HDR Foundation Expands Into Canada

HDR Foundation - Canada

Today, the HDR Foundation Board of Directors announced the launch of its philanthropic efforts into Canada, serving our Canadian employees and their communities. Across Canada, HDR employees will now be able to participate in grant sponsorship, fundraising, and community grant-making decisions. 

A working group of HDR leaders from our Vancouver, Calgary, Toronto and Richmond Hill offices helped steer the effort, establishing a nearly seamless inclusion of Canadian employees into the Foundation’s existing operations.

“We are so proud that the HDR Foundation initiated this next step in its service to our communities,” said Kim Gosteli, business development director. “Across Canada, our employees are generous and committed to their local communities. Now we get to make a difference through the HDR Foundation, too.”

Brian Hoppy, HDR Foundation chair, noted the significance of bringing the Foundation to HDR’s largest operations outside of the United States, with over 300 employees in 10 offices throughout British Columbia, Alberta and Ontario.

“This is an important step in broadening the reach of the HDR Foundation,” he said, “both in our role as a global company and as an inclusive organization.”

HDR’s Canadian employees can now donate to the HDR Foundation-Canada Fund established specifically for grants in Canada. A volunteer Canadian grant committee comprised of HDR employees will review grant requests from Canadian charities and make recommendations to the HDR Foundation Board.

“HDR’s Canadian team members already support United Way and countless other community organizations,” said Jim McKay, engineering managing director. “We help Make-a-Wish Foundation, support children’s hospitals, participate in runs for cancer research, host bake sales, clean up damaged shorelines, this list goes on. We are excited to build on that work through the HDR Foundation.”

About the HDR Foundation

The HDR Foundation provides grants to registered non-profit organizations and charities that align with HDR’s areas of expertise: education, healthcare and healthy communities, and environmental stewardship. As an employee-funded and employee-driven foundation, preference is given to organizations located in communities in which HDR employees live and work, and those which have strong employee involvement. Since its inception in 2012, the HDR Foundation has provided more than $3 million in grants to over 150 organizations. You can learn more at

About HDR 

For over a century, HDR has partnered with clients to shape communities and push the boundaries of what’s possible. Our expertise spans more than 10,000 employees in more than 200 locations around the world — and counting. Our engineering, architecture, environmental and construction services bring an impressive breadth of knowledge to every project. Our optimistic approach to finding innovative solutions defined our past and drives our future. 

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