Grooming the next generation
Early and intentional succession planning is critical to maintaining an agile, skilled workforce. As a significant portion of our colleagues approach retirement, we are recruiting and developing our next-generation workforce to meet the needs of our evolving industry.
We provide our employees pathways for professional growth, and offer resources to expand and enhance their skills, knowledge and management capabilities. Our latest survey of employees revealed that, in their opinion, this is one of Domtar’s strengths.
We have partnerships with community colleges, universities and technical trade schools to introduce students to advanced manufacturing technology and processes we use at our manufacturing facilities. This helps to promote manufacturing as an attractive career path for graduates. These partnerships also provide opportunities for our current employees to enhance their own skills.
We are also expanding the diversity of our workforce by hiring talented people who bring experience from other manufacturing industries and backgrounds.
Domtar’s voluntary employee turnover rate was 4.2% in 2018 compared to a 13.5 percent voluntary turnover rate for the U.S. Manufacturing & Distribution Industry.*
*2018 Turnover Report, Compdata Surveys & Consulting.
Women in Manufacturing
With dreams of a career in Science, Technology, Engineering and Production (STEP) since high school, Marie Cyr graduated as a mechanical engineer from L’Ecole Polytechnique in Montreal, joined Domtar in 1995 as a project engineer and soon transitioned to maintenance engineer. “I was the first female engineer at Windsor and the stakes were high,” Cyr recalls. “I realized very quickly I wanted to lead a team, and no challenge was too great for me to tackle in order to reach that goal.”
Getting the Best from a Diverse Background
What do General Motors, Harley Davidson, Michelin Tires and Alcoa have in common?
They all provided Everick Spence with a diverse set of manufacturing experiences, which later helped advance Domtar’s success at continuous improvement (CI).
An inclusive workforce makes Domtar a better business
Domtar’s Inclusion and Diversity Committee is composed of leaders from across the organization. The Committee’s objective is to promote a culture of inclusivity, and to help increase the representation of women and minorities within the company’s talent pipeline.
Domtar's blended learning approach
Domtar uses a blended learning approach to deliver skills and knowledge to employees most effectively. We strive to offer training that is approximately 70 percent on the job, 20 percent classroom and 10 percent online.