Benefits Canada is thrilled to announce the winners of the 2021 Workplace Benefits Awards.

At a virtual roundtable and awards ceremony on Thursday, 23 finalists gathered to discuss their leading benefits and pension strategies, followed by winner announcements across 10 categories.

All of the finalists represent benefits and pension plans covering nearly 300,000 Canadians. These employers are proactively and passionately aiming to make a difference to their employees’ financial, mental and physical well-being.

Read: Which employers are finalists in the 2021 Workplace Benefits Awards?

The winners of the 2021 Workplace Benefits Awards are:

Diversity program: Unilever Canada

Benefits plan communications: SSENSE

Pension plan communications: Scotiabank
Health/wellness program (more than 1,000 employees): 3M Canada

Health/wellness program (fewer than 1,000 employees): Samsung Electronics
Mental health program (more than 5,000 employees): LifeLabs

Mental health program (fewer than 5,000 employees): 3M Canada

Financial wellness program: Canadian Forest Products

Coronavirus & benefits (more than 5,000 employees): Shopify

Coronavirus & benefits (fewer than 5,000 employees): Unilever Canada

Read: Meet the judges of the 2021 Workplace Benefits Awards

Benefits Canada would like to thank our sponsors Eli Lilly, Express Scripts Canada and Novo Nordisk for their support of the awards.

We’d also like to thank the panel of judges that helped select this year’s finalists and winners: Katharine Coons, national workplace mental health specialist at the Canadian Mental Health Association; Wendy Cukier, founder of the Diversity Institute at Ryerson University; Melissa Dunne, managing editor of Benefits Canada; Jean-Guy Gauthier, expert in risk and benefits management at CQFD Actuariat; Chuck Grace, Western University’s finance faculty and program manager at Canada’s Financial Wellness Lab; Jordan Fremont, partner in the pensions and benefits team at Bennett Jones; Julie Holden, principal at Holden & Associates; Marilee Mark, president of Marilee Mark Consulting; Jennifer Paterson, editor of Benefits Canada; and Lizann Reitmeier, associate director at Willis Towers Watson.

Special thanks also goes out to four of last year’s winners who took part in this year’s awards judging: Karin Adams, vice-president of talent and total rewards at TMX Group; Ayman Alvi, director of global benefits at Scotiabank; Laura Glenn, wellness program manager for North America at Ericsson; and Nicole Quintal, communications manager at the Co-operative Superannuation Society pension plan.

More detailed stories about all of the award winners will be featured on our website,, and in our newsletter over the next two weeks. Congratulations again to all of the winners and finalists!