RISE Employer Awards Highlight Local Best Practices

Edmonton Region Immigrant Employment Council

Edmonton — Congratulations, Edmonton employers, for your innovative – and effective – ways of supporting workplace diversity!

The Edmonton Region Immigrant Employment Council (ERIEC), in partnership with the Edmonton Mennonite Centre for Newcomers and NorQuest College, sponsored the 2nd Annual RISE Employer Awards, held May 31. RISE Employer Awards honour employers who have enhanced the quality of their workplace because they value and support diversity.

The Honourable Thomas Lukaszuk, Alberta Minister of Employment and Immigration, highlighted the importance of diversity in our city and our reliance on foreign-trained professionals. Mayor Stephen Mandel spoke about the importance of forward-thinking employers in contributing to the growth of our local economy.

The RISE Employer Awards recognize employer excellence and immigrant success through best practice diversity management initiatives within the Edmonton region. Edmonton employers applied for four awards that celebrate their commitment and initiatives related to cultural diversity, and employment and support of foreign trained professionals.

Award recipients:

  • Diversity Impact Award: Cosyn Technology for its acknowledgement of the positive impact of employing foreign-trained newcomers and for its work in demonstrating a return on investment for incorporating diversity practices.
  • Strategic Leadership Award: All Weather Windows for its leadership in workforce diversity and cultural diversity initiatives that lead to positive outcomes for employer and newcomers alike.
  • Outstanding Workplace Award: Deloitte for its cultural diversity practices that help integrate, develop and retain newcomers by creating a welcoming, respectful workplace.

Deloitte was also honoured with the special ERIEC Mentoring Award for the firm’s outstanding contributions in guiding, supporting and promoting the training and career development of internationally educated professionals through mentoring.