Sustainability at Suncor

Improving Indigenous workforce development

We are committed to an inclusive and diverse work environment where everyone feels valued and respected.

We believe this kind of work environment will help us attract, retain and develop Indigenous employees. Creating an inclusive and respectful environment is supported by our executive leadership team, as well as championed by members of our Inclusion and Diversity (I&D) Council. The I&D Council was formed in 2017 and develops and champions the strategy to foster inclusion and respect for broad-based diversity (e.g., race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, experience, backgrounds, etc.).

Through our Indigenous workforce development initiatives, we have an Indigenous workforce advisor and an Indigenous mentorship program. Since 2017, 21 mentees and 63 mentors have participated in the program.

My time in the mentorship program was very good. We built trust and community as we shared many stories about our heritage, cultures and families and how we speak to these.
Dwayne McLeod
senior advisor, tailings

Indigenous Student program

Our Indigenous Student Program creates a talent pool and provides Indigenous post-secondary students with an opportunity to gain valuable work experience at one of our locations. Since 2019, 169 students have participated in the program.

As an Indigenous summer student, Suncor made me feel like I had a voice in a larger picture.
Matthew Hayden
Sarnia supply chain management student, 2019 program

10 students from the program now have full-time roles at Suncor, and three students from 2019 moved into co-op placements. Feedback from students has been positive.

Students pose for photo at our Base Plant site
Students pose for a photo at our Base Plant site.
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