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Guelph & District Human Resources Professionals Association names Nestlé Waters Canada its Employer of Distinction

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Company receives 2013 award in large employer category

PUSLINCH, Ontario – Nestlé Waters Canada, Canada’s marketshare-leading manufacturer and distributor of healthy beverage choices, and the Guelph & District Human Resources Professional Association today announced that the Company has been honoured with the Association’s Employer of Distinction award in the large employer category for 2013.

The Employer of Distinction Award recognizes outstanding local employers who have shaped organizational excellence and raised awareness of the human resources contributions in helping to build and sustain a successful organization. Award winners have effectively demonstrated how their their human resources initiative(s) have been implemented; the measurable impact(s) made on business indicators (i.e. goals, objectives, continuous improvement, customer satisfaction); and measures of employee workplace satisfaction (i.e. recruitment, retention, engagement, performance) that have been the result.

Nestlé Waters Canada was specifically recognized for its establishment of the Nestlé Continuous Excellence program, a continuous improvement initiative based on LEAN and Total Productive Maintenance (TPM) principles, which accelerates performance improvement and ensures sustainability as both relate to delighting the consumer, delivering a competitive advantage and excelling in compliance.

“The Nestlé Waters Canada story at its Guelph bottling facility is an amazing one, particularly in terms of its level of employee engagement and its commitment to sustained quality and business compliance,” said Stefanie Bradley, Board President, Guelph & District Human Resources Professionals Association. “The Employer of Distinction Award in the large employer category was well-earned recognition for Nestlé Waters this year. We look forward to hearing about further advances in continuous improvement by the Company in the years to come.”

“We are deeply honoured by this recognition,” stated John Zupo, President, Nestlé Waters Canada. “We have made great strides over the past three years when it comes to building a high-performance organization that produces high-quality beverage products for Canadian consumers. This award is proof-positive that we are headed in the right direction on our journey of continuous improvement.”

“Our Guelph plant is setting the pace amongst Nestlé Waters plants across North America when it comes to health, safety and quality processes implementation, leadership development and goal alignment, where employee actions are consistent with business priorities,” explained David Thorpe, Director of Supply Chain, Nestlé Waters Canada. “We are deploying a system of quality management that ensures its sustainability independently of changes of management, uses a single validated set of best practices, eliminates duplication of effort and enables sharing of learning on implementation.”

“Through the establishment of NCE, our employees are fully engaged, they understand the value proposition associated with our business, they can effectively evaluate which activities add value -- or not -- and are working together to eliminate non-value-added activities, and they are continuously improving on the business principle of value creation,” said Bruce Fraser, Director of Human Resources, Nestlé Waters Canada. “We are creating a culture that ensures health, safety and quality guidelines are understood and followed and, further, one that consistently has our team delivering high-quality products and services to consumers in a safe and trustworthy manner.”

About The Guelph & District Human Resources Professionals Association

The Guelph & District Human Resources Professionals Association (GDHRPA) has operated since 1953 to promote the chapter within the community of Guelph and surrounding area, to further employee/employer relations and to educate Human Resources Professionals. The Chapter provides a forum for communication and exchange of information and ideas relating to Human Resources Management.

For further information, please visit our web site at or contact:

Crystal Dunlop
Director, Public Relations
Telephone: (519) 803-8352
Email: [email protected]
About Nestlé Waters Canada

Established in 1970, Nestlé Waters Canada is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Nestlé Waters North America of Stamford, Connecticut. With headquarters in the Township of Puslinch, bottling facilities in Hope, British Columbia, and Puslinch and distribution facilities in Chilliwack, British Columbia; Puslinch and Laval, Quebec, approximately 450 employees support a network of more than 145 retailers across Canada.

For further information, please visit our web site at or contact:

John B. Challinor II   APR
Director, Corporate Affairs
Nestle Waters Canada
Telephone: 1 888 565-1445, Ext. 6441
Email: [email protected]

Jamie Jo Alton
National Public Relations
Telephone: (416) 848-1370
Email: [email protected]