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.
2017 Awards Committee
Managing Director of Public Affairs, University of British Columbia
#1 Best Selling Author, “Achieving Prosperity through Diversity”
Director of Executive Development and Diversity, BC Public Service Agency
HR Operations Manager, Accenture and 2016 BC Workplace Inclusion Award Finalist
Board Treasurer, QMUNITY and Former VP of Risk Management & Chief Internal Auditor at TELUS
DIVERSE & INCLUSIVE CHAMPION – Individual
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.
DIVERSE & INCLUSIVE CHAMPION – 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. The winner will be determined by an online poll.
DIVERSE & INCLUSIVE CULTURE CHAMPION – Small Business
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.
DIVERSE & INCLUSIVE CULTURE CHAMPION – Large Business
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.
DIVERSE & INCLUSIVE CULTURE CHAMPION – Public Sector
DIVERSE & INCLUSIVE CULTURE CHAMPION – Social Enterprise
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.
DIVERSE & INCLUSIVE CULTURE CHAMPION – Non-Profit Organization
Nominees must be registered as a non-profit organization in BC.
DIVERSE & INCLUSIVE CULTURE CHAMPION – Rising Star Award
The BC Workplace Inclusion Awards celebrate businesses and individuals with a longstanding and proven commitment to a diverse and inclusive workplace. However, the nominations committee recognizes that many businesses have demonstrated a commitment to looking beyond traditional talent pools, and are starting to establish meaningful strategies to develop and engage an inclusive workplace. Many of these strategies are organic or new; as such, the Diversity & Inclusion Rising Star Award is presented to a nominee that has demonstrated emerging practice to increase diversity and inclusion in the workplace.
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