Firms selected for the AISES Top 50 list are required to meet a list of criteria, including:
- Diversity recruitment efforts
- Recruiting for jobs in the STEM fields
- Actively recruiting within Indigenous audiences
- Sustained support of the AISES mission
Stantec continues to strengthen its connections to Indigenous communities and find new ways to make contributions. Examples include supporting local initiatives and collaborating with local and national Indigenous organizations such as Everfi to bring STEM programming to remote and Indigenous-based schools and through a school business partnership with the Alaska Native Cultural Charter School. Embracing diversity of all kinds enables Stantec to provide a work environment and organizational culture that plays a role in attracting and retaining people with the right skills.
“At Stantec, we are fully committed to building and maintaining sustainable relationships with Indigenous Peoples, communities, and businesses,” said Adam Leggett, Stantec’s Alaska Native Program Manager. “I am excited to see AISES continue to recognize our efforts to be a welcoming place for Indigenous employees. It’s critical that Stantec remain a place where all employees feel seen, heard, and free to be true to themselves.”
Stantec is also a member of the Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business (CCAB), which promotes Indigenous relationships and an economy based on shared prosperity. The company is also a member of CCAB’s Procurement Champions Group and are actively working to increase Indigenous procurement.
In 2021, Stantec launched the Stantec Equity & Diversity Scholarship to provide talented students in historically underrepresented and Black, Indigenous, people of color (BIPOC) groups with financial aid. The 2023 scholarships were presented to 44 students from Australia, Canada, India, Jamaica, New Zealand, and the United States.