Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters

Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters

February 04, 2010 17:39 ET

Tim Hortons' Franchisee Owners Receive Business Takes Action 2010 Innovator of the Year Award

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Feb. 4, 2010) - The Honourable Madeleine Meilleur, Minister of Community and Social Services and MPP for Ottawa-Vanier presented CME's Business Takes Action Innovation Award to an inspiring employer, Scarborough's Megleen Inc. during CME's Roadmap to Recovery Summit. This esteemed award recognizes employers in Canada for recruiting, retaining, retraining and promoting people with disabilities.

Valarie and Mark Wafer of Megleen Inc. own and operate seven Tim Hortons stores in Toronto and have employed more than 50 people with intellectual disabilities for more than 15 years.

"I commend you for playing a leadership role in creating a stronger, more inclusive workforce and province for us all," Minister Meilleur told the audience. "Because every Ontarian deserves the opportunity to demonstrate the skills and talents they possess, in a job that will help them to succeed."

"Megleen Inc. is a model for others to emulate," explained CME President & CEO Jayson Myers. "Valarie and Mark have proven that hiring people with disabilities is a positive approach to business."

"We have experienced many tangible benefits such as low employee turnover and reduced costs of continually training new employees," said award recipient Mark Wafer. "We encourage employers to provide more employment opportunities to people with disabilities - it is the right thing to do and it is good for business."

Other nominees for the Business Takes Action Award were, McCarthy-Ellis Mercantile Ltd. operating as Trent Hills Canadian Tire, Talize and Ability Edge Program and Royal Bank of Canada.

The Canadian Innovation Awards ceremony, hosted by Tony Clement, Minister of Industry was held at the Fairmont Chateau Laurier Hotel. More than 440 attendees including business leaders and CME members attended the annual summit.

Since 2000, CME's Canadian Innovation Awards has honoured the achievements of Canadian companies whose innovative ideas have made a difference in today's competitive marketplace, and who have demonstrated innovative excellence and success.

Business Takes Action (BTA) is a provincial government-funded initiative created for employers in all sectors and provides free access to workshops, guidebooks, accessibility checklists and resource lists to members. BTA helps organizations throughout the province prepare to meet legislated standards that will support the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA).

Photos of the event and for details on Business Takes Action's free membership, please visit the website at:

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Contact Information

  • Business Takes Action
    Carolina Perrotti
    Marketing and Communications Specialist
    905-672-3466 Ext. 3255