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Morneau Shepell wins PIEoneer Award for international student support

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Morneau Shepell wins PIEoneer Award for international student support

International Student Support Program recognized as leader in global education

CHICAGO, September 29, 2017 – Morneau Shepell (TSX: MSI) has been awarded the student support award for its International Student Support Program (ISSP) at the inaugural PIEoneer Awards, which celebrates the most innovative work being done across the international education sector. The awards will be held annually by The PIE (Professionals in International Education), an independent media and recruitment company offering services for professionals working in international education around the world. Winners were announced at the awards ceremony in London, England on September 8, 2017.

“The continued success of the ISSP is a testament of our commitment to developing cutting-edge programs that deliver the best possible experience for our clients,” said Stephen Liptrap, president and chief executive officer, Morneau Shepell. “Our approach is focused on innovation and excellent client service across industries. The ISSP is an important tool to complement an academic institution’s strategy of international student success, to help students feel comfortable in their studies and to ensure schools are the desired destination for higher education.”

Morneau Shepell’s ISSP was developed in response to the prevalence of mental health issues and low help-seeking behavior among international students. Designed to complement academic institutions’ existing on-campus services, the ISSP connects at-risk international students with support in their native language and cultural context. The ISSP is available through instant 24/7 chat via an app, online and by telephone, in addition to providing ongoing support through telephone and video chat.

“We are pleased to present Morneau Shepell with this year’s Student Support award for the incredible work the company is doing in the international education community,” said Amy Baker, managing director and co-founder, The PIE. “Judges were impressed by Morneau Shepell’s service, as it has demonstrated a positive impact on the academic success and retention of international students who are typically less likely to seek support.”

Since its inception, the ISSP has received numerous accolades and recognition, including the eHealthcare Leadership Awards, the 2017 Employee Assistance European Forum’s Innovation of the Year award and the Digital Health Awards.

“Being an international student is an exciting experience for many, but it can also be a stressful and isolating one,” said Matthew McEvoy, senior director, student support, Morneau Shepell. “We are honored to be recognized by The PIE for our innovation in international student support and we are proud to partner with institutions that are dedicated to improving the lives of their students.”

The PIEoneer awards received over 300 entry submissions from 39 countries, with winners spanning across 12 categories. More information about this award can be found at

About Morneau Shepell

Morneau Shepell is a leading North American human resources consulting and technology company with global reach, delivering solutions that integrate both the needs of organizations and their people in employee assistance, health and wellness, benefits and retirement planning and pension administration. The Company is a leading provider of employee assistance programs and administrator of retirement and benefits plans, and has a growing presence in the North American market for absence and disability management solutions. Through strategic HR consulting, innovative plan design and comprehensive technology solutions, the Company is powering positive change in progressive organizations by helping clients solve complex workforce problems, increase employee productivity, reduce costs and improve their competitive position. Established in 1966, Morneau Shepell serves approximately 20,000 clients, ranging from small businesses to some of the largest corporations and associations. With more than 4,000 employees in offices across North America, Morneau Shepell provides services to organizations across North America and around the globe.


Heather MacDonald 
Morneau Shepell