DIVERSITY, INCLUSION & EQUITY LEADER PROFILE:
VALERIE KIM - BROCCOLINI
Originally from Mauritius, a small island east of Madagascar, Valerie Kim came to Canada at the age 18 to study at Concordia University. Although it was meant to be a short stay, Valerie quickly fell in love with Montreal and felt at home right from the start. She studied business and French, but it was her love of people that brought her into her first Human Resource role as a recruiter.
Valerie joined Broccolini almost 15 years ago and she is proud to be one of the first women named into a senior leadership role 5 years ago. The world of construction remains a predominantly male work environment, but several initiatives have been put in place at Broccolini over the years to ensure that everyone feels welcome, respected, and heard. On that front, Valerie leads the charge. “I feel I am an advocate for all our employees whose needs and ideas have historically been underrepresented which includes women, LGBTQ2+ employees, single parents, immigrants, individuals with disabilities, and any other voice which needs to be heard. My goal is to make sure our leaders are making inclusive decisions so that our employees feel comfortable being themselves all day, every day and give the best of themselves.”
Change doesn’t happen overnight, but Valerie has seen Broccolini make huge strides on that front over the years thanks to their open-minded culture and its leaders who are willing to listen and act. The value placed on diversity and inclusion is paramount to continued success and Valerie is energized by being at the heart of it. She thrives on engaging with those who are ready to shake up the norm and be innovative. “Interacting daily with employees who hold different perspectives promotes diversity of thought which, in turn, elevates everyone’s experience. There is so much we can learn from others whose experiences are different from our own.”
Valerie is proud to see the increase in the number of hires from different industries, with different backgrounds and with different experiences at Broccolini. She feels privileged to be able to sponsor Broccolini’s Diversity, Equity and Inclusion programs and ensure all leaders “walk the talk”. “The future is limitless when it comes to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, and I am excited to see what kind of positive impact we can continue to make in the lives of our employees and our community.”
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