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Diversity and Inclusion

Diversity produces stronger problem-solvers, stronger collaborators, stronger teammates and stronger contributors for our clients and partners.

Recruiting and retaining the best talent our industry has to offer and embracing the unique perspectives that come from variations in lived experience and identities makes us stronger. We are proud to build a workforce as dynamic and diverse as the communities in which we live and work. 
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Dynamic and Diverse

We’re proud of the innovative partnerships we’ve established with local communities and proud of the lasting impact spending time with people in these communities leaves with our employees, long after our projects conclude.

Our Diversity & Inclusion Council (made up of both leadership and employees) guides and champions our efforts to build diverse and inclusive workplaces for all. It informs our collective efforts to bring lasting, meaningful change to the biases that still sometimes limit our industry, and those within it.

Women continue to be disproportionately underrepresented in our industry, particularly in engineering, technical and trades roles. Aecon is committed to changing this. 

Innovative programs like Aecon Women in Trades create and expand opportunities for women to enter careers in our industry, and initiatives such as aWIN help them build thriving, successful careers once they do. 

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aWIN is a grassroots community for female employees and their allies, committed to building community, driving career development, and championing the advancement of women at Aecon and across our industry. Our aWIN community, including many of our senior female leaders, are passionate community ambassadors; visiting local schools, sponsoring and participating in community events, and attending speaking engagements that encourage girls and young women to pursue interests in Science, Technology, Engineering, Math (STEM) and trades. Internally, aWIN regularly hosts networking and mentoring sessions, discussion groups, and learning sessions to empower, inspire and support one another. 

 
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The AWIT program offers women career building opportunities in the trades through hands-on training, mentorship and field experience. It is led by Aecon Utilities, a leading utility solutions provider offering innovative, nationwide construction services in the areas of oil and gas, telecommunications infrastructure and power distribution networks.

 
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Aecon has partnered with the Toronto Community Benefits Network to support The NexGen Builders program, which prepares workers who have been historically underrepresented in the construction industry to successfully enter the workforce. NexGen supports groups including BIPOC, women and newcomers to Canada by providing mentorship by mentors who are experienced construction journeymen and professionals.

 
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Aecon is committed to building a LGBTQ+ inclusive workplace. We proudly support the LGBT YouthLine, a Queer, Trans, Two-Spirit youth-led organization that affirms and supports the experiences of LGBTQ+ youth across Ontario by providing anonymous peer support and referrals, training youth to provide support to other youth, and providing resources so youth can make informed decisions.

Aecon is proud to be a member-supporter of the following partners:

 

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For more information, contact inclusion@aecon.com

Employee Testimonials

Jordan Anderson, Aecon employee
“Through our work on the Diversity & Inclusion Council, we intentionally create an environment where employees feel they can express their thoughts and concerns safely, and ideas can be shared with confidence and transparency. We’re committed to incorporating inclusion into every aspect of Aecon’s culture .”
 
Jordan
Procurement Specialist
Aecon Six Nations (A6N)
Jan, Aecon employee
“We are all unique with our own set of experiences and history. We each have something to bring to the table, but we first need to have an opportunity to sit at the table and make sure our contributions are heard and understood. Aecon’s Diversity & Inclusion Council is a step in the right direction and it’s a privilege to be a part of this change.”

Jan
Proposal Coordinator