Recognized as one of Canada's Top 100 Employers (2023) and Alberta's Top Employers (2022):
Mediacorp Canada Inc. staff editors (Nov 17, 2022)
Here are some of the reasons why Inter Pipeline Ltd. was selected as one of Canada's Top 100 Employers (2023) and Alberta's Top Employers (2022):
- Inter Pipeline maintains a corporate community investment committee to align charitable opportunities with funds dedicated to the community investment budget -- the company's primary charitable program, Inter Pipeline Cares Fund (iCare) targets organizations that support the vulnerable or underserved in its Canadian operating areas by addressing the basic societal needs of food, shelter, and wellness
- Inter Pipeline's family-friendly benefits include maternity and parental leave top-up for new mothers (to 100 per cent of salary for up to 16 weeks), and parental leave top-up for new fathers and adoptive parents (to 100 per cent of salary for up to eight weeks) -- additionally, the organization offers up to 12 paid "flex days" to help employees balance work and family commitments
- Inter Pipeline offers professional development opportunities for individuals at all stages of their careers, from formal mentoring and online training programs for current employees, to paid internships and summer student roles for those just starting out
People ‘take care of each other’ at Inter Pipeline
Kyle Hiebert could tell the second he walked in the door of its Brooks, Alta., offices that he wanted to work at Inter Pipeline Ltd.
“I came in and everyone’s like, ‘Hey Kyle, how are you doing? Welcome. Have a coffee.’ They were all laughing and so welcoming and friendly,” says Hiebert, an electrical technician who has been with the company for eight years.
“I knew this was a fantastic atmosphere that I’d enjoy working in.”
Headquartered in Calgary, Inter Pipeline is a world-scale energy company engaged in the transportation, processing and storage of energy products across Western Canada. Part of the Brookfield Infrastructure family of companies, its 1,100-plus employees include electricians, pipeline operators, petrochemical technicians, finance and marketing professionals, engineers and analysts.
With so many employees in such varied positions at worksites across Alberta, Inter Pipeline maintains a collegial and supportive work culture by practising accountability, empowerment and mentorship.
“When new employees start, many get to learn from people who have been here for a number of decades and that creates continuity and a feeling of family,” says Breanne Oliver, vice president, people and stakeholder relations.
“Our longest-serving employee has been with us for 45 years and now it’s people like Kyle that are carrying on and mentoring the next generation coming in.”
Safety is a top priority at Inter Pipeline. Comprehensive training programs are just part of the company’s commitment. As a specialist who is sometimes called out to a remote site in the middle of the night, Hiebert appreciates that the company has his back even if there’s no one else with him. Employees in these situations are equipped with a “working alone” satellite monitoring device connecting them to a call centre. If anything goes wrong, help will quickly be on the way.
Oliver says that’s just a small part of the company’s holistic approach to employee health.
“We have a ‘work hard, play hard and take care of each other’ culture. Our people are giving it their all every day. But we also offer lots of opportunities to enjoy social moments and volunteering in the community with each other,” she says.
“That helps create mental wellness and it’s part of how we care about the whole person, not just the person at work.”
Along with competitive benefits; education support; training and a flat, accessible workplace culture, employees gain opportunities to expand their careers by working on special projects. Hiebert was given the chance to represent his district while working on a motor control centre upgrade. The two-year commitment to the large, complex project gave him the chance to learn new skills, work with people from across the company and bolster his confidence.
“We always give our employees opportunities to learn and grow. We believe that if you have employees that are empowered and understand they can make decisions and drive initiatives forward, you create a place where others will want to come to work,” says Oliver.
For Hiebert, work-life balance is very important and he appreciates the company’s flexible work schedule that gives him every other Friday off. It’s a culture and package that fits him and he’s not thinking of working anywhere else.
“I feel valued, listened to and well compensated for what I do. If you want to advance your career, you’ve got the support to do that,” he says.
“I feel really proud and lucky to work at Inter Pipeline.”