GAME CHANGERS: Stantec Wins Experiential Learning Award

January 11, 2018

Stantec_logo - webThe Game Changers Awards Gala recognizes exceptional Halifax businesses and Connectors who hire youth, provide meaningful experiential learning opportunities and inspire others to take action in retaining youth. This year’s gala took place on October 30. Nine awards were presented, and Stantec was the recipient of the Experiential Learning Award, Large Business Category.

Stantec’s work includes engineering, architecture, interior design, landscape architecture, surveying, environmental sciences, project management, and project economics. The company often hires its students into full-time positions once they complete their schooling. Stantec partners with schools and businesses to encourage and help students pursue higher education and training.

Peter Crowe, Managing Principal at Stantec, shares how offering experiential learning opportunities to students has benefitted the company.

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What has been the greatest benefit of hiring young professionals for your business?

Youth are the future of so much – our cities and communities, our economy, and creating new industries. So, it’s important to do our part to help them find meaningful employment right here at home. Youth, recent graduates, and young professionals need support to stay here in Nova Scotia by finding meaningful employment, which organizations like Stantec are working to achieve. Experiential learning programs, such as summer students, co-ops, and internships – basically any time a student is working in the industry – are beneficial for the employer and the student. For us, having students join our team, whether it’s for a co-op or as a new hire, brings new viewpoints, experiences, and intellectual skills needed to drive success in today’s changing landscape.


What is something you have learned from your students?  

Young professionals bring a new way of thinking, working, and collaborating to the team. Students bring an energy to the workplace that can often be a catalyst for problem solving and increasing efficiency. It’s important they have a chance to get hands-on experience. Students ask questions and bring fresh ideas.


How does your company take advantage of the many acclaimed post-secondary institutions in Halifax?

At Stantec, we aim to make lasting connections with the people in the communities where we live and work, but it doesn’t stop at our offices or project sites. Not only are we partners in creating world-class education facilities, we partner with schools and businesses to encourage students to pursue higher education. In Nova Scotia, we’ve hired over 38 past students into full-time positions once they completed their education. We’ve partnered with Dalhousie’s engineering co-op program and NSCC’s work placement program to hire students each summer. Our employees attend classes at Dalhousie University every year to speak to students about interviewing skills and technical (environmental assessments, engineering, etc.) information. We also participate at an employer panel event aimed to help international students find full-time work, and host networking events in our Dartmouth office.



CLICK HERE to learn more about the Game Changers Youth Retention Action Plan.