Recognized as one of Canada's Top Employers for Young People (2017)
By Kristina Leung and Richard Yerema, Mediacorp Canada Inc. staff editors (Jan 9, 2017)
Here are some of the reasons why Capgemini Canada Inc. was selected as one of Canada's Top Employers for Young People (2017):
- Capgemini Canada established a Millennial Innovation Council to encourage cross-generational collaboration and innovation -- the Council maintains four focus areas including career, commerce, culture and community, and engages members through local events and national projects
- Capgemini Canada maintains a College Hire Training program for recent graduates which features 2 to 3 weeks of training at the company's head office in Atlanta, Georgia (for North American hires) and up to 5 weeks of training in Mumbai, India for technical hires
- Capgemini Canada created a job rotation program to encourage employees to gain experience in other areas of the company -- the program features short-term exposure to various service lines and sectors, and may include international opportunities
Recognized as one of Canada's Best Diversity Employers (2017)
By Kristina Leung and Richard Yerema, Mediacorp Canada Inc. staff editors (Mar 27, 2017)
Here are some of the reasons why Capgemini Canada Inc. was selected as one of Canada's Best Diversity Employers (2017):
- Capgemini Canada employs a Supplier Diversity Director who is responsible for liaising with related associations to increase the diversity of the company's supply chain and reports regularly on Capgemini's supplier base
- Through Capgemini Canada's Women Leadership, Excellence, Action and Development (LEAD) network, the company provides provides growth, balance and leadership opportunities for female employees, and also serves as a liaison for the company's global gender diversity initiative, Women@Capgemini
- Capgemini Canada supports employees from all walks of life through numerous employee resource groups including AbiliNet, African-American and African, Collaborating to Reach Excellence in Asian Talent and Expertise (CREATE), Hispanic Opportunity Leadership Achievement (HOLA), Millennial Innovation Council, OUTfront, Veterans, Women Leadership, Excellence, Action and Development (LEAD)
"I am passionate about bringing diverse people together which is why I love working with the Diversity and Inclusion initiatives. Working for a company that has the same values I believe in and which reflects the diversity of the city we live in makes me proud. I am grateful that Capgemini encourages me and my colleagues to celebrate who we are while valuing unique ideas and different perspectives internally." Samira H. Diallo, Manager
A passion for inclusion at Capgemini Canada
In 2015, when Alexandra McCalla joined Capgemini Canada, part of the global management and technology consulting firm, she was quickly introduced to the company's employee resource groups (ERGs). And just as quickly, she found herself deeply and enthusiastically involved in Capgemini's extensive diversity and inclusion programs.
As a member of the employee network Women LEAD (for Leadership, Excellence, Action and Development), she plunged into a new project called "25 Questions", in which she helped film and edit short videos of some of the company's North American women leaders answering questions ranging from how they relax to what advice they'd give to young women intent on developing their careers.
"It was a great opportunity to run with something," says McCalla. "The series has really taken off, and now Capgemini Belgium is implementing our model."
As the Canadian-born, U.K.-raised daughter of Jamaican-British parents, McCalla also joined the African-American and African ERG - known as "A-Cubed" - and started a Toronto chapter. There she has increased Capgemini's outreach to university students, particularly through the University of Toronto's Black Ties Association.
And she is part of the Mentoring Matters ERG, speaking with a senior leader every three weeks for career guidance and advice. But that was still not enough for her. "I'm just generally passionate about diversity and inclusion," says McCalla.
So Capgemini asked her to attend two important conferences on the topic. One was the 2016 Cities of Migration Diversity Drives Prosperity conference in Toronto. The other was the 2016 Women in Leadership Symposium, organized by the U.S.-based National Diversity Council.
Rounding out her learning, she says, is the company's own Culture, Bias and the Brain training, an intensive two-day program. "This is what I tell a lot of my friends about who work in other companies, because it is unique to Capgemini, and very special," she says. "You learn everything from very scientific elements about the brain to what it takes to be a good leader and how to understand bias in your day-to-day work."
In fact, Capgemini is expanding the program and, not surprisingly, McCalla has been asked to join the "train a trainer" initiative. That's still separate from her day job, where she is Senior Consultant in the Business Transformation Group, specializing in organizational change management.
"Diversity is an ongoing journey," she says, "and what I like about Capgemini is it's dedicated to continuing that journey, to making sure diversity grows at all levels, right up to the C-suite."
There, she gets no argument from Bombay-born CEO Sanjay Tugnait, who held a variety of roles internationally before coming to Canada 15 years ago. Tugnait notes that Paris-based Capgemini has 190,000 employees globally, and features diversity both in its people and its geographies. The company assigns its people to consulting projects around the world based on their skills, and Canadian staff are often posted to other countries.
"Capgemini Canada's diverse and inclusive policies are a true reflection of who we are as a company that celebrates talent," says Tugnait.
He notes that in addition to internal diversity, Capgemini pays close attention to the diversity programs of the many technology and business services suppliers it uses for its projects. "It's all about living diversity in the ecosystem, not just within our organization," he says.
In Canada, Capgemini has long-term relationships with many of the country's leading banks, insurers, communication firms and utilities. They, too, have a commitment to a diverse workforce, Tugnait says. "At Capgemini, we are strongly committed to imbibe and prioritize diversity and inclusion organizationally. It also enhances our relationship and overall business value with our clients."
Additionally, he says, "we put a lot of emphasis on retaining our female employees by ensuring the right work-life balance policies in the organization." This includes making sure they have opportunities to work with top clients, both locally and across the company. And Capgemini Canada works to provide strong professional growth options for everyone. Says Tugnait: "It's a holistic approach."