Recognized as one of National Capital Region's Top Employers (2019):
By Richard Yerema and Kristina Leung, Mediacorp Canada Inc. staff editors (Jan 29, 2019)
Here are some of the reasons why Defence Construction Canada / DCC was selected as one of National Capital Region's Top Employers (2019):
- Defence Construction Canada helps employees plan securely for the future with retirement planning assistance, contributions to a defined benefit pension plan, and health benefits that extend to retirees (with no age limit and 50% premium coverage)
- As part of the organization's health benefits plan, Defence Construction Canada offers an annual health spending account of up to $500 and a wellness spending account of $250 per year
- Defence Construction Canada recognizes exceptional performance through a number of awards, including Customer Satisfaction, Innovation, Diversity and Inclusion, Rookie of the Year, the President's Award and the Robert Graham Memorial Award
DCC unites behind Canada's defence mission
When Marie-Claire Wihogora says she regards Defence Construction Canada as part of her family, she speaks from the heart.
As an administrative assistant since 2015 on DCC's Industrial Security Team, Wihogora collects data and submits requests from contractors to help them gain security clearances to work on Department of National Defence construction sites.
DND is DCC's primary customer, on whose behalf the organization spends $1 billion annually, providing contracting, construction management, infrastructure and environmental services for about 2,000 projects a year
"Our revenues come from invoices rendered against quality services we deliver," says DCC president and CEO James Paul. "We don't receive direct appropriations from the federal government, so we have to be entrepreneurial and deliver value."
To this end, Paul says, Wihogora and her associates take great pride in supporting Canada's defence mission. "Our employees know that if you don't have a runway to take off from, a jetty for ships to dock, a healthcare facility for soldiers - we won't have a successful defence capability."
Since 1951, DCC has delivered infrastructure and environmental projects for DND in Canada and in overseas countries such as Afghanistan, Latvia, Jordan and Kuwait. They range from radar stations in Canada's North to temporary accommodations for Canadian Armed Forces members at the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver.
DCC spends four per cent of its annual payroll on training and development. Through a trademarked program called innoviCulture, it not only invites ideas from employees but also tracks them, responds, monitors and publishes results and actions taken.
Leadership development is incorporated into employees' performance reviews. "It's a dialogue, not a speech," says Paul.
"We ask what the employee wants, and then focus on helping the employee acquire the knowledge and skills to achieve that goal."
With Wihogora, who arrived in Canada from Rwanda in 1998, DCC has taken full advantage of her strengths and tenacity. "When I came to Canada I didn't speak English," she says. "I was eating pizza and Coca-Cola because those were the only words I knew in English. But I went to Toronto deliberately to challenge myself to learn the language."
Now fully bilingual, Wihogora appreciates DCC's emphasis on training and innovation within a supportive environment. "I wanted a place where I could work, learn and enjoy life at the same time," she says. "My supervisor urges me to go forward. I speak from my heart when I say that DCC has made me a stronger person."