BC Workplace Inclusion Awards

Recognizing BC employers and individuals who are leading the way in workplace inclusion…

Nominations for the 2018 BC Workplace Inclusion Awards have not yet begun. Thank you to everyone who submitted a nomination in 2017 or shared the call with their networks. We hope to see you again at the UnTapped Awards Gala in 2018!

Are you or someone you know a diversity champion?  If so, nominate them or yourself for the BC Workplace Inclusion Awards in one of our many categories.

More and more businesses today are beginning to incorporate diversity and inclusion as a key component of their business strategy because they know that inclusive employers attract top talent. The BC Workplace Inclusion Awards recognize the outstanding achievements of BC employers and individuals who are leading the way in workplace inclusion. From large businesses to non-profit organizations, from managers to frontline staff, the BC Workplace Inclusion Awards honour those who have demonstrated a commitment to fostering diversity at work at all levels of the labour market. Nominate a diversity champion today!

2018 Nominations: TBA.


Award nominees must be:

  • An individual who lives and/or works in BC or
  • An employer that operates in BC
  • Award nominees may be self-nominated, or nominated by another individual. Employers of all sizes are encouraged to apply, whether private sector, public sector, or non-profit.


Nominations will be reviewed and shortlisted by the BC Workplace Inclusion Awards Committee. The Committee includes private and public sector representatives who themselves have demonstrated leadership and excellence in championing workplace inclusion.

2018 Awards Committee

Susan Danard

John Li

National Account Manager
Desjardins Group
Kasey Reese

Anita Huberman

Surrey Board of Trade
Susan Danard

Susan Danard

Communications Officer
Provincial Health Services Authority
Susan Danard

Kasey Reese

NFP Board Director; engaged community member & experienced enterprise risk, governance & internal audit leader
Kasey Reese

Jim Anderson

Executive Director
Venture Kamloops
Susan Danard

Jasmine Marchant

Director, Human Resources
Parq Vancouver

Award Categories


Diversity Champion (Individual or Leadership)
Behind every program or initiative, is a diversity champion leading the way. We recognize that even large efforts start with a single person who makes inclusion a priority and dedicates their time and effort to putting that cause front and center. Award winners are people who have made a name for themselves professionally as someone who rallies, educates, and exemplifies the ideals that a diverse workplace is a strong workplace. When selecting a winner, testimonials from coworkers and a history of public commitment to diversity are important factors, in addition to specific examples.


Strong Voices Award
The Strong Voices Award winner is someone who is an outspoken and positive role model for diversity and inclusion in their community. By taking the spotlight, whether in the media, in public, or online, this award winner shines a light on the benefits of integrating different groups into the workforce and is an icon for positive change.


Small BC Business (50 or less employees)
Accounting for 98% of businesses in BC, the majority of small businesses have less than 20 employees. Robust Human Resources programs are often not a reality, yet many small businesses impact lives through inclusive values. The Small BC Business Category recognizes business that have demonstrated a commitment to fostering a diverse and inclusive workplace. These companies exemplify that no matter of size, a team made up of many different strengths is smart business sense. Both workplace atmosphere and employee impact are important factors, in addition to specific examples of tapping into diverse talent pools, such as persons with disabilities, women, Aboriginal people, recent immigrants, youth, LGBTQ2S.

Nominees must in be operation within BC, and have a maximum of 50 employees.


Large BC Business (more than 50 employees)
Beyond policies and procedures, Nominees are expected to demonstrate efforts and progress in identifying and employing diverse employees and engaging them in an inclusive workplace. The Large BC Business category recognizes businesses that show leadership as diversity and inclusion champions by looking beyond traditional recruitment and retention strategies.

Nominees must in be operation within BC, and have over 50 employees.


Social Enterprise
A social enterprise is a business that trades to create positive social impact, be it social, cultural, community economic and/or environmental outcomes. The business has a clear sense of its ‘social mission’, which is publicly identified.  Nominees in this category demonstrate an inclusive and diverse workforce, tapping into the strengths of people who are often marginalized.

For the purpose of categorizing organizations for the BC Workplace Inclusion Awards, a social enterprise distinguishes itself from a non-profit organization in that the majority of the business’s revenue is generated from transactions rather than of funding. The nominee must operate in BC.


Non-Profit Organization
With approximately 26,000 non-profit organizations in BC, the sector employs over 120,000 British Colombians.  The work of NPOs has significant impact on communities across the province. The Non-Profit Organization category recognizes those organization that beyond a mission to serve the community, as an employer, they walk the talk in demonstrating a sense diversity and inclusion to their own workplace.

Nominees must be registered as a non-profit organization in BC.

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