Suncor Showing Up for Pride

Oct 25, 2023 9:00 AM ET

Prism, Suncor’s Employee Resource Group is dedicated to establishing an inclusive work environment and a safe space for all people from the 2SLGBTQ+ community and allies. They actively engaged and organized events across Suncor’s operating sites and at the headquarters in Calgary, inviting community partners to participate at the Suncor Energy Centre, and walk in the Calgary Pride Parade. Read more on our community involvement here.

Having Suncor’s presence and support for such large events, like Pride YMM, and allyship from leaders helps ensure Suncor is an inclusive workplace.

“Knowing our senior leaders are taking time from their workdays and personal lives to support PRISM is motivating to me,” says Gary Durtler, Mine Planner, Mining & Upgrading and Prism’s communications lead.

Gary works with the network steering committee to provide input and quality assurance on Suncor policies and awareness that impact our 2SLGBTQ+ workforce.

“Leading by example is critical, and I hope that in time everyone is proud to show their allyship, be it by joining us for our celebrations in person or even just adding their pronouns to their email signatures,” adds Gary. “These simple actions are noticed by those in the community, and they make me feel comfortable coming to work every day as myself.”

Adam Pommer, Specialist Relations Advisor, is a past volunteer with Prism and was critical in getting the network launched. One of his goals is to remove barriers and hesitancy in the organization towards showcasing allyship. “Although many people would consider themselves an ally, they are hesitant to show that support visibly,” explains Adam. “Some ways we can be more visible with our allyship is having a pride poster in our office or a sticker on your hard hat to show your support and make your site an inclusive space.”

From meaningful community outreach to internal initiatives that champion inclusivity, we encourage everyone to help shape a brighter, more equitable future for everyone.