Recognized as one of Alberta's Top Employers (2017)
By Richard Yerema and Kristina Leung, Mediacorp Canada Inc. staff editors (Mar 21, 2017)
Here are some of the reasons why Edmonton, City of was selected as one of Alberta's Top Employers (2017):
- The City of Edmonton helps employees maintain a healthy balance between work and their personal lives and hosts an annual employee wellness fair which features health and wellness exhibitors, activities and interactive presentations on a variety of topics such as nutrition, mental health, pet therapy and spiritual wellness
- The City of Edmonton ensures it reaches out to the next generation through apprenticeships, summer employment and co-op programs, and organizes a dedicated student conference for participants of its summer student program
- The City of Edmonton organizes a number of social events throughout the year including the Manager's Cup Hockey Tournament, an annual tournament that featured 24 different teams in the past year
City of Edmonton staff take pride in service
Arseni Temirov joined the City of Edmonton's procurement team four years ago while he was pursuing his designation as a Supply Chain Management Professional (SCMP). He found the City a supportive work environment and was encouraged throughout the three years that it took to complete the program.
"It worked out really well for me. It motivated me to work even harder for the City," says Temirov, 31, who earned not only the SCMP but a promotion to his current position of Senior Materials Management Specialist. In that role, he - and two buyers who report to him - help prepare tenders to solicit bids from vendors, then participate in the technical analysis to evaluate the bids.
"The best part of my job is collaborating with the City's internal client groups - such as fleet services, transportation operations or waste management - to help them define their requirements for the tenders," says Temirov.
The City of Edmonton's workforce is itself the size of a small city - with almost 10,000 full-time and up to 4,000 part-time employees spread over six departments. It hires for roles as diverse as engineers, planners, lifeguards, transit operators, labourers, trades people and seasonal staff.
"It is a workplace where we value innovation and initiative," says Margaret Blair, Director, Recruitment. "And we value people who know how to collaborate and work together." Despite the variety of business units and occupations, City personnel are united by a shared pride in service to the public and in a commitment to fiscal and ethical accountability, she says.
All new hires receive mandatory training on the City's Code of Conduct, respectful workplace best practices, and safety procedures. In addition, the City has recently developed mandatory Indigenous awareness training with a focus on residential schools history, inter-generational impacts and reconciliation in the workplace. Some 4,500 employees have attended this program in its first two years.
For employees with leadership ambitions, the City offers an Aspiring Supervisors program, which comprises a monthly classroom session from September until April and formal mentoring every two weeks.
"The mentorship was the most useful thing," says Temirov. "It helped me identify some of my gaps and bridge them. It's one of the best programs I've ever participated in. It helped me grow and continue developing certain competencies. It set me up for opportunities in the future."
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 Edmonton, City of was selected as one of Canada's Best Diversity Employers (2017):
- To support the employment efforts of new Canadians, the City of Edmonton created an online toolkit to assist newcomers with their job search -- the City also participated in a pilot mentorship program, offered in partnership with the Edmonton Region Immigrant Employment Council, and is in the process of implementing a bridging program for internationally trained engineers who lack Canadian work experience
- City of Edmonton supports the employment efforts of job-seekers with disabilities through the Abilities in Action work experience program, which provides meaningful work experience to persons with developmental disabilities -- offered in partnership with Excel Society, the tiered training program takes place at the City's transit garages and offers candidates opportunities to work as bus cleaners -- the City also offers employment opportunities to individuals with intellectual disabilities through the Abilities@Work Program
- As part of the City of Edmonton's participation in the Indigenous Workforce Participation Initiative, a federal, provincial and municipal partnership to increase participation of Indigenous peoples in the labour market, the City coordinated and attended approximately 30 career fairs, community events and information sessions targeting Indigenous candidates in 2015
"The opportunity to be a part of the Indigenous People's Summer Student Program was great, I was given the chance to experience what it would be like to be in the workforce as a City employee. I was able to evolve the skills that I acquired through my training; becoming confident in my abilities to be a successful contributing team member. [...] Participation in the program has made a positive and lasting impression on me. What I am most thankful for was the chance to work with a diverse team and being able to learn about a part of my heritage through the Project of the Heart Truth and Reconciliation; it has truly touched my heart to see people of all ethnicities unite and gain an understanding of one another, opening the door for conversations of all cultures. I look forward to a bright future." Sheena Ward, Customer Service Associate, Service Support, Sustainable Development