Air Canada, Canada

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Air Canada, Canada
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Air Canada is Canada’s largest domestic and international airline serving nearly 220 airports on six continents. Canada’s flag carrier is among the 20 largest airlines in the world and in 2018 served nearly 51 million customers. Air Canada provides scheduled passenger service directly to 63 airports in Canada, 56 in the United States and 100 in Europe, the Middle EastAfricaAsiaAustralia, the CaribbeanMexicoCentral America and South America. Air Canada is a founding member of Star Alliance, the world’s most comprehensive air transportation network serving 1,317 airports in 193 countries.

Air Canada has been rated one of Canada’s Top Diversity Employers for the last four years. We understand that diversity is fundamental to our success, ensuring that the cultural sensitivities of customers are respected while stimulating creativity and passion in our workforce.

Fundamental Principles

  • Provide a work environment where all employees feel respected and recognized;
  • Highlight employees’ unique contributions to our company’s success;
  • Treat our customers with warmth and compassion.

Our Actions

  • Promote our equal career opportunities to all communities;
  • Attract diverse talent by building partnerships with external organizations and by participating in diverse career fairs and events, and through close collaboration with our internal Talent Acquisition team;
  • Provide our employees a voice through networking events, diversity committees and employee resource groups;
  • Educate and coach our employees on inclusive practices.

Nearly half of our 30,000 employees are women. They occupy positions throughout the company – working alongside their male colleagues not only in flight decks and on board our aircraft, but also in airports, legal and accounting departments and right up to the office of executive management. Indeed, in the executive suite, women hold the most senior roles as Executive Vice President and Chief Commercial Officer, Senior Vice President, People and Culture, Chief Information Officer, Corporate Secretary and Vice President, In-Flight Service.

Since 1993 Air Canada has been a sponsor of The Indspire Awards to recognize Indigenous professionals and youth with outstanding career achievements. Recipients are chosen to serve as role models for all Indigenous peoples. In addition, since 2016, we sponsor the Indspire Bursaries and Scholarships to support Aboriginal students in their post-secondary education, apprenticeships and skilled trades programs.

At Air Canada, we believe in equal opportunities for all individuals and we are committed to creating a work environment that is inclusive, welcoming and safe.

If a person can do the job, we make sure that person gets the job.

ARIELLE MELOUL-WECHSLER, SENIOR VP, PEOPLE, CULTURE AND COMMUNICATIONS

Air Canada partners with a number of external organizations to further improve their ability to create an inclusive workplace:

  • Ready, Willing, and Able helps us match the unique qualifications of candidates with intellectual disabilities or Autism Spectrum Disorder to specific roles.
  • Through the Canadian Council on Rehabilitation and Work, (CCRW) we participate at career events for candidates with disabilities across Canada.
  • SenseAbility assists us build and implement accessible and inclusive practices through awareness events, training sessions and their tools.

Air Canada Indigenous Students Award

This renewable award will be distributed annually to Indigenous student(s) who are attending approved post-secondary institutions enrolled in aviation programs to become a commercial pilot with demonstrated financial need for contributions to education costs. There will be one renewable award granted to a student in other programs such as aerospace engineering along with disciplines that pertain to Air Canada’s business operations such as finance, marketing, business management, information.

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