Excellence Canada announces the 2019 Canada Awards for Excellence Recipients
TORONTO, Nov. 04, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Excellence Canada is pleased to announce it will be celebrating the 35th anniversary of the Canada Awards for Excellence on November 5th. This year, 27 awards will be presented to outstanding Canadian organizations in recognition of their commitment to continual improvement and pursuit of excellence. Award categories include: Excellence, Innovation & Wellness®; Financial Wellness, Healthy Workplace®; and Mental Health at Work®.
Excellence Canada’s mission is to help organizations in all sectors become the best-in-class by implementing standards of excellence. Excellence Canada is a not-for-profit organization that certifies and recognizes organizations that embody these attributes: they are customer focused, competitive, financially and environmentally sustainable, are good corporate citizens, actively pursue strategies to improve the mental and physical health and wellbeing of their employees and they create a healthy workplace culture that attracts and retains the best people.The Canada Awards for Excellence is an annual awards program that recognizes outstanding achievements by organizations in the private, public and not-for-profit sectors coast-to-coast across Canada.Shirlee Sharkey, Chair of Excellence Canada, stated: “On behalf of the Board of Directors of Excellence Canada, I am very pleased to present the Canada Awards for Excellence to this year’s award recipients. These organizations epitomize excellence in the areas of leadership, planning, customer experience, employee engagement and process improvement. We congratulate the management and the teams for their admirable leadership.”Allan Ebedes, President and CEO of Excellence Canada, remarked: “Over the past 35 years we have recognized more than 675 outstanding organizations in the private, public and not-for-profit sectors that have met the highest standards for quality, excellence, innovation, and healthy workplaces. This year we are delighted to be presenting another 27 Canada Awards for Excellence to excellent organizations. We are also honoured to be presenting the Board of Governors’ Special Recognition of Achievement Awards to four distinguished Canadians: Bianca Andreescu, 2019 Canadian and US Open Women’s Tennis Champion; Linda Hasenfratz, President and CEO, Linamar Corporation; Huda Idrees, Founder and CEO, Dot Health; and Renu Mandhane, Chief Commissioner, Ontario Human Rights Commission.”The awards will be presented at the 2019 Performance Excellence Summit and Canada Awards for Excellence on Tuesday, November 5th in Toronto. For complete event details and registration, please visit www.excellencesummit.ca.A FULL LIST OF THE AWARD RECIPIENTS FOLLOWSFor further information, contact:
Allan Ebedes, President and CEO, Excellence Canada, Tel: 416-251-7600, ext. 230
Recipients of the 35thCanada Awards for Excellence, 2019EXCELLENCE, INNOVATION AND WELLNESS® AWARDThe Champion of Excellence for the Excellence, Innovation and Wellness® category is Sun Life Financial. This award is based on Excellence Canada’s Excellence, Innovation and Wellness® Standard and was developed by Excellence Canada in association with its partners and professionals from across Canada. Order of Excellence RecipientSE Health – Markham, OntarioPlatinum Award RecipientsCanadian Forces Housing Agency – Ottawa, OntarioReal Estate Board of Greater Vancouver – Vancouver, British ColumbiaRegion of Peel – Brampton, OntarioGold Award RecipientsAgilec – Oshawa, OntarioCalian - Ottawa, OntarioCanmetENERGY-Ottawa, Natural Resources Canada – Ottawa, OntarioHydro-Quebec Distribution – Montreal, QuebecUniversity of Waterloo – Waterloo, OntarioYork Region Public Health – Newmarket, OntarioSilver Award RecipientsChartered Professional Accountants of Canada – Toronto, OntarioCollege of Pharmacists of British Columbia – Vancouver, British ColumbiaDepartment of Service Nova Scotia and Internal Services – Halifax, Nova ScotiaThe Corporation of the Town of Aurora – Aurora, OntarioBronze Award RecipientCarleton University, Students and Enrolment Division – Ottawa, OntarioFINANCIAL WELLNESSThe Financial Wellness requirements were developed by Excellence Canada in association with its partners and professionals from across Canada. Organizations must demonstrate a strategic, integrated approach to employee financial wellness by demonstrating excellence in areas such as awareness building, the provision of education, financial programs and the provision of employee support. The awards will be presented by Sun Life Financial.Certificate of Merit RecipientsAlberta Blue Cross – Edmonton, AlbertaMichael Garron Hospital, Toronto East Health Network – Toronto, OntarioHEALTHY WORKPLACE® AWARDThe Excellence Canada Healthy Workplace® Standard was developed in partnership with Health Canada and in association with professionals from the health and wellness sectors.Order of Excellence RecipientWorkplace Safety and Insurance Board – Toronto, OntarioGold Award RecipientWorkplace Safety North – North Bay, OntarioSilver Award RecipientUniversity of Guelph - Guelph, OntarioBronze Award RecipientTELUS Communications – Vancouver, British ColumbiaMENTAL HEALTH AT WORK® AWARDThe Champion of Excellence for the Mental Health at Work® category is Manulife. This award is based on Excellence Canada’s – Mental Health at Work® framework. The Mental Health at Work® framework was developed by Excellence Canada in association with mental health and work safety professionals from across Canada, and the requirements incorporate principles and practices as outlined in the National Standard for Psychological Health and Safety in the Workplace.Platinum Award RecipientOntario Shores Centre for Mental Health Sciences – Whitby, OntarioGold Award RecipientCarleton University – Ottawa, OntarioCanmetENERGY-Ottawa, Natural Resources Canada – Ottawa, OntarioWorkplace Safety and Insurance Board – Toronto, OntarioBronze Award RecipientAcross Boundaries: An Ethnoracial Mental Health Centre - Toronto, OntarioTELUS Communications – Vancouver, British ColumbiaRECOGNITION OF ACHIEVEMENT AWARDFrom time-to-time, the Excellence Canada Board of Governors recognizes individuals who have made a significant contribution to Canadian society and/or the global human condition. Past Award recipients have included Dr. David Suzuki, former Prime Minister The Right Honourable Brian Mulroney, Lt.-General The Honourable Roméo A. Dallaire, The Honourable Flora MacDonald, Sir Richard Branson, Mr. Rick Hansen, Ms. Margaret Trudeau, Rick Mercer, and Mr. Chris Hadfield. This year, in keeping with the Summit theme “Excellence Made Possible”, the Board of Governors is presenting the Special Recognition of Achievement Award to:Bianca Andreescu, 2019 Canadian and US Open Women’s Tennis Champion, for being the first Canadian Tennis player to win the US OpenLinda Hasenfratz, CEO, Linamar Corporation, in recognition of her Exceptional Executive Leadership and for Excellence in Canadian and Global BusinessHuda Idrees, Founder and CEO, Dot Health, in recognition of her outstanding accomplishments as a successful executive and entrepreneurRenu Mandhane, Chief Commissioner, Ontario Human Rights Commission, in recognition of her influential work as a lawyer focusing on human rights not only in Ontario but also internationallyPROUD SPONSORS OF CANADIAN EXCELLENCEExcellence Canada gratefully acknowledges the support of the following organizations that have helped make this year’s events possible.