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2017 Keeping Good Company Workplace Recognition 

We all love where we live. It’s this love, along with a deep sense of pride, that compels us to take action and ignite change in our community. Change that the organizations listed below—and profiled in United Way’s fourth annual Keeping Good Company—are helping make possible. These leading corporate citizens—together with their employees, retirees and labour partners—are part of an uprising of care that’s transforming the lives of tens of thousands of people and families in the places that we all call home.

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  • CIBC: Celebrating 150 years of community impact
  • McCarthy Tétrault: Partnering for change
  • PwC: The next level of giving
  • Sun Life: A policy for the future


Image of CIBC executives sitting at boardroom table

PARTY PROUD (left to right): Kevin Patterson, Ting Pei Loo, Susan Rimmer, Andrea Nalyzyty and Eric Belanger.

How do you help strengthen communities? Just ask top Canadian-based financial institution and leading corporate citizen CIBC. A long-time community champion, the company recognizes that the answer lies in investing both dollars and time. It adds up to big change for people and families—change CIBC helps make possible, thanks to their largest and most successful fundraising campaign for United Way to date.

Why our partnership works: “By partnering with United Way, our employees are not only able to give, but also fully engage in the issues they care about. By getting out in the community and volunteering, they’re able to see what the needs are and how they can make a real difference,” says Kevin Patterson, CIBC’s Senior Executive Vice President of Technology and Operations.

Proudest moment on the United Way campaign trail: “Years ago, I was assaulted. I was lucky—I was able to get the help I needed, thanks to my family, friends, community and employer. Being able to share my story with colleagues—expressing the importance of giving to United Way programming aimed at women in similar situations who have nowhere else to turn—was an important and positive experience,” says Andrea Nalyzyty, Vice President of Procurement. 

McCarthy Tétrault

Image of McCarthy Tetrault executives standing in reception

STRONGER TOGETHER (left to right): Awanish Sinha, Godyne Sibay and Tony Brown.

McCarthy Tétrault is more than just Canada’s first national law firm—it’s an innovative organization committed to its clients and the communities where they live and work. As a leading corporate citizen with a deep commitment to United Way, McCarthy Tétrault’s team members understand the importance of giving back and that everyone in our community deserves equal opportunities for a good life. “We are stronger together. When we level the playing field for people and families in need, we create healthier communities,” says Godyne Sibay, the firm’s Managing Partner, Ontario Region. “And healthier communities are a vital part of a healthier society.”

Why our partnership works: “United Way has shown us that we are all philanthropists and reminds us of the importance of long-term, strategic vision, sustained leadership, institutional commitment and dedicated resources to make community change possible,” says Godyne Sibay, Managing Partner, Ontario Region.

Proudest moment on the United Way campaign trail: “It’s really all about engagement for me. Having the opportunity to build relationships as part of the United Way campaign has been very rewarding,” says Tony Brown, Manager of the firm’s Conference Centre.


Image of PwC executives standing in front of multi-coloured wall

CATALYST FOR CHANGE (left to right): Raj Kothari, Cara Fletcher and Bill McFarland.

Doing the right thing. At PwC, one of Canada’s top professional services firms, this commitment to its clients, people and their families across the community is embedded in the corporate culture. PwC’s values—which focus on caring, making a difference and reimagining the possible—are a driving force for the more than 6,500-strong national team that wants to be a catalyst for change, tackling and solving tough business and societal problems. 

Why our partnership works: “We feel connected to the big issues, like poverty, that are impacting individuals and families right here in our community, where we live and work. It’s this connection that motivates us to continue fostering our strong and dynamic partnership with United Way,” says Bill McFarland, PwC's CEO and Senior Partner.

Favourite memory from the campaign trail: “We have speakers from United Way agencies visit us during campaign season, and, for me, this year one young woman really stood out. Having experienced domestic abuse, she bravely told her story of survival. When she shared how she rose out of that situation—there wasn’t a dry eye in the room,” says Raj Kothari, PwC’s Greater Toronto Area Managing Partner.

Sun Life

Image of Sun Life executives standing in lobby of Sun Life building

FUTURE-FORWARD THINKING (left to right): Abhishek Sarathy, Lisa Ritchie and Tom Reid.

What does a bright future look like? For Sun Life—a top financial services organization—lifetime financial security and well-being plays a vital role in creating a healthier, happier tomorrow. Providing a diverse range of insurance, wealth, health and asset management solutions around the globe, Sun Life is also a corporate citizen equally dedicated to building brighter lives for people and families in need and understands the importance of investing in community health, wellness and belonging.

Why our partnership works: We all know people who have used various services that are provided by United Way agencies—and every one of our communities is better and stronger for the investment in social infrastructure that United Way has made,” says Tom Reid, Sun Life’s Senior Vice-President for Group Retirement Services and the company’s national United Way Campaign Chair.

Favourite memory from the campaign trail: “A few years ago I met a speaker from a United Way agency who spoke about coming to Canada with his brother and single mom. He talked about how tough it was growing up as a newcomer and how United Way helped him belong. He ended up running a United Way agency and even ran for a seat on Toronto City Council. I continue to admire his progress,” says Dean Connor, President and CEO of Sun Life.