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Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

Every person deserves to feel equal, valued, heard and included. Diverse voices at the table mean better questions and smarter decisions. These are not just words we say - they are values we live by.

Our commitment to DEI is governed by a core employee working group, with the active involvement and sponsorship of our President & CEO Olivia MacAngus and our designated DEI champion, Bonita Craig. 

Our approach to DEI is intentional. We take tangible, measurable actions identified through employee feedback, emerging data, and our ambition to be a market leader and attract top talent.

We share our objectives company-wide, monitor them for progress, and renew them annually. Our priority areas are:

Policy and process,where we identify and address structural barriers to inclusion and equality, including our supply chain.

Communications and conversations, where we talk openly about the opportunities and our progress, to create greater awareness and understanding.

Learning, where we provide structured opportunities to learn about diversity, equity and inclusion.

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Supporting DEI within our organization

  • All our employees participate in core DEI training, an important step towards greater awareness of unconscious bias and an opportunity for individual growth
  • Our core DEI training includes Indigenous cultural awareness, developed in partnership with 4 Seasons of Reconciliation 
  • We offer a ‘Human Library’ to encourage employees to have conversations with and learn from colleagues with diverse backgrounds.
  • We provide education and training on the respectful, meaningful use of Indigenous land acknowledgements
  • We offer the option to specify gender pronouns in our standard employee signature template
  • We offer enhanced mental and physical health resources and tools for employees
  • We’ve developed a Supplier Diversity Program so our employees can support our clients’ diversity, equity and inclusion efforts
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Driving change through supply chain diversity

As a procurement agent and advisor for thousands of project owners across Canada, we are uniquely positioned to help drive change through our client supply chains.

To help achieve this goal, we have developed a structured procurement approach focused on increasing the proportion of diverse suppliers participating in our clients’ procurement events.

This approach incorporates four key steps:

  • Informal Market Engagement, where we openly share diverse supplier goals and work with an ever-growing pool of diverse suppliers and their network groups
  • Prequalification, involving a three-part information request and rating scale
  • Tender/Bid, where the same three-part information request is also required as part of the submission
  • Post-Award, where specific training, reporting standards, corrective action plans and commitments are included in supplemental conditions or as part of a services agreement

We are committed to working with diverse suppliers of all backgrounds and sizes. We encourage and invite diverse suppliers to register for free with Supplier.io  to be added to our database.

If you have any questions or would like to find out more, please contact us. 

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Community Builder Grant

As part of our ongoing commitment to Truth and Reconciliation, Colliers Project Leaders created the Community Builder Grant to celebrate and acknowledge the contributions of Indigenous youth to their communities.

We partnered with a panel of Indigenous leaders from across Canada, who reviewed submissions and awarded three Indigenous youths with $5,000 each towards their education, a community building project or a new business idea.

Learn more about this award. 

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Influencing supply chain diversity in capital projects

Many Canadian businesses are equal-opportunity employers who have adopted various practices to help improve diversity in their workplace. While organizations can agree there are important benefits to a diverse and equitable supply chain, the question remains – where and how do we start?

We teamed up with Microsoft for a panel discussion about supply chain diversity for a capital project. The panel touched on the questions and challenges often faced by key players in the process, including owners, project managers, design and engineering consultants, and contractors.

Watch the recording of the panel discussion. › 

We are a proud supporter of these diverse supplier business networks

Have a question, comment or suggestion? Please contact us.