Toyota and Canadian Blood Services are two organizations with vastly different products and services but a similar dedication to quality, efficiency and improving the lives of Canadians - an unlikely partnership has turned out to be a perfect match.
Collaboration across the organizations began as a knowledge sharing project in 2015. For more than 70 years, Toyota has excelled at developing its manufacturing processes and has worked hard to continuously improve them. Based on the philosophies of the world-renowned Toyota Production System, Toyota has helped hundreds of other organizations enhance productivity, maximize available resources and further improve quality and safety.
In its first Canadian project in 2015, the Toyota Production System Support Centre (TSSC) collaborated with Canadian Blood Services to identify opportunities for process improvements at its production and distribution facilities. Significant improvements included additional production time, a 40% reduction in packing time, and a 30% reduction in steps taken by employees every day.
Continuing in 2017 Toyota Canada and its dealers will be extending their support of Canadian Blood Services with an annual donation of $210,000. With this new phase of our partnership, we also have the tremendous opportunity to tap into each Toyota dealership’s community and engage people at both the national and regional levels to raise awareness about donation.
Give Life Partners
We are pleased to launch the new Give Life partner program. This partnership program engages national organizations who are eager to help patients in need of blood. The community-minded organizations profiled below are targeting one or two months a year to encourage their employees, members and clients across the country to Give Life by donating blood and/or stem cells. They are inspiring people to #GiveLife on social media, through internal and client communications to make an even greater difference.
Ricoh Canada has a proud history of not just serving our customers with the best in technology, but also in doing important work where environmental sustainability and corporate social responsibility is concerned. We’ve been recognized globally for our efforts, and part of our culture has always included making sure we’re a positive part of the communities we live and work in. Partnering with Canada Blood Services is a natural fit for our team, and working to meet the need for blood donations nationwide is just the right thing to do. And we’re glad to do it.
Whatever our clients envision, our engineers can design and build. With over six decades of business and technical experience in the mining, energy, and infrastructure sectors, we know your business and understand that your challenges are changing rapidly. We respond quickly with solutions that are smarter, more efficient, and innovative. We draw upon our 9,000 staff with experience in over 150 countries to challenge the status quo and create positive change for our clients, our employees, and the communities we serve. We are excited to be a Give Life partner in September!
Canadian Federation of Medical Students
We are an organization representing over 8,000 medical students from 14 Canadian medical student societies from coast to coast. We represent medical students to the public, to the federal government, and to national and international medical organizations.
From September 2016 to April 2017, medical students from 14 medical schools collected almost 700 units of blood during their annual Phlebotomy Bowl challenge.
About the Canadian Ismaili Muslim Community
The Shia Ismaili Muslims are a community of ethnically and culturally diverse people living in over 25 countries around the world. Guided by their Spiritual Leader, His Highness the Aga Khan, Ismailis today are settled throughout Canada and occupy a variety of positions across the public, private and voluntary sectors. Over the last 45 years of Ismaili presence in Canada, the community has sought to contribute to the fabric of Canadian society by its involvement in many spheres of public life and through regional programs that demonstrate the values of volunteerism, compassion, self-reliance and intellectual engagement.
About the Diamond Jubilee Ismaili CIVIC 150
Ismaili CIVIC 150 represents a pledge by the Canadian Ismaili Muslim Community to give 1 million hours of service to improve the quality of life of Canadians — one Canadian at a time. Volunteer service that improves the quality of life of Canadians or otherwise contributes to Canada is counted towards this pledge. Ismaili CIVIC 150 is a legacy initiative representing the continuous commitment Canadian Ismailis have to adding value to the country in which it lives.