Bunzl Canada Breaks Fundraising Record for Pediatric Brain Tumour Research

Burlington, ON – July 14, 2022 – Bunzl Canada once again hosted its 22nd annual golf tournament in support of the Arthur & Sonia Labatt Brain Tumour Research Centre at Toronto’s Hospital for Sick Children, the world’s largest brain tumour research centre of its kind.

On July 12th, Bunzl Canada, its vendors and customers gathered at Greystone Golf Club in Milton, Ontario to enjoy a day of golf, activities, food, prizes, and most importantly, to raise funds for pediatric brain tumour research. Since establishing the golf tournament, Bunzl Canada and its supporters have raised over $1.6 million to fund the revolutionary work being done at SickKids Hospital to combat these life-threatening pediatric neurosurgical conditions. This week, they surpassed $100,000 in donations in a single event.

Over the last decade, the research team at Toronto’s SickKids Hospital, led by Dr. James Rutka, has focused its efforts on discovering less intrusive processes to treat children with brain tumours. In recent years, Dr. Rutka and his team have developed a procedure using Magnetic Resonance Imaging Guided Focused Ultrasound (MRgFUS) that reduces the rate of medical complications associated with pediatric brain tumour treatment, increases recovery time and drastically improves quality of life for patients.

“We still have many unanswered questions when it comes to the diagnosis, the management and treatment of children with brain tumours … hopefully this will lead to a better prognosis for these children,” said Dr. Rutka. “We’re now able to use the strategy of targeted therapy to enable children to live much better and much longer lives than ever before.”

MRgFUS technology can bypass the blood brain barrier and directly target the brain stem, reaching aggressive tumours like medulloblastoma, the most common type of cancerous brain tumor in children. Dr. Rutka and his team hope to launch a clinical trial of this transformative treatment within the next six months.

“The Bunzl Group has been phenomenal at supporting our research these past 20 years and more,” said Dr. Rutka. “They have allowed us to pursue our research objectives, our research dreams – and we’ve been highly successful at moving the needle in terms of better treatments for children with brain tumours.”

“I can’t thank our vendor partners and customers enough for their ongoing participation and generous contributions,” said Bunzl Canada’s President, John Howlett. “We are honoured to support Dr. Rutka and his dedicated team at SickKids Hospital as they continue to develop treatments to help children conquer this devastating disease.”

Innovative Belgian Hospital Applies Cleaning Intelligence with Bunzl’s WandaNEXT™

Burlington, ON – July 12, 2022 – Bunzl Canada (bunzlcanada.ca) today announced the launch of a pilot project designed to maximize cleaning efficiency and quality in one of Belgium’s newest and most innovative healthcare centres.

The Picardy Wallonia hospital (CHwapi) is an ambitious, innovative hospital project designed to meet current and future health challenges. Its singular mission is to serve its community by promoting “well-being and being well” in a human-focused environment. That environment is comprised of clean, bright and green spaces connected by an ultra-efficient digital architecture that includes a range of “intelligent” solutions such digitized appointment making and signage, geolocation of equipment in real time (RTLS), home automation and telemedicine, a new self-serve maternity support app and more.

“The WandaNEXT IoT cleaning management platform is a natural addition to our state-of-the-art facility,” said Rudy Varenne, Managing Director at Crèche Les CHwa’ptis (ACBL).  “The CHwapi environment has been designed to provide a best-in-class experience for both patients and healthcare providers. This platform supports our ability to do that with better visibility and continuous improvements in quality and efficiency.”

WandaNEXT enables healthcare, education, assisted living and commercial facilities to track and verify cleaning activities, validate quality through regularly scheduled audits, and alert cleaning teams to service requirements (such as discharge cleaning routines). It also facilitates schedule optimization, activity management, consumption tracking, end-user feedback and administrative reporting.

Hugues Robert, Managing Director of Global Net Belgium, a Bunzl cleaning and hygiene company, comments, “We are convinced that through the use of WandaNEXT™, the Belgian short and long stay healthcare market will be able to accelerate the digitization of its cleaning and facility management process in the broadest sense, while simplifying the documentation and audit process. We are all very excited to participate in this project within CHWapi and are already very pleased to see the number of expressions of interest from other players in the healthcare market.”

The pilot implementation at CHwapi began earlier this month and will be evaluated over a six-month period. Cleaning teams use cleaning trolleys equipped with tablets that enable them to refer to specific cleaning protocols required for each room type. Dynamic task assignments are delivered in real time so that cleaning team members are aware of immediate service needs as well as scheduled daily, weekly and monthly tasks. Audit features are used to monitor quality and identify training and support requirements.

“Now more than ever, facilities in critical environments such as healthcare, education, long-term care and assisted living must verify and validate that cleaning and disinfecting is being done correctly and at the right intervals,” said Margo Hunnisett, Vice President, Marketing and Communications at Bunzl in Canada, where the WandaNEXT™ product was developed by Visionstate IoT.

Visionstate continues to work in partnership with Bunzl to develop new system features and functionality. The partners are currently completing a pilot project that includes surface diagnostics using ATP testing technology.

WandaNEXT has a growing installation base that includes healthcare, education, retail, commercial office, conference, airport and distribution facilities across Canada, the United States, the United Kingdom and Europe.

For more information on WandaNEXT, please visit bunzlch.ca.

WandaNEXT™ Showcases New Features and Functionality at ISSA Canada

Burlington, ON – June 7, 2022 – Bunzl Canada (bunzlcanada.ca) today announced its exclusive IoT Cleaning Platform, WandaNEXT™, will be showcased this week at ISSA Canada, the country’s premier showcase for cleaning and hygiene products, services and technology. This unique trade show and conference creates a forum for insights on best practices, industry certifications, training and educational programming and the latest emerging topics within the Canadian facility management and commercial cleaning markets.

“We are very excited to showcase WandaNEXT™ at ISSA this year,” said Margo Hunnisett, Vice President of Marketing and Communications at Bunzl Canada. “The platform continues to evolve, thanks to the active participation of many of our customers across Canada. The result is an industry-leading product that is, quite literally, designed for and by customers who view state-of-the art facility cleaning and hygiene as critical to their key stakeholders, and to their businesses.”

WandaNEXT™ enables healthcare, education, assisted living and commercial facilities to track and verify cleaning activities, validate quality through regularly scheduled audits, and alert cleaning teams to service requirements. It also facilitates schedule optimization, activity management, consumption tracking, end-user feedback and administrative reporting.

Visionstate IoT, the original developer of the platform, continues to work in partnership with Bunzl to develop new system features and functionality. The partners are about to launch a new pilot project that integrates surface diagnostics using ATP testing technology.

“We are extremely excited to have WandaNEXT™ featured at ISSA,” said Visionstate CEO, John Putters. “This provides us an opportunity to demonstrate to the industry the value of the platform as an essential tool to improve cleaning quality and to help prevent the outbreak of disease.”

WandaNEXT™ can be purchased through an annual subscription fee for each activation of the mobile application which has unlimited scalability and is applicable to diverse industry sectors. It has a growing installation base that includes healthcare, education, retail, commercial office, conference, airport and pharmaceutical facilities across Canada, the United States, the United Kingdom and Europe.

The WandaNEXT™ platform will be featured exclusively at ISSA Canada booth #607 on June 8 and 9, 2022. Its capabilities are applicable to all areas of a facility but will be demonstrated in the restrooms at the Metro Convention Centre during the event.

For more information on WandaNEXT™, please visit bunzlch.ca.

Bunzl Canada’s Annual Week of Giving Supports Local Communities

Burlington, ON – December 16, 2021 –Bunzl Canada today announced the launch of its second annual Week of Giving to provide much needed personal care, hygiene and safety products such as masks and gloves to foodbanks and shelters across Canada.

Five pallets of essential care products will be donated to organizations including health care facilities, food banks, emergency housing facilities and community support services. The supplies are being distributed throughout the week by Bunzl’s Cleaning & Hygiene, Safety and Grocery divisions to support healthcare delivery, protect essential workers and assist people in need.

“The global pandemic continues to impact local communities and has exacerbated issues such as food insecurity and homelessness,” said John Howlett, President of Bunzl Canada. “Giving back to our communities by supporting these organizations in the amazing work they do is a fundamental tenet of our business philosophy, culture and values. We share those values with our employees, and with our customers.”

In 2020, Bunzl provided remote communities and front-line workers in a wide range of organizations across Canada with donations of desperately needed personal protective equipment. This year, the company resumed its annual b.r.a.i.n.child golf tournament which has now raised over $1.5 million to fund paediatric brain tumour research, and it is an enthusiastic participant in a wide range of other community events across the country.

“We’re very excited to get our second annual Week of Giving under way,” said Margo Hunnisett, Vice President of Marketing and Communications. “Bunzl Canada is comprised of long standing, local businesses with deep roots in the communities we serve. This event demonstrates our commitment to investing and participating in those communities across the country.”

Bunzl Canada Raises Over $1.5M for Pediatric Brain Tumour Research

Burlington, ON – September 27, 2021 –Bunzl Canada held its 21st annual golf tournament in support of the world’s largest brain tumour research centre of its kind, the Arthur & Sonia Labatt Brain Tumour Research Centre at Toronto’s Hospital for Sick Children.

The event, held on September 21st at the Greystone Golf Club in Milton, Ontario, was attended by Bunzl Canada customers, vendors and employees and has raised over $1,575,000 since its inception. While the event could not take place last year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Bunzl Canada did hold a smaller Ryder Cup tournament and raised $25,000.

This year’s event looked a little different with the required health and safety protocols in place to keep golfers safe. Tee times were scheduled, rather than the traditional shotgun start. The number of golfers was limited, a mask mandate was in place for indoor locations, and sanitizing wipes and hand sanitizer were provided for participants in every cart. None of this dampened spirits – everyone in attendance was not only proud to support this important cause but excited to have the opportunity to once again participate in this much anticipated annual event.

Led by Dr. James Rutka, the Arthur & Sonia Labatt Brain Tumour Research Centre at Toronto’s Hospital for Sick Children has made exciting inroads into the treatment of this devastating disease. Clinical trials of a new treatment strategy are currently underway using Magnetic Resonance Guided Focused Ultrasounds (MRgFUS). The technology enables delivery of therapeutics across the blood brain barrier, targeting specific areas of Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma (DIPG) brain tumours and increasing the strength and accuracy of the treatment. Dr. Rutka’s team is the first to use this technology to enable therapeutics to penetrate the blood brain barrier in children with this type of highly aggressive tumour.

“Bunzl’s annual tournament has been incredibly supportive of our research,” said Dr. Rutka. “The funding has allowed us to perform pilot studies, purchase state-of-the-art equipment and has helped us become world leaders in innovative, state of the art research for pediatric brain tumours. Thank you to the Bunzl group for holding this tournament, year after year. There is no substitute for the funding we have received, and we are proud to say the future looks bright for children with brain tumours.”

“I want to thank our customers and all of our vendor partners for their generous contributions to the success of the tournament this year,” said Bunzl Canada President, John Howlett. “We are so proud to support the incredible work being done by Dr. Rutka’s team. They are pioneering better treatments that are leading to longer lives for their young patients, and hope for the future for their families.”

Queen’s University gets smarter with WandaNEXT and Tork® IoT data

Burlington, ON – June 8, 2021 – Bunzl Canada (bunzlcanada.ca) today announced an upgrade to its WandaNEXT cleaning management software with Tork® smart dispenser data, recently implemented at Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario.

The WandaNEXT solution combines comprehensive digital cleaning program management, including traffic monitoring, cleaning scheduling, task management and compliance reporting, with real-time dispenser data powered by Tork®. This real-time data helps cleaning teams work smarter by targeting immediate needs and proactively refilling dispensing units to improve hygiene and reduce waste.

The pilot installation at Queen’s has the enthusiastic endorsement of the university’s facilities team. “We have always looked for opportunities to innovate to continually improve and enhance the cleanliness of our facilities,” said Barbara Wowk, Manager, Facilities, Housing and Ancillary Services at Queen’s University’s Residence Facilities Team. “We’re excited to work with Bunzl on this pilot installation to help us improve efficiency and enable our custodial team to devote additional time and attention to enhanced cleaning and hygiene protocols that are so critical to the health and safety of our students and faculty.”

WandaNEXT, developed by Visionstate IoT and now in partnership with Bunzl, is a cleaning program management system with multiple IoT sensor-enabled data collection components. Its mobile application guides cleaning teams through customized cleaning procedures. The system’s audit function and real-time reporting gives Facilities Management continuous visibility so they can make scheduling adjustments, assign tasks, address training requirements, trigger supply orders and proactively address service requirements.

“It’s a privilege to work in partnership with the Queen’s Facilities Team,” said Brock Tully, Vice President, Bunzl Cleaning & Hygiene. “They are committed to helping create a truly exceptional education experience, and WandaNEXT is an industry-leading innovation to help them do that. By using data from Tork®, one of the most trusted product brands with state-of-the-art smart dispensing, and a variety of other data collection points, the system tracks, verifies and validates cleaning quality and efficiency against specific cleaning protocols. That gives our customers the confidence that their facilities are healthy and safe – with proven results.”

WandaNEXT has a growing installation base that includes healthcare, retail, commercial office, conference, airport and distribution facilities across Canada and the United States. It has been launched in the United Kingdom and Australia and was recently introduced in the healthcare marketplace in Belgium.

For more information on WandaNEXT™, please visit bunzlch.ca.

Bunzl Safety Launches First Phase of New Digital Customer Experience

Burlington, ON – March 24, 2021 – Bunzl Safety (bunzlsafety.ca) has launched its new website as the first phase in the specialized safety product supplier’s new digital customer experience.

The new website provides customers with updated information and resources that are easier to navigate, search and download. Along with detailed information about product categories and services, site visitors will now have access to an ever-expanding library of educational resources on workplace health and safety, guides to selecting and fitting personal protective equipment (PPE) and more. Customers will also have the ability to source new products and expand product categories through the self-serve portal.

“We’re proud to launch our new website and provide customers across Canada with better service, access to more products and our latest WORKHORSE® innovations,” said Dave Huck, vice president of Bunzl Safety. “We’re particularly excited to launch our new digital learning centre to enable our customers to access the vital information they need to keep their employees safe.”

Bunzl Safety’s expertise in PPE and safety equipment is unmatched. The company has combined McCordick Glove & Safety, Western Safety and Advanced Mobile First Aid & Safety (AMFAS) under the Bunzl Safety brand banner and has decades of experience. The company provides expert advice and a comprehensive PPE product offering to customers across Canada, including its renowned WORKHORSE® and STORMFIGHTER® brands.

The next phase in the company’s digital platform development is underway and includes a new, state-of-the-art e-commerce website. The site will enable Bunzl safety customers from coast to coast to quickly and conveniently browse products, place orders and manage their accounts.

“This pivotal step in Bunzl Safety’s digital development will make it easier for Canadian businesses to build safer, healthier and more productive workplaces – and that’s what it’s all about,” said Lajos Guta, national director of sales.

Bunzl Safety is a specialist division of Bunzl Canada. For more information, please visit bunzlsafety.ca.

Bunzl Canada Acquires Snelling Paper & Sanitation and Sur-Seal Packaging

Burlington, ON – December 17, 2020 – Bunzl Canada (bunzlcanada.ca) today announced the acquisition of Snelling Paper & Sanitation, (Snelling), and its Sur-Seal Packaging division (Sur-Seal).

The acquisition continues to build the company’s national footprint, increasing the depth of its cleaning and hygiene, food packaging and industrial packaging businesses across Canada.

The Snelling business, located in Ottawa, Ontario, was founded in 1915 and is a highly successful distributor of quality janitorial and sanitation supplies, industrial and food service packaging. The company has a well-established reputation built on prompt and efficient service and an unwavering commitment to excellence. Sur-Seal Packaging, based in Winnipeg, Manitoba, has a 30-year history of excellence as a distributor of industrial packaging.

“Bunzl Canada is comprised of long-standing, local businesses, like Snelling and Sur-Seal, who have deep roots in the communities they serve” said John Howlett, President of Bunzl Canada. “This acquisition further enhances our ability to provide customers right across the country with the critical operating supplies their businesses need. It’s also a very important investment in our ability to serve our local markets with local relationships and expertise.”

“We’re very excited to be a part of Bunzl Canada,” said Snelling President, Randy Graham. “Our customers will continue to experience exceptional service from the people who know their businesses so well. They will also enjoy new benefits from enhanced sourcing capabilities and first-to-market product innovations to industry-leading digital commerce.”

For more information please visit bunzlcanada.ca, snellingpaper.com or sursealpackaging.com.