More than three months have passed since the World Health Organization declared a global pandemic. Lockdowns and physical distancing measures imposed across Canada have curbed the spread of COVID19, helping to flatten the pandemic’s growth curve.
We owe a large debt of gratitude to health care workers, first responders, and others working in essential services for going above and beyond the call of duty, providing critical care to people in need, and essential goods and services to support our communities.
During these unique and challenging times, I want to express my sincere gratitude to our clients for your continued trust in us as your consultant. We remain committed to completing your projects and supporting you in delivering essential services. I’d also like to acknowledge our staff for their dedication to our clients and communities, their agility, and their resilience during these stressful times.
In the last few weeks, we have witnessed many incidents of race-based violence in Canada, the United States, and around the world. There is no place for racism in our society.
Diverse voices, insights, and expertise foster creativity and innovation. Diversity and inclusion lead to stronger, more successful organizations.
At Associated Engineering, we value diversity and take pride in the diversity of our team; however, this diversity is not yet reflected at all levels of our organization. Only 21% of our staff identify as a visible minority; 10% of our managers are visible minorities; 3% of our managers are black; and 1% of our Senior Board of Directors is a visible minority.
I know we can do better. That is why we have formed a Diversity and Inclusion Committee. The committee will help inform how we can improve processes, develop inclusive policies, and remove unconscious biases. The success of businesses lies in ensuring that everyone has an equal opportunity for growth, advancement, and economic prosperity, regardless of colour.
We all have a responsibility to take a stand against racism. Together, we can generate a louder voice for change and, in doing so, create more inclusive and vibrant communities that are safe for everyone.