We are an employee owned company and aim to stay that way. Almost half of our employees are shareholders. KWL began as a partnership with four employees working out of the basement of one of the founders in North Vancouver. Today, we have under 200 people in six offices: Burnaby, Calgary, Victoria, Vernon, Nelson, and Yukon.
Almost 70 of our people have been with KWL for more than 10 years. At the same time, we are getting younger. We currently have about the same number of people in our junior, intermediate, and senior technical levels. With more than 15 skill sets, we employ engineers, technologists, biologists, planners, and scientists – and assign people as needed to form the best team for our clients on every project.
More than most other companies, KWL has a strong social aspect. We organize several social activities throughout the year for employees and their families. Some of the corporate events are the Summer Family Picnic, company-wide Halloween costume competition and the annual Christmas party that is attended by all employees from throughout the company including our branch offices. KWL covers the expense for all our out of town employees. Our branch offices organize their respective social events as well. Vernon office has an annual summer barbecue that is often well attended by staff from other offices. Victoria staff prefer sailing events. Every July, Calgary enjoys parts of stampede week together. Our newest group in Nelson has a summer ending event for staff and their families.