Recognized as one of BC's Top Employers (2017)
By Richard Yerema and Kristina Leung, Mediacorp Canada Inc. staff editors (Mar 8, 2017)
Here are some of the reasons why DP World (Canada) Inc. was selected as one of BC's Top Employers (2017):
- DP World (Canada) supports ongoing employee development with apprenticeship opportunities, in-house training initiatives and full tuition subsidies for courses related and indirectly related to their current positions
- Employees at DP World (Canada) are encouraged to support initiatives in the broader community with 1 day of paid volunteer time each year as well as matching charitable donations
- DP World (Canada) helps employees plan for life after work with retirement planning assistance and contributions to a defined contribution pension plan -- and helps older employees make the transition with phased-in retirement work options
DP World offers a container-load of career options
If Vancouver is the gateway for Canada's growing trade with the Asia-Pacific region, it's DP World that keeps that trade flowing.
DP World Vancouver is Western Canada's premier container terminal operator and stevedore. Its operations are part of a global network of 77 marine and inland terminals in 40 countries across six continents. Container handling is the company's core business, generating 75 per cent of its revenue globally.
"We are an engaging and innovative workplace," says Maksim Mihic, General Manager, DP World (Canada) Inc. "We are global and local at the same time. We've been part of the Vancouver community since 1923." Located in downtown Vancouver, the terminal's orange cranes are an iconic landmark. In addition to Vancouver, DP World operates in Prince Rupert and on Vancouver Island.
DP World offers a diverse mix of career options — from operations, safety, finance and marketing, to engineering, IT and customer service. Both the Vancouver and Prince Rupert container termi- nals experienced significant growth in the past five years.
In 2016, DP World's B.C. office workforce increased from 84 to 94, and another six to 10 staff likely will be hired in 2017. (This doesn't include the 900 unionized longshoremen whom DP World recruits through waterfront hiring halls for some of the best-paying blue-collar jobs in Vancouver.)
The company offers a wealth of career development opportunities, says Mihic. "For each employee, a personal development plan is worked out with their supervisor." DP World Institute offers 193 online courses, mainly for industry-related skills. It also presents one- to four-week proprietary courses for which staff are flown to other locations; and a leadership program offered on-site in Vancouver.
DP World holds monthly conference calls and annual conferences where personnel in the same occupations can exchange information and ideas. Angela Kirkham, Manager, Marketing and Communications, finds such conferences useful. "I get to speak with marketing people from around the globe who are part of the DP World family. Most companies don't offer that opportunity."
The company also takes its role in the community seriously, allocating $300,000 to $500,000 annually to support worthy causes in Vancouver, Nanaimo and Prince Rupert. A sustainability committee, composed of employees, decides where to direct the funds.
Employees also volunteer their time, with the company offering a paid volunteer day. In 2016, staff volunteered an average of eight hours each. "That's greater than the worldwide average," Mihic says proudly.