Recognized as one of Alberta's Top Employers (2018)
By Richard Yerema and Kristina Leung, Mediacorp Canada Inc. staff editors (Feb 20, 2018)
Here are some of the reasons why Shell Canada Limited was selected as one of Alberta's Top Employers (2018):
- Shell Canada's work environment varies with the company's diverse operations across the country -- Shell's Calgary head office features an open concept environment augmented with privacy rooms, collaboration and meeting spaces, comfortable bistros and eating areas, a Meditation and Reflection Centre and subsidized access to a fully-equipped Active Living Centre, which features a dedicated room for its new moms returning from leave, change rooms and shower facilities, along with a variety of instructor-led classes (such as yoga, kickboxing, spinning, dance and personal training)
- Shell Canada encourages employees to make health and wellness a priority through a global "Be Well" program, which includes resources, activities and events to support ongoing employee wellness -- additionally, the company offers a generous health spending account, allowing employees to top up levels of coverage according to their personal needs
- Shell Canada is one of Canada's leading corporate donors, supporting nearly 800 charitable initiatives last year -- the company provides up to 3 paid days off for employees to volunteer and supports a longstanding "Community Service Fund", which provides financial support for not-for-profit organizations where employees and retirees regularly volunteer
Shell Canada is a global leader in talent development
Hadi Quazi decided while working on a chemical engineering degree at the University of Alberta that he wanted to work in the energy sector. After completing two student internships with Shell Canada, he knew Shell was his employer of choice.
"Shell gives you an opportunity to work in such a wide variety of roles and gives you exposure to a broad spectrum of energy issues and challenges," says Quazi, a Production Engineer. "In under eight years, I've worked across the entire energy value chain right here in Alberta, from upstream to downstream, and globally with an assignment at the world's largest gas to liquids plant in Qatar."
In fact, Shell Canada has been rated globally as one of the top developers of graduate talent, especially in technical disciplines, says Trish Moore, Vice President of Human Resources for Canadian operations. "We have an intense series of training programs that include rotational job assignments, opportunity for short-term international assignments and access to global leaders in their technical skill pool," Moore notes.
The company also has mentoring circles for multiple employees and one-on-one mentoring as well as a whole suite of leadership development programs. "We have programs for leaders from the frontline through to senior strategic leaders," says Moore. "We incorporate inclusive leadership in those programs to help leaders understand how they can create an environment where people can fully be themselves."
The company is equally committed to the health and well-being of all employees. The Shell Health team offers employees health assessments as well as education sessions and online resources on the role of diet and exercise in maintaining a healthy lifestyle.
Employees at the company's Calgary headquarters can take advantage of a Meditation and Reflection Centre as well as subsidized access to a fully-equipped Active Living Centre that includes change rooms, shower facilities and instructor-led classes in yoga, kickboxing, dancing and personal training. Shell's workforce is dispersed throughout the province and the company offers generous health spending accounts, which employees can use for such things as gym memberships.
Shell offers new mothers up to 16 weeks fully paid maternity leave while new fathers and adoptive parents can enjoy up to 10 weeks full paid leave. "We're heavily promoting it, including encouraging fathers to take a share of the time off in order to help establish their new families," says Moore.
"There's no question," adds Quazi, "that Shell goes above and beyond to ensure that employee well-being is maintained."
Recognized as one of Canada's Best Diversity Employers (2018)
By Kristina Leung and Richard Yerema, Mediacorp Canada Inc. staff editors (Mar 1, 2018)
Here are some of the reasons why Shell Canada Limited was selected as one of Canada's Best Diversity Employers (2018):
- For nearly 30 years, Shell Canada has partnered with Indspire to support the development of Aboriginal peoples, providing scholarships and industry training to Aboriginal students -- the company also offers in depth Aboriginal awareness training and manages a dedicated network for Aboriginal employees
- Shell Canada created a 14-week career development program to help female employees achieve personal and professional goals and manages "Senior Women Connect" to help senior women with gender-specific leadership challenges
- Shell Canada's enABLE network created an "Experiential Learning Day" to pair senior leaders with individuals who identify as having a disability -- Shell Canada was also selected by its parent company to participate as a pilot for its global workplace accessibility project
"Shell has made leadership positions accessible to people who are not represented, seeking and enabling exceptional talent in every form." Teresa W., employee
Shell's diverse networks help employees succeed
As a business student at Mount Royal University in Calgary, Lindsay Hubert planned to pursue a career with non-profit, community-based organizations. Her plans changed when she met representatives of Shell Canada at the Belcourt Brosseau Métis Awards, a foundation that provides financial support for Métis students.
That led her to apply for a summer internship with Shell in 2015 and, impressed with that experience, she took a full-time job after completing her degree program in the spring of 2016. "I never envisioned myself working in the oil and gas industry until I was exposed to Shell's genuine commitment to diversity and inclusion," says Hubert, a Policy and Compensation Analyst in the Human Resources department. "I was excited by the many opportunities to be an agent of social change in a global company."
Shell has gone to great lengths to ensure that diversity and inclusion have become embedded in the corporate culture. "We have a whole fleet of leadership development programs, from frontline through to strategic leaders," says Trish Moore, Shell Canada's Vice-President of Human Resources for Canadian Operations. "We incorporate inclusive leadership in those programs to help our leaders understand how they can create an environment where people can be fully themselves."
Shell also promotes diversity and inclusion through affinity networks that bring employees of similar backgrounds or interests together for both professional and social activities. There are networks for women, new professionals, LGBTQ employees as well as those who come from Hispanic, African, Asian and Indigenous backgrounds.
"Our workforce is very diverse and we strive to make it reflective of the population base of Canada," says Moore.
Hubert is an active member of the Indigenous Network's leadership team and has also participated in many events organized by the new professionals and women's networks. She has benefitted from both a social and professional perspective.
In addition, she believes that mentor relationships have played a paramount role in shaping her success. Many of her informal mentors were the result of relationships developed through her Shell Canada Network involvement. Hubert attributes these individuals with helping her quickly navigate Shell's culture and expectations.
Shell's commitment to diversity and inclusion extends beyond the company and reaches into the communities it serves. In 2013, the company donated $100,000 to the Belcourt Brosseau Métis Awards and Shell has been actively recruiting student recipients of the awards.
"Members of our Indigenous network are also active in reaching out to First Nations children and educating them on all of the opportunities available to them in the energy industry," says Moore.
Shell has also taken its support for the LGBTQ community into the community. Moore says the company displayed Shell-branded Pride materials at five Calgary retail outlets during Pride Week which carried the colours of the LGBTQ rainbow flag. The company was also active and visible at Pride parades.
"Our LGBTQ network was heavily involved in organizing our participation in the Pride parades in Edmonton and Calgary," says Moore. "We had about 200 Shell employees and their families marching in the Calgary parade."
Shell has also introduced 10 weeks of paid parental leave for adoptive parents and new fathers as part of its broader diversity and inclusion program, and extended fully paid leave to 16 weeks for birth mothers.
"It is very exciting that Shell is taking a leading role in broadening the standard definition of diversity to be more inclusive of all groups, underpinned by our authentic care for people," says Moore.