Chartwell’s kitchen! ” said Chef Corbin Tomaszeski, celebrity chef and cookbook author.

Students will have the chance to sample and then rate the new menu items, including a slider trio with flavourful sides, power-packed salads, and a few other top-secret new dishes!

“Both students and educators love what Chef Corbin brings to our menu every year, and we have thoroughly enjoyed partnering with him. We know recipes from years past were very well received and our students always embrace the new culinary menu selections,” said Stephane Beauchemin, executive vice president, Chartwells School Dining.

Not only are the recipes student-approved and great-tasting; they all meet the current nutrition requirements of the Ontario School Food and Beverage Policy (PPM 150) that sets out nutrition standards for food and beverages sold in publicly funded elementary and secondary schools in Ontario.

Since Chartwells first partnered with Chef Corbin, his popular signature recipes offered in schools to date have included:

  • BBQ Pulled Pork Topped Tater Wedges w/Spicy Black Bean Corn Salsa
  • Black Bean & Grilled Chicken Tostada
  • Bocconcini, Beef & Tomato Penne Pasta
  • Savoury Hand Pies such as Chicken & Vegetables and Jerk Beef
  • Indian Rice
  • Kale Caesar Salad
  • Mango Cilantro slaw

Jeannie Macdonald, senior regional director of operations at Chartwells said, “At Chartwells, we know that school meals need to energize students and provide nourishment to fuel their education. Ensuring they are delicious means students will eat well and be ready to learn. We appreciate this partnership with Chef Corbin that has helped us achieve a true balance between delicious and nutritious offerings.”


Compass Group Canada named as one of the Best Workplaces™ in Canada 2022 by Great Place to Work® Institute

Mississauga, ON, April 28, 2022 – Today, Compass Group Canada, one of the nation’s largest foodservice and support service providers, employing over 15,000 Canadians, announced that they have been recognized as part of the 50 Best Workplaces in Canada™ for 2022. This national and esteemed award recognizes workplaces that have created a culture focused on appreciation and continued growth among their associates.

“Our associates have had to challenge themselves in new ways this past year and we are so proud of everything we have achieved together,” said Saajid Khan, CEO, Compass Group Canada and ESS North America. “They continue to embody our core values of trust and integrity, teamwork, and a passion for quality, – these have become the foundation of our resilience during the pandemic. We owe this recognition to our amazing teams across the country and their ongoing perseverance in supporting our clients, communities, and one another during this difficult time in our history.”

Compass Group Canada implements a ‘people-first’ approach which supports their mission in creating an environment where associates can grow individually and as a collective. For Compass Group Canada, the key to growth and successful working relationships is continually expressing and offering gratitude, building on their already strong culture of recognition.

The company is incredibly proud of their Great Place to Work certification history, with over 4 years of certification in a row and multiple Best Workplaces in Retail and Hospitality and Best Workplaces in Ontario wins. Recently, Compass Group Canada was awarded the inaugural Best Workplaces for Hybrid Work. This is the first time Compass Group Canada has been listed to the Best Workplaces in Canada list.

“Our people continue to be the heart of our company and this award, including our previous successful achievements with the Great Place to Work Institute, is truly a testament to our people and their achievements, especially over the past two years.” said Lauren Davey, CHRO, Compass Group Canada.

Compass Group Canada is honoured to continually show gratitude to their associates. Some of the specific pillars of their culture that were considered for this award include:

  • Recognizing associates is vitally important in fostering a culture of gratitude and recognition. Through recognition programs and awards, there are many ways Compass Group Canada shows appreciation for their positive contributions and impact.
  • Developing associates by supporting and providing ongoing advancement and learning opportunities that allow them to build a fulfilling career path.
  • Encouraging associates to be their true and authentic selves when they show up to work. Compass group Canada has multiple diversity, equity and inclusion councils and programs that educate and support all associates.

Compass Group Canada is humbled and grateful to be named as one of the Best Workplaces™ in Canada 2022 by Great Place to Work® Institute and sends their congratulations to all the winners for the 2022 season.

About Compass Canada:

Compass Group Canada is Canada’s leading foodservice and support services provider with over 20,000 associates working in more than 2,200 locations throughout the country. The company specializes in providing food services and support services across 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 Canada in 2022 and Retail and Hospitality in 2021, 2020 and as a GTA Top Employer in 2021 and Best Workplaces™ in Ontario 2021. To learn more, visit 


About Great Place to Work®

Great Place to Work® is the global authority on high-trust, high- performance workplace cultures. It is a global research and consulting firm with a mission to build a better society by helping companies transform their workplaces. Great Place to Work® provides the benchmarks, framework, and expertise needed to create, sustain, and recognize outstanding workplace cultures. In Canada, Great Place to Work® produces both industry and demographic specific Best Workplace™ lists. This is part of the world’s largest annual workplace study, which culminates in a series of national lists in over 50 countries, including the study’s flagship list of 100 Best Companies published annually in Fortune magazine. Globally, this survey represents the voices of 11 million employees, which are the primary determinant used in selecting winners. There’s only one way to get on this list – your employees have to put you on it. Check out  

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Compass Group Canada and Foodback Announce Exclusive Partnership to Revolutionize Customer Experience

Compass Group Canada to amplify their track record of outstanding customer service, driven by Foodback’s simple platform and in-the-moment customer insights.


February 2 2022 – Mississauga, ON – Today, Compass Group Canada, one of the nation’s largest foodservice and support service providers, and Foodback, a Norwegian based food-tech software company, announced an exclusive partnership to launch Foodback’s customer experience and feedback tool across Compass Group’s Canadian operations. Foodback’s flexible and easy-to-implement feedback solution launched last week in over 15 units across Compass Group Canada, including schools, hospitals, and manufacturing facilities, as a simplified and real-time method to hear from guests and receive actionable insights from day one.

The Foodback software is in the initial pilot phase across Canada, with the goal of onboarding close to 100 more locations by September 2022. Foodback’s science based, 20-second, on-the-spot survey is a welcomed addition to Compass Group Canada’s customer journey, as every opportunity to hear from guests directly is critical in providing world-class service.

“We are thrilled to begin our exclusive Canadian partnership with the Foodback team,” said Michael Hachey, chief innovation officer at Compass Group Canada. “Providing our customers with an easy-to-access and use method to share their experience in our dining areas is crucial to our growth. We want to make sure our guests leave happy and satisfied with their interaction – this partnership will help deliver critical insights as we further revolutionize the customer experience.”

Understanding that consumers today do not have time for overly in-depth surveys that require personal clarifying questions, Foodback has introduced a fresh, simple and most important of all, quick method of feedback. Leveraging the resurgence of QR codes, Foodback offers unique links that speak directly to the site guests are visiting and offers immediate insights to help leadership identify key areas of opportunity for improvements. Additionally, guests can participate in short games post survey with the opportunity to win prizes, further encouraging participation and delighting guests with rewards for their feedback.

“Compass Group Canada continues to illustrate their innovative approach to guest experiences with the addition of Foodback to their toolbox. We are excited to partner with them as they roll out Foodback to venues across the country and utilize the full power of Foodback’s insights to understand and improve the drivers of good and bad guest experiences.” said Derek Greenberg, senior vice president of sales in North America at Foodback.

The partnership between Compass Group Canada and Foodback builds on the company’s experience with US-based sports and entertainment foodservice provider, Levy, a division of Compass Group and Compass Group Norway. This exclusive Canadian partnership brings together a mutual desire to constantly innovate the guest experience and reward guests for providing incredibly valuable feedback on services provided.




About Compass Group Canada

Compass Group Canada is Canada’s leading foodservice and support services provider with over 20,000 associates working in more than 2,200 locations throughout the country. The company specializes in providing foodservices and support services across 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 GTA Top Employer in 2021. To learn more, visit 

About Foodback 

Founded in 2013, Foodback’s world-leading guest feedback & insight solution for restaurants is changing how guest experiences are managed. Their goal is to unlock actionable insight and identify hidden business opportunities for restaurants and food retailers, so that they can make data-driven decisions and build meaningful customer relationships.

Foodback enables transparent and data-driven decision-making, boosting your entire organization. To learn more, visit


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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,

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.


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.

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