The Property Brothers Team Up with Chartwells, Canada’s Largest Educational Food Service Provider To Get Canada Reading

The Property Brothers, Drew Scott (L) and Jonathan Scott (R) with Ashton Sequeira, President Chartwells Canada, announce plans to promote literacy in Chartwells’ elementary schools across the country with the launch of brothers’ new kids book, Builder Brothers: Better Together. Photo credit: Dennys Ilic

Chartwells Canada partners with Drew and Jonathan Scott, twin hosts of HGTV Canada’s Property Brothers to build youth literacy in Canadian students through their ‘Campaign for Literacy’ program

TORONTO, ON – September 5, 2019 Today, Chartwells, Canada’s largest educational foodservice provider, and TV hosts Drew and Jonathan Scott, (Property Brothers), announced a unique and exciting partnership to promote literacy among Canadian youth. Through this partnership, Chartwells will distribute the Property Brothers’ new book, Builder Brothers: Better Together to Chartwells K-12 and private school locations across Canada. Chartwells will be the first to bring this innovative literacy program to the Canadian K-12 and private school education landscape with this one-of-a-kind partnership.     

The book will be available to elementary schools within Chartwells’ 550+ K-12 and private schools from coast to coast. Students will be encouraged to “borrow a book,” take it home to read with their caregivers, and participate in the interactive mini racecar building exercise at the end of the book. Chartwells will then track the number of hours the children spend reading as part of a wider campaign promoting youth literacy across Canada. 

“We are so proud to be partnering with the Property Brothers on this one-of-a-kind Campaign for Literacy,” said Ashton Sequeira, President, Chartwells. “At Chartwells, we focus on nourishing the minds of Canadian youth — it’s not only our business, it’s our responsibility. We know a well-balanced diet is a critical factor in overall well-being, but our commitment to nourishment goes beyond the nutritious, better-for-you meal options we serve students. Our goal is to help nourish the whole student. Mind, Body and Soul.”

“Chartwells is incredibly committed to enriching the communities they serve, and we are excited to collaborate with them under their Thinking Ahead Giving Back platform and launch this program that supports a big push for literacy across Canada,” said Drew Scott. 

Added Jonathan Scott: “We have always been passionate about reading and storytelling and the way it inspires us to dream big. Kids benefit so much from spending time reading aloud with their parents, teachers, and caregivers. It’s engaging, enlightening, and social. It builds curiosity, memory, and motivation and shows kids that anything is possible.”

This partnership connects directly to Chartwells’ platform, Thinking Ahead Giving Back, where Chartwells has pledged to:

  • Deliver 1,000,000 meals both domestically and globally to tackle food insecurity,
  • Provide 10,000 hours of community support around mental health and other challenges facing their students, and
  • Create 1,000 job connections through a more focused commitment to student employment

The Campaign for Literacy supports Chartwells’ commitment to providing 10,000 hours of community support by helping students at the elementary school level develop their literacy and reading skills, while decreasing the amount of time spent in front of a screen. To date, Chartwells, with the support of their partner schools across the country, have delivered over 1.4 million meals to children in need and provided more than 17,000 hours of community support.

Drew and Jonathan Scott, known to millions as the hosts of HGTV’s top‐rated show Property Brothers, made their debut as picture book authors last fall with their fun and imaginative New York Times bestseller Builder Brothers: Big Plans. This September, the brothers are back with the next adventure for kid brothers Drew and Jonathan, Builder Brothers: Better Together (HarperCollins; $17.99 US/$21.99 CAD; on sale September 10, 2019). Young Drew and Jonathan do everything together, whether they’re building birdhouses or dreaming up big plans for their future. They’re not just twins; they’re best friends. So when their town sponsors a soapbox derby race, Drew and Jonathan are first in line to enter. But when the rubber hits the road and the brothers just can’t agree on how to build the best car, they wind up competing against each other! Can one of them win without the other? Complete with charming illustrations by Kim Smith and a do‐it‐yourself project to build a miniature race car, Builder Brothers: Better Together is a hilarious and heartwarming story that reminds young readers that everything is better when you work together.

About Drew and Jonathan Scott

Drew and Jonathan Scott are multifaceted entrepreneurs, authors, and twin television personalities. They are the cofounders of Scott Brothers Global, a leading lifestyle and entertainment enterprise which includes the award‐winning production company Scott Brothers Entertainment, the home furnishings collection Scott Living, and the digital design and renovation platform Casaza. The Scott Brothers also host multiple top‐rated HGTV series, including the Emmy nominated and Canadian Screen Awards–winning Property Brothers and Brother vs. Brother, as well as their new show Forever Home. Their shows are enjoyed by millions of viewers in over 160 countries. All three of their books—Dream Home, It Takes Two: Our Story, and Builder Brothers: Big Plans—are New York Times best‐sellers, and in 2017, Drew and Jonathan were named Habitat Humanitarians, the highest recognition awarded by Habitat for Humanity. For more information on Drew and Jonathan Scott, visit

The University of Ottawa and Chartwells Launch a New Initiative

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Thinking Ahead Giving Back will increase engagement with the student population

Ottawa, ON – December 4, 2018 – Today, Chartwells Canada and the University of Ottawa announced the launch of a new aspect of their partnership. Chartwells’ Thinking Ahead Giving Back (TAGB) initiative will see the company increase its engagement with students by working with them to tackle some of the key social concerns they face every day. 

“We are very excited to bring our partnership with the University of Ottawa to an entirely new level,” said Ashton Sequeira, President of Chartwells Canada. “TAGB will allow us to become a collaborative thought partner, not only with the University, but also with our students and the campus community. By thinking ahead, we’ll identify opportunities to benefit and support our clients, and through giving back, we will focus on creating a more engaged community.”

Through Thinking Ahead Giving Back, Chartwells has pledged to:

  • deliver 1,000,000 meals, both domestically and globally, to tackle food insecurity;
  • provide 10,000 hours of community support to address the social and mental health challenges our students face; and
  • create 1,000 jobs through a more focused commitment to student employment.

 “The University values its partnership with Chartwells: it contributes to the wellbeing of our entire community and goes far beyond food,” said Jacques Frémont, President and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Ottawa. “Most importantly, this partnership has a positive impact on the student experience and generates opportunities for experiential learning for our students.”