Equality, diversity and inclusion in North America
We solve some of the most complex engineering problems that North America faces today – applying innovative thinking, pioneering technologies and outstanding projects to create the best outcome for clients and society, every single time. And this is all made possible by the people who make up SNC-Lavalin.
In North America, we serve clients across the United States and Canada. Whether it is improving people’s commute with the Montreal’s Réseau express métropolitain (REM) fully automated light rail project, or helping the community of Campbell River, BC reduce their environmental footprint by moving the powerhouse underground as part of the John Hart Generating Station Replacement project, we continue to push boundaries. Our success is made possible by diversity of ideas that our employees bring to work every day, including the Darlington CANDU Nuclear Generating Station Retube & Feeder Replacement project, which will provide the citizens of Ontario with affordable, reliable carbon-free for another 30 years or the recently completed New Champlain Bridge Project with its elegant, cable-stayed design that will help define Montreal’s cityscape for the next 125 years.
In the US, we’re fulfilling clients’ visions, delivering projects like the New Orleans Airport, currently under construction, the recently completed Project Neon in Las Vegas and our recent selection to deliver housing and community recovery services to Puerto Rico, still recovering from hurricanes Irma and Maria in 2017.
We continue to focus on building a diverse workforce, because we truly believe we need a mix of cultures and ideas to drive successful teams. In Canada, we have recently committed to the Progressive Aboriginal Program (PAR) to support progressive improvement in Aboriginal relations.
Over the last decade, we have forged relationships with colleges and universities across the US, to make scholarships available to minority students in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) programs. Each scholarship given—more than 100 to date—gives us a chance to expand the pool of STEM graduates entering our profession and helps us benefit from their unique points of view and life experiences.
Here are just some of the activities underway in North America that are helping to promote a more diverse and inclusive culture:
- Creation of diversity awareness 'months' that ensure recognition and celebration of all diversity groups.
- Introducing Employee Listening Sessions to allow employees to engage in deeper conversations about inclusion.
- Ongoing review of 'unwritten rules' that govern employee behavior and contribute to our culture of inclusion.
- Decade-old minority scholarship program (awarding scholarships to Junior and Senior level college students pursuing STEM degrees.)
- Well-established mentor program for minority companies who team with us to meet the goals established for their projects.
- Increased promotion of the Women in Leadership affinity group.
- Posting monthly articles focused on diversity and published on our internal portal.
More than just commercial imperatives, these are our responsibilities as a business committed to leading the change we want to see in North America. We know that it won’t be easy. There’s no two ways about it. But they’re the first steps in our journey to become an even more diverse and inclusive business, and we’re committed to making progress. Why? Because, simply put, it’s the right thing to do.