Goodbye 2019, You Were Awesome!

The year 2019 was an unstoppable one for Ingram Micro. As we reflect on the many achievements of 2019, we look forward to elevating the energy and excitement in 2020!

Global Celebrations as Ingram Micro turned 40

2019 was a milestone year as we celebrated our 40th birthday! In Canada, our birthday celebrations took place in June and July. We had treat days, company barbecues, a charity contest with the Northern Birthday Box Project, and a birthday countdown that all led up to the grand birthday party on July 16! As part of our celebrations, we recognized more than 25 tenured associates who have been with Ingram Micro for 25 years or more.

2019 Industry Awards

It was an honour to win some coveted 2019 industry awards, including the Cisco/Ingram Micro Marketing team winning the Business Customer Experience Bronze Award at the CMA Awards, walking away with the Winning Together award at Microsoft Inspire, and capturing the CDW Distributor of the Year at the CDW Canada Partner Awards.

 

Community Connections

Social Responsibility is one of our core values. In March, we celebrated International Women’s Week. At this event, we held a panel discussion with our leaders, a high-tea to network and a book discussion. We also hosted a women’s professional clothing drive.

And speaking of drives, we hosted our annual Thanksgiving Food Drive, where all associates donated food items. We collected over 4000 pounds of food as an organization, across Ontario, British Columbia and Quebec. We also held our annual Toy Drive in December, where we collected over 1500 toys that we donated to various charities.

Activities for the Young & the Young-at-heart

As part of our student outreach, we hosted students from Ryerson University, the Ted Rogers School of Business. Students got a chance to visit our office, interact with leaders and gain a deeper understanding of Ingram Micro and our business. The annual Take Your Kids to Work Day was a blast for the younger children. We collaborated with The Learning Partnership to host Grade 9 students –   all of whom were children or relatives of our associates. It was an immersive experience for them where they learned about our company history, what makes Ingram Micro a great place to work and got a glimpse into our business. They took an experiential tour of the warehouse, where they learned some exciting things from our Operations and CLS associates.

In 2019, we launched 'Take Your Parents to Work Day'. We played host to the parents of our associates, giving them an opportunity to understand what their son or daughter does at work. It was a heartwarming experience as parents met their child’s teams, their office friends and got a tour of the office and the warehouse. They left with a sense of pride and belonging.

Other annual activities included our Halloween celebrations, Breakfast with Santa and our September Wellness Month. The Wellness Month included a company-wide step challenge, daily wellness tips, a wellness-themed fair from our benefits partner and held yoga sessions at the office.

With the experience of 2019, we welcome the challenges and experiences that 2020 will bring. We will continue to deliver enhanced experiences to our associates, customers and partners, as well as increase our focus to give back to our community. We look forward to 2020 being our best year yet!

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Marilyn Hall

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