Women Building Futures recognizes Chemco as an Employer of Choice
By Anthony Capkun
January 29, 2024 – Chemco was recognized as an Employer of Choice by Women Building Futures (WBF), whose industry-recognized employment training programs and support services “have helped unemployed and underemployed women connect to higher-paying careers”.
A prominent industrial contractor in western Canada, Chemco says its corporate social responsibility initiative—Chemco Cares—has been a cornerstone of the company’s ethos for over 60 years.
“The program underscores Chemco’s dedication to creating a workplace culture where employees feel inspired, valued, healthy, and safe,” says the company, adding the program “embodies the company’s commitment to its people, contractors, customers, and the community.”
“This recognition from WBF is not just an honour; it’s a reflection of our core values embodied in the Chemco Cares program,” said Bryan Lunge, vice-president, Marketing & Communications. “It highlights our commitment to creating a workplace where diversity is celebrated, and every individual has the opportunity to thrive.”
Chemco has supported WBF’s readiness programs, providing opportunities for women to explore and connect to careers in construction trades, driving, and operating industries.
“This collaboration has enriched Chemco’s workforce with skilled and diverse talent, reinforcing the company’s commitment to providing full, fair, and reasonable opportunities for all,” says the company.
Going forward, Chemco says it plans to broaden its WBF partnership. The company aims to expand its support for WBF’s training programs, increase the hiring of program graduates, “and continue innovating workplace practices for a more inclusive environment”.
“Our goal is to set a benchmark in the industry for promoting gender diversity and creating a workplace where everyone—regardless of their background—feels valued and empowered,” added Lunge.
In related news, Women Building Futures received $2.6 million from the Government of Canada’s Canadian Apprenticeship Strategy, enabling it to provide more opportunities for women in Saskatchewan and Ontario to enter and stay in skilled trades careers.