Commitment to Diversity

Commitment to diversity

We believe that our workforce should be as diverse as the customers we serve. Building a diverse workforce encourages a creative and cultural environment where everyone is treated with fairness and respect. Diversity benefits everybody at SaskPower and contributes to our success.

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    • Senior leaders from all business areas are committed to diversity in the organization. Every employee has a role in creating a culture of inclusion where individual differences are embraced.
    • We want to be the employer of choice for Aboriginal people, people with disabilities, visible minorities and women in under-represented occupations. Hiring managers and supervisors receive education directly from representatives from each of these four groups about concerns and issues faced to ensure challenges can be addressed.
    • Employees receive meaningful training and regular workshops to create awareness of diversity in the workplace.
    • We actively recruit with diversity in mind. For example, job openings are advertised with community organizations.
    • We track the progress of our diversity-related recruitment goals and regularly report progress to senior management.
    • Employee affinity groups, representing Aboriginal employees, employees with disabilities, women in under-represented roles and visible minorities, have an active role in helping to develop our overall diversity strategy.

     

    Diversity facts

    • We have a full-time Aboriginal recruiter on staff.
    • In 2012, we provided more than 27,000 school supplies to a community school.
    • We have partnership agreements with the Saskatchewan Indian Institute of Technology and Partners in Employment.
    • We were selected as one of Canada’s Best Diversity Employers in 2012.

Employee affinity groups

At SaskPower, employee affinity groups have an active role in developing the company’s overall diversity strategy. Employees who join these groups voluntarily make a difference in furthering diversity initiatives within SaskPower and the greater community. The shared vision of the affinity groups is to position SaskPower as an employer of choice within their respective communities.

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    Affinity group members attend career fairs and events representing designated groups. They also provide feedback and advice on how to integrate diversity into training materials, company communications, and the business in general.

    Aboriginal Employees Network
    Provides a collective voice and a supportive environment for Aboriginal employees, to open doors and promote opportunities for Aboriginal people within SaskPower, and to build a progressive community.

    Conversational English Group
    Helps to raise awareness of work-related struggles and challenges encountered by employees who are non-native English speakers. Provides a supportive environment for employees and contractors of SaskPower to develop and use the English language with confidence.

    Lesbian, Gay, Bi-sexual and Transgender (LGBT) Network
    Promotes inclusion through education and awareness of sexual orientation and gender identity.

    Network of Employees for Disabilities
    Advises and advocates on behalf of employees with disabilities to assist SaskPower to be a proactive and accommodating company.

    Visible Minorities Network
    Provides an active voice on issues affecting visible minorities in the workplace, in which civility and respect are fostered and discrimination and harassment are not tolerated.

    Women’s Resource Network
    Encourages the equitable participation of women in under-represented trades and engineering professions.

    Youth Network
    Provides youth perspective and feedback on projects, programs and procedures, and promotes SaskPower as a successful career choice for youth.

Blog Posts

We sat down with Doug Casimel, Aboriginal Relations Consultant as SaskPower, to talk about how the AEN promotes cross cultural awareness.

We sat down with Chris Harder, SaskPower employee and member of the company’s Youth Network, to talk about engaging young people through special events and community action.

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