Vermeulens embodies culture and we work together to create and uphold a collaborative and inclusive culture where our employees come from diverse backgrounds and are valued and inspired to share ideas, be creative, work hard, and have a little fun along the way. We are extremely proud that over our 50 years of growth, our culture has not wavered.

Collaboration Weeks

Vermeulens recognizes the importance of in person interaction for their staff.  To that end, we started Collaboration Week – 2 weeks per year that all staff gather in the Toronto office for a week of team building, fun, and lots of eating!  It began in 2012 and continues on, even the pandemic couldn’t stop this tradition.

Wendy and Leila, October 2021
Wendy and Leila, October 2021
Paint night, October 2021
Paint night, October 2021
Being part of a great team, October 2021
Being part of a great team, October 2021
A trivia game, October 2021
A trivia game, October 2021
Apple picking in the backyard, October 2021
Apple picking in the backyard, October 2021
Being hip, October 2021
Being hip, October 2021
Going on a duck boat tour, October 2021
Going on a duck boat tour, October 2021
Vikrant and Marisol, October 2021
Vikrant and Marisol, October 2021
Playing a card game, October 2021
Playing a card game, October 2021
Virtual collaboration week , October 2020
Virtual collaboration week , October 2020
What is this thing you call a hairbrush? May 2020
What is this thing you call a hairbrush? May 2020
Virtual collaboration week, October 2020
Virtual collaboration week, October 2020
A virtual team of 4, May 2020
A virtual team of 4, May 2020
A virtual tea time, October 2020
A virtual tea time, October 2020
Playing dress up, May 2020
Playing dress up, May 2020
Bowling night, May 2019
Bowling night, May 2019
Enjoying dinner, May 2019
Enjoying dinner, May 2019
Part of our team out for  a meal, May 2019
Part of our team out for a meal, May 2019
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Staff Eating Lunch Oct 2017, for Second Harvest. Second Harest Lunch April 2015
Leila Riding on the DVP - Ride for Heart 2018 Finished the 2017 Ride for Heart
Canadian Cancer Society Relay For Life Walkathon Realy for Life Survivor, Canadian Cancer Society
Join the Walk to End Alzheimers Walk to End Alzheimers
A Walk to cure JDRF Thank you for supporting finding a cure for JDRF
Pittsburgh Walk to end MS Walk to strike out MS

Charity Involvement

Even though we are a small business, we have big hearts. Our staff are passionate not just about their jobs but about giving back. These are some of the charities we and our staff support.

Second Harvest


Second HarvestSecond Harvest is the largest food rescue organization in Canada and global thought leader on food recovery. We work across the supply chain from farm to retail to capture surplus food before it ends up in the landfill which negatively impacts our environment. Vermeulen’s contribution to date is $13,907.

Ride for Heart


Ride for HeartOur research leads the fight against heart disease and stroke. Experience the excitement of riding 25k, 50k, or 75k, or walking 5k on the Gardiner and DVP (highways) at the Ride & Walk for Heart in Toronto. The Gardiner Expressway and Don Valley Parkway get shut down and reserved exclusively for thousands of cyclists and walkers at this event. The views are awesome and the company is inspiring. You will move and be moved as you raise money for Canadian research funded by Heart & Stroke.

Relay For Life


Relay for LifeWe’re the only national charity that supports all Canadians living with all cancers across the country. Thanks to our donors and volunteers, we’re able to fund groundbreaking cancer research into all types of cancer, offer support services to help people better manage life with cancer, shape health policies to prevent cancer and support those living with the disease, and offer trusted cancer information for all Canadians.

Walk to end Alzheimers


Walk to end AlzheimerThe Alzheimer's Association leads the way to end Alzheimer's and all other dementia — by accelerating global research, driving risk reduction and early detection, and maximizing quality care and support.

Walk to Cure Diabetes for JDRF


Walk to cure diabetes for JDRFThe Sun Life Walk to Cure Diabetes for JDRF is the largest fundraising event in Canada to support type 1 diabetes (T1D) research.While we may not be together in person this year, we will still come together to walk the distance for the 300,000 Canadians living with T1D. Join walkers in a brand new immersive and interactive experience filled with activities, entertainment and the celebration of uniting virtually to change the future of T1D.

Walk to End MS


Walk to end MSTogether, we can mobilize a nation to accelerate the pace of MS breakthroughs. Money raised by MS Walk participants fund leading-edge research and important support programs. Joining your local MS Walk means keeping the momentum going and showing support to people who live with MS in your community.

Christmas Toy Exchange

During this time, it’s not hard to think of people in need… especially the children.

SickKids LogoAt SickKids, we try our best to help patients and families feel as welcome and comfortable as they would in their own home. Donations of new toys, electronics, crafts, books, and entertainment help us bring joy and comfort to children throughout their hospital stay or appointment.  

Toys for Tots Logo Toys for Tots
The basic mission of the Marine Toys for Tots Program is to collect new unwrapped toys and distribute those toys to less fortunate children at Christmas.

Toys for Tots LogoArnaqjuaq School
Sanirajak, Nunavut
We made a donation of mittens and balaclavas.

Toy Exchange 2016 SickKids Gif Exchange 2017
Toy Exchange 2016 SickKids Gif Exchange 2017

Doggie Day

Instead of bring your kid to work day, we decided it would be more entertaining and less stressful to have a bring your dog to work day. Not sure how much work was done that day but there was lots of petting and playing.

Tea Time

Anyone that knows us, knows that we’re all about the food!  Whether it’s celebrating birthdays, engagements, baby showers, collaboration week, or promotions, any excuse to celebrate with food. Tea Time was introduced by Monica Vermeulen because she grew up with tea time every day in Britain.  When the office was in their home, work stopped at 2:30/3pm for tea and biscuits.  It’s a tradition that we revived in 2012. 

Tea Time Outside Enjoying Team Time outside

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