Calgary is quickly becoming an international hub for business and travel. Is your business prepared?
Whether your business objectives are in finding staffing solutions to serve ethnic communities, building culturally relevant projects, or developing targeted marketing strategies, diversity truly strengthens businesses and adds value to organizations in tangible ways.
Hear from our participating employers about how investing in building a diverse workforce has improved their business practises and transformed their workplace culture.
“It is so important for us as a business to have responsibility, not just to look at corporate social responsibility, but also use our business skills to get involved in social society. To create opportunities, not just for ourselves, but also for the community as well.” - Wayne Chiu, President and Founder of Trico Homes
Other featured employer testimonials
“What if the team was made up of different perspectives – with a diversity of thought and diversity of backgrounds? The process may take a little longer, but I can guarantee that you are going to come up with a better answer.”
– Geoff Hill, Managing Director
“Our world is becoming more and more connected and the internet and travel has connected our world in more ways than we could ever imagine. We end up going towards the idea becoming global citizens. We are fortunate in our company because we see this diversity every day through our work.”
-Michael Burak, CEO of Languages in Motion Ltd.
“We want to make sure that there is really a comfort level with anyone coming in to use our services, they are going to be welcomed to various facilities or programs by our staff of all ages, all genders, and all cultures”
-Jeff Simpson, VP of HR for YMCA Calgary
“It`s really important to have a variety diversity of background and of opinions in your organization, because you really don`t know what you are missing until it`s there! You realize that diversity builds strength, and builds diversity of opinions, approaches and perspectives that strengthens your practice.”
- Jerilyn Dressler, Director of Operations at Distress Centre
“Our diversity vision is really quite simple, we want our company to reflect the makeup of the communities in which we work in and our employees live in. We want to ensure that all of our employees are respected, and that they are able to contribute to their highest possible level within the company.”
-Alex Pourbaix, Chief Operating Officer for TransCanada Corporation
“Alchemy has worked hard to include new Canadians within our workforce. At the end of the day, we are always trying to make our projects outstanding and unique and we need to have different experiences and different cultural backgrounds in order to do that.” -Kathryn Kolaczek, CEO of Alchemy Communications Inc.
“Diversity is the reality of GKD. By looking for people regardless of where they come from, but based on their skill sets, we’ve been able to find the best people we can for the positions we are looking to fill.” - Brad Narfason, President of GKD Industries Ltd.
“Diversity, specifically involving the store I work at, is very important here as our workforce is actually made of 40% of people that are newcomers to Canada. We appreciate different people with different ideas and different contributions to the team.” - Kim Hirtle, Community Development Coordinator at Kal Tire
“For Lafarge, having Canadian experience is not the priority. For us, it’s a lot about the competency; it’s a lot about the soft skills, the attitude, and the industry experience. We have a lot of people coming from different places in the world, being a multinational company.” - Alex Lefebvre, Talent Acquisition Coordinator for Lafarge Canada
“Diversity at Carya I really think is a gift. Our demographic of Calgarians that we try to reach out to, come from all different backgrounds, all different languages. And the only way we can help us meet our mission of supporting clients in a community is to have a diverse workforce.“ – Leanna Craig, HR Manager at Carya
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