BOWEN Group Recognized as the Only Diversity-Owned Staffing Firm in Canada


Calgary, Alberta (July 21, 2020) – Staffing Industry Analysts (SIA), the global advisor on staffing and workforce solutions, has released its 2020 list of US & Canada Diversity Staffing Firms, publishing the list online and featuring the firms in the July/August issue of Staffing Industry Review magazine. BOWEN Group, Canada’s leading recruiting and contractor management firm, is recognized as the only Diversity-Owned Staffing Firm in Canada.

This year’s list comprises 147 firms that self-identify as being under diversity ownership. Among firms on the list, 91 reported they were women-owned and 74 cited diversity ownership such as African American, Hispanic American, Asian American or LGBTQ, with 5 firms citing veteran ownership. Firms on the list could have multiple types of ownership, for example a firm could be both women-owned and African American-owned.

“BOWEN is very proud to be recognized by our peers and our industry for this award,” says Shannon Bowen-Smed, CEO, BOWEN Group. “As a female CEO and the mother of African American children, my commitment to diversity and inclusion runs deep. The same can be said for my colleagues who continuously identify that our passion to represent all Canadians regardless of colour, gender and religion as one of the key reasons they work at BOWEN. We are in the people industry; it is essential that you make all people matter. That is not only our mission statement, but it is why we get out of bed everyday.”

In a 2019 SIA survey, 60% of large companies that use staffing firms said they had a program for diversity suppliers in place, and 29% said they planned to explore putting one in place over the next two years. The 2020 list of US & Canada Diversity-Owned Staffing Firms provides a useful reference for companies with contingent workforce programs looking to use diversity-owned staffing suppliers and for staffing firms seeking diversity-owned subcontractors.

About BOWEN Group

BOWEN Group is the leading Canadian recruitment and contractor management firm. Throughout its 46-year history, BOWEN Group has transformed the human capital space and placed more than 120,000 people in jobs across the country. With a commitment to championing inclusive cultures, harnessing diverse talent and enriching safe working environments, it is BOWEN Group’s mission to make people matter.

About Staffing Industry Analysts (SIA)

Founded in 1989, SIA is the global advisor on staffing and workforce solutions. Its proprietary research covers all categories of employed and non-employed work including temporary staffing, independent contracting and other types of contingent labor. SIA’s independent and objective analysis provides insights into the services and suppliers operating in the workforce solutions ecosystem.