IBM Canada Ltd.
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Recognized as one of Canada's Best Diversity Employers (2021):

Here are some of the reasons why IBM Canada Ltd. was selected as one of Canada's Best Diversity Employers (2021):

  • IBM Canada partnered with Specialisterne in 2017 to launch IGNITE Autism Spectrum Disorder, a program to create employment opportunities for individuals on the spectrum -- the initiative includes sourcing, awareness workshops, a four-week assessment, and ongoing support for new hires and current staff -- IBM Canada also works with Ready, Willing, and Able as well as Autism Nova Scotia to hire neurodiverse candidates
  • IBM Canada and its parent company, IBM Corporation, have maintained an LGBT+ executive council for decades, comprised of executive sponsors, co-chairs, and members -- strategic priorities for 2020 include career development and empowerment (providing development opportunities to LGBT+ talent and establishing support for pre-Out role models, Out role models, and Out executives) and community engagement
  • IBM Canada established the Judy Huber leadership award to recognize an employee who has demonstrated a high level of leadership, commitment, and advocacy for women -- the award is named after former employee, Judy Huber, who made history as the first female software development executive at IBM Canada
IBM Canada employee leaders from the African Caribbean Network Group hosted Black History Month 2020 with several events including the importance of allyship and mental health in the Black community  
"Though there is a scarcity of women cybersecurity talent in the industry today, I have had the opportunities not only to work on strategic client engagements but also empower women entering the cybersecurity workforce. I am very grateful to all IBMers in my sphere of influence for being an active partner in promoting my career growth and cheering me on to succeed both as a professional and as an individual." Christine Koneri, Senior Security Consultant, IBM Security

Highlights

Industry Software development
Major Canadian hiring locations Vancouver BC, Calgary AB, Fredericton NB, Ottawa ON, Halifax NS, Markham ON, Toronto ON, Montréal QC
Senior executive who oversees diversity initiatives VP, Global Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer
Formal commitment Canadian inclusion council, women's global executive leadership council, global people with diverse abilities council, LGBT+ executive council, Canadian mental health steering committee
Recruitment initiatives New Collar Initiatives (6-month paid apprenticeship that focuses on candidates' skills rather than academic qualifications), IGNITE recruitment program for individuals with autism spectrum disorder (offered in partnership with Specialisterne), resume support, mock interviews and mentorship for new Canadians (partnership with Centre for Immigrant and Community Services), Veteran's Employment Accelerator pilot program to help veterans transition to employment (created in conjunction with Canadian Forces Morale and Welfare Services and Canadian Armed Forces Transition Services), Tech Re-Entry internship program to help experienced technologies return to workplace after an extended break (developed with the Society of Women Engineers and iRelaunch)
Retention and development programs Building Relationships and Influence (training for high-potential women for advancement into leadership roles, including executive level), Creating Your Leadership Journey (leadership development for mid-career high-potential women with focus on career ownership, work-life integration and building effective networks). Unleashing Your Leadership Potential (community-based learning to strengthen leadership skills of female employees), LGBT+ career development (establishing support for pre-Out role models, Out role models, and Out executives)
Employee resource groups business resource groups (BRGs) align their initiatives to support at least one of the company's talent work streams (recruitment and hiring, talent development, employee retention and market development, BRGs have an executive sponsor and Canadian BRGs include African Caribbean, South Asian, East Asian, Aboriginal Peoples, LGBT+, Persons with Disabilities, Women and Veterans
Training and awareness disability confident training (to understand different cultural perceptions of disability, includes manager-specific training module), Neurodiversity 101, mental health, mindfulness and resiliency training, leading inclusively (with modules for LGBT+ and transgender)
Diversity highlights annual Judy Huber leadership award to recognize employees who demonstrate leadership, commitment, and advocacy for women, LGBT+ ally champion practitioner badge (participants must complete training, a short assessment and commit to completing two activities during a 12-month period, such as mentoring 3 co-workers on ally championship best practices, sharing their individual story on why they became an ally, or hosting a knowledge sharing session with their team), extensive mental health and wellness resources, longstanding mandate to assess accessibility of new products, Be Equal campaign to encourage employees, customers and society to promote the advancement of gender equality in business leadership through recruitment, development, mentoring and promotion, partnership with Six Nations Polytechnic and Mohawk College to deliver Pathways in Technology, Early College High School through Six Nations Polytechnic's STEAM Academy, IBM STEM4Girls campaign (after school programs or multi-day camps with activities for girls in grades 6 to 12), IGN.i.t.e camps to encourage Aboriginal youth to stay in school and study math and sciences
Some of the diversity-focused partnerships Toronto Region Immigrant Employment Council (mentoring for new Canadians), JVS Toronto (new Canadians), March of Dimes, Lime Connect, Start Proud, Indigenous Works, NPower (disadvantaged new Canadian youth)

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Participants of IBM Canada's Jumpstart program for new developers

Highlights for New Grads

Industry Software development
Parent company IBM Corporation
Parent company head office Armonk, NY, United States
Major Canadian hiring locations Vancouver BC, Calgary AB, Fredericton NB, Ottawa ON, Halifax NS, Markham ON, Toronto ON, Montréal QC
Student opportunities paid internships, co-op opportunities
Training subsidies for professional accreditation, orientation program, online training, in-house training, mentoring, in-house career planning services, leadership training
Tuition subsidies (related to job) yes
Typical new grad positions Software Developer, Software Tester, Business Analyst, Entry level Consultant, Industry Consultant (MBA), Junior Project Manager, IT Specialist, Application Developer, IT Professional, Remote Technical Support Specialist, IT Project Coordinator, Securities Data Analyst
Work benefits health benefits for new employees, flexible work hours, telecommuting
Vacation allowance new employees receive 3 weeks of paid vacation after their first year on the job

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