5 Questions with Doug Casimel on Building Success Through Understanding
June 16, 2015
The Aboriginal Employees Network (AEN) at SaskPower was formed in 2001, to provide a forum to discuss and support career development for Aboriginal employees. We recently had a chance to sit down with Doug Casimel, Aboriginal Relations Consultant as SaskPower, to talk about how the AEN promotes cross cultural awareness.
Who can join the AEN?
In the spirit of diversity, the Aboriginal Employees Network is open to all employees at SaskPower. We accept members who are “Friends of the AEN” as well as those who identify as Aboriginal.
How does the AEN help SaskPower achieve its goals?
One of the goals of the AEN is to share Aboriginal values and wisdom. It’s in this spirit that I think that the AEN can contribute to SaskPower by creating a supportive and understanding community within the larger SaskPower community. We would like to celebrate our individual member’s successes, but at the end of the day our main focus is serving our customers. We’re very proud of our role in helping to keep the lights on!
What is your biggest challenge ahead in the next year?
Our biggest challenge over the next year is to engage with our members, old and new, to build a strategy on how the network can continue to be of service to SaskPower and our members.
How do we highlight the need for Aboriginal advancement within the corporation? How do we help to retain Aboriginal employees? How do we educate SaskPower employees about the positive aspects of Aboriginal Culture? These are some of the questions that the network is currently working through.
What are you most proud of?
One thing that I am very proud of was when I was able to nominate a fellow AEN member Mr. Jackson Hein for an Aboriginal Government Employee Network (AGEN) Long Service Award. Jackson has worked at SaskPower for over 36 years. One of the AEN’s unwritten goals is to help and address stereotypes about Aboriginal people. Jackson’s long service is a personal testament to his stick-to-itiveness and helps to defeat some of the negative messaging about Aboriginal people and employment.
What do you enjoy most about working with SaskPower?
I enjoy working with interesting people and finding innovative solutions to different challenges. In my position I do get into the field a fair bit and this really helps to make my job more interesting. It is my hope that we can work together to build a more inclusive and understanding culture within SaskPower and also in the province.
“We would like to celebrate our individual member’s successes, but at the end of the day our main focus is serving our customers. We’re very proud of our role in helping to keep the lights on!”
“Our biggest challenge over the next year is to engage with our members, old and new, to build a strategy on how the network can continue to be of service to SaskPower and our members.”
“One of the AEN’s unwritten goals is to help and address stereotypes about Aboriginal people.”