Benefits Canada honoured winners across 11 categories at the 2018 Workplace Benefits Awards in Toronto on Thursday.
In a room at the Arcadian Loft, more than 100 leaders in the benefits, pension and investment industry gathered to see awards presented to winning employers demonstrating the leading-edge work underway to improve employee’s physical, mental and financial health through tangible workplace programs.
The winners of the 2018 Workplace Benefits Awards are:
Benefits plan communications: Samuel, Son & Co.
Absence management: Ontario Power Generation
Diversity program: Niagara Casinos
Health/wellness program (under 1,000 employees): Town of Richmond Hill
Health/wellness program (at least 1,000 employees): Niagara Casinos
Mental health: Staples Canada
Financial wellness: Niagara Casinos
Pension plan communications: Coca-Cola Refreshments Canada
Pension plan performance: Colleges of Applied Arts and Technology Pension Plan
Sanofi wellness pioneer: The Regional Municipality of York
Industry leadership: Jeff Aarssen, Great-West Life Assurance Co.
Congratulations to all the finalists and winners. Thank you to this year’s platinum sponsor Morneau Shepell Ltd. and gold sponsors Great-West Life Assurance Co. and Green Shield Canada.
We’d also like to thank the panel of judges that helped select this year’s finalists and winners: Sarah Beech, Accompass Inc.; Gavin Benjamin, Willis Towers Watson; Jordan Fremont, Hicks Morley Hamilton Stewart Storie LLP; Jean-Guy Gauthier, CQFD Actuariat; Marliee Mark, Marilee Mark Consulting; Karley Middleton, Hub International Strata Benefits Consulting; Sarah Murphy, Green Shield Canada; Colin Ripsman, independent consultant; Kim Siddall, Aon; Alain Sotto, Medcan; and Matthew Williams, Franklin Templeton Investments Corp.
Special thanks also goes out to four of last year’s winners who took part in judging this year: Stephanie Enright, director of talent management and administration at Lakeside Process Controls; Mara Notarfonzo, director of human resources operations and total rewards at CAA South Central Ontario;Stacey Kennedy, program director of the mental-health efforts at the Co-operators Group Ltd.; andSheri Wright, vice-president of stakeholder relations and communications at the Alberta Local Authorities Pension Plan.
For more details about all of the award winners, watch for stories on BenefitsCanada.com all next week.