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.

 

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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 http://sjwrobotics.com or LinkedIn.

 

 

 

 

 

Compass Group Canada, Canada’s Leading Food Service and Support Provider, Launches New Innovation Division

MISSISSAUGA, Ontario, June 15, 2022 – Compass Group Canada announced today the launch of an innovation division, in their pursuit to becoming the industry’s most innovative food and support service company. With the launch of this division, Compass Group Canada is doubling down on their commitment to stay ahead of industry trends by investing in state-of-the-art technology, new culinary concepts, sustainability and frictionless experiences.

Today’s announcement builds on Compass Group Canada’s innovation first approach including the launch of their tech-division, Compass Digital Labs (CDL), established in 2016. While technology will no doubt be a continued priority for the innovation team, their scope will be broader, focus on thinking about the customer of the future, and plan for their experience in food and hospitality.

“Innovation isn’t just a buzz word at Compass Group Canada, it is truly interwoven in our DNA. By devoting a division to innovation, we are investing in future-proofing the industry for our guests and clients,” said Heather Wilkie, vice president, innovation. “We hope to tap into the real needs of our customers and finding those true value-add and exciting experiences that offer something new. We don’t want to be different just for the sake of it – we want to respond to real inefficiencies, real needs, and real wants,” she said.

The innovation team, led by led by Chief Innovation Officer, Michael Hachey, and newly appointed Vice President of Innovation, Heather Wilkie, includes subject matter experts across multiple fields, from user experience design, AI consulting, technology transformation, go-to-market, consumer research and sustainability. The team is already moving forward with over 30 potential new innovations to test run over the next few years. Their intention is to continue partnering with new start-ups and entrepreneurs who are looking to leverage Compass Group Canada’s scale as a place to pilot their offerings and help elevate the customer experience.

“Innovation is, at its core, a trial-and-error process. My team knows that’s it’s okay to fail – in fact, it’s a requirement if we want to truly be change-makers in this industry. This team is casting a wide net, looking at several potential game-changers across multiple fields, and trying them out,” said Michael Hachey, chief innovation officer. “We aren’t afraid to test and try lots of concepts – knowing not everything will stick. The reward is in the challenge and finding those key pieces that truly elevate our guest experience.”

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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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Courtney.gardner@compass-canada.com

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.”

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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 www.compass-canada.com 

 

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 www.greatplacetowork.ca  

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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.

 

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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 www.compass-canada.com 

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 www.foodback.com.

 

Media Contact for Compass Group Canada

Courtney Gardner

Sr. Manager, Corporate Communications, Compass Group Canada

647-633-5420

 

Media Contact for Foodback

Kristyn Dørr

Head of Marketing

kristyn@foodback.com  

(+47) 415 90 509

 

Let’s Focus on Our Mental Health and Wellness

 

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

Crisis Text Line

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

Camh.ca

wellnesstogether.ca

 

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.

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About Compass Group Canada

Compass Group Canada is Canada’s leading foodservice and support services provider with over 25,000 associates working in more than 2,200 locations throughout the country. The company specializes in providing foodservices and support services across the core sectors including leading sports and leisure venues, executive dining rooms and cafes, schools, universities, seniors’ residences, and hospitals as well as remote camps and offshore oil rigs. Compass Group Canada has been recognized as one of Canada’s Most Admired Corporate Cultures in 2021, an award recognizing best-in-class Canadian organizations for having cultures that help enhance performance and competitive advantage, as well as a Great Place to Work®, in 2022, 2021, 2020, and 2019, as a Best Workplaces™ in Retail and Hospitality in 2021 and 2020 and as a Greater Toronto Area Top Employer in 2021.

About Waterstone Human Capital:

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

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

For media inquiries:

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

647-633-5420

Courtney.gardner@compass-canada.com

 

Lindsay George, Marketing and Communications Leader, Waterstone Human Capital

lgeorge@waterstonehc.com

416-408-4545 x 227

Flexitarian Lifestyle and Its Effect on our Planet

 

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

Flexitarian Lifestyle and Its Effect on our Planet

By Jana Vodicka

What is Flexitarian?

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

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

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

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

The Choice for a Healthy Planet

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

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

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

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

Putting Flexitarian into Practice

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Jana Vodicka

Sustainability Lead, Compass Group Canada

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