Back-to-School: It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year

About the author : Martin Lapointe

Vice President Operations - Education and Universities at Sodexo Canada

Published on : 8/31/21
  • For those of us who remember watching cable TV with commercials, you’ll probably remember those back-to-school Staples commercials set to the holiday carol “It’s the most wonderful time of the year”.  Doesn’t that seem like an understatement. After a year and a half of virtual-learning, home schooling, and strange hybrid forms of in-class or campus life, this year’s back-to-school season is filled with excitement, for parents, faculty and students alike. Here at Sodexo, the feeling in the air is akin to approaching the holiday season. Feelings of joy, anticipation, optimism and “good cheer”.  Yes, it’s the most wonderful time of the year.

    I certainly cannot tell what the future will hold, whether a fourth wave will put a screeching halt on our merriment, but at this exact moment in time, I am focused on the optimism of a fresh, new school year.

    This anticipatory sentiment is echoed for our education segment because this new school year ushers in the rollout of our new Imagine by Sodexo brand at campuses across Canada.


    Imaginative collaboration for everyday inspiration

    Sodexo’s role in the education industry is to make sure we support our clients through the services we deliver. We need to bring our ‘A’ game every day and deliver the best student and faculty experience. We need to be innovative and think out of the box, but also learn from all the creativity that is found around us in schools, colleges and universities. We need to be on trend, innovative and take care of our planet through great sustainability initiatives.

    It’s for all these reasons that we created Imagine by Sodexo, a specific campus over-arching brand that encompasses all our offerings in food experiences, nutrition, custodial, facility and residence management and conference services.   


    Catapulting into the future

    The education world is an effervescent environment. We want to elevate the student and faculty experience and engagement whether they are K-12 or higher education, and by curating culinary concepts and bringing in new technology with fresh ideas and a student-centered approach, we can help your campus community thrive.

    We’ve had no choice but to adapt over the past year and a half. The traditional student dining experience has been flipped on its head. We’ve had to move quickly and efficiently to provide the latest and greatest technology to campuses: mobile ordering, AI checkout, grab and go meals, robotic food delivery (to name just a few). And speaking frankly, this has been a blessing. Your students, faculty and staff deserve innovative and creative campus experiences, offerings and services that truly inspire greatness.


    It's the hap-happiest season of all

    This new school year is something to look forward to and celebrate. New and returning students should feel safe on campus, engaged with their community and be excited to connect. Our teams are ready to welcome you back, and we are prepared with unique offerings and services that inspire students to reach their full potential.

    We’d love to help you inspire greatness in your students, staff, and community!