2017 Excellence, Innovation and Wellness Standard is Ready for Implementation by Canadian Organizations Seeking Best-in-Class Certification

Toronto (May 1, 2017)

Excellence Canada, custodian of the Canada Awards for Excellence program under the Patronage of His Excellency, the Right Honourable David Johnston, C.C., C.M.M., C.O.M., C.D., Governor General of Canada, is pleased to announce the release of its 2017 Canadian Standard titled Excellence, Innovation and Wellness®. The revised Standard reflects current benchmarked global best practices for improving and measuring organizational performance.

EIW CircleFunding for the development of the revised standard was provided through the generous sponsorship of Sun Life Financial, Champion of Excellence for the Excellence, Innovation and Wellness® Standard and awards.

Excellence Canada is offering space in its program to 30 additional organizations over the next six months to begin their certification against the requirements of the 2017 Excellence, Innovation and Wellness® Standard and to participate in a research study that will establish new Canadian benchmarks for performance in customer experience, employee engagement and wellness, process improvement, innovation, leadership, and governance.

Each enrolled organization will choose to undergo either a Benchmark Assessment as an accelerated approach to immediate certification, or a facilitated self-assessment, submission, and verification against the Standard, both options overseen by the Canada Awards for Excellence adjudication committee.


Contact Tamara Grierson (Tamara.Grierson@excellence.ca) to learn more about how to become involved in this unique opportunity to learn and network with some of the best-in-class organizations in Canada, mentored by Excellence Canada subject matter experts, and supported by our proven training, coaching, and implementation methodologies.


Join us for the official launch party at our offices on June 7th, 2017 from 4:00 to 6:00 pm as we introduce the 2017 Excellence, Innovation and Wellness® Standard while you sip and savour. Space is limited so RSVP early to ensure you are included! Please contact Kristen@excellence.ca  to register.

Accredited organizations currently certified at the highest levels of the Excellence, Innovation and Wellness® Standard include:

  • ArcelorMittal Dofasco
  • Architecture, Information Management & Project Management Office, Central Agencies I&IT Cluster, Treasury Board Secretariat, Province of Ontario
  • British Columbia Pension Corporation
  • Calian
  • Canadian Forces Housing Agency
  • Ceridian HCM Canada
  • EthoSolar Inc.
  • Michael Garron Hospital
  • Peel Regional Police
  • PowerStream Inc.
  • Property Valuation Services Corporation
  • Real Estate Board of Greater Vancouver
  • Saint Elizabeth
  • Sun Life Financial
  • The Canadian Real Estate Association


Now in its 33rd year, the Canada Awards for Excellence Gala Presentations will take place at The Carlu in Toronto on November 9th, 2017. Register now at:  www.ExcellenceSummit.ca


Tamara Grierson, Vice President, Client Services
Excellence Canada
154 University Avenue, Suite 402
Toronto, ON  M5H 3Y9
1-800-263-9648 ext. 211


Excellence Canada is a national authority on organizational quality, and the author of the Excellence, Innovation and Wellness® Standard, the Healthy Workplace® Standard, and the Mental Health at Work® Framework. Excellence Canada provides independent verification and certification of excellence to organizations of all sizes and in all sectors.


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