Canada’s Best Diversity Employers award is the latest recognition for TransCanada as a company with a growing reputation as a top employer. TransCanada was recently named one of Canada’s Best Diversity Employers in 2013. This is the third-consecutive year TransCanada has received the award, one of a few other awards recognizing the North American company as a top employer in Canada and the United States.
Victor Gallardo says he knows why TransCanada has been named one of Canada’s Best Diversity Employers for the third-consecutive year. Having joined the Keystone Pipeline team about three months ago, he says TransCanada offers a far more diverse work environment than anywhere else he has worked. “I think all employees should be commended for having created such an inclusive culture,” says Victor, who is originally from Mexico. “From what I’ve seen so far, TransCanada’s diversity standards are among the very best in the industry.” From the initial new employee training session focused on diversity – which sets the stage for working here, emphasizing the importance of a workplace built on respect – to the actual numbers of employees from varied backgrounds at TransCanada, Victor says the company practices what it preaches. “It’s great to see the mix of women and men, and the number of individuals from visible minorities that work here,” says Victor, who came to Keystone’s Power & Cost Management group after working with four other organizations in the energy sector in Calgary. “My new colleagues seem to be used to working with people from different backgrounds and aren’t surprised by the fact that someone with an accent has joined their team.” Sometimes it’s the small things that make an impact – and for Victor, it was the company’s effort to establish a multicultural prayer room at Calgary’s TransCanada Tower, home of the company’s Canadian head office, that left an early impression. “The fact that there is a space for worship in my building tells me that the organization has thought about other ways to make people feel appreciated and respected that goes beyond financial compensation.” Nomination time In fact Victor is so suitably impressed with the work environment here that he has nominated TransCanada for a local award sponsored by the Immigrant Services of Calgary. TransCanada was nominated for the Immigration of Distinction Award in the category of “Organization Diversity”, which according to the selection criteria recognizes companies that have a “welcoming community and a culture that values diversity”. Recognition TransCanada’s designation as one of Canada’s Top Diversity Employers in 2013 was announced February 19 in The Globe and Mail in Canada. Earlier this year, the company was ranked among Alberta’s Top-60 Employers. TransCanada has also been placed on the first-ever National Top Workplaces rankings for 2013 in the U.S. and garnered the second spot in Houston’s Top Workplaces. The awards are another indication that TransCanada continues to offer programs and incentives that make the company stand out as a great place to work among current employees and help us to attract top talent from elsewhere.