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CULTURE

Our employees choose McElhanney because they value what our company does day in and day out. We are friendly, down-to-earth, collaborative, passionate, committed to safety, and contribute to the communities where we live, work, and play. Our company has a history of employees who have spent their entire careers at McElhanney – celebrating 30-, 35-, and 40-year anniversaries – thanks to rewarding projects and long-lasting relationships with amazing staff. At McElhanney, you get big company opportunities with a small company feel.

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What we offer you

Your success is our success. We’ll provide the tools necessary for you to do your best work, while cultivating an inclusive and respectful workplace.

As a McElhanney employee you can expect:

  • An inclusive, family-like culture.
  • Annual performance bonuses and competitive salaries, with overtime pay for eligible positions (including overtime pay for positions that are typically exempt under Canada’s Employment Standards Act) .
  • An opportunity for qualified staff to become company shareholders.
  • Great benefits, including a full health and dental package, healthcare spending account, RRSP matching, maternity leave top-up, and parental leave.
  • An employee and family assistance program, which offers 24/7 health, life-balance, career, and counselling support for all employees and families online or over the phone.
  • Ongoing professional development support and mentorship opportunities.
  • Flexible work hours to accommodate your lifestyle.

Core Values

Our four core values define us. From our people, to our projects, to our culture – they describe who we are.

1. We care about each other, our clients, and our communities.

We are proud to support our employees and communities through our McElhanney Cares program. From local events to employee wellbeing initiatives, McElhanney Cares is an integral part of our identity, allowing us to celebrate our local communities by giving back. Some of our recent activities include:

  • Participating in the annual Prince George Climb for Cancer event
  • Donating to the Y Women’s Emergency Shelter in Kamloops
  • Releasing 7,000 chinook salmon fry into Quibble Creek in Surrey for Earth Day
  • Annual participation in the Vancouver Sun Run – in 2019, with 202 runners, we placed second out of 82 engineering firms in the race!
  • Two of our engineers travelled to Uganda in 2019 as part of a Bridges to Prosperity team, which assists developing communities in building and maintaining infrastructure.

2. We are driven by our grit, passion, and perseverance.

Whether we’re in the field in northern BC, on site on the Trans-Canada Highway in the Albertan Rockies, or surveying in downtown Victoria, we take on our clients’ challenges like they’re our own.

McElhanney staff are driven by safety and respect

3. We rally behind safety and respect for all.

We all play a critical role in keeping our teammates safe. We think safe, work safe, so we can get home safe. We all contribute to a diverse workplace, where all perspectives and opinions are sought out and valued.

McElhanney employees "Own It"

4. We Own it.

“Own it” describes the McElhanney way. It’s a commitment we make to ourselves, and to each other. It means if the solutions are not clear, we dig deeper. If people aren’t uniting, we bring them together.

Committee & Program Highlights

Our 20+ programs and committees allow you to convert your passion into action.
Women at McElhanney Event

Women at McElhanney (WAM)

Women still make up only a minority of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) roles. WAM aims to listen to and advocate for women within the industry, to achieve a more even playing field.

McElhanney young professionals at a conference

Equity, Diversity, & Inclusion (EDI)

Our EDI committee works towards building a more equitable workplace and to achieve a sense of belonging for all staff. It is built upon our core value of Safety and Respect for All.

McElhanney young professionals at a conference

Young Professionals (YPs)

Our young professionals are the next generation of leaders and decision makers at McElhanney. This committee is a space for them to explore how they’ll get there, and to identify what support and tools they need to be successful.

Committees in action

Women at McElhanney Event

WAM

McElhanney’s WAM committee co-hosted a panel discussion with Women in Consulting Engineering (WCE) Vancouver entitled, “The Dirt on Field Work.” The panel included our very own Patty Burt, RPBio, PBiol, discussing challenges that exist for women on site and how we can encourage change in the future.

McElhanney's young professionals at the first Young Professionals Conference

YP

75 of McElhanney’s young professionals (YPs) travelled to Courtenay, BC to kick off our inaugural YP Conference!

With attendees from almost every branch, YPs from different regions and disciplines built meaningful connections while collaborating on our Corporate Strategic Plan.

McElhanney equity diversity and inclusion

EDI

Our EDI committee hosted a series of staff consultation and education sessions on Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion at McElhanney. These included external speakers and internal workshops.

McElhanney trail building night

Trail Building Night

As part of a McElhanney Cares initiative, McElhanney’s Whistler office teamed up with the Whistler Off Road Cycling Association (WORCA) to sponsor a build night on the new Far Out climb & Flashback decent trails.

McElhanney well being initiatives

Well-being Initiatives

As part of a well-being initiative, employees worked to establish new health habits in 2020 by participating in challenging themselves to a step goal for thirty consecutive days. Collectively we took 21,012,835 steps in one month!

Transparency & open communication

At McElhanney, we take pride in having an open-door policy.

If you have an idea, we want to hear it! That’s why having approachable, friendly, and accessible leaders is hugely appealing to our employees, no matter your role.