Recognized as one of Canada's Top 100 Employers (2019) and Alberta's Top Employers (2018):
By Richard Yerema and Kristina Leung, Mediacorp Canada Inc. staff editors (Nov 8, 2018)
Here are some of the reasons why Keyera Corp. was selected as one of Canada's Top 100 Employers (2019) and Alberta's Top Employers (2018):
- As part of the company's health benefits plan, Keyera Corp. offers a health spending account equivalent to 4.5% of their salary plus an additional $3,500 each year, which can be used to top up existing levels of coverage or allocated as savings, cash, share purchase options or RRSP
- Keyera Corp. encourages employees to engage in physical activity with employee-led sports teams and a wellness spending account which can be used to cover the costs of gym membership (to $750 per year) -- employees can also take advantage of an onsite fitness facility with Zumba, yoga and spin classes
- Keyera Corp. cultivates an ownership culture through a share purchase plan and helps employees save for the longer term with a defined contribution pension plan
Keyera leads with unique culture and strong values
As one of the largest companies in Canada's midstream oil and gas sector, Calgary-based Keyera Corp. fosters an open, entrepreneurial culture and a shared commitment to excellence in order to realize its vision of being the North American leader in delivering midstream energy solutions.
"Keyera's culture is unique in this industry," says Eileen Marikar, Vice President - Controller. "The executive team is approachable and people feel comfortable coming forward with ideas and suggestions, or with problems that need solving. Diversity is valued and staff turnover is very low. And the company has strong values, including health and safety, integrity, responsibility and accountability, teamwork and respect."
Keyera owns and operates a network of pipelines, natural gas processing plants, and natural gas liquids and condensate infrastructure in Alberta. It also has operations in Oklahoma and Texas.
"We provide essential services to natural gas and oil sands producers," Marikar says. "We gather and process natural gas and natural gas liquids, and market the byproducts such as propane and butane. In our business, growth comes from capital projects, and so do opportunities and excitement.
"Capital spend is a good measure of our growth and success as a company. Keyera's capital spend has grown from $300 million in 2013 to a projected total of between $1 billion and $1.1 billion in 2018."
James Karperien, who has been with Keyera for four years, enjoys being part of an industry-leading company and appreciates the corporate culture.
"I like the openness here," he says. "There's a wealth of knowledge and a willingness to share it. We feel valued and motivated, and there are a lot of career development opportunities."
Karperien joined the company after graduating from the University of Calgary with a commerce degree majoring in finance. He'd already spent two summer internships with Keyera, in the Corporate Development and Credit Risk Groups, and knew it was where he wanted to work. He started full-time in 2014 as an Analyst in the Treasury Group, then moved in March 2018 to his current position as Advisor, Hedging and Analysis, providing risk management support to the Natural Gas Liquids Marketing Group at Keyera's Calgary headquarters.
"We're encouraged to improve our skills through further education and training," he says. "For example, I've earned my Chartered Financial Analyst designation while working here. The company was very supportive and subsidized the cost."
Keyera also provides internal professional development opportunities for employees at different stages of their careers, through mentoring, training and networking across the company. In addition, future leaders have access to mentorship programs, coaching and annual leadership summits.
"Moving internally to gain diverse experience is highly encouraged at Keyera," says Marikar. "We always post new jobs but give preference to internal hires. And success is rewarded and recognized."
Keyera supports its employees in giving back to their communities, with two paid days off each year for volunteering. It also contributes to the communities where it operates with an investment program centred on four areas: health and wellness, environment, youth and education, and community enhancement.
As well, the company offers a range of employee benefits, including a health spending account equivalent to 4.5% of salary plus an additional $3,500 a year; a wellness spending account; eight flex days a year for appointments, family activities or to pursue personal interests; a share purchase plan; a defined contribution pension plan and an employee assistance program.
"Keyera treats its employees really well," Karperien concludes. "I absolutely do like it here and I plan to stay."
Keyera helps employees find the right career path
For Danay Rajderkar, a position as a temporary receptionist at Calgary-based Keyera Corp. turned out far better than expected. The job taken to help pay the bills back in 2008 has morphed into a rewarding career.
Keyera, one of the largest independent midstream energy companies in Canada, soon hired Rajderkar full time. Since then, the company's commitment to its employees' career success has helped Rajderkar thrive as she tackled new challenges and responsibilities. After working in Corporate Services, where she was promoted to a supervisor position, she recently took on a new role, Supply Chain Management Specialist.
"The company gave me a chance and has always been very supportive," says Rajderkar, whose previous work experience had been in the cruise ship industry. "I feel very secure in my job."
Darin Stuckey has seen many employees rise through the ranks at Keyera, himself included. Today, as Director, Terminal Operations, he helps manage more than 100 employees, many in highly technical jobs.
They didn't necessarily start out with the required skills. Stuckey says that when hiring, the company considers fit and personality as well as an applicant's initial qualifications. Managers and mentors then work with individuals to put them on the right path to realize their ambitions.
"The philosophy here is 'the job we have today does not have to be the job we have forever'," says Stuckey. "Once we have a great employee, it's much easier to keep them in the organization than to hire someone who might not have the right attitude."
Keyera focuses on natural gas gathering and processing, as well as natural gas liquid processing, transportation, storage and marketing. Most of its infrastructure is in central Alberta, often in small communities like Fort Saskatchewan and Drayton Valley.
As well as industry-leading training and professional development opportunities, the company offers its employees competitive pay and benefits. It also works hard to be a good neighbour. Keyera, for instance, encourages workers to give back to their communities by providing them with two paid days off each year to volunteer.
Stuckey notes workers choose for themselves how and where to donate their time. "Some employees have helped supervise their kids' school trips when they'd otherwise have been working," he adds. "This is a very family oriented organization."
For her part, Rajderkar also enjoys the friendly, caring environment that Keyera fosters. "The culture here is really great," she says. "I'm not planning on leaving any time soon."