Compass has been named to the 2019 Best Workplaces in Retail and Hospitality list!

Best Workplaces 2019 Retail and Hospitality

Compass has been named to the 2019 Best Workplaces in Retail and Hospitality list!

In October, a random selection of associates were asked to take part in a survey and provide their feedback on what it was like to work at Compass. Their positive responses to questions about credibility, trust, respect, and fairness in our workplace earned us our Great Place to Work certification. The Great Place to Work® organization has now taken those responses and additional material, provided by Compass through a detailed questionnaire, and compared them to other companies in Canada, with the goal of identifying and recognizing the very best in the retail and hospitality industry.

Being listed as a Best Workplace in Retail and Hospitality is very exciting. It shows how much trust associates have in our organization, the level of pride they have in their work, the extent to which their engagement with colleagues is enjoyable and meaningful, and it shows how Compass is delivering on our promise to create an exceptional work environment. The positive feedback we received on our corporate culture is what distinguished us from our competition and made us successful in the comparison process conducted by this global organization.

Great Place to Work is the global authority on high-trust, high-performance workplace cultures. Through proprietary assessment tools, advisory services, and certification programs, Great Place to Work® recognizes the Best Workplaces across the world.

This incredible award is a testament to the kind of company we are – one that is open, transparent, and above all else, one of the best places to work! I am very proud of this accomplishment but even more so of what we have created together – a truly exceptional company culture. 

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


Foodbuy wins the 2017 Pinnacle Award for Supplier of the Year by Hotelier Magazine

October 18, 2017 – Foodbuy, North America’s largest procurement organization supporting the foodservice industry across Canada & the United States, has been recognized by Hotelier Magazine as their 2017 Pinnacle Award Winner for Supplier of the Year. Foodbuy focuses on delivering unrivaled value through extraordinary insights, partnerships and people, this was the driving force behind this prestigious industry award.

Kostuch Media Limited, publisher of industry magazines Foodservice and Hospitality and Hotelier, recognizes companies who are industry leaders in the area of diversity, customer service, innovation, creativity and Canadian spirit.

“Over the past 10 years, we have created an innovative data-driven procurement system that aligns our Partners with our national and regional suppliers to ensure they have timely access to the products and services they need,” said Matt Gillison, SVP, Foodbuy Canada. “We have also engaged associates who are passionate and committed to what we do and we have looked for ways to embrace new innovations that will make business easier for our Partners. I am exceptionally proud of the work our team has done and truly believe that this award belongs to all of them.”

In 2018 Foodbuy celebrates 10 years of success in Canada, has experienced consistent double digit growth, and this past year grew by +35 percent YOY. As an industry leader in procurement, technology, data management and analytics, Foodbuy helps ensure our Partners have the products and services they need to succeed in their own businesses.   

Foodbuy Canada has been evolving and enhancing its model over the past 10 years, supporting more than 5,000 hospitality operators in Canada.  Strong supplier and distributor partnerships enable Foodbuy to deliver exceptional value, year over year, to our Partners. We are honored to be selected as the number one choice in the foodservices procurement industry by our colleagues, Partners & peers. 

Foodbuy’s largest Partner is Compass Group Canada, who 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