GE has had a presence in Canada since 1892, when General Electric’s founder, Thomas Edison, built a plant in the city of Peterborough, Ontario, which is still in use today. GE Canada’s head office is located in Mississauga, Ontario. GE, which employs approximately 7,000 people in Canada, has manufacturing sites and numerous sales/service centers across the country.
GE Canada employees are committed to being good corporate citizens, finding the right solutions to benefit the planet, its people and the economy. As a global ambassador for the Company, each employee is expected to represent GE with the same level of integrity and conduct as described by The Spirit & The Letter. Responsible citizenship is embedded in our culture and our business strategy. It’s what inspires innovation and drives action. By engaging thoughtfully with our stakeholders, GE continues to build a better company and a stronger Canada.
GE operates with integrity, compliance and governance. How we deliver results is as important as the results themselves. GE seeks to lead in workplace and marketplace integrity by ensuring that our businesses operate within both the spirit and the letter of the law.
Top 100 Employer
GE Canada was named one of Canada’s Top 100 Employers in 2014. The selection process focuses on eight key areas: physical workplace; work atmosphere and social events; health, financial and family benefits; vacation and time off; employee communications; performance management; training and skills development; community involvement.
Philanthropy and Volunteerism
Volunteerism has been a strong part of GE Canada since 1898, focusing time and resources on health, education, environment and community-building. With a passion for enabling positive changes around us, our energetic employees are active in many programs across the country. In 2013, GE Volunteers participated in 450 projects, donating more than 11,500 hours to the communities where they live and work.
Alberta Flood Relief
In late June, massive flooding swept through Calgary and southern Alberta, destroying homes, parks and city spirits.
GE employee-volunteers banded together to help support flood-relief efforts—raising funds and restoring parks and damaged houses. The company also donated $50,000 to the Alberta Red Cross Flood Relief Fund.
Investing in Skills Development and Education
For seven years, GE Canada has partnered with Actua, a nonprofit organization developing and delivering science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) programs that engage over 225,000 Canadian youth annually, across the country. Actua’s mission is to provide life-changing experiences in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) so that ALL youth can be inspired to achieve their potential and fulfill their critical role in the world. Actua invests heavily in breaking down barriers to science literacy and is a national leader in the development and delivery of customized programming for Aboriginal youth, girls, underprivileged youth, and youth living in remote and inner city communities.
GE employees are always eager to engage with Actua—contributing as volunteer mentors, helping to deliver programs and develop project ideas, and hosting Actua programs at GE facilities. See how GE and Actua are inspiring kids to discover science.
GE Foundation Scholar-leaders program
The GE Foundation awards annual scholarships to eligible Aboriginal undergraduate students who are studying engineering or business at a Canadian university. The scholarship includes a three-year grant, leadership training, networking opportunities and mentoring from GE business leaders. A key focus of the GE Foundation Scholar-Leaders program is supporting young Canadian Aboriginal students as they develop the relevant skills for a successful career.
Healthy planet, healthy people
In 2013, GE Canada launched a pilot program in collaboration with the Alberta government and Alberta Health Services to improve access to healthcare for Albertans living with heart failure. Patients will have their conditions monitored from home using a remote care platform supplied by GE Healthcare. Patients will receive in-home technology developed by Intel-GE Care Innovations™ that will collect vital information, engage patients in their own care and enable a team of healthcare practitioners to manage the patient care remotely.
GE Healthcare has approximately 30 research and development projects with academic institutions across the country. The company supports Campaign to Cure Cancer (C2CC), an organization dedicated to cutting cancer down to size through knowledge, change and action. GE is engaged with C2CC’s national screening-awareness initiative. In 2010, GE Healthcare received the Company of the Year Award from the Information Technology Association of Canada (ITAC), given in recognition of excellence in the healthcare IT industry in Canada.
Ecomagination is GE’s commitment to building innovative solutions for environmental challenges such as the need for cleaner, more efficient sources of energy; reduced emissions; and abundant sources of clean water. In Ontario, GE’s eco-certified advanced technology wind turbines are powering the province’s green-energy grid. By 2015, GE wind turbines will be delivering approximately 1,200 megawatts (MW) of wind energy, which is enough to power 320,000 homes. Canada is using GE Jenbacher cogeneration power technology—an innovative solution designed to generate both heat and power—to power businesses, while offsetting operating costs and reducing the CO2 footprint.
Shaping Economic Growth in Canada’s Remote Communities
GE partnered with the Canadian Chamber of Commerce on an initiative to understand the conditions for business investment in Canada’s remote communities. Canada’s remote communities are rich in natural resources that are in global demand. In order to enable economic growth, remote communities must first have access to efficient and affordable energy, water, healthcare and transportation infrastructure.
GE engaged businesses, stakeholders and government in a series of round tables and a national survey to better understand the challenges, success stories and investment intentions within remote communities. See full report and Linked In community.
Environment, health and safety
GE Canada has a long history of protecting and promoting employee health in the workplace, and preventing harm to the environment where we do business. GE Canada has 10 sites in Alberta with the Alberta Certificate of Recognition (COR) Star designation for Health and Safety Performance plus six sites that are International Standard Organization (ISO) 14001–certified for environmental management. Additionally, GE was one of the first companies to develop a global health promotion program, which is known as HealthAhead, and a number of Canada’s work cities have been certified.