Retirement of Thom Meier and a focus on the Commercial / Industrial business
CIMS Supports Canadian Construction Women’s Fall Mentorship Roundtable
At CIMS we support a fair and equitable workplace culture where every colleague feels valued, respected, welcomed, and treated fairly. As part of our commitment to this our company has invested and supports our people and organizations that champion diversity, every day of the year.
CIMS was very proud to be one of three event sponsors for the Canadian Construction Women‘s Fall Mentorship Roundtable event that took place Thursday September 22 in downtown Vancouver. Our very own Jessica Friday-Conroy, HR Manager was a guest speaker and Shelly Bidlock, VP, Health & Safety, who sits as on the Board of Directors for CCW and is responsible for all of their mentorship events.
We asked Shelly what exactly her role as Director of Community with the CCW entailed and what it means to her, she replied.
In March of 2022, I joined the Canadian Construction Women organization as the Director of Community and I absolutely love this role! For me, it means bringing women together to support each other thus forming a sense of community with each other. It also means building meaning connections with the communities we live and work in to further establish that sense of belonging for women in construction and to lend a helping hand to the women in our community that my not have access to role models.
CIMS Senior leadership encouraged Shelly to take on this visible role in our industry that supports women. While this role was new to Shelly and CIMS, so far, the result has been an amazing comradeship for the women of CIMS who have excitedly participated.
Joining Jessica and Shelly from CIMS at this event was Amber Haleta Warehouse Breathing Air Assistant & JOHSC committee member, and Kate Marotto, Accounts Payable Manager.
Each company sponsor of this event was invited to have a representative speak briefly about their company and their role in construction. Jessica spoke about the services CIMS LP provides, our connection with the trades/ unions and some of our recent achievements.
For the main event, The CCW Fall Mentorship included 7 mentors to speak about their personal journey working in the construction industry, discussing some of the challenges working in the industry and advise to others on how we dealt with them. The mentors were a diverse group of women that included Director of Construction, VP of accounts, Assistant Business Manager for Electrical Union, HR, Director of BC Building Trades Labour Relations, and H&S for BC Hydro. Jessica got to speak about her earlier days working as Project Admin / Coordinator with CIMS and some of the challenges working on site as one of the handful of women on location. At the time she had a difficult time dealing directly with those challenges, but now with some more years of experience and in her current role of HR Manager, she feels better equipped to help other women dealing with similar issues today.
CIMS Limited Partnership has donated $15,000 towards the Ambulatory Care Campaign at Kootenay Boundary Regional Hospital (KBRH). This donation will fund an Examination Room in the Oncology Department.
Patrick McGinley (center), CIMS president, along with CIMS team members, present this generous donation to Lisa Pasin, KBRH Health Foundation executive director (right).
CIMS is Recognized as a Canadian Workplace Culture Leader
CIMS is proud of our team for earning the ranking of one of Canada’s Top Workplace Culture Innovators! In December 2021, CIMS LP was certified as a Canadian Workplace Culture Leader for our exceptional organizational culture based on anonymous employees’ feedback and results that must exceed the national benchmark. We are proud that our “Our People” core values are recognized and lived by our team.
From its humble beginnings in 1991, CIMS has focused on growing a culture that consists of a community of leaders & innovators, and provide a workplace that is diverse, inclusive and equitable for all. Through initiatives such as our Accessibility Policy and Equity, Diversity & Inclusion Committee, CIMS strives to lead by example throughout the industrial & construction industry in North America.
We are excited to build on and further develop our exceptional workplace culture with our people, customers, partners, and community. We look forward to using the data, report, and actionable insights provided by the Canadian Workplace Culture Index to continue to enhance our exceptional workplace culture.
About CIMS Limited
In 1991, CIMS began serving the pulp and paper sector. CEO, John McLaughlin joined the company in 1994 and shortly after became the majority owner. As a journeyman boilermaker himself, John was keen to create and grow a dynamic company that would provide excellent employment for himself and his colleagues. Since our beginnings in the pulp and paper industry, we have diversified into construction and maintenance in oil and gas, pulp and paper, mining and smelting, power generation, and chemical sectors.
About the Canadian Workplace Culture Index
The Canadian Workplace Culture Index, headquartered in Vancouver, BC, uses research, best practices, and innovative technology to recognize, enable, and amplify exceptional workplace culture —their research partner, the Angus Reid Institute, shows there’s a clear and direct relationship between employee engagement and financial performance. Over the past decade, they have captured the views of a representative population of Canada, helping organizations around the country identify and build high-trust, high-performance cultures. Through their certification programs, they recognize outstanding workplaces and produce an annual report on the status of workplace culture in Canada. Everything they do is driven by their mission: to recognize, enable, and amplify exceptional workplace culture in Canada. Follow The Canadian Workplace Culture Index online at cultureindex.io