An Inclusive Culture
An Inclusive Culture
Your work. Your life. Your place.
Your work. Your life. Your place.
EDC is a workplace grounded in mutual respect and supportiveness. We encourage each other to think big, be innovative, and put our full skills and knowledge to use. We build teams that root for each other, professionally—and personally, too. We’re here for each other because we know it takes all of our combined talents to help Canadian companies succeed internationally.
Working at the ground level with Productivity Hub and eventually ending up with the Knowledge Business team allowed me to gain a wide variety of skills in customer relations, design thinking and prototyping.
Paul got his start at EDC as a student and now works full-time as an Innovation Associate. What impressed him right off the bat—even more than the abundant opportunities to gain experience and knowledge—was the amazing culture at EDC. The accessibility and respectfulness of leaders and colleagues, the supports offered to students and new hires, and the fact that EDC has been a Top 100 Employer for many years all made Paul proud to join and become part of the EDC team. “For anyone thinking about starting their career in a fascinating and rewarding way, EDC is the place to be!"
Moving from Toronto to Ottawa wasn’t the easiest decision, but coming to work at EDC has been one of the most rewarding things I’ve ever done.
To find out what you’re made of, sometimes in life you need to step out of your comfort zone and face challenges head-on. Since joining EDC, Farnaz says she’s been continuously empowered to take on new tasks and always feels trusted to deliver high-calibre, meaningful work. She’s built a network and a solid foundation of broad, high-value skills that are helping fuel her career development within EDC. She also says this is one of the most welcoming workplaces she could imagine. “I’ve benefitted greatly from the friendly and social culture at EDC, which is uniquely coupled with a high standard of excellence.”
It’s exciting to work with smart and engaged people who know the business, the processes, the product, and the tools and systems. And they really, really care.
Elaine led the development and delivery of EDC’s most complex corporate-wide training program ever, Project Monarch: a blend of eLearning, recorded demos, presentations and in-class training for more than 400 employees. She works daily with experts from across EDC, including underwriting, risk, claims, finance, business development, conversion and customer care. Her secret to success? “It helps to be creative, detail-oriented and flexible. And of course, we have a great team to do that.”
The best part of my job is the people. The collective talent and knowledge of a team who all feel connected to and energized by the same goal.
Diversity and inclusion are more than just values at EDC: they’re fundamental strengths that go hand in hand. We actively reach out and recruit diverse talent to ensure our workforce reflects our country and the international marketplace where we do business. And we just as actively make sure that each of us is welcomed, accepted and free to bring—and be—our very best every day.
As an international business, we understand the world is made up of all kinds of communities. We give you the opportunity to give back to the communities and causes you care about in many ways: through annual Community Investment Days, educational and volunteering initiatives, and our partnership with CARE Canada to support economic development around the globe.
Community Investment Day brings value not only to the charities we’re working with, but also to us as employees. To spend time giving back, with the full support of your employer, spend a day in the sun, and work with colleagues you don’t normally work with, creates a really great energy across the organization. It feels good to give back and have that valued and reinforced by the company you work for.
Since 2009, we’ve partnered with CARE Canada on the global community investment initiative, Beyond Exports—helping strengthen CARE’s international enterprise and economic development projects with EDC expertise. Each year, four EDC employees volunteer for assignments at CARE offices in Zambia, Peru and India and at CARE Canada’s Ottawa headquarters. Through those assignments, we help small enterprises and communities gain access to the economic and financial opportunities they need to grow and prosper.
A highlight of my work was developing the Beyond Exports program, a partnership with CARE Canada to assign EDC staff to micro-enterprise projects abroad. This allows us to invest in communities, often in poor countries, while capturing the imagination of EDC staff.
Wherever you’re from, whatever your background, there’s a group for you at EDC to belong and contribute to. (And if there’s not, you can start one!) Today our employee-led groups include Women@EDC, LGBTQ2+, Latinos y Amigos and Students@EDC — all supported by our Diversity and Inclusion Committee. We also have a Fitness Committee and a Green Team you can join.
Every company needs to know what it stands for. That’s especially true in a global business like ours that takes on risk so Canadian companies can take on the world. If you want to know more about our principles and performance on everything from human rights to environmental sustainability, business integrity, engaging the communities in which we operate and inspiring our workforce, check out our Annual Report.
From our company-wide commitment to health and wellness to competitive compensation and amazing opportunities to grow—as a person and in your career—life at EDC is rich, varied and full of possibilities.