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Engineering firms among Canada’s top employers for young people

January 17, 2020

Mott MacDonald's early-career professionals group

Members of Mott MacDonald’s ECP committee. Photo courtesy Mediacorp Canada.

Engineering firms Dialog, GHD, Hatch, Hemmera, Mott Macdonald and R.F. Binnie & Associates are among the winners in the 2020 edition of the Canada’s Top Employers for Young People competition.

Now in its 18th year, the project recognizes employers for offering Canada’s best workplaces, programs and initiatives to attract and retain younger people starting their careers. It is organized by Mediacorp Canada, which reports this year’s winners:

  • created more than 56,000 job opportunities last year for students and new graduates in summer employment, co-op placements and paid internships.
  • hired more than 19,000 new graduates last year for full-time positions.
  • all offer flexible work options, including telecommuting, flexible hours and paid personal days off.
  • all support ongoing training and development to help young people advance in their careers, from tuition subsidies to bonuses for completing accreditations and courses.

By way of example:

  • Dialog pairs young employees with development coaches for leadership training.
  • GHD’s Talent X program broadens early-career professionals’ (ECPs’) skills through international assignments.
  • Hatch’s Young Professionals Committees drive a professional development program (PDP) that helps recent graduates transition to the working world.
  • Hemmera’s Consulting School facilitates employee workshops relating to its practices and business.
  • Mott MacDonald’s ECP committee presents monthly Teachable Moments lunch-and-learns.
  • R.F. Binnie’s engineer-in-training program supports professional accreditation for employees through mentoring, training and reimbursement for Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of British Columbia (APEGBC) membership dues and examination costs.


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