Takeda Canada is Once Again One of GTA's Top Employers

Company Recognized for Fifth Year in a Row as a Great Place to Work

OAKVILLE, ON, Nov. 20, 2012 /CNW/ - After fierce competition, Takeda Canada is honoured to be selected for the fifth year in a row as one of Greater Toronto Area`s (GTA) Top Employers, which was announced today in the Toronto edition of the Globe and Mail.

A part of Canada's Top 100 Employer project, the GTA Top Employers are compared with other organizations in their field to determine which offers the most progressive and forward-thinking programs.  Takeda was selected as a GTA Top Employer from over 15,000 companies who were invited to apply.

"At Takeda, investing in our employees is a top priority and goes beyond the traditional benefit packages," said Mike Egli, President and CEO of Takeda Canada.  "Winning the GTA TOP Employers award for the fifth time reinforces what we have worked so hard to create - a culture based on strong values and an environment that is rewarding, challenging and balanced - making Takeda the place where people want to work."

The GTA Top Employers is awarded to organizations that provide exceptional workplace environments and is based on eight criteria, including physical workplace (e.g., on-site gyms and lounges); work atmosphere and social events; health, financial and family benefits; vacation, and time off; employee communications; performance management; training and skills development; and community involvement.

Takeda places a strong emphasis on employee programs.  For instance, Takeda has an exceptional health and benefit program, which includes assistance to parents who adopt.  Parents are offered a generous subsidy to help cover the cost of adoption.  Takeda also invests heavily in employee communications, performance management, community involvement and training, which all contribute to a strong culture that is aligned to internal values.

While reflecting on her experience working at Takeda for over three years, Renata Poljak, Marketing Coordinator said "Takeda truly stands out as an organization that puts employees first in so many ways. It is an organization that actually practices what it preaches when it comes to investing in employees - it is the first place I have worked that lives and breathes its values."

About Takeda Canada

Takeda Canada, located in Oakville, Ontario, is Canada marketing's and sales organization of Takeda Pharmaceutical Company Limited.

As the largest pharmaceutical company in Japan and a leader in the global industry, Takeda's mission is to strive toward better health for patients worldwide through leading innovation in medicine. It has a commercial presence covering around 70 countries, with particular strength in Asia, North America, Europe and fast-growing emerging markets including Latin America, Russia-CIS and China. Takeda is ranked 12th by global Rx sales, 14th in the BRIC countries and 18th in Europe. Areas of focus include cardiovascular and metabolic diseases, immunology and respiratory diseases, oncology and central nervous system diseases, among others. Through the integration of Millennium Pharmaceuticals and Nycomed, Takeda has been transforming itself, broadening its therapeutic expertise and geographic outreach.

Additional information about Takeda Canada is available through its website, http://www.takedacanada.com.

SOURCE: Takeda Canada, Inc.

For further information:

Jeanne Menard
Corporate Communications
Takeda Canada Inc.
Tel:  905-469-5432

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