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Lactalis Canada Wins International Association of Business Communicators (IABC) Gold Quill Award of Excellence

June 30, 2022

June 30, 2022 – Toronto, ON – Lactalis Canada, the Canadian dairy leader behind iconic brands like Cracker Barrel, Black Diamond, Balderson, Astro and Lactantia and a subsidiary of France-based Lactalis Group, received the prestigious IABC Gold Quill Award of Excellence in the Special and Experiential Events category for the company’s inaugural Lactalis Canada #Connect 2021 all-employee virtual event. The company was recognized during the 2022 International Association of Business Communicators (IABC) World Conference in New York City earlier this week,

“It is an incredible honour to be recognized for excellence among the world’s best communicators with the Gold Quill Award which speaks to the work of our team who always set the bar high,” said Roopa Shah, Director of Corporate Communications at Lactalis Canada. “During the height of the pandemic, we set out to bring our 4000+ team across the country together. We were able to successfully deliver on this goal through a specially curated virtual company-wide event that saw us reimagine the traditional townhall and turn it into a truly new and innovative employee experience.”

Lactalis Canada #Connect was held in July 2021 with a vision to communicate, connect and celebrate over 4000 of its office and hourly employees across 30 operating sites in Canada. The two-hour event featured engaging content and speakers to inform and mobilize employees around the company’s goals, business strategy, purpose, achievements as well as celebrate the company’s annual employee award winners. Following a successful launch year, Lactalis Canada #Connect has now evolved into to a yearly company-wide virtual event.

The International Association of Business Communicators (IABC) sets the global standard for communication professionals. For more than 40 years, IABC’s Gold Quill Awards have recognized and awarded excellence in strategic communication worldwide. The Gold Quill Awards honour the dedication, innovation and passion of communicators on a global scale with a focus on achieving solid business outcomes. Since 2008, more than 5,000 projects have been entered in the Gold Quill Awards. The IABC Gold Quill Awards program recognizes business communication excellence globally and is acknowledged as one of the most prestigious awards programs in the industry.

For more information on the Gold Quill Awards, including the full list of winners, visit the Gold Quill website here.

About Lactalis Canada Inc.

With 140 years of brand heritage, Lactalis Canada (formerly Parmalat Canada) is committed to enriching and nurturing the lives of Canadians by producing nutritious and great tasting dairy products. Named on Forbes 2022 list of Canada’s Best Employers, Lactalis Canada directly employs 4,000 Canadians, supports hundreds of farming families and contributes to the livelihoods of thousands of Canadians who provide essential services to Lactalis Canada’s more than 30 operating sites including 19 manufacturing facilities. The company’s iconic brands include Cracker Barrel, Black Diamond, P’tit Québec, Balderson, Cheestrings Ficello, aMOOza!, Astro, siggi’s, Stonyfield, IÖGO, IÖGO nanö, Olympic, Lactantia, Beatrice, Galbani, and Président. Lactalis Canada’s commitment to responsible and sustainable growth has been recognized with the 2021 Canadian Grocer Impact Award for Sustainability and its CDN $2.9 million investment to the communities in which it operates. Lactalis Canada is a subsidiary of Lactalis Group, the world’s leading dairy group, headquartered in Laval, France. For more information, visit

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Media Contact:

Sarah Sutton

Manager, Corporate Communications, Lactalis Canada

c: (437) 249-2730