Award is a first for Astellas and comes in addition to recognition previously received in six Great Place to Work® categories 

Markham, ON - December 2, 2019 - Astellas Pharma Canada, Inc. (Astellas; Astellas Canada), the Canadian subsidiary of Tokyo-based Astellas Pharma, Inc., has been honoured as the winner of the Business Employer of Excellence Award by the Markham Board of  Trade.

"Astellas Pharma Canada is extremely proud to be recognized by the Markham Board of Trade as a Business Employer of Excellence," said Steve Sabus, General Manager, Astellas Pharma Canada. "This award speaks to our vision to promote an environment where our people are empowered, engaged and connected to a common purpose: to deliver value and exceptional service to our customers, to their patients and to our community."

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Astellas Pharma Canada receives Business Employer of Excellence Award from Markham Board of Trade

The Business Employer of Excellence Award is presented to a company that invests in their employees, and provides a culture that nurtures, recognizes and rewards excellence. Astellas Canada received the award, a first for the organization, at the 29th Annual Markham Board of Trade Business Excellence Awards on November 28, 2019.

"One of the key elements of our success are our employees and the strong culture that we have, which makes this recognition from the Markham Board of Trade very meaningful," said Adele Zita, Director, Human Resources. "Our Astellas employees truly are the foundation of everything we do. Our collective focus on having a culture of continuous development and giving back to our community is what gives us the ability to take on any challenge we face and continue to thrive."

 As a leading multinational pharmaceutical company, Astellas prides itself on creating a unique culture like none other. In Canada, the company's positive employee engagement survey results and the recognition it continues to receive from the Great Place to Work® Institute underscores the vibrant culture that Astellas Canada has developed and why the company is successful.

In addition to the Business Employer of Excellence Award from the Markham Board of Trade, Astellas Pharma Canada received six awards from the Great Place to Work® Institute in 2019 - being named to the list of Best WorkplacesTM in Canada and the list of Best WorkplacesTM for Women for the fourth consecutive year, as well as being named for the first time to the lists of Best WorkplacesTM for Inclusion, for Giving Back, for Mental Wellness, and for Healthcare.


About Astellas Pharma Inc.:

Astellas Pharma Inc., based in Tokyo, Japan, is a company dedicated to improving the health of people around the world through the provision of innovative and reliable pharmaceutical products. We focus on Urology, Oncology, Immunology, Nephrology and Neuroscience as prioritized therapeutic areas while advancing new therapeutic areas and discovery research leveraging new technologies/modalities. We are also creating new value by combining internal capabilities and external expertise in the medical/healthcare business. Astellas is on the forefront of healthcare change to turn innovative science into value for patients. For more information, please visit our website at

About Astellas Pharma Canada, Inc.:

Astellas Pharma Canada, Inc., headquartered in Markham, Ontario, is a Canadian affiliate of Tokyo-based Astellas Pharma, Inc. In Canada, Astellas has an intense commercial focus on three therapeutic areas - Oncology, Immunology and Urology. For more information about Astellas Pharma Canada, Inc., please visit You can also find us on Twitter at @AstellasCA or LinkedIn at Astellas Pharma Canada, Inc.