DCC's workforce reflects Canadian society, comprising people from diverse cultures and backgrounds.

We believe employee diversity is a strategic advantage and work to leverage the differences among members of our team — to create a workplace in which all employees feel included and can achieve their full potential.

Our goal is to provide a healthy, productive and respectful work environment that embraces equity, diversity and inclusion, and encourages all employees to contribute to a respectful workplace free from bias, harassment and discrimination.


Celebrating Diversity at DCC


Sophie-Claude Miller (Cree from the Waswanipi community and Master of Ceremonies for the occasion), DCC Site Manager Vincent Bousquet and Paula Ng, Coordinator, Project Management.

DCC participates in the MAMU! Montreal Aboriginal Employment Fair

On November 8, 2018, DCC staff attended the MAMU! Montreal Aboriginal Employment Fair at Montréal's Place des Arts. Organized by the First Nations Human Resources Development Commission of Quebec, the event provides an opportunity to network with First Nations, Métis and Inuit people residing in the urban area about employment opportunities. It is also an occasion to create links that will help connect the Aboriginal community with potential employers.

Photo: Sophie-Claude Miller (Cree from the Waswanipi community and Master of Ceremonies for the occasion), DCC Site Manager Vincent Bousquet and Paula Ng, Coordinator, Project Management.

Ian Quane, Human Resources Lead for Diversity and Inclusion; Marie-Claire Wihogora, NCR representative on DCC's Diversity and Inclusion Committee; Patty Hajdu, federal Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Labour; Jim Paul, President and CEO; Dienabou Sow, Manager, Human Resources, and Elaine Warren, Director, Human Resources, at the awards ceremony.

DCC honoured as inspirational role model for employment equity

DCC has been recognized for its achievements in employment equity for the second year in a row. On October 3, 2018, DCC received a 2018 Employment Equity Achievement Award in the sector distinction category. The award recognizes employers who are inspirational role models, championing employment equity in their sector in addition to demonstrating a strong commitment and achieving success in implementing employment equity in their own organization.

Photo: Ian Quane, Human Resources Lead for Diversity and Inclusion; Marie-Claire Wihogora, NCR representative on DCC's Diversity and Inclusion Committee; Patty Hajdu, federal Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Labour; James Paul, President and CEO; Dienabou Sow, Manager, Human Resources, and Elaine Warren, Director, Human Resources, at the awards ceremony.


DCC employees from Montreal

Women's Information Network

On March 8, 2018 (International Women's Day), DCC launched the Women's Information Network, a new internal forum for employees to focus on diversity and inclusion, and to celebrate and foster the professional growth and career development of women and men at DCC, alike. The network is the latest initiative of DCC's Diversity and Inclusion Strategy, under which DCC is bringing to life its commitment to embracing diversity and inclusion in the workplace.


Janet Mrenica, Director, Program Oversight, Community Infrastructure, Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada (who moderated the event) and Juliet Woodfield, DCC's Vice-President, Finance & Human Resources, and CFO

Representing women in infrastructure

Juliet Woodfield, Vice-President, Finance & Human Resources, and CFO, spoke at one of the first in a series of networking events to profile female leaders in infrastructure.

The January 18, 2018 event was organized by the Ottawa chapter of the Women's Infrastructure Network. Juliet spoke about her career, how she has balanced her job with a busy family life, and her approach to leadership, in the hope of inspiring others in their career journey.


Melinda Nycholat at Women in Engineering Advisory Committee's fall forum

Encouraging female engineers to pursue leadership roles

Mélinda Nycholat, Vice-President, Operations—Procurement, had a chance to share her experience and perspective on being a woman in engineering at a conference in Toronto on October 28, 2017.

Mélinda (second from right) attended the Women in Engineering Advisory Committee's fall forum, Navigating the Glass Obstacle Course, and was part of a five-person panel on addressing negative workplace cultures and barriers to advancement. She offered advice to the women in the audience seeking to pursue a management or leadership position with their organization, including the importance of being a problem-solver, taking ownership of their ideas and taking risks.


Gerry MacGillivray and Zinnia Segura both represented the country of Mexico at the 2018 International Lunch in Ottawa.

Exploring our cultures

DCC's International Cuisine lunch is an annual event that celebrates the diverse cultural backgrounds of DCC employees. Employees are invited to prepare a dish that showcases either their own culture or another of their choosing, offering a chance for chefs and other attendees to learn about dishes and cultures from around the world. Proceeds from this event are donated to the annual DCC United Way Charitable Campaign.

A longstanding tradition for DCC's Head Office and National Capital Region staff, this event has now inspired dozens of similar luncheons hosted at DCC sites across the country.


Shirley Cardinal and Robin Fraser from Human Resources received the 2017 Outstanding Commitment to Employment Equity Award on behalf of DCC, on October 5, 2017

DCC recognized for commitment to employment equity

Shirley Cardinal and Robin Fraser from Human Resources received the 2017 Outstanding Commitment to Employment Equity Award on behalf of DCC, on October 5, 2017.


Diversity and Employment Equity

Each year, DCC conducts its annual Count Yourself In! campaign. All DCC employees are asked to complete the enhanced online employment equity and diversity questionnaire, and reminded of the importance of keeping their information up-to-date. The data collected helps DCC put the resources and tools in place to make our employee experience an even better one. In 2017, DCC enhanced the questionnaire to include more detailed descriptions to help employees more accurately self-identify. The descriptions helped to increase the accuracy of the information and to target efforts to remove possible barriers in recruitment, hiring, training, retention and promotion practices.

In 2017, DCC's results compared favourably against the labour market availability (LMA) for the designated groups in the construction industry.

Designated group Percentage of employees at DCC LMA in the construction industry
Women 42.1% 12.5%
Persons with disabilities 5.4% 4.9%
Indigenous peoples 4.5% 4.5%
Visible minorities 10.8% 9.6%
DCC received a 2018 Employment Equity Achievement Award in the sector distinction category.
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DCC is a recipient of the 2017 Employment Equity Achievement Awards