On Monday, May 27, 2024, Trans Mountain was one of the recipients recognized by the Government of Canada’s Employment Equity Achievement Awards for Indigenous Reconciliation. Introduced in 2023, the Indigenous Reconciliation award recognizes employers who have demonstrated outstanding commitment to reconciliation with Indigenous people.

The Employment Equity Achievement Awards is an initiative by the Government of Canada aimed at celebrating employers who demonstrate leadership and innovation in creating equitable workplaces.

“This is a proud moment for Trans Mountain,” said Maureen Neufeldt, Chief People and Technology Officer, Trans Mountain. “Indigenous reconciliation is woven into the fabric of our company, and to be recognized for our dedication and hard work is a testament to our people and our values. We look forward to continuing our journey of reconciliation and creating a more inclusive and equitable workplace.”

As part of our base business operations, Trans Mountain’s efforts towards reconciliation in 2022 – the time period for the award - included meaningfully engaging with more than 140 Indigenous communities and groups, as well as launching The Journey from Competency to Cultural Safety, a mandatory Indigenous training video co-developed with an Indigenous creative consultant. Trans Mountain also:

  • Added Indigenous Reconciliation initiatives to its corporate scorecard
  • Established a multi-disciplinary Indigenous Reconciliation Taskforce
  • Engaged and included local Indigenous groups in its full-scale emergency response exercises
  • Launched a Project Management Certificate for Indigenous Women program
  • Partnered with the Outland Youth Employment Program to help employ Indigenous youth in the communities where it operates
  • Designed an Indigenous Operator Trainee Program in collaboration with Indigenous communities and launched extensive recruitment activities, such as advertising job opportunities directly with Indigenous communities
  • Created an Indigenous Employee and Training Retention Plan, including skill development plans for Indigenous workers
  • Increased Indigenous representation in its permanent workforce from 2.7 per cent in 2021 to 3.5 per cent in 2022