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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

For more information, please visit https://www.assemblychefshall.com

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

Partnership allows opening of up to 50 locations over 10 years

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Compass Group Canada: Certified as a Great Place to Work

Great Place to Work

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

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

Certification as a Great Place to Work is about the trust associates have placed in our organization, the level of pride they have in their jobs and the extent to which they enjoy engaging with their colleagues. Their positive feedback about our corporate culture is what made us successful in the certification process conducted by this global organization. 

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

This is a significant achievement and a testament as to the kind of company we strive to be – one that is open, transparent and a great place to work.

 

 

ESS RECOGNIZED AS ONE OF THE ACHIEVERS 50 MOST ENGAGED WORKPLACES IN NORTH AMERICA FOR 2ND YEAR IN A ROW

ESS SUPPORT SERVICES RECOGNIZED AS ONE OF THE

ACHIEVERS 50 MOST ENGAGED WORKPLACES IN NORTH AMERICA

FOR SECOND YEAR IN A ROW

 

Innovative programs and high employee engagement ensure ESS Support Services claims it position as one of 

North America’s most engaged workplaces

 

ESS, a division of Compass Group Canada, has been recognized for the second year in a row as one of the Achievers 50 Most Engaged Workplaces™ in North America. The annual award, issued by Achievers, an industry leading provider of employee recognition and engagement solutions, recognizes those top employers in North America who through their innovative program and strategies display leadership in engaging their workforces.

ESS will be honored alongside other recipients of the Achievers 50 Most Engaged Workplaces™ Award at the awards gala on October 22, 2018 at The Art Gallery of Ontario in Toronto before the opening of this year’s Achievers Customer Experience (ACE) Conference.

“Sustainability in program development and execution is one of the bigger challenges faced by corporations today. By being recognized for the second year as one of Achievers 50 Most Engaged Workplaces proves that our programs for an engaged and positive work place among our associates is definitely working,” said Michael Hachey, President ESS North America. “Ensuring that our workforce is engaged is crucial to the successful execution of our commitment to our clients and the overall success of our business. Receiving this recognition again this year reinforces our efforts to create the kind of workplace we can all be proud of. Our people work in some of the most challenging environments in the world and this award highlights their ability to work together as a team. ”

“The companies we honor as the Achievers 50 Most Engaged Workplaces™ have made the employee experience, engagement and recognition the highest priority. They understand how critical employee engagement is to company performance, and what a competitive advantage it provides,” said Achievers General Manager Aris Zakinthinos. “The companies on this list serve as role models for other businesses by creating an engagement strategy that cultivates a high-performing workplace.”

The winners were selected by a panel of esteemed judges comprised of employee engagement academics, industry analysts, thought leaders, journalists and influencers. Applicants were evaluated based on the Eight Elements of Employee Engagement™: Communication, Leadership, Culture, Rewards and Recognition, Professional and Personal Growth, Accountability and Performance, Vision and Values and Corporate Social Responsibility.

About ESS Support Services and Compass Group Canada

ESS North America has over 40 years of remote support services experience, and is the market leader in total support service solutions for clients in the construction, oil & gas, mining and defence sectors. They go to the ends of the earth to deliver the highest levels of customer support and service to Defence, Offshore and Remote Sites.

Compass Group Canada is the country’s leading foodservice and support services provider with over 25,000 associates working throughout the country. The company specializes in providing foodservices and support services across the core sectors including leading sports and leisure venues, executive dining rooms and cafes, schools, universities, seniors’ residences and hospitals as well as remote camps and off shore oil rigs. With over 550,000 associates worldwide, its parent company, UK-based Compass Group PLC (CPG), has been named in the Forbes Global 2000 – World’s Best Employer list for 2017. Compass Group PLC had revenues of £22.9 billion in the fiscal year ended September 30, 2017.

About Achievers
The Achievers Employee Engagement Platform combines an award-winning employee recognition and rewards solution with an active listening interface to accelerate employee engagement. Designed for today’s workplace, Achievers’ innovative cloud-based platform can increase and align employee engagement to business objectives and success. It empowers employees to recognize and reward each other in real time and aligns employees with company values and goals. Achievers connects with employees directly. It’s an always-on, open channel to hear and understand what matters to the individual, and then it closes the loop, delivering bite-sized, personalized actions for both employees and managers, so everyone is empowered to impact engagement right away. The Achievers platform inspires employee loyalty, engagement, and performance. To learn more about Achievers, visit us at www.achievers.com. Achievers is a subsidiary of Blackhawk Network Holdings, Inc.