April Fools’ Day warning: Beware of fake news!

It’s the one day each year that actually celebrates fake news. April Fools’ Day (sometimes called All Fools’ Day) is an annual celebration in some European and Western countries, commemorated on April 1 by playing practical jokes and spreading hoaxes.

Have you heard of the latest innovations: Whopper Toothpaste, Google Gnome or Domino’s Heat Wave Letter Box, to name a few? Some of the most hilarious pranks throughout history have come in the form of fake headlines and videos that have been produced and distributed on April 1.


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Pride in our Differences

As we continue to celebrate Black History Month, I was reflecting on what we can learn from the history of different cultures regarding the challenges, struggles and major accomplishments that are part of defining us as humans. It is always fascinating when you read about or, better yet, interact and exchange ideas with people of diverse histories and experiences.

I wanted to share with you what diversity and inclusion (D&I) mean to me, why it is important, and as a Canadian company, why we should continue celebrating it.

A couple of decades

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Get to know Ricardo Costa, Information Technology


This week we feature Ricardo Costa, our Vice President and Chief Information Officer.

My favourite song on my iPod right now is “Don’t Wanna Fight” from Alabama Shakes. My favourite book is Creativity, Inc.: Overcoming the Unseen Forces That Stand in the Way of True Inspiration by Ed Catmull. My favourite movie is The Godfather. The most adventurous thing I’ve ever done is moving to Canada from Brazil with

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A new way to save your hard-earned dollars


Beginning today, Wednesday, Feb. 7, 2018, employees can enrol in our group tax-free savings account (TFSA) through PuroPension, our workplace retirement and savings program. Whether you are booking a vacation or buying your first home, this is a great way to help you save for your short- and long-term financial goals.

Why register for a group TFSA?

The group TFSA provides you with all of the features of an individual TFSA, which include:

  • Not paying taxes on any interest, dividends or other investment gains.
  • No age restrictions for withdrawing funds.
  • If you withdraw some of your savings, you can re-contribute without impacting your annual contribution limit.*

Some added advantages of a group TFSA are:

When enrolling in the group TFSA, you are able to either set up after-tax payroll

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Get to know Chris Spanjaard, Operations


This week we feature Chris Spanjaard, our Senior Vice President and Chief Operations Officer.

My favourite song on my iPod right now is “10,000 Reasons” by Matt Redman. My favourite book is The Letter for the King by Tonke Dragt. My favourite movie is Gladiator. The most adventurous thing I’ve ever done is…still to be done. Taking the train from Beijing to Tibet is something that is definitely

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Over 12 million pounds of food raised through Purolator Tackle Hunger

Announcing the winners of the 2017 Great Purolator Food Fight

We have officially wrapped up the 15th season of Purolator Tackle Hunger® (PTH) and another successful year! From our PTH kickoff event last May with Her Honour the Honourable Elizabeth Dowdeswell to the always popular PTH Online Holiday Auction in December, our employees showed their dedication to supporting those in need in 2017.

“Together we raised 1.5 million pounds of food for food banks across Canada, thanks to the unwavering support and devotion of our employees,” said John Ferguson, President and CEO. “Whether it was volunteering

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When giving back is a part of your DNA

A spotlight on Luigi Marrongelli, Ottawa’s Unit Manager

As far back as he can remember, Luigi Marrongelli, Unit Manager, Ottawa, has felt the need to give back to his community in any way he could. Raised by parents who instilled these values in him at a very young age, he has always felt a calling to do something for the greater good of the community. Around the time that the Purolator Tackle Hunger program was getting started in 2003, there was a perfect fit for Luigi when his District Manager asked him to be part of organizing a community initiative for the region – this would later evolve into

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Take care of ourselves – and one another – this holiday season


By Ken Johnston, Senior Vice President & CHRO Human Resources

It is officially cold and flu season in Canada! My wife, Sue, is a family physician and she was sharing with me how busy it is at her clinic this time of year. I asked her if it was all seasonal colds and flu’s. I was surprised by her response. She told me that while there is certainly a spike in those types of visits, there is another ailment that seems to spike at this time of year – visits related to mental health.

During the holiday season, people can become very anxious

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Recognizing our long-serving team members, and my challenge to you!

By Ken Johnston, SVP & Chief HR Officer

When I visit our locations across Canada and the United States, I am regularly struck by the number of long-time employees at Purolator. I have worked for a number of large companies and all of them had pockets of long-tenured people. At Purolator, however, it seems to be uniquely common. Personally, I think this is a wonderful competitive advantage. Fundamentally we are a people business – what we offer our customers is a great service, distinguished by the experience, attitude and talent of our amazing

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