University of Calgary
Students at the University of Calgary prepare to walk across the stage at their graduation ceremony   (Photo credit: Riley Brandt)

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

Here are some of the reasons why University of Calgary was selected as one of Alberta's Top Employers (2019):

  • University of Calgary helps employees save for the future with contributions to a defined benefit pension plan and offers retirement planning assistance as well as phased-in work options to help employees nearing retirement transition
  • University of Calgary maintains a dedicated employee recognition committee and champions network to help develop resources and initiatives to promote formal, informal and daily recognition amongst employees
  • University of Calgary keeps employees engaged with a number of social events throughout the year, including a unique "RenewFest", a personal renewal festival featuring fitness classes, meditation and healthy living workshops
University of Calgary staff at the annual President's Stampede barbecue lunch   (Photo credit: Riley Brandt)


Industry Post secondary schools, university
Established in Canada 1966
Major Canadian hiring locations Calgary AB
Full-time employees in Canada 6,063
Part-time employees in Canada 439
Average age of employees in Canada 46.32 years
Longest serving employee 51.67 years
Long-term savings defined-benefit (DB) pension
Health plan premium as part of the health plan, the employer pays up to 87.3% of the premiums
Health spending account up to $750 each year
Alternative work options flexible work hours, 35-hour work week (with full pay), compressed work week, earned days off program
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 24 months
Employee performance reviews employees receive individual performance reviews every 4 months
In-house training initiatives apprenticeship/skilled trades programs, in-house training, online training, leadership training, mentoring, paid internships
Tuition subsidies (related to job) yes
Scope of charitable involvement local, national, international
Employee charitable involvement employees are involved in selection of charities

Recognized as one of Canada's Best Diversity Employers (2019):

Here are some of the reasons why University of Calgary was selected as one of Canada's Best Diversity Employers (2019):

  • University of Calgary recently launched an Indigenous Strategic Plan (ii' taa'poh'to'p) to help guide its response to implementing recommendations from the Truth and Reconciliation Commission report
  • University of Calgary established a campus mental health strategy in 2015 and created dedicated grants of up to $10,000 to encourage the community to think of ways to foster positive mental health and wellness and build a supportive environment
  • University of Calgary's Schulich School of Engineering maintains a Women's Advancement Office to help attract and retain female faculty members, postdoctorates, graduate and undergraduate students in engineering -- the office's programming includes workshops and meetings to help establish and advance effective careers for women in engineering
At the pipe ceremony facilitated by Elders Andy Black Water and Reg Crowshoe, which gifted the University of Calgary's Indigenous Strategy its Blackfoot name, ii' taa'poh'to'p   (Photo credit: Riley Brandt)


Industry Post secondary schools, university
Major Canadian hiring locations Calgary AB
Full-time employees in Canada 6,063
Formal diversity strategy has a defined strategy to achieve diversity and inclusion goals
Senior executive who oversees diversity initiatives Director, Office of Equity, Diversity and Protected Disclosure
Formal commitment Office of Diversity, Equity and Protected Disclosure, campus mental health strategy, Indigenous strategic plan (ii' taa'poh'to'p) to guide the university in responding to relevant recommendations in the Truth and Reconciliation Commission report, diversity and inclusion committees for Faculty of Arts, Faculty of Science, and Schulich School of Engineering
Employee resource groups Academic Women's Association to advance career development, Diversity and Equity Network to share information and contribute to the development of best practices
Diversity training and awareness training on topics such as respect in the workplace, mental health awareness, unconscious bias, micro-aggressions in the workplace, recruiting workshops for hiring managers and academic selection committees on best practices and unconscious bias
Diversity highlights second annual Diversity Days on campus with interactive events, panel discussions and lectures, Positive Space campaign, Women's Advancement Office within the Schulich School of Engineering to attract and retain female faculty members, postdocs, graduate and undergraduate engineering students, The Q Centre for sexual and gender diversity, Native Centre (provides academic, personal and cultural support services to Aboriginal students), Women's Resource Centre in support of gender equality, UFlorish Campus Wellness Fair to build positive mental health
Some of the diversity-focused partnerships Calgary Immigrant Services, Calgary Immigrant Women's Association (hosts practicum students and offers info sessions)

Recognized as one of Canada's Greenest Employers (2019):

Here are some of the reasons why University of Calgary was selected as one of Canada's Greenest Employers (2019):

  • University of Calgary encourages students, staff and faculty to make sustainable transportation choices through the Bike Root program, which includes the on campus UBike rental service, bicycle repair and maintenance clinics and a unique Winter Cycling Fair to encourage cycling throughout the year
  • University of Calgary supports an on campus 61-plot pesticide free community garden, available for employees, students and interested community members -- gardeners can also meet other local producers at a unique Harvest Fair, which features local vendors and a free concert with many of the university's most talent musicians
University of Calgary students, faculty and staff attend the launch of the University's new sustainability report   (Photo credit: Riley Brandt)


Industry Post secondary schools, university
Major Canadian hiring locations Calgary AB
Full-time employees in Canada 6,063
Employee green team Sustainability Coordinators Program (est. 2012), over 50 sustainability related clubs across campus
Senior executive who oversees initiatives Chief Sustainability Officer
Publishes sustainability report yes
Green highlights Sustainability Coordinators Program (over 40 employees who volunteer three to five hours each month and engage their colleagues in sustainability initiatives, such as the renewal of the university's Climate Action Plan, Food Awareness Week and a Careers in Sustainability event), Sustainable Events (resources for events planners to make their events more sustainable), campus-wide IT program (ensures computers sleep, double-sided printing, recycled ink cartridges), Sustainability Speaker Series (ongoing multi-year speaker and panel sessions addressing a range of sustainability issues), Weekly Surplus Sale (employee managed garage-sale offering everything from desks and chairs to projectors to computer equipment), over 350 sustainability related courses as well as the Embedded Certificate in Sustainability Studies, which offers students the chance to gain knowledge and practical experience while completing their degree
Building footprint includes PV solar panels, rainwater collection, green roof, geothermal heating/cooling, automated sun-tracking shades, LED lighting, daylight harvesting, wetland grey-water treatment, on campus community garden
Extended recycling cellphones, batteries, textiles, construction waste, mini waste and mixed recycling bins at desks (organizes regular waste audits and set waste diversion targets of 80 per cent by 2020)
Commuter amenities Bike Root program (includes repair clinics, rentals and a unique winter cycling fair), walk to public transit, secure/sheltered bicycle parking, online car-pool sign-up, electric vehicle charging stations
Community partnerships Plastic-Free YYC (non-profit organization working towards a plastic-free Calgary), United Nations Association in Canada /UNAC (partnership with the "Green Corps Youth Hiring Program", which provides meaningful green employment opportunities), City of Calgary Walk21 (annual conference on building a more walkable city), Canadian Green Building Council (participates in the Zero Carbon Building Pilot Program to redevelop the MacKimmie Library Tower and Block and create a low-energy and near-zero carbon design), Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (participates in the Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System / STARS program for measuring sustainability practices in post-secondary institutions)

The Career Directory

University of Calgary has been selected for The Career Directory, our guide to entry-level recruitment for recent college and university graduates.
University of Calgary employees at the UCalgary Strong festival, celebrating the last day of classes and commemorating the first anniversary of the Brentwood tragedy

Highlights for New Grads

Industry Post secondary schools, university
Major Canadian hiring locations Calgary AB
Student opportunities paid internships, summer jobs, co-op opportunities
Training subsidies for professional accreditation, orientation program, online training, in-house training, mentoring, in-house career planning services, leadership training
Annual tuition maximum employer pays up to $5,359 in tuition subsidies for job-related courses per year
Typical new grad positions Engineer, Nurse, Social Worker, Teacher, Administrator, Analyst, Researcher, Research Assistant
Work benefits health benefits for new employees, flexible work hours
Vacation allowance new employees receive 3 weeks of paid vacation after their first year on the job

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