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Stantec named a Top 50 STEM Workplace by the American Indian Science and Engineering Society for fifth year in a row

AISES recognition bolsters Stantec’s strong commitment to Indigenous partnerships


The American Indian Science and Engineering Society (AISES) has recognized Stantec as one of the Top 50 Workplaces for Indigenous STEM Professionals for the fifth consecutive year. The organization released its annual ranking in the Spring 2024 issue of Winds of Change, its digital and print publication focused on the advancement of Indigenous peoples in STEM. Firms selected for the AISES Top 50 are required to meet a list of criteria, including diverse recruitment efforts and current employee demographics and metrics. 

“AISES is once again honored to recognize Stantec as a Top 50 Workplace for Indigenous STEM Professionals,” remarked Sarah EchoHawk, AISES president. “Our collaboration with Stantec is based on knowledge sharing and communication that redefines what is possible for Indigenous STEM professionals. Stantec is creating opportunities and improving their economic performance by hiring a more diverse workforce. Each year, companies included on the list are evaluated across various metrics including performance, recruitment, and alignment with our AISES values. Stantec’s support is critical to helping us deliver world-class talent that the global community needs and deserves.”

In the past two years, Stantec has strengthened its long-standing partnership with AISES by increasing participation alongside AISES’ growth in Canada, as well as within different parts of the AISES organization. In early 2024, Stantec participated in the second annual AISES in Canada National Gathering as a gold sponsor and is actively involved in AISES’ Corporate Advisory Council, Professional Development Committee, and local professional chapters. The company is also attending and sponsoring four regional conferences and the national conference taking place in San Antonio, Texas, in October.

“AISES has always held a special place in my heart,” said Celeste James, a member of the environmental sciences engineering staff at Stantec and active participant of the AISES Phoenix Professionals Chapter. “I’m proud of the way that I began my career at Stantec. By participating in the career fair at the 2004 AISES National Conference in Anchorage, Alaska, I was able to network and earn an internship. I am grateful that I was given that opportunity, and I am hopeful that many successful careers have also been created in this way. STEM careers are particularly important to our growing communities and play a significant role in caring for and protecting Mother Earth. My civil engineering degree combined with Stantec’s diverse business model has led to the pleasure of working in several different disciplines. I look forward to seeing how the partnership between AISES and Stantec will continue in the future.”

Stantec is proud of its internship program, which provides opportunities for students to work on both current and case study projects for recent clients, such as the Kenaitze Indian Tribe in Alaska, as well as personal development workshops that support career readiness. An example of the 2023 internship program’s multidisciplinary projects can be found on Design Project for our Buildings Interns.

Leading with inclusion and embracing diversity of all kinds enables Stantec to provide a work environment and organizational culture that plays a key role in attracting and retaining the best people with the right skills. Read more about Stantec’s support of AISES and Indigenous Relations & Partnerships. 

About Stantec 
Communities are fundamental. Whether around the corner or across the globe, they provide a foundation, a sense of place and of belonging. That’s why at Stantec, we always design with community in mind.

We care about the communities we serve—because they’re our communities too. This allows us to assess what’s needed and connect our expertise, to appreciate nuances and envision what’s never been considered, to bring together diverse perspectives so we can collaborate toward a shared success.

We’re designers, engineers, scientists, and project managers, innovating together at the intersection of community, creativity, and client relationships. Balancing these priorities results in projects that advance the quality of life in communities across the globe.

Stantec trades on the TSX and the NYSE under the symbol STN.

About AISES — Advancing Indigenous People in STEM 
Founded in 1977, AISES is a national nonprofit organization focused on substantially increasing the representation of Indigenous peoples of North America and the Pacific Islands in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) studies and careers. This robust nonprofit currently supports individual student and professional members across the U.S. and Canada in critically needed STEM disciplines. Through chartered college and university chapters, tribal chapters, and affiliated K-12 schools, members benefit from diverse STEM-focused programming that supports careers and promotes student success and workforce development in multiple crucial areas. To learn more visit

Media Contact 
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Stantec Media Relations 
Ph (303) 409-9559

Left to Right: Esme Hammerle; Jayson Pomfret (Métis Nation of Ontario), Senior Canadian National Student Representative, April 2023 - April 2025; Kayla Chan; Clayton Ganson

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