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Stantec Named a Top 50 STEM Workplace by the American Indian Science and Engineering Society

May 7, 2020 | Engineering

Firm’s strong prioritization of inclusion and diversity efforts leads to prestigious recognition

Stantec structural engineer Bruce Hopper presents to a group of Alaska Native Science and Engineering Program students.


Stantec—a global architecture, engineering, and design firm—was recognized by the American Indian Science and Engineering Society (AISES) as one of the Top 50 STEM Workplaces for Indigenous STEM Professionals. AISES released its listing in the Spring 2020 issue of Winds of Change, the organization’s national magazine, which focuses on career and educational advancement for Native people in the areas of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM).

Firms selected for the AISES Top 50 list were required to meet a list of criteria that included diversity recruitment efforts, recruiting for jobs in the STEM fields, actively recruiting within Indigenous audiences, and sustained support of the AISES mission. Among companies named to the Top 50 list are those focused on aerospace, civil, electrical, and mechanical engineering; biology; ecology; computer science and engineering; and mathematics.

Stantec’s goal is to have an employee population with a diverse range of talents and perspectives to ensure that the firm has the breadth of viewpoints, experiences, and intellectual skills needed to succeed across its global footprint. Embracing diversity of all kinds enables Stantec to provide a work environment and organizational culture that play a key role in attracting and retaining the right people with the right skills. 

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“At Stantec, we are committed to building and maintaining respectful and sustainable relationships with Indigenous Peoples and communities,” said Adam Leggett, Stantec’s Alaska Native Program manager. “We do this by recognizing, supporting, and respecting the diversity and distinctiveness of Indigenous cultures and histories among our employees and contractors. Our relationships with communities, and the continuous learning of the needs and desires of Indigenous Peoples, is vital to our ability to deliver effective and sustainable project design and solutions.”

In 2017, Leggett was named a Native American 40 Under 40 award recipient by the National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development. In addition to his work at Stantec, which focuses on developing business relationships with Alaska Native corporations and organizations, Leggett serves on a number of committees for the Native Village of Eklutna and Eklutna, Inc., including  ones for health, housing, education, and the Eklutna River restoration project. Leggett has also been appointed to the Department of Energy Office of Indian Energy Indian Country Energy & Infrastructure Working Group and serves on the Tribal STEM Subcommittee.

In Alaska, Stantec successfully works with Indigenous groups through formal business partnerships, focused Alaska Native employment efforts on major projects, and through connections to Indigenous Peoples in our technical work.

Other Stantec Indigenous work highlights include:


  • Progressive Aboriginal Relations: We are working toward earning Progressive Aboriginal Relations (PAR) certification through the Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business (CCAB). PAR provides a framework for organizations to develop an Indigenous Relations approach that is effective, sustainable, and successful.
  • Procurement Champions: Stantec is part of the CCAB’s Procurement Champions initiative which contributes to economic reconciliation by increasing opportunities for Indigenous businesses to participate in our supply chain.
  • Indigenous Business Partnerships in Canada: The global firm is committed to creating opportunities through working in partnership with Indigenous Peoples and businesses. While growing our network in the Indigenous business community, Stantec is providing tangible training, employment, and contracting opportunities for Indigenous Peoples and businesses. This network also provides Stantec with new business partnerships and opportunities which, in turn, diversify the scope of our portfolio.
  • Community Engagement globally: The 22,000-person firm has grown though a model of community-centered project delivery focused on working where we live. We are strengthening our connections to Indigenous communities and finding new ways to make meaningful contributions by supporting local initiatives and collaborating with local and national Indigenous organizations.
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