Celebrating diversity and inclusion is not only a social imperative in today’s global economy, but a philosophy that truly elevates what we can do together. A diverse workforce leads to better staff retention, a greater understanding of different markets and a more creative mix of people. Diversity is not only good in itself; it’s also good for business.
Throughout our history, BOWEN has been a leader in connecting under-represented groups with employment opportunities. From our roots in securing employment opportunities for women, to our work in matching immigrants with employers for their first Canadian technical experience, and more recently developing partnerships within the Indigenous community, BOWEN has always been a strong proponent of diversity in the workplace.
Our commitment to diversity starts at the top. In 2015, BOWEN secured its Women’s Business Enterprise (WBE) certification granted by Women’s Business Enterprises Canada, which recognizes firms that are at least 51% owned, managed and controlled by women.
Support for New Canadians
We have a proven track record of working with various stakeholders in establishing creative programs to meet diverse labour needs, such as BOWEN’s Immigrant Works program. Ahead of its time, Immigrant Works was designed to match and support unemployed or underemployed immigrants with BOWEN’s existing client database of predominantly energy companies in Alberta, providing paid meaningful work experience and the opportunity for long-term viable employment in relevant technical fields.
BOWEN has also been a champion of the Calgary Bridge Foundation for Youth, helping over 10,000 immigrant youth and families successfully integrate into Calgary. Debbie Wershler, our VP, Operations sat on the board for a long-standing term, providing the organization with strategic counsel on building inclusive programs for Canadian newcomers.
We believe that we have a responsibility to stimulate the local economies we work in, and our extensive history with the energy sector gives us a solid grasp of the requirements to operate with Indigenous stakeholders.
In 2016, BOWEN furthered our commitment to diversity by partnering with Stream Source, a 51% Indigenous-owned provider of Indigenous recruitment, with the goal to secure long-term sustainable employment and partnerships for Indigenous people and businesses.