Great People. Great Service.GREAT RESULTS.

As Canada’s leading foodservice and support services company, Compass Group Canada’s success is tied to a simple recipe: great people, great service and great results.

Our associates impact the lives of millions of people across Canada each year by serving delicious, nutritious meals and by providing cleaning and maintenance services in a variety of key markets including education, healthcare, business and industry, sports and leisure, and defense, offshore and remote sites.

Our headquarters are in Mississauga, Ontario with regional offices in London Ontario, Ottawa, British Columbia, Quebec, and Nova Scotia.

A Global Team Dedicated toThe Highest Customer Experience

Our parent company, UK-based Compass Group PLC, is the world’s leading foodservice company. Operating in more than 45 countries, Compass Group PLC employs and engages more than 600,000 people and serves over 5.5 billion meals a year.  

The Company specialises in providing food and a range of support services across the core sectors of Business & Industry, Healthcare & Seniors, Education, Sports & Leisure and Defence, Offshore & Remote, with an established brand portfolio.

We recognize that our success and future depend on each of us behaving professionally, ethically, and responsibly as laid out in our Mission & Vision and Code of Business Conduct without exception and without compromise.

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Committed to SupportingABORIGINAL RELATIONS

For many years, ESS North America has been deeply committed to supporting Aboriginal economic and business development initiatives across Canada.

We have a corporate responsibility to demonstrate leadership by committing to achieving positive, sustainable and capacity building outcomes for Aboriginal people.

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Awards & Recognition

The awards and recognition that Compass Group Canada has received tell their own story of how Compass works to be a positive and supportive partner in the communities in which we do business.

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Awards and Recognition


Digital Project

We are designers and engineers, dreamers and makers, pragmatic and academic, we imagine and iterate, and we look for ideas in unexpected places. We believe in creating the right solutions by asking the right questions and always keeping the focus on the people we are building for.

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Our Responsibility toHEALTH & SAFETY

At Compass Group Canada, health and safety is a core guiding principle and with over 25,000 associates across the country it is an operational priority.

Safeguarding the health and safety of our people and customers is our moral responsibility and essential to the success of our business.

We have worked hard to establish a safety culture where our people instinctively take individual and collective responsibility for their own safety and that of those around them, and act accordingly.



Operating in over 2,200 locations across the country, Compass Group Canada touches the lives of Canadians each and every day.

We believe we are partners in the communities in which our associates live and work and our objective is to actively promote, support and engage with these communities through charitable giving, employee volunteerism and investment initiatives.

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Officer NameSaajid Khan

Chief Executive Officer,
Compass Group Canada and ESS North America

As Chief Executive Officer of Compass Group Canada and ESS North America, Saajid Khan leads a vibrant and growing company with over 25,000 associates in more than 2,200 locations across Canada, Alaska and the Gulf of Mexico.

Since becoming CEO in 2010, Saajid has been driving company growth through a combination of client focused strategies and an overarching commitment to excellence in execution. His strong focus on empowering people and building teams has resulted in Compass Group becoming the largest foodservice company in Canada.

Recognizing the potential for growth through digital technology, Saajid championed the creation of Compass Digital Labs (CDL), an innovative sector that has transformed the overall customer engagement through sector specific apps, online ordering, robotic delivery, AI technology and data intelligence. In addition, he has driven the introduction and expansion of Canteen and Avenue C into the Canadian marketplace resulting in the creation of client specific micro-market retail spaces.

Since joining Compass Group in 1996 Saajid has managed operations for Compass on four different continents. His first role was as General Manager and then CEO of RKHS; a Compass Group joint venture assignment in India. Building on his success, Saajid assumed the role of Project Director for Compass Group Asia Pacific based in Australia. He was then appointed CEO and then Regional Director for Compass Group South-East Asia & China. Prior to moving to Canada, Saajid was based in the UK where he served as Director of International Clients and Market Development for Compass Group PLC.

Officer NameLauren Davey

Chief People & Culture Officer

With over 20 years of senior human resources experience, Lauren Davey brings a dynamic and innovative approach to her role as Chief People & Culture Officer at Compass Group Canada.

Drawing on previous positions as People & Culture functional lead, business partner and community leader with Canadian and globally based organizations, Lauren is able to communicate her excitement and passion for areas such as leadership consciousness, talent development and management, change management, and organizational effectiveness.

Lauren recognises that People & Culture can be a true business partner, actively engaging with key sectors to help drive business and achieve key corporate goals and objectives.

Prior to joining Compass Group, Lauren worked as Chief People Officer at Hub International where she introduced a new talent agenda for the organization, established leadership and development initiatives with an emphasis on coaching and driving accountability, and created key initiatives targeted at women, Millennials and top talent.

Lauren has also managed her own consulting business where she worked with senior leadership to facilitate cultural change, assisted start-ups and small to mid-sized companies with strategic design and planning, and provided coaching to key individuals and companies.

She has also held leadership positions with many prestigious companies with head offices in Canada and around the world. She was the Head of Human Resources for Dun & Bradstreet (D&B) for Canada and Latin America and while National Organizational Development Leader for Sobeys, Lauren led a change management initiative for an ERP system-wide implementation.  She also managed the National Learning & Development department at Allstream (formerly AT&T Canada) and was instrumental in supporting a re-branding of the culture and company from AT&T to Allstream.

A strong believer that a company’s greatest asset is its employees, Lauren has worked extensively throughout her career to ensure that employees have the training and support necessary to ensure that they can successfully meet the challenges they face.

Lauren holds a degree in psychology from the University of Guelph and has also obtained her CTI Coach and CTI Leadership certifications through the Coaches Training Institute.

She lives in the Greater Toronto area with her two teenage boys, husband and her three golden retrievers.

Simon Wright

Chief Financial Officer

Simon Wright was appointed to the position of Chief Financial Officer of Compass Group Canada in January 2021. Prior to joining Compass Group Canada, Simon was the CFO of Chartwells USA, Higher Education, where he achieved great success in delivery of exceptional growth and providing a platform for delivering the financial stabilization of new business. A fully qualified CIMA accountant, Simon was recognized with the Chartwells USA Difference Maker Award in 2019.

He has spent his entire career in the food industry, working in multiple marketplaces, which include Sports & Leisure, Business & Industry, Education and Government Services and has gained multiple international experiences throughout his career. Before joining Compass Group USA in 2016, Simon held senior finance roles with Sodexo in the UK, and his experience includes commercial and operational finance, strategy and planning, and business development.

A key highlight for Simon was leading the financial negotiations, planning and operation for retail and catering in the Olympic Stadium in London in 2012.

Simon is married with a young family, he is a very keen sportsman, enjoys watching movies and spending time with his wife and children.

Officer NameIan Baskerville

Senior Vice President and General Counsel

Ian Baskerville is Senior Vice President and General Counsel with Compass Group Canada, a role he was appointed to in 2012.

Prior to joining Compass Group Canada, Ian was General Counsel, Vice President Human Resources and Corporate Secretary with The Second Cup Ltd, a role he held from 2006 to 2012 where he led domestic and international legal affairs.

Ian specialized in mergers and acquisitions as a lawyer within the corporate/commercial department at Cassels Brock & Blackwell LLP from 2000-2003. Ian moved into foodservice when he joined Cara Operations Limited in 2003 as Legal Counsel, a role he held until 2006 before joining The Second Cup Ltd. His breadth of experience includes corporate governance, securities law, litigation management, intellectual property, commercial leasing, marketing and employment law.

Ian is a member of the Law Society of Upper Canada. He received his law degree (LLB) from the University of Western Ontario and Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Victoria.

Johanne Belanger

President, Healthcare and Senior Services

Johanne brings more than 30 years of experience across finance, operations, sales, marketing and general management roles, spanning many industries to her role as President, Healthcare and Senior Services.

An internationally-acclaimed industry builder, Johanne is a multiple-award-winning business leader, international speaker, tireless volunteer and mentor. She joins Compass from Marriott International where she was Vice President, Field Marketing, U.S. & Canada. 

A Chartered Accountant, she has served as President of Freeman Audio Visual Canada, a large North American organization. She was also President and CEO of Tourism Toronto, managing a complex stakeholder network including all three levels of government. During her tenure, the company was recognized for the first time as one of “Canada’s Top Employers”. 

Proficient in English and French with a Fellows CPA designation (FCPA, FCA), Johanne applies her multifaceted skillset to several charitable and industry organizations. Close to her heart is a passion for supporting and mentoring women in business.

Officer NameJoe Cabral

VP Strategic Alliance Group

Joe Cabral is the Vice President of the Strategic Alliance Group with Compass Group Canada. A position he was appointed to in September 2009. The Strategic Alliance Group is focused on understanding client needs and working with operations to develop business plans aligned with those needs.

Joe’s career in hospitality services began early with him receiving his Chef’s designation at the age of 19.  Skills he used to finance his university education at the University of Western Ontario.

In 1985 Joe joined Compass Group (then Beaver Foods Ltd.) as a manager in the higher education market covering Hamilton, North Bay and London.  In 1992 Joe was promoted to District Manager for south western Ontario responsible for education and business and industry.

In 2003 Joe was promoted to Regional Director for SW Ontario, which included responsibility for the automotive sector for Ontario. Joe joined the Strategic Alliance Group in 2008 as a Senior Director and soon thereafter was appointed Vice President in 2009 reporting to the Executive Vice President, Strategic Alliance Group for North America.

Brian Dazé

SVP, Foodbuy Canada

As Senior Vice President, Foodbuy Canada, Brian Dazé leads the teams responsible for Procurement, Data Operations, and Business Needs, as well as the Procurement Services Group. Since Joining Compass Group Canada in September 2019 as VP, Operations Foodbuy, Brian has developed a strategic focus on growth, and a strong tactical roadmap for success. By leveraging his diverse experience and building rapport with internal and external stakeholders, Brian continues to drive improvements for the business. His strong belief in collaboration is an essential element in supporting the success of his team and the business.

Prior to joining Compass Group Canada, Brian was the Senior Vice President, Business Development for Sodexo Canada. He was the executive committee member responsible for leading sales & marketing, business development, and client relations for all industry segments in the Canadian market, as well as P3 Consortium efforts. Before heading up Business Development, he was Vice President of Entegra Canada, Leading Sodexo’s procurement services company, which realized extreme growth during his tenure.

Before joining Sodexo, Brian spent sixteen years leading business units with the Jim Pattison Group – where he held several roles within the organization as part of The News Group senior executive team, most recently as Vice President of Business Development for Canada. 

Brian has recently settled in Downtown Toronto and is embracing the urban lifestyle and all that the city has to offer.

Maarten GaleslootMaarten Galesloot

Chair, Healthcare 

With over thirty years of executive experience in the food and facility service industry, Maarten has a deep understanding not only of our industry, but of the complexities of the Canadian healthcare sector as well.

Maarten’s wealth of experience and expertise leaves him well-positioned to oversee three of our healthcare and senior services sectors: Marquise Hospitality, Morrison Healthcare and Crothall Healthcare.

Marquise Hospitality provides a premier resident experience to the senior services segment. Services range from offering a wide variety of foods, to housekeeping and a full suite of facility services. Food plays an integral role in the healing process. With a focus on lifelong wellness, Morrison Healthcare offers patient dining and retail food for the hospital segment. Crothall Healthcare focuses on the environmental aspect of the hospital segment and offers services that include housekeeping, facility management, biomedical engineering and customer support.

Maarten has been with Compass since 2012, and for the last five years held the position of Senior Advisor to the CEO of Compass Group Canada and ESS North America

Prior to joining Compass, he spent twenty-five years with Sodexo in multiple European countries, the USA, and for the last 10 years, Canada.

Maarten holds a degree in Economics and Accounting from The Hague University of Applied Sciences.

Sanjay Gomes

President, ESS North America

Sanjay Gomes is a twenty-year veteran of the hospitality industry. He has a diverse leadership portfolio including strategy, execution and human capital development. 

Sanjay’s first role with Compass Group was as Regional Vice President for ESS’ Oil Sands Operations in Alberta. Building on his tremendous success, Sanjay assumed the role of Vice President – North American Operations, and thereafter his most recent role of President of ESS North America. Prior to joining Compass Group, Sanjay held senior leaderships roles at Aramark North America.

Sanjay’s professional and academic track record is built on the foundation of work ethic, collaboration, thought leadership and entrepreneurial drive.

His core values are his guiding principle. Leading enterprise and teams from good to great fuels his motivation. His perspective on building enduring business is based on empowering teams to over deliver on planned strategy through operational excellence, continuous improvement and process discipline.

His ability to build growth and execution strategies is an acquired professional skill: the ability to lead teams to their full potential is a natural skill he continually cherishes and nurtures.

Sanjay’s other career highlights include the management of all aspects of catering services at large sites, such as Carleton University where 17,000 meals per day are served to students and staff.  Large scale mobilizations including defense camps with CANEX, commercial café’s with Bombardier and retail operations with institutions like York University; including the oversight of design, planning and construction of facilities for various clients.

Sanjay holds a Bachelor of Commerce from Western University, and an MBA from Athabasca University.

Officer NameMichael R. Hachey

Chief Innovation Officer and Chair ESS North America 

Michael joined Compass Group Canada in 2014 as President of ESS North America, Compass’ remote services business; in 2017, he took on the added responsibilities of Chief Innovation Officer (CIO) for Compass Group Canada, and in 2018 added Business Excellence to his portfolio. As CIO, Michael is responsible for driving leadership in brand development, retail execution, data analytics, and food and technological innovation.

With the resource sector clients facing immense financial pressure because of dropping commodity prices, Michael transformed ESS into a lean management foodservice organization delivering exceptional food and guest experiences at an efficient cost. This innovative organizational strategy, called THINK, NAVIGATE, and TRANSFORM (TNT), resulted in a positive impact to clients, guests and most importantly ESS associates increasing engagement and retention across the board.

Prior to joining Compass Group Canada, Michael had a strong track record of driving and developing high performance organizations as his executive teams have won awards including: One of Canada’s Best Managed Companies (Deloitte), 10 Most Admired Corporate Cultures (Waterstone Capital) and best places to work in BC (BC Business Magazine).  In 2017, this track record continued as ESS was named to Achievers 50 Most Engaged Workplaces North America.

Michael is a Chartered Accountant who also holds an MBA from Queen’s University. Michael brings a unique and diversified skill set to Compass Group with a long track record of success from many different industries and functional roles, including Labatt’s, Bell Canada and Mr. Lube Canada.

Peter Kourtis

Chief Growth Officer, Canada

Peter brings over 20 years of exceptional leadership and consumer packaged goods executive experience to the role of Chief Growth Officer. With an MA in Leadership, he has the skills to foster a culture of collaboration and create inclusive and diverse team cultures to empower others and drive growth.

At Compass, Peter’s focus is driving sales and new business growth for the organization across all of our sectors.

He has many years of experience in developing collaborative relationships with both internal and external stakeholders to deliver multiple business critical priorities. Peter uses diverse internal and external perspectives as well as analytics to create impetus for change while establishing a bias for action in shaping the vision and culture of an organization.

Prior to joining Compass Group Canada, Peter held various commercial and executive leadership roles within the beverage alcohol industry in both Canada and the US.  Most recently, he was General Manager for Diageo Canada, providing strategic direction and decision making across sales, marketing, finance and innovation, delivering sustainable growth and market share gains.  He also played an integral leadership role in achieving top three Great Places to Work in Canada in 2016, increasing employee engagement, for three consecutive years thereafter.

Peter is a Business graduate and also holds a MA in Leadership. He resides in the Greater Toronto Area with his wife and two daughters.


Jugveer Randhawa

CEO, Compass Digital Labs

As CEO of Compass Digital Labs (CDL) North America, Jugveer Randhawa leads an innovative organization that digitally transforms thousands hospitality experiences for thousands of North American clients. 

Using cutting edge and best-in-class technology, CDL is focused on impacting the future of hospitality within the Business and Industry, Healthcare and Education sectors. Through the development and deployment of mobile applications, robotic delivery, AI & Machine Learning technology, the Company continues to accelerate the growth of Compass which is the largest food and services company in North America. 

Jugveer leads teams focused on Emerging Technologies, Data Science, Technology Development and Project Management and has oversight of all cybersecurity controls for client and consumer facing technologies. Since joining Compass in 2013, he has held various technology and digital strategy roles initially at Compass in Canada and subsequently across North America. Previously, he held a number of technology management positions in the telecommunications, retail and logistics industries. 

Jugveer holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from Ryerson University.


Officer NameAshton D. Sequeira

President, Chartwells

With more than 20 years in the foodservice industry, including education, business dining, hotels, restaurants and major event management with the NFL, MLB, NHL and NBA among others, Ashton brings a wealth of experience to his role as President, Chartwells.

In this role, Ashton oversees the hospitality programs at more than 500 schools across Canada that include K-12, Colleges, Universities and Private Schools. Prior to joining Compass Group Canada, he served as Regional Vice President, Sales and Operations for Centerplate, where he oversaw operations and business development at various locations throughout North America.

Ashton has been asked to participate in several industry related speaking engagements including an initial forum hosted by the TO2015 Pan Am Games which focused on diversity and inclusion. A strong believer in giving back to the communities in which he lives and works, Chartwells, under Ashton’s leadership, is proud to support numerous community and charitable causes. Ashton currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Catholic Family Services Peel-Dufferin Organization (CFSPD).

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David Smith

President, Business and Industry (B&I)

David currently oversees Eurest Dining Services, Eurest Correctional Services, Eurest Services for B&I and Restaurant Associates operations.

He was appointed President of Eurest Dining Services in 2017. Prior to leading Eurest, David served as the Executive Vice President for Chartwells Educational Dining for two years. He has been with Compass Group for over 20 years in senior operation Vice President roles. For many years, David led the Western Canada Eurest, Corrections, and Leisure businesses as Regional Vice President.

David has focused on developing strong managers and future leaders in our business. As a people-focused leader, David has touched many of our Compass businesses coast to coast over the years. David believes in strong relationships with our clients and in creating a great guest experience. He has overseen many large and complex transitions.

Prior to Compass Group, David worked 13 years in various positions with Marriott Management Services. David is a University of Guelph, Honors Bachelor of Commerce graduate in Hotel and Food Administration.

Jerome Vos

President, Canteen Canada

Jerome was appointed President, Canteen Canada in October 2018. Prior to leading Canteen as President, he was the VP Finance for Canteen.

At Canteen, Jerome is focused on growing and developing our business from a single province entity to a national corporation that complements our other Compass sector partners.

Canteen provides vending services, micro markets and office coffee solutions. We focus on providing the best breaks possible for our clients and their staff. We invest in the latest technology to ensure our services are exceptional – offering convenience, great food and touchless solutions. We continue to research and invest in the best technology to keep our clients experience safe and convenient.

Prior to joining Compass Group, Jerome worked at Sodexo Canada for 17 years in finance.

Jerome is a Chartered Accountant and lives in Burlington, Ontario.