Attracting and Retaining Employees

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Dominion provides well-paying jobs with ongoing skills development. We strive to attract, retain, and engage diverse talent and give our people the support and opportunities to develop, thrive, and achieve their potential.


At the Ekati mine, we have a unique workplace where mining employees generally work two-week, 12-hour shifts at the mine, followed by two weeks out. Round-trip flights are provided from a number of northern communities. Creating conditions where people enjoy themselves and can flourish is essential for retaining them.

The starting point is a commitment to treat everyone with respect and dignity, as set out in our Code of Ethics and Business Conduct. In addition, the company does not tolerate discrimination of any form, and we respect employees’ rights to join unions and engage in collective bargaining.

We offer employees:

  • A safe work environment
  • Fair compensation, healthcare benefits, and a pension plan
  • A variety of training and development programs
  • Robust internal communications, including regular town hall meetings, and live updates on our company portal and CCTV system
  • A commitment to equal opportunity and programs that support women in non-traditional roles
  • A variety of social, cultural, and wellness activities that support social, physical, and mental well-being

In November 2016, we announced that we would relocate our corporate office from Yellowknife, Northwest Territories, to Calgary, Alberta, in the middle of calendar year 2017. The move is aimed at reducing operating costs and supporting the company’s long-term strength. The relocation of the office will affect approximately 100 employees based in the Northwest Territories and a small number of employees from the Finance team in our Toronto office.

Most of our workforce, including the majority of northern Aboriginal employees, will continue to be employed in the Northwest Territories. In addition to our teams at the Ekati mine site, we are maintaining an office in Yellowknife with a number of key positions.

58% of the Ekati mine workforce is unionized. In March 2017, the union representing these workers ratified a new collective agreement that runs until May 2019.


At our Mumbai office, we have a team of almost 60 sorting staff led by experienced managers. The team has more than doubled in the last three years as certain sorting functions have relocated from Toronto to Mumbai to be closer to our customers. To meet the needs of new employees, our corporate trainer from the Northwest Territories spent six months in the Mumbai office providing skills development in diamond sorting.

The other members of our staff in India include security, finance, technology, and administrative personnel.