Regina, Saskatchewan, December 3, 2018 – Farm Credit Canada (FCC) has been recognized by Aon as one of the nation’s best employers for the 16th year in a row.

“All of our employees have contributed to making FCC what it is today – a strong and stable partner to the Canadian agriculture and agri-food industry and a great place to work,” said Michael Hoffort, FCC president and CEO. “To be honoured as a top employer in Canada is a reflection of this unified effort. We are proud of this organization and passionate about our work, and we are fully engaged in serving our customers and making positive contributions to Canadian agriculture.”

This is the fourth consecutive year Aon has recognized FCC as a Platinum employer and the 16th year FCC has been identified as one of the nation’s best employers by the international human capital and management consulting firm.

To be selected for the Platinum level, organizations have to demonstrate strong performance in the areas of employee engagement, leadership, performance culture and employment brand.

“Having highly-engaged employees across FCC is critical to our business success,” said Greg Honey, FCC executive vice-president, and chief human resources officer. “We know that when our employees have a strong emotional and intellectual commitment to the organization, they tend to go the extra mile for their co-workers and customers, and they’re more likely to choose to build a long-term career with the organization. That’s why we invest in things that help make a big difference to our employees - great leadership and a healthy culture.”

FCC is a self-sustaining federal Crown corporation with more than 1,800 employees working from coast to coast, in 98 offices.

FCC is Canada’s leading agriculture lender, with a healthy loan portfolio of more than $33 billion. Our employees are dedicated to the future of Canadian agriculture and its role in feeding an ever-growing world. We provide flexible, competitively priced financing, management software, information and knowledge specifically designed for the agriculture and agri-food industry. As a self-sustaining Crown corporation, our profits are reinvested back into the agriculture and food industry we serve and the communities where our customers and employees live and work while providing an appropriate return to our shareholder. Visit or follow us on Facebook, LinkedIn, and on Twitter @FCCagriculture.


Montreal, Quebec, November 27, 2018 – Undisputed leader of the processed vegetable industry, established in over 100 countries, Bonduelle received the Innovation Grande Entreprise award for its revolutionary InFlavor process during the 28th Gala des Prix Innovation of the Association pour le développement de la recherche et de l’innovation du Québec (ADRIQ)[1] that took place on November 22. For 40 years, ADRIQ and its Réseau-conseil en technologie et en innovation[2] (ADRIQ-RCTi) have led a vast network of businesses and institutions supporting research and technological innovation.

“We are very proud to win this award recognizing the excellent work of our R&D teams and many partners in developing InFlavor, a revolutionary process within the industry that makes frozen vegetables just as delicious as fresh,” said Christian Malenfant, Vice-President, Marketing at Bonduelle, for the Long Life division in the Americas.

Bonduelle would like to thank its many partners who contributed to InFlavor’s elaboration and success through the various stages of testing and development:

  • Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AgriInnovate Program) and Quebec’s Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Foodfor their financial support
  • Saint-Hyacinthe Research and Development Centre for its involvement
  • Air Product for its help in developing the freezing process
  • EnWave for the conception of the production process and module
  • Cintech Agroalimentaire

Developed by Bonduelle’s R&D teams, InFlavor is a controlled dehydration process during which the vegetables’ water content is reduced before freezing to preserve their organoleptic properties. InFlavor is an exciting innovation that appeals to both the general public and food professionals.

Freezing vegetables with high water content, such as mushrooms, bell peppers and onions, constituted a real challenge until now, because their texture, appearance and taste were significantly altered by the water naturally released when they were thawed, thus preventing many vegetable varieties from being offered on the frozen market.


GUELPH, ON, Nov. 13, 2018 /CNW/ - Canadians are most concerned with the rising cost of food and the affordability of healthy food for the third year in a row in the latest research released by the Canadian Centre for Food Integrity (CCFI).

When asked to rate their level of concern on a number of issues ranging from health care, economy and unemployment to climate change and rising energy costs, Canadians indicated they're most concerned about the rising cost of food (67 percent). Keeping healthy food affordable was rated second, together with rising energy costs and rising health care costs, all at 63 percent. Rounding out the top five concerns for Canadians was the safety of food imported from outside of Canada at 55 percent.

"The results tell us today's consumers are not only looking for affordable food options, they are also unsure about many aspects about food and the food system and are looking to know more from credible sources," said Crystal Mackay, CCFI president.

Four in ten Canadians are unsure if the food system is headed in the right direction. After a significant increase in 2017, survey results show a sizable drop in the number of consumers who feel Canada's food system is headed in the right direction – just over one third (36 percent) in 2018 compared to 43 percent in 2017.

The overall impression of agriculture in Canada also decreased for the first time in twelve years - falling from 61 percent in 2016 to 56 percent in the latest survey. This follows a steady increase since 2006. The decline in positive impressions is driven by a significant increase in Canadians who say they don't know enough about agriculture and food to have an opinion (12 percent in 2018, compared to only 2 percent in 2016).

"This research demonstrates that the food system can't take trust for granted; it must be earned," said Mackay. "Canadians desire balanced, credible information about food so they can feel confident in their decisions for themselves and their families. It's up to the entire food chain to turn up the volume and efforts to openly share information about food and how it's produced, processed and packaged with consumers."

The 2018 web-based survey was completed in July by 1,509 respondents who reflect the general Canadian consumer population aged 18 or older. The survey results from the 2018 CCFI Public Trust Research can be downloaded at in French or English.

The Canadian Centre for Food Integrity is a non-profit organization that helps Canada's food system earn trust by coordinating research, resources, dialogue and training. Our members donors and project partners, who represent the diversity of the food system, are committed to providing accurate information and working together to address important issues in food and agriculture. The CCFI does not lobby or advocate for individual companies or brands.


November 13, 2018

GUELPH, Ontario – NSF International, a global public health organization, announces the winners of the NSF International 2018 Food Safety Recognition Awards. The awards recognize Canadian food and beverage companies and individuals that have made great contributions to food safety, whether by leading food safety efforts within an organization, contributing to advances in food safety science or engaging in food safety public education and action.

This year’s winners are:

  • Food Safety Leadership Award – Gordon Hayburn, Vice President, Food Safety and Quality, Trophy Foods, Mississauga, Ontario

In his current role, Hayburn leads the company’s food safety efforts and the team responsible for Trophy Foods’ AA+ BRC rating at its Mississauga and Calgary facilities. He is being recognized not only for his contributions and leadership at Trophy Foods, but for his contributions to the broader food industry. Gordon’s commitment to food safety is demonstrated through his academic involvement, regular speaking engagement at conferences across the globe and his work as an approved BRC trainer.

  • Food Safety Excellence Award – Maple Lodge Farms, Brampton, Ontario

Maple Lodge Farms is Canada’s largest independently owned poultry processor. Maple Lodge Farms is being recognized for its positive food safety culture and the leadership role it’s taking on influencing food safety policy and issues.

Healthcare Food Services in Ottawa, Ontario was a runner-up for the Food Safety Excellence Award.

“There are many food safety success stories in Canada and we created these awards as a mechanism for sharing and celebrating those achievements,” said Paul Medeiros, Managing Director of NSF International’s Food Safety Consulting and Technical Services in North America. “The NSF International Canadian Food Safety Recognition Awards recognize and encourage excellence and innovation in management practices, leadership, processes and technologies that advance food safety in Canada.”

Each year, an independent panel of food safety experts from academia, industry and the regulatory community reviews nominations from across Canada to select the recipients. Nominations are evaluated on the basis of excellence and leadership in the advancement of food safety.

To learn more about the awards criteria and view this year’s winners, please visit NSF International’s Canada website.

For more information, and for photos of this year’s winners, please contact Lise Smedmor at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  or 519-821-1246, ext. 6436.


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