Canada Bread gets a rise through software

By Mike Moralis
|CHRR, Guide to HR Technology|Last Updated: 06/20/2002

Mergers and acquisitions are making HR departments shopping for HRMS software think about future growth and long-term system integration. At Maple Leaf Foods, headquartered in Toronto, implementation of a comprehensive suite of human resources software solutions has been an ongoing process since 1998, when it was introduced on a pilot basis at Canada Bread Company Limited, one of the corporation’s 14 independent operating companies or IOCs, as they’re called.

Maple Leaf Foods and Canada Bread consider the implementation a success that illustrates the complexities of today’s dynamic business environment, and the challenges that they pose for human resources and other departments.

There are about 17,000 employees under the umbrella of Maple Leaf Foods, about 6,000 of them with Canada Bread. In 1998, when Canada Bread, which also has headquarters in Toronto, had only about 3,000 employees, it was looking for a comprehensive suite of HR applications that could also interface with the new payroll system, says Vince Fornella, HR manager at Canada Bread.