Diversity broadly defined at Suncor Energy

Energy company partners with schools, Aboriginal groups and recruits globally
By Danielle Harder
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 05/02/2008

“We love the winters.” That’s not a sentiment one would expect to find in a northern Alberta oil town. But it is the name of one of the courses offered to foreign workers in Fort McMurray, Alta., some of whom are from as far away as the tropical climates of the Philippines and Venezuela.

The course is a partnership between Keyano College and the company that employs these immigrant workers, Suncor Energy. Suncor is an integrated energy company with four major business divisions and more than 6,500 employees. It was recently named to Mediacorp Canada Inc.’s Best Diversity Employers 2008 list.

At “We Love the Winters,” foreign workers learn about everything from plugging in their cars during a cold snap to understanding hockey and the culture of Canadians.