Canada Awards for Excellence Recipients Announced

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Oct. 28, 2013 /CNW/ - Excellence Canada is pleased to announce that 22 Canadian organizations will receive the Canada Awards for Excellence for outstanding performance in categories that include Excellence, Innovation & Wellness, Quality, Healthy Workplace®, and Mental Health at Work®.

Gary Seveny, Chairman of the Board of Governors of Excellence Canada, stated: "The 22 recipients of this year'sCanada Awards for Excellence serve as role models of excellence in leadership and governance, strategy and planning, customer experience, and employee engagement. Award recipients, as well as Excellence Canada Partners, are committed to making a tangible contribution not only to their own organizations, but also to Canada as a whole."

The Canada Awards for Excellence is an annual awards program to recognize outstanding achievement by organizations in CanadaAllan Ebedes, President and CEO of Excellence Canada commented: "This year marks the 29th anniversary of the Canada Awards for Excellence and the 20th Performance Excellence Summit. We are delighted to have Dr. Peter Legge deliver our opening keynote address and the Honourable Michael Wilson, the Patron of Excellence Canada's Mental Health at Work® programs, as our luncheon key note speaker. Our Board of Governors will be presenting Mr. Wilson with its Recognition of Achievement award. This award will also be presented to Mr. Rick Hansen for furthering spinal cord injury research and for his work promoting accessibility for people with disabilities." Mr. Ebedes noted that: "Canada Awards for Excellence recipients are recognized for achieving pre-determined milestones on their organization's excellence journey and for their leadership and commitment to excellence, innovation, quality, leadership, customer experience, and workplace wellness. In addition, these award recipients have demonstrated that they are socially, environmentally, and economically responsible citizens and that their people work hard each and every day to promote excellence in their organizations."

Excellence Canada is a not-for-profit, independent organization with a mandate to help private and public sector organizations implement programs of excellence. Excellent organizations share the same principles. Employees and customers seek out organizations with these principles. Excellence Canada certifies and recognizes organizations that live by these principles. Excellent organizations actively pursue strategies to improve mental and physical health and safety, as the backbone of a healthy workplace, and to attract and retain the best people.

The awards will be presented at the 2013 Canada Awards for Excellence on Wednesday, October 30th at the Westin Harbour Castle in Toronto.


Recipients of the 29th Canada Awards for Excellence, 2013


This is the highest level of recognition presented by Excellence Canada.

The following organizations have successfully maintained a focus on excellence over the long term and have previously received the Canada Awards for Excellence Gold Trophy. These awards will be presented by Gary Seveny, Chairman, Excellence Canada, and Allan Ebedes, President and CEO, Excellence Canada.

Order of Excellence: Quality

  • Real Estate Board of Greater Vancouver, Vancouver, British Columbia
  • Ricoh Canada Inc., Mississauga, Ontario

Order of Excellence: Small Business

  • Histovet Surgical Pathology, Guelph, Ontario



This award is based on Excellence Canada's Progressive Excellence Program® (PEP) - Excellence, Innovation and Wellness Standard. Presented by Ricoh Canada Inc.

Platinum Award Recipients

  • Ceridian Canada, Markham, Ontario
  • Information Services Corporation, Head Office located in Regina, Saskatchewan

Gold Award Recipients

  • Architecture, Information Management and Project Management Office, Central Agencies I&IT Cluster, Ministry of Government Services, Toronto, Ontario
  • Sun Life Financial, Toronto, Ontario



This award is presented by Ricoh Canada Inc. and based on Excellence Canada's Progressive Excellence Program® (PEP) - Quality and Healthy Workplace® Criteria.

Silver Award Recipients

  • Capital Projects Division, Alberta Infrastructure, Edmonton, Alberta
  • Peel Regional Police, Brampton, Ontario

Healthy Workplace® AWARD

The Healthy Workplace® award, presented by Great-West Life and the Mental Health Commission of Canada, is based on Excellence Canada's Canadian Healthy Workplace® Framework developed in partnership with Health Canada and in association with professionals from the health and wellness sectors.

Gold Award Recipients

  • North York General Hospital, Toronto, Ontario
  • Workplace Safety and Insurance Board, (Head Office) Toronto, Ontario


The Mental Health at Work® award, presented by Great West Life and the Mental Health Commission of Canada, is based on Excellence Canada's Progressive Excellence Program® (PEP) - Mental Health at Work® requirements.

Silver Award Recipients

  • Bell, Montreal, Quebec
  • Mental Health Commission of CanadaCalgary, Alberta
  • Toronto East General Hospital, Toronto, Ontario

Bronze Award Recipient

  • Central Health, Grand Falls-Windsor, Newfoundland



This award is based on the Canadian Framework for Excellence which is used by numerous organizations as a management model for continuous improvement and the achievement of significant operational results. These awards will be presented by Sun Life Financial.

Gold Trophy Award Recipients

  • Boa-Franc G.P., St-Georges, Quebec
  • Fordia, Dollard-des-Ormeaux, Quebec

Silver Award Recipient

  • CCR Refinery, A Glencore Company, Montreal East, Quebec

Bronze Award Recipients

  • Laboratoire de sciences judiciaires et de médecine légale, Montreal, Quebec
  • SBI Stove Builder International Inc., Saint-Augustin-de-Desmaures, Quebec
  • Valacta, Dairy Production Centre of Expertise, Ste-Anne-de-Bellevue, Quebec

Certificate of Merit Recipient - Project Category

  • Architecture, Information Management and Project Management Office, Central Agencies I&IT Cluster, Ministry of Government Services, Toronto, Ontario



From 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, and Sir Richard Branson. This year, in keeping with the Summit theme "The Standard of Excellence:  Raising the bar on Quality and Wellness", the Board of Governors is presenting four Special Recognition of Achievement Awards for leadership in advancing excellence and wellness in Canada to The Honourable Michael H. Wilson, Chairman of Barclays Capital Canada Inc. and Chancellor of the University of Toronto; Mr. Rick Hansen, Co-Chair, Rick Hansen Foundation and President & CEO of the Rick Hansen Leadership Group; Mr. Ken Kivenko, President & CEO of Kenmar Associates, and to Mrs. Vivienne Welters, Executive Director - Western Canada, Excellence Canada.


Excellence Canada gratefully acknowledges the support of the following organizations that have helped make this year's events possible.

Champions of Excellence
Great-West Life
Sun Life Financial

Benefactor Sponsors
Ricoh Canada Inc.

Supporter Sponsor
Hill+Knowlton Strategies

Industry Sponsors
Calian Technologies Ltd
Ontario Teachers Insurance Plan
PowerStream Inc.
VIA Rail Canada

Media Sponsors
National Post
Your Workplace Magazine

SOURCE Excellence Canada

 For further information:

Gary Seveny, Board Chairman of Excellence Canada, Tel: 613-692-2391
Allan Ebedes, President and CEO, Excellence Canada, Tel:  416-251-7600, ext. 230