Astellas ranked 22nd on the Best Workplaces in Canada list, in addition to recognition on the 2019 lists of Best Workplaces in Canada for Giving Back, Inclusion and Women

MARKHAM, ON , April 29, 2019 /CNW/ - Astellas Pharma Canada, Inc. (Astellas), the Canadian subsidiary of Tokyo based Astellas Pharma, Inc., has once again been honoured as one of the Best Workplaces in Canada by the Great Place to Work® Institute. The Institute honours employers across the country who create and foster exemplary workplaces. Astellas is included among the top Canadian organizations in the 1000+ Employees category, as one of the Best Workplaces for Women for the fourth consecutive year, and in two new categories this year as one of the Best Workplaces for Giving Back and for Inclusion. Astellas' overall ranking is 2nd amongst biotechnology/pharmaceutical companies.

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"Astellas Pharma Canada is extremely proud to be recognized by Great Place to Work® as one of the Best Workplaces in Canada for 2019," said Steve Sabus, General Manager, Astellas Pharma Canada. "We are especially honoured by this recognition, because it is a direct representation of our employees' feedback and how they take pride in being part of our team. We really do strive to create an environment where people feel inspired, engaged and connected to a common purpose: to deliver value and exceptional service to our customers and the patients we serve."

This year's list, featured in a special national report published in The Globe and Mail, received over 400 registrations and over 80,000 employees participated in the 2019 Best Workplaces in Canada" survey, rolling out to impact over 300,000 Canadian employees.

The 2019 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.

"Being named as one of the Best Workplaces in Canada by Great Place to Work® for the fourth consecutive year is an incredible accomplishment, and we're thrilled about this recognition," said Adele Zita, Director of Human Resources, Astellas Pharma Canada. "We are very mindful of what it takes to provide our employees with an environment that recognizes their goals, diversity, commitment and need for personal and professional growth – our vibrant culture says it all. From providing comprehensive benefits and recognition programs to our unique paid volunteer opportunities, we are committed to creating a workplace where our employees are valued and empowered to make a difference."

As a leading multinational pharmaceutical company, Astellas prides itself on creating a culture of excellence and optimal performance that values the individual and collective contribution of all employees through recognition, flexibility and work/life balance. Individuals are encouraged to take advantage of numerous programs that provide opportunities to grow personally and professionally. These include: flexible scheduling; training and career development; RRSP matching for full-time employees; a wellness program; company events and milestone celebrations. Astellas also has a progressive Corporate Social Responsibility and volunteer program that provides employees with up to five paid days off each year so that they can participate in community causes.

Astellas has also established many innovative ways to ensure that their workplace offers all parents the flexibility, work/life balance, maternity/parental support and career development opportunities that are important considerations for most working families.

About Great Place to Work
Great Place to Work® is the global authority on high-trust, high-performance workplace cultures. It is a global research and consulting firm with a mission to build a better society by helping companies transform their workplaces. Great Place to Work® provides the benchmarks, framework, and expertise needed to create, sustain, and recognize outstanding workplace cultures. In Canada, Great Place to Work® produces both industry and demographic specific Best Workplace™ lists. This is part of the world's largest annual workplace study, which culminates in a series of national lists in over 50 countries, including the study's flagship list of 100 Best Companies published annually in Fortune magazine. Globally, this survey represents the voices of 11 million employees, which are the primary determinant used in selecting winners. There's only one way to get on this list – your employees have to put you on it. Visit Great Place to Work® online at and on Twitter at @GPTW_Canada.

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 four therapeutic areas – Oncology, Immunology, Urology, and Infectious Disease. 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.

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For further information: Amanda Mills Sirois, Senior Manager, Product & Corporate Communications, Astellas Pharma Canada, Inc., 905-940-5752, [email protected]; Somya Dixit-Anand, energi PR, 416-425-9143, ext. 201, [email protected]