We can’t say enough about how our employees rose to the challenges presented by the COVID-19 pandemic. While some employees had to adjust to working from their homes, those at the Ungava Spirits plant, Foreign Affair winery and Hiram Walker & Sons distillery continued to work onsite while maintaining and complying with the necessary safety precautions and social distancing measures. The situation called for new policies and practices, as well as tools and resources to help people manage stress.
Improving internal communication was a priority entering fiscal 2020, and it turned out to be all the more important during the pandemic. In addition to regular town hall meetings, we launched bi-monthly PODcasts hosted by CEO Patrick O’Driscoll (hence the name POD-cast) to make it easier for people to learn about our business while on the road. We also introduced the Distillers Digest monthly e-newsletter to recognize achievements, and help people stay in the know and get to know each other better.