BC Hydro
BC Hydro employees working on a power line  

Recognized as one of BC's Top Employers (2019):

Here are some of the reasons why BC Hydro was selected as one of BC's Top Employers (2019):

  • BC Hydro helps employees plan securely for the future with retirement planning assistance and contributions to a defined benefit pension plan -- additionally, the organization offers health benefits that extend to retirees, with no age limit and 100% premium coverage
  • Employees working at BC Hydro's head office location can take advantage of a number of onsite amenities, including a fitness facility with regular instructor-led classes, massage therapy, physiotherapy, nutritional specialists and personal trainers
  • BC Hydro encourages employees to keep their skills sharp through a number of in-house and online training programs, as well as tuition subsidies for courses both related and indirectly related to their current position
BC Hydro staff collaborating on a design draft   (Photo credit: Alastair Bird)

Highlights

Industry Hydroelectric power generation
Established in Canada 1860
Parent company Victoria Gas Company
Parent company head office Vancouver BC
Major Canadian hiring locations Burnaby BC, Surrey BC, Vancouver BC
Full-time employees in Canada 5,462
Part-time employees in Canada 91
Average age of employees in Canada 44.3 years
Longest serving employee 53 years
Long-term savings defined-benefit (DB) pension
Health plan premium as part of the health plan, the employer pays up to 100% of the premiums
Alternative work options flexible work hours, shortened work week (fewer hours with less pay), telecommuting
Vacation allowance new employees receive 3 weeks of paid vacation after their first year on the job
Outside survey period outside consultant surveys are held every 12 months
Employee performance reviews employees receive individual performance reviews every 6 months
In-house training initiatives apprenticeship/skilled trades programs, in-house training, online training, leadership training, mentoring, paid internships
Related tuition subsidies employer covers up to 100% of tuition per year
Scope of charitable involvement local
Employee charitable involvement employees are involved in selection of charities

Recognized as one of Canada's Greenest Employers (2018):

Here are some of the reasons why BC Hydro was selected as one of Canada's Greenest Employers (2018):

  • In addition to its provincial sponsorship of Bike to Work Week, BC Hydro and its employees operate a unique "Bike Buddy Network" to help connect employees who regularly bike to work and provide resources for those who are new to bicycle commuting (from gear purchase to route selection) -- employees can also participate in the organization's carpool initiative, which includes preferred parking for carpoolers, and are encouraged to take transit to meetings through a reimbursement program
  • BC Hydro has taken a leading role in energy conservation, addressing its own impacts and working closely with industry, business and residential customers -- the public utility also encourages employees to play a critical role as ambassadors for energy conservation at home, with friends and in the broader community
BC Hydro employees  

Highlights

Industry Hydroelectric Power Generation
Major Canadian hiring locations Burnaby BC, Surrey BC, Vancouver BC
Full-time employees in Canada 5,262
Senior executive who oversees initiatives Deputy CEO
Green highlights bicycle parking, showers, drying racks and repair stations at the head office and the Burnaby office, Bike Buddy Network (a unique mentoring program to connect new bike commuters with experienced cyclists), Power Smart Program (operating for over 25 years, program encourages commercial and residential customers to conserve energy)
Extended recycling organics composting program, paper reduction strategies (reduced paper use by 20% since 2010), partnership with Green Standards to redistribute and recyle used furniture
Commuter amenities online car-pool sign-up, secure/sheltered bicycle parking, walk to public transit, telecommuter workstations
In-house environmental audit yes
Some of the green community initiatives World Wildlife Federation (Earth Hour and National Sweater Day), provincial sponsor of Bike to Work Week (248 employees logged over 14,000km last year), Commuter Challenge (also offers preferred parking for carpoolers)
Other location LEED Gold
Building footprint includes PV solar panels, rainwater collection, green roof, solar water heating, geothermal heating/cooling, electric vehicle charging stations, energy saving upgrades on numerous facilities (from HVAC to lighting to heat recovery systems), ongoing renovations to align with LEED Gold standards at the head office, two other facilities currently being built to LEED Gold standards, use of electric fleet vehicles

Recognized as one of Canada's Top Employers for Young People (2019):

Here are some of the reasons why BC Hydro was selected as one of Canada's Top Employers for Young People (2019):

  • Through BC Hydro's Graduate Technologist-in-Training program, the organization provides structured career development and on-the-job training to employees -- the program ranges from 2 to 4 years in length and includes classroom training, presentations, technical courses and seminars
  • BC Hydro also trains future CPC Technologists through the Communications Protection and Control Technologist-in-Training program, which provides trainees with 48 months of on-the job-technical training and 6 months of in-school technical training, in addition to in-house training courses, self-study assignments and annual written and practical exams
  • BC Hydro's Youth Hire program offers summer employment opportunities for students interested in exploring different trades, technical careers, and gaining hands-on work experience while transitioning from school to work -- BC Hydro also offers a Pre-Apprentice Power Line Technician Program, a 1-year temporary opportunity to explore the trade and develop line skills to apply on an apprenticeship
A BC Hydro employee preparing to board a helicopter in the field   (Photo credit: Shamus Cromarty)

Highlights

Industry Hydroelectric power generation
Major Canadian hiring locations Burnaby BC, Surrey BC, Vancouver BC
Full-time employees in Canada 5,462
Student opportunities summer jobs, co-op opportunities
Related tuition subsidies employer covers up to 100% of tuition per year
Career development in-house training, online training, in-house career planning services, mentoring, leadership training, online employee skills inventory, apprenticeship/skilled trades programs
Vacation allowance new employees receive 3 weeks of paid vacation after their first year on the job
Unique initiatives hires up to 150 co-op students each year in a variety of disciplines (electrical, mechanical and civil engineering and engineering physics), 2-year Engineer-in-Training program with rotations, created certified Red Seal training facility which includes classrooms, lab spaces, workshops, training substation, a multi-level confined space simulator, and overhead and underground training yards, participates in Learn @ Work Month (held lunch and learns, TED Talk sessions, site tours, a panel event, and a Coaching Blast event with mini-coaching sessions under the theme of "Building a Smarter Future")

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