Recognized as one of Manitoba's Top Employers (2019):
By Richard Yerema and Kristina Leung, Mediacorp Canada Inc. staff editors (Nov 27, 2018)
Here are some of the reasons why Boeing Canada Operations Ltd. was selected as one of Manitoba's Top Employers (2019):
- Boeing Canada encourages employees to take care of their physical and mental health through a number of in-house wellness initiatives, including a Health, Safety and Wellness Expo, annual health assessments, and the "Boeing on the Move" program, a 6-week physical activity challenge with incentives for employees
- Boeing Canada supports long-term savings through defined benefit and defined contribution pension plans, varying by employee group
- Boeing Canada invests in the ongoing education of employees with generous tuition subsidies for courses taken at outside institutions, both related and indirectly related to their position, as well as a number of in-house training initiatives
Recognized as one of Canada's Top Employers for Young People (2019):
By Kristina Leung and Richard Yerema, Mediacorp Canada Inc. staff editors (Jan 17, 2019)
Here are some of the reasons why Boeing Canada Operations Ltd. was selected as one of Canada's Top Employers for Young People (2019):
- Boeing Canada helps develop tomorrow's talent by partnering with Tec Voc High School and the University of Manitoba's engineering program to provide mentorship opportunities to students on a regular basis
- Through the 2-year self-nominated program Leadership Next (LX), Boeing Canada develops the company's next generation of leaders by combining learning experiences including assessments, group coaching, peer and executive mentorship and high-impact projects to teach members how to inspire excellence in others -- the program is HR-sponsored and provides additional opportunities on top of an employee's day job
- Each year, technical staff at Boeing Canada can be considered for an Associate Technical Fellow designation or Technical Fellowship through the Technical Fellowship Program, which promotes technical excellence and innovation within the company
Recognized as one of Canada's Best Diversity Employers (2019):
By Kristina Leung and Richard Yerema, Mediacorp Canada Inc. staff editors (Feb 28, 2019)
Here are some of the reasons why Boeing Canada Operations Ltd. was selected as one of Canada's Best Diversity Employers (2019):
- Boeing Canada's Winnipeg location works with Connecting Aboriginals to Manufacturing and the Centre for Aboriginal Human Resource Development to provide Aboriginal youth employment opportunities
- In addition to organizing week-long diversity celebrations in Canada, the organization's parent company, The Boeing Company, maintains a global diversity department and intranet and also hosts a 3-day global diversity summit, open to employees from around the world
People from all over fly higher at Boeing Canada
On his first plane flight, from his hometown of Owerri in Nigeria to big-city Lagos, a teenage Sixtus Ekezie asked his mother about a new word he saw - Boeing - and she explained their aircraft. Much later, Ekezie found himself nearing completion of his master's degree in mechanical engineering at the University of Manitoba in Winnipeg. A friend told him he should look at a prime local employer: Boeing Canada Operations Ltd.
"Most of the planes in Nigeria are from Boeing," Ekezie says, "but I had no idea they had a manufacturing operation in Canada. I thought it was only in the U.S. "So he applied, and was hired as a plastics technician while still finishing his degree. But that was just the beginning of a very high-flying story.
Only a month after he started in January 2018, his manager suggested he apply for Boeing's management development program. That involved - no small process for a newcomer to Boeing and a newcomer to Canada - a series of interviews and then a full-out presentation to senior leaders offering his solution to a challenge in the business. And sure enough, he aced that, too.
So 11 months after he started, about three years after he left Nigeria, and only a month after he completed his master's, Ekezie became Processing Centre Manufacturing Manager, overseeing how parts move through various production areas in his section before they are finally sent out to Boeing plants in the U.S. "I make sure everybody knows what to do and when to do it," he says. The 18-month management program was still to come, beginning inJanuary 2019.
"It's been an amazing journey," says Ekezie, possibly with understatement. "Imagine - in less than a year a plastics technician is already a manager. Boeing is a wonderful place to work."
He credits his manager for spotting his skills, but he says he received broad support from the company throughout the year. "I felt so welcomed at Boeing," he says. "It's very multicultural here, and everyone is equal, everyone is treated the same way."
Stephanie Kimberling, Boeing's Winnipeg-based Human Resources Business Partner, says the company is committed to supporting diversity and inclusion across a broad spectrum of employees and candidates. There are enterprise-wide affinity groups for women, LGBT, veterans and Indigenous people, among others. There are also annual diversity conferences, where "we bring people from clear around the world to learn and grow with each other."
In Winnipeg, with its large Indigenous population, Boeing has partnered with the Centre for Aboriginal Human Resource Development, or CAHRD, to set up classes for potential Indigenous candidates. "We try to recruit people and we work with CAHRD to make sure those employees are successful," says Kimberling. "It's a wonderful program."
Boeing also has an annual Women in Leadership conference. "What's interesting about that conference is we now have several men coming to support the women, so it's been a fun journey," she says.
In redressing the former overbalance of men at Boeing, "we don't just look at engineering," says Kimberling. "We also have a large IT organization, and so we focus on STEM in general." In Winnipeg, as in other centres, Boeing works to encourage girls in high school to study STEM subjects. Nationally, it supports Engineers Canada in its "30 by 30" goal to raise the proportion of newly licensed engineers who are women to 30 per cent by 2030 from 17 per cent now.
Boeing also employs several deaf employees, as well as sign-language interpreters, and trains managers to recognize unconscious bias. "For us," says Kimberling, "supporting diversity comes in many different forms." Sixtus Ekezie would agree.