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Bell, PepsiCo Canada, Staples Canada and GE Canada recognized at Benefits Canada Awards

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Bell, PepsiCo Canada, Staples Canada and GE Canada recognized at Benefits Canada Awards

Four Morneau Shepell clients acknowledged for their best practices and new employee support programs in absence management and mental health

TORONTO, ON, November 10, 2015 – Morneau Shepell (TSX: MSI), the largest company in Canada offering human resources consulting and outsourcing services, is pleased to congratulate Bell, PepsiCo Canada and Staples Canada on their Benefits Canada 2015 Workplace Benefits Awards. Presented by Benefits Canada magazine, the annual Workplace Benefits Awards honour the success and achievements of exceptional Canadian plan sponsors and individuals in the areas of employee benefits and well-being.

PepsiCo Canada took home the award for best practices in absence management. The accolade recognizes an organization that has developed best practices in absence management processes for the benefit of its employees.  

“We are very excited to have been recognized by a panel of industry experts for our absence management initiatives in Canada,” said Anastassia Melvaer, Director, Total Rewards at PepsiCo Canada. “We implemented a harmonized and integrated disability management/leave administration program that improves workplace productivity and operational efficiencies, but also provides our employees with support sooner and makes a real difference in employee health and safety.”

Bell, Canada’s largest communications company, and Staples Canada, a leader in office supplies, received the award for mental health. This recognition goes to an organization that has developed a creative and effective mental health initiative to support and encourage the psychological well-being of employees. Both organizations were among the first to adopt  the National Standard for Psychological Health and Safety in the Workplace. Morneau Shepell has been an active partner in supporting each of these award-winning organizations’ mental health initiatives, particularly with respect to workplace mental health training. 

“Bell is honoured to be recognized for making a difference in workplace mental health,” said Marie-Josée Boivin, Vice President, Human Resources at Bell. “A key pillar of the Bell Let’s Talk mental health initiative is leadership in the workplace, and we’re proud of the progress we’ve made in supporting the mental health of our team members nationwide. Bell funded the development of the National Standard for Psychological Health and Safety and was the first to announce its implementation. We congratulate Staples Canada and other corporations that have integrated the standard into their workplaces and encourage all Canadian employers to join us in sharing best practices in mental health.”

“We’re pleased to be recognized for our efforts to create a Mental Health initiative that supports our associates and our business,” said Kate Tilsley, Director of North American Stores Compensation & Canadian Benefits at Staples Canada. “It’s increasingly important that our Associates have access to comprehensive benefits plans, anti-stigma communications, and a highly-tailored training program in order to cultivate individual well-being within our organization.”  

Morneau Shepell would also like to congratulate GE Canada, who was also recognized as a finalist in the Mental Health category by Benefits Canada. Morneau Shepell partnered with GE Canada on the development and execution of their Mental Health Strategy initiative.

“Helping organizations help their people is at the heart of our business,” said Alan Torrie, President and CEO, Morneau Shepell. “We are proud to assist our clients in promoting and encouraging the mental, physical and financial well-being of their employees.”

The awards were received during Benefits Canada’s 2015 Workplace Benefits Awards gala celebration, held at the Arcadian Court in Toronto.

About Morneau Shepell Inc.

Morneau Shepell is the only human resources consulting and technology company that takes an integrative approach to employee assistance, health, benefits, and retirement needs. The Company is the leading provider of Employee and Family Assistance Programs, the largest administrator of pension and benefits plans and the largest provider of integrated absence management solutions in Canada. Through health and productivity, administrative, and retirement solutions, Morneau Shepell helps clients reduce costs, increase employee productivity, and improve their competitive position.


Established in 1966, Morneau Shepell serves more than 20,000 clients, ranging from small businesses to some of the largest corporations and associations in North America. With almost 4,000 employees in offices across North America, Morneau Shepell provides services to organizations across Canada, in the United States, and around the globe. Morneau Shepell is a publicly-traded company on the Toronto Stock Exchange (TSX: MSI). For more information, visit




Nathan Gibson
Manager, Corporate Communications
Morneau Shepell