BC Workplace Inclusion Awards

Recognizing BC employers and individuals who are leading the way in workplace inclusion

Nominations for the 2017 BC Workplace Inclusion Awards are now CLOSED. Thank you to everyone who submitted a nomination or shared the call with your networks. We hope to see you at the UnTapped Awards Gala on May 10th!

Are you or someone you know a diversity champion?  If so, nominate them or yourself for the BC Workplace Inclusion Awards in one of our many categories.

More and more businesses today are beginning to incorporate diversity and inclusion as a key component of their business strategy because they know that inclusive employers attract top talent. The BC Workplace Inclusion Awards recognize the outstanding achievements of BC employers and individuals who are leading the way in workplace inclusion. From large businesses to non-profit organizations, from managers to frontline staff, the BC Workplace Inclusion Awards honour those who have demonstrated a commitment to fostering diversity at work at all levels of the labour market. Nominate a diversity champion today!

Nominations close Friday March 10 2017


Award nominees must be:

  • An individual who lives and/or works in BC or
  • An employer that operates in BC
  • Award nominees may be self-nominated, or nominated by another individual. Employers of all sizes are encouraged to apply, whether private sector, public sector, or non-profit.


Nominations will be reviewed and shortlisted by the BC Workplace Inclusion Awards Committee. The Committee includes private and public sector representatives who themselves have demonstrated leadership and excellence in championing workplace inclusion.

2017 Awards Committee

Susan Danard

Susan Danard

Managing Director of Public Affairs, University of British Columbia

Garry Marks

Garry Marks

HR Operations Manager, Accenture and 2016 BC Workplace Inclusion Award Finalist

Gobinder Gill

Gobinder Gill

#1 Best Selling Author, “Achieving Prosperity through Diversity”

Kasey Reese

Kasey Reese

Board Treasurer, QMUNITY and Former VP of Risk Management & Chief Internal Auditor at TELUS

Sasha Hobbs

Sasha Hobbs

Director of Executive Development and Diversity, BC Public Service Agency

Award Categories


Diversity Champion (Individual or Leadership)

Behind every program or initiative, is a diversity champion leading the way. We recognize that even large efforts start with a single person who makes inclusion a priority and dedicates their time and effort to putting that cause front and center. Award winners are people who have made a name for themselves professionally as someone who rallies, educates, and exemplifies the ideals that a diverse workplace is a strong workplace. When selecting a winner, testimonials from coworkers and a history of public commitment to diversity are important factors, in addition to specific examples.


Strong Voices Award (online voting)

The Strong Voices Award winner is someone who is an outspoken and positive role model for diversity and inclusion in their community. By taking the spotlight, whether in the media, in public, or online, this award winner shines a light on the benefits of integrating different groups into the workforce and is an icon for positive change. The winner will be determined by an online poll.


Small BC Business (50 or less employees)

Accounting for 98% of businesses in BC, the majority of small businesses have less than 20 employees. Robust Human Resources programs are often not a reality, yet many small businesses impact lives through inclusive values. The Small BC Business Category recognizes business that have demonstrated a commitment to fostering a diverse and inclusive workplace. These companies exemplify that no matter of size, a team made up of many different strengths is smart business sense. Both workplace atmosphere and employee impact are important factors, in addition to specific examples of tapping into diverse talent pools, such as persons with disabilities, women, Aboriginal people, recent immigrants, youth, LGBTQ2S.

Nominees must in be operation within BC, and have a maximum of 50 employees.


Large BC Business (more than 50 employees)

Beyond policies and procedures, Nominees are expected to demonstrate efforts and progress in identifying and employing diverse employees and engaging them in an inclusive workplace. The Large BC Business category recognizes businesses that show leadership as diversity and inclusion champions by looking beyond traditional recruitment and retention strategies.

Nominees must in be operation within BC, and have over 50 employees.


Diversity and inclusion within the Public Sector’s workforce is essential to serving a diverse public. Nominees in the Public Sector category include all levels of government, universities, utilities, health, the police, and municipalities, should have clear goals and easily identifiable reporting metrics when it comes to diversity and inclusion in the workplace. A champion will seek out new ways to innovate and creative programs to engage different groups within their community. When scoring a nominee, improvement over time and community representation are important factors, in addition to specific examples.


A social enterprise is a business that trades to create positive social impact, be it social, cultural, community economic and/or environmental outcomes. The business has a clear sense of its ‘social mission’, which is publically identified.  Nominees in this category demonstrate an inclusive and diverse workforce, tapping into the strengths of people who are often marginalized.


For the purpose of categorizing organizations for the BC Workplace Inclusion Awards, a social enterprise distinguishes itself from a non-profit organization in that the majority of the business’s revenue is generated from transactions rather than of funding. The nominee must operate in BC.


With approximately 26,000 non-profit organizations in BC, the sector employs over 120,000 British Colombians.  The work of NPOs has significant impact on communities across the province. The Non-Profit Organization category recognizes those organization that beyond a mission to serve the community, as an employer, they walk the talk in demonstrating a sense diversity and inclusion to their own workplace.


Nominees must be registered as a non-profit organization in BC.


Diversity & Inclusion Rising Star Award – Nominations identified by Nominations Committee only.

The BC Workplace Inclusion Awards celebrate businesses and individuals with a longstanding and proven commitment to a diverse and inclusive workplace. However, the nominations committee recognizes that many businesses have demonstrated a commitment to looking beyond traditional talent pools, and are starting to establish meaningful strategies to develop and engage an inclusive workplace. Many of these strategies are organic or new; as such, the Diversity & Inclusion Rising Star Award is presented to a nominee that has demonstrated emerging practice to increase diversity and inclusion in the workplace.

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