Community Support

Award Description

This award recognizes a BIOTECanada member company that has distinguished itself through its contributions to the community or communities in Canada beyond its normal business activities. The company will have demonstrated leadership through involvement in local, regional or national efforts and shown significant commitment in contributing to organizations, schools, or activities.  The company will have established a solid foundation of social responsibility and demonstrated continued commitment in Canada.
A variety of approaches can be recognized from establishing learning programs, donating goods and services, supporting employee volunteering, to supporting charity and community events. It will have developed or continued partnerships during the year that has allowed the company to be recognized as a leader and an important part of the local or national community.  
The award has been established to showcase the contributions member companies offer to our Canadian quality of life beyond their respective business and economic impact.  This award is based on performance in the previous calendar year (2012).

Novo Nordisk -  2013

Contribution to Canadian Communities Award Novo Nordisk has been changing diabetes in Canada since 1984. Today, with more than 275 employees working across Canada, our vision is to defeat diabetes by finding better methods of diabetes prevention, detection and treatment. Through partnerships with healthcare providers and not-for-profit organizations, we help drive research, advocacy and awareness initiatives to improve access to diabetes education, care and treatment for all Canadians impacted by the disease.

In 2012, Novo Nordisk continued to invest in programs that make a significant difference to communities across Canada. Our Everyone Jump: Kids Changing Diabetes program was delivered to more than 50,000 students in 10 provinces and territories. Nearly 200,000 students in grades 1 to 6 have participated since its inception in 2005. A recent research report published by the Centre for Healthy Development through Sport and Physical Activity at Brock University found that students who participated in the program were more physically active over a two-day period following implementation. On average, students did almost 70 minutes more physical activity and took nearly 8,000 more steps. Participants were also more aware of Canada’s Food Guide and were better able to choose between healthy and unhealthy snacks and portion sizes.

The Honourable Gary Goodyear, Minister of State for Science and Technology presents Vince Lamanna, Novo Nordisk with the award for CONTRIBUTION TO CANADIAN COMMUNITIES.

2013 Contribution to Canadian Communities - Company of the Year Nominees

Janssen Inc.
Novo Nordisk Canada Inc.

Partnership Program


Biogen Idec





Gold & Silver