Hatch was recognized as one of Canada’s safest employers for 2015 at the fourth annual Canadian Occupational Safety Awards Gala, held on October 28 in Toronto. Hosted by Thompson Reuters and Canadian Occupational Safety, the annual award recognizes outstanding accomplishments in promoting health and safety in the workplace. Hatch was the Gold recipient in the Mining and Natural Resources category at the event.

“At Hatch our goal is simple but ambitious — no harm to people, the environment, or the communities we serve,” said John Bianchini, Hatch CEO. “Our success is founded on establishing safety as a ‘life value’ where learnings from our workplace extend to everything that we do.”

To qualify for the award, Hatch submitted a detailed nomination with examples of how safety is maintained and communicated to employees. Canadian Occupational Safety then conducted an employee perception survey with organizations that were shortlisted, to gather feedback on how safety is engrained in the company’s organizational culture. Winners were determined by a panel of industry judges, based on the nomination and results of the employee perception survey.

The company also won four national awards at the 2015 Canadian Consulting Engineering Awards Gala held on October 23 in Ottawa, Canada. Hatch was honored with the Tree of Life Award and an Award of Excellence for its innovative, high quality work, and environmental stewardship on the Forrest Kerr 195 MW Hydroelectric Power Project located northwest of Stewart, British Columbia, receiving the highest recognition in the Natural Resources, Mining, Industry and Energy category. Hatch and Hatch Mott MacDonald were also recognized with the Outreach Award and an Award of Excellence in the Community Outreach and In-House Initiatives category for their contribution to Canada’s economy, society, and environment.

Now in their 47th year, the Canadian Consulting Engineering Awards are considered the highest recognition for excellence in the consulting engineering industry, presented jointly by the Association of Consulting Engineering Companies-Canada (ACEC) and Canadian Consulting Engineer magazine.

The Northern Communities Outreach Initiative aims to inspire youths to pursue a career in sciences and engineering and build talent to support engineering projects in British Columbia and Ontario. In 2014, Hatch and Hatch Mott MacDonald donated more than $300,000 toward community investments, raised $300,000 for charity, created scholarships, and developed programs to better the environments surrounding the companies’ offices and project sites.