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The Dynamic Work Experience begins with our Core Values. Our values define what we stand for and believe as a company, and our employees will tell you they are lived every day throughout our operations in Canada, the USA and the rest of the world. They represent the very core to which we execute our work with each other, and with our client partners.
As a member of the Dynamic Risk team you’ll work in a collaborative environment where individual contribution and leadership is encouraged, going above and beyond is recognized and rewarded, where technical challenges are inspiring and valued, and where you’ll have direct influence on the Company’s direction and success. We strive to hire for fit and then we train, develop and mentor for technical expertise.
What compelled you to join Dynamic Risk 20-years ago?
Wow, 20-years ago! Thanks for reminding me!
At the time, I was working for a pipeline company and I had some exposure to Dynamic Risk. I really liked what the Founder, Glenn Yuen, was doing with respect to using technology and trying to find a better way to operate pipelines. The future of pipeline safety and reliability was really compelling to me – using technology and really doing it differently.
During your 20-years in the industry, what’s the biggest challenge you’ve seen?
That’s a great question. A lot has changed in the industry over those years but I think the biggest thing that is different today is really around the social acceptance of pipelines.
Ten to fifteen years ago, pipelines were built with a lot of consideration and care, with a lot of discussion with communities and various stakeholders. And because of that openness it was a “win-win” and for the most part — those pipelines that were built and constructed during this time were done so well.
I think today the environment is much different. And unfortunate as an industry, I think we lost control of the narrative a bit — we allowed some of that to be taken for granted and that’s resulted in the situations that we’re in today. We’re really playing catch-up. So, I think social acceptance around pipelines is clearly the biggest challenge and likely the biggest change.
What is your “why”? Why do you get up in the morning and what inspires you to lead Dynamic Risk?
A lot of people have an external “why” — they talk about the value they bring customers; they talk about how their products change consumer behavior. Things like that. For me, the “why” is really an internal “why.” I really get excited around seeing people grow and take on new opportunities, seeing them grow in to leadership positions and I think that’s one of the biggest roles and most important roles as a CEO. It’s helping build leaders.
What I mean by that is: leadership within. Leadership that is learned and demonstrated. When I see an organization and people grow in to great new roles and challenge themselves differently, I think that’s the biggest success and really what motivates me to come to work every day.
What are three key words that describe what it takes to be successful and grow an industry leading, innovative company?
First, you have to be fearless. You really can’t be afraid to make mistakes. I think if you are, nothing meaningful can be accomplished. So, I think coming in and not being afraid to make mistakes is key.
Next, I think perseverance. Consulting is tough. Technology is tough. You need to get up everyday and really give it your best effort and always move forward.
And humility — it’s really important that you embrace what you have around you. You embrace that you might not have all the answers. You allow the great people you’ve surrounded yourself with to really be the hero of their story.
A Dynamic Culture
We’re collaborative and inclusive. We promote a respectful workplace environment through open communication and transparent leadership. We coach as a default and manage when we need to. We develop leaders and promote innovation.
Twice each year, we gather everyone from across North America for a virtual Town Hall hosted by our President, Trevor MacFarlane. That’s when Trevor brings us all up to date with information about our financials, strategic initiatives, industry trends and hot topics and helps us reconnect with our purpose – The planet’s energy delivered safely.
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We value Employee input
Good questions get good answers. That’s why we conduct employee engagement surveys to learn what we’re doing well, and what we need to improve upon. We take this valuable feedback to heart and report back what we’ve learned and share the action plan we’ve put in place to address any areas of concern and improvement. Employee feedback is vital to keep IRAS on the leading edge.
We Recognize Hard Work
Achieving and maintaining our status as an industry leader takes hard work and hard work deserves to be recognized and rewarded. We recognize our staff with tenure awards after their first year of service and each 5-year milestone they reach.
We get that you have a life
Dynamic Risk offers a flexible work environment; every staff member gets up to 10 personal days off (PDO) per year in addition to their vacation and statutory holidays. We encourage our staff to work the schedule that suits their family and personal commitments.