Good morning. Thank you, Chair and committee, for inviting Purolator to join you today.
My name is Ryan Persad. I am Purolator's director of global supply chain solutions. I am pleased to discuss Purolator's role in delivering personal protective equipment, or PPE, to regional health authorities across Canada.
I'll begin with some brief background on Purolator. We are the largest express courier company in Canada. We are celebrating our 60th anniversary as a great Canadian company this year. Our network is made up of more than 170 operating facilities and 110 retail centres. We employ more than 12,000 hard-working Canadians from coast to coast. We have close to 5,500 vehicles in our fleet. I am proud to say that Purolator has one of the greenest fleets in Canada, with a large and growing fleet of electric and hybrid vehicles.
During the past few months, Purolator has been proudly carrying out our mission of making Canada stronger by providing essential delivery services to Canadians across the country. In addition to critical health care, industrial and government shipments, the rise of direct-to-home deliveries has grown substantially over the past few months. I'm proud to say that Purolator delivered tens of millions of shipments to individuals and families, allowing them to safely remain at home during the COVID-19 pandemic.
We did it with safety as our driving priority. Our more than 12,000 employees have been on the front line, delivering vital supplies every day, ensuring that the economy continued to move and critical supply chains continued to flow. We have been working closely with public health organizations and global occupational health experts to execute safety protocols to help ensure that our employees and customers stay safe. We put in place advanced sanitation practices and increased the frequency of sanitizing all facilities. We're conducting contactless deliveries through our retail store and courier networks.
In my role, I'm responsible for working with large organizations and creating supply chain solutions to, from and within Canada. Purolator's network and our service are designed for safety, speed and reliability. We have broad capabilities to deliver all types of shipments, from truckloads of freight to documents and parcels. We also have warehousing, logistics and customs brokerage capabilities to enable our thousands of global customers doing business in Canada.
We were proud to work with our partners involved in the role of delivering much-needed PPE to regional health authorities across the country. To date we've delivered more than 33,000 cartons of equipment, including masks, gloves and gowns. They were delivered to regional authorities in every province, to 14 locations in total.
As provinces and territories move to reopen, we will continue to put safety first for Canadians and our employees, and do everything we can to serve the millions of Canadians and businesses who are relying on us to deliver their promises during these unprecedented times.
I would be pleased to answer any questions you may have about Purolator's role in delivering PPE supplies to the regional health authorities.