Inclusion and diversity

Diversity fuels us.


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Inclusion and diversity

We need many perspectives to succeed. We encourage diversity of thought - so people aren’t afraid to take risks, make mistakes and look at things differently.

That’s what progress looks like. We honour diverse backgrounds so we can be a place where people can bring their full selves, no matter their identity, race, gender, sexual orientation, age, and ability. But diversity isn’t the default. We must be intentional and work hard to get there. It’s a mindset that begins at the leadership table and continues through every office and worksite across Canada.

Why it matters

The global talent pool is shrinking. The fastest growing groups in Canada are Indigenous and visible minority groups. Over the last 15 years, Indigenous populations alone increased by 42 percent. Visible minorities drive Canada’s economy and play a significant role in whether we succeed. The stakes are high for everyone. Here’s why:

We impact our communities and they impact us. Our success relies on our ability to understand and respond to people - our communities, customers, governments and investors. If they are diverse then we need to be too.

We need to hire and keep the best. Experienced workers are retiring. As the economy recovers there will be tough competition for skilled workers. We need to look beyond the usual places and toward untapped talent markets: women, new immigrants, people with disabilities, Indigenous people, youth and veterans.

We need to grow productivity and innovation. New perspectives. Better ways to do business. Innovative products, technologies and ideas. Research reveals that these rewards mostly come from diverse teams. We strive for a collaborative culture where people are included and aren’t afraid to take risks and try things differently.


How we get there

Invest in communities: develop skills

We support education programs that build up local communities, removing barriers to employment and providing better access to training for vulnerable or minority populations. We invest in programs that strengthen the communities where we operate.

Create inclusive workspaces: empower leaders and staff

We don’t just say it. We strive to do it. We know that an inclusive work environment requires work that starts from leadership. This means providing workplace flexibility. It means training supervisors to look beyond operations and to listen to staff. It means we are afforded time to participate in training and create solutions for people. We also support employee-led diversity networks, called Employee Resource Groups.

Recruit from diverse places: hire qualified people

Cast a wide net. Get more talent. Cast that net in more places. Get more variety. To attract the best and the brightest, we need to draw from the largest candidate pool. We think beyond the usual recruitment methods and reach people who may not have previously considered a career in oil and gas. When we recruit people, we value qualifications, equity and fairness.


Diversity: we mean it!

  • We host guest speakers who represent people from minority groups who share, encourage and inspire staff on a similar journey.
  • The Cold Lake Women in Wage group reaches out to the Women in Technology program at NAIT to promote careers in wage with Imperial.
  • We provide access to adaptive and ergonomic devices to help all employees, especially those with disabilities. The Ergo Lab at our Quarry Park campus provides access to many tools.
  • Our comprehensive benefits and Employee and Family Assistance Program (EFAP) provides medical and wellness supports as needed.
  • 🏆 Imperial was recognized by the Canadian Centre for Diversity and Inclusion for our benefits-focused approach to Indigenous business performance in the Athabasca region, as part of their 2020 Awards of Success. Learn more.
  • We share job opportunities with Indigenous communities and organizations across Canada. We are working towards Progressive Aboriginal Relations (PAR) certification.
  • Imperial is an Employer Partner with the Canadian Centre for Diversity and Inclusion (CCDI).
  • We have been offering diversity training for over a decade.

Employee Resource Groups

Employees lead them. We support them. Employee Resource Groups are networks of people who share a common journey on a path less traveled.

Helping people bring their true selves to work each day are seven Employee Resource Groups, including:

  • Women’s Interest Network and Women in Wage, which support women across the majority of our sites
  • Imperial’s PRIDE resource group is in its seventh year as of 2019, with more than 170 members
  • Visible minority groups have grown to include:
    • BEST (Black Employee Success Team) formed in 2017
    • GOAL (Global Organization for the Advancement of Latinos) formed in 2019
    • ACE (Asian Connection for Excellence) formed in 2019
  • Indigenous networks

Hear from members of our Imperial Indigenous Network in Cold Lake about the importance of the group and mentorship:

Supporting diversity outside of our walls

  • With Immigrant Services Calgary, we sponsored the Immigrants Distinction Awards March 15, 2019.
  • We hosted the annual Canadian Centre for Diversity and Inclusion Unconference in February 2019 with over 100 participants from all sectors of business.
  • We have been a platinum sponsor of the Calgary Pride Parade since 2014.
  • For the fifth year in a row, we partnered with Bow Valley College and Calgary Regional Immigrant Employment Council to host and facilitate “speed interviewing,” designed to provide an opportunity for recent immigrants to develop interview and networking skills.