he Workplace Inclusion Leadership Awards were initiated in 2015 to acknowledge excellence in workplace inclusion. We are very proud to announce the 2016 winners of these prestigious awards in the following categories:
Enterprise-Wide Leadership: Syncrude Canada Ltd.
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Syncrude's award recognizes its leadership in Aboriginal relations with enterprise-wide achievements which have improved Indigenous social and economic outcomes including cumulative procurement of $2.5 Billion from local Indigenous companies and its status as one of the country's largest employers of Indigenous people.
Syncrude is one of the largest operators in Canada's oil sands industry. Based in Fort MacMurray, Alberta, and a neighbour to five First Nations and six Metis locals, the company has long worked to foster Aboriginal inclusion within its organization and has also provided support and advocacy at the national level. The company's inclusion approach encompasses the six commitment areas of: Business, Employment, Community, Education, Environment and Leadership. Symcrude reports annually on its progress through its Pathways Aboriginal Review and its Sustainability Report.
Changemakers Initiator (Individual): Goldcorp (Roger Souckey, Director of Corporate Social Responsibility, Canada / US
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Goldcorp is a leading gold producer focused on responsible mining practices with safe, low-cost production throughout the Americas. A portfolio of long-lived, high-quality assets positions the Company to deliver long-term value. A Canadian company headquartered in Vancouver, British Columbia, Goldcorp employs more than 15,000 people worldwide. The Company is committed to responsible mining practices and is well positioned to deliver long-term value.
The award recognizes the initiative of Roger Souckey, in his capacity as Director of Corporate Social Responsibility, Canada / US as well as that of the company to conduct a survey in 2016 with its key personnel who deliver or guide its Indigenous community relations at its Canadian mine sites in Quebec and Ontario. Roger's and Goldcorp's underlying reasons to do this survey and their desire to learn from an impartial external review underscore their commitment to challenge itself to reach for improved strategies and practices which build positive relationships and partnerships with the Indigenous people, communities and businesses where it operates. Through the interviews, employees and managers voiced their unanimous dedication in wanting to continuously improve community socio-economic outcomes through its Indigenous Relations activities.
Performance Excellence - Workplace Leadership: Canadian Construction Association
The Canadian Construction Association's (est 1918) vision is to build Canada with ethics, skills and responsibility. The Association's mission is to be the national voice for the Canadian construction industry. Across Canada, the Canadian Construction Association represents more than 20,000 member firms drawn from 70 local and provincial integrated partner associations. The association gives voice to the public policy, legal and standards development goals of contractors, suppliers and allied business professionals working in, or with, Canada's non-residential construction industry.
The Canadian Construction Association's award recognizes its leadership and commitment to inclusion with the publication of its new Indigenous Engagement Guide. Over two years ago, the Association's Board of Directors actioned this initiative, striking a Project Management Committee, a National Advisory Committee and an Industry Focus Group to provide direction and insights to the development of the Guide. One of its first of its kind in Canada, the Guide was created to help construction business owners and managers learn from peers who have succeeded in building relationships with Indigenous communities.
Performance Excellence - Human Resources: Suncor Energy Inc.
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Since the 1960's, Suncor has pioneered commercial development of Canada's oil sands - one of the largest petroleum resource basins in the world. Since then, Suncor has grown to become a globally competitive integrated energy company with a balanced portfolio of high-quality assets, a strong balance sheet and significant growth prospects. Across its operations, it intends to achieve production of one million barrels of oil equivalent, per day.
Suncor's award recognizes its commitment to Indigenous employment and to developing comprehensive strategies which seek to recruit, advance and retain Indigenous people to their workplace. Initiating a systems-wide review of its Indigenous employment and human resource practices in 2015, Suncor continues to underscore its commitment to grow its relationships with local Indigenous employment organizations and create a workplace culture which supports Indigenous professional development and engagement.
Changemakers - Initiator (Team): International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW Canada)
The International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) is made up of nearly one million men and women in Canada engaged in every type of employment. Established in 1899, the Canadian arm of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers award recognizes its commitment to inclusion and diversity. In 2015, the organization initiat6ed a nation-wide survey of its Locals to better understand what is being done to encourage Indigenous entry to the job sectors where it has interests and responsibilities. This survey provided important impetus to its strategy to grow its relationships with Indigenous people, businesses and communities throughout Canada. At the Local level, there are currently underway many innovative strategies and practices which are providing job and career opportunities to Indigenous people. IBEW Locals and its national office are continuing to build comprehensive strategies which provide training and development to Indigenous and other members in order to source and train skilled workers, improve job satisfaction and ensure that its members benefit from favourable wage and working conditions.
Kocihta Leadership Awards: Winners - Cheyenne McGinnis and Mitchell Bouvier
The recipients of the Kocihta Leadership Awards (Male/Female) were selected onsite at Inclusion Works by peer votes of Recruitment Fair Career Candidates.
Indigenous Works launched Kocihta as a national registered charity in October, 2013. Kocihta, phonetically enunciated "Koh-chee-tah", is one of only six national Indigenous charities/non-profits in Canada helping to resolve the Indigenous education and employment gap -- our nation's biggest socio-economic issue. It is the only national charity with the sole focus to help Indigenous youth, including youth with disabilities/special needs, reach their human resource and career potential.
Kocihta is helping to build Canada's fastest growing, youngest and largest under-leveraged asset of Indigenous youth into a larger, more confident and connected group with skills and passions that are better matched to opportunities in the workforce. Its programs help Indigenous youth overcome their barriers to stay in school, acquire the knowledge and leadership skills they need to plan a career path, and get connected to workplace opportunities within a career-of-choice, in order to become exemplary members of Canada's workforce.