Astellas ranked 27 on the Great Place to Work® Institute's Best Workplaces™ in Canada list, in addition to recognition on the 2020 lists of Best Workplaces™ in Canada for Inclusion and Women 

MARKHAM, ON, April 16, 2020 – Astellas Pharma Canada, Inc. has been named on the List of Best Workplaces™ by Great Place to Work® for the fifth consecutive year. In addition to being certified as a Great Place to Work®, Astellas was recognized earlier this year as one of the Best Workplaces™ for Women, also for the fifth consecutive year; and for the second year in a row as one of the Best Workplaces™ for Inclusion. In 2019, the company was also featured on the Great Place to Work® Institute’s list of Best Workplaces™ for Giving Back, for Mental Wellness and for Healthcare.

“Our vision has always been to create an environment where our people are empowered, engaged and connected to a common purpose: to deliver value and service to our customers and the patients they serve,” said Frank Stramaglia, General Manager, Astellas Pharma Canada. “We’re extremely proud to be recognized once again as a Best Workplace in Canada which reinforces our commitment to cultivating our Astellas culture and supporting our employees’ personal and professional growth.”

Astellas Pharma Canada Great Place to Work 2020

The 2020 Best Workplaces™ in Canada list is compiled by the Great Place to Work® Institute. The competition process is based on two criteria: two-thirds of the total score comes from confidential employee survey results and the remaining one-third comes from an in-depth review of the organization's culture. This offers a rigorous representation of the organization from an employee perspective, and an overall portrait of the workplace culture. Together, they provide crucial data relative to five trust-building dimensions: credibility, respect, fairness, pride, and camaraderie. 

This year’s list received over 400 registrations and over 80,000 employees participated in the 2020 “Best Workplaces™ in Canada” survey, rolling out to impact over 300,000 Canadian employees.

“We are thrilled to have earned this honour for the fifth year in a row, and it is a humbling reflection of how our employees feel about working in our organization”, said Adele Zita, Director of Human Resources, Astellas Pharma Canada. “It gives us immense pride to see that our numerous policies and programs around employee recognition, flexibility and work/life balance, career development and giving back to the community are making a profound impact in our employees’ lives and are inspiring them to develop and make a difference, both professionally and personally.”

About Astellas Pharma Canada, Inc.

Astellas Pharma Canada, Inc., headquartered in Markham, Ontario, is the Canadian affiliate of Tokyo-based Astellas Pharma, Inc. In Canada, Astellas has an intense commercial focus on three therapeutic areas – Oncology, Immunology, and Urology. In 2019, the company was featured on the Great Place to Work® Institute’s list of Best Workplaces in Canada for the fourth consecutive year, and on the lists for Best Workplaces for Inclusion; Women; Giving Back; Mental Wellness and Healthcare. The company was also recognized with the Business Employer of Excellence Award from the Markham Board of Trade. 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.

About Great Place to Work®:

Great Place to Work® is the global authority on high-trust, high-performance workplace cultures. Through proprietary assessment tools, advisory services and certification programs, Great Place to Work® recognizes the world's Best Workplaces™ in a series of national lists including those published by The Globe & Mail (Canada) and Fortune magazine (USA). Great Place to Work® provides the benchmarks, framework, and expertise needed to create, sustain, and recognize outstanding workplace cultures. Visit us at or find us on Twitter at @GPTW_Canada.

For further information:

Amanda Mills Sirois
Senior Communications Manager
Astellas Pharma Canada, Inc.
905-940-5752 or 1-833-695-5752
[email protected]