Who We Are
BGIS is a global leader in the provision of facility management, project delivery, energy & sustainability, asset management, workplace advisory, and real estate services. With a combined team of over 8,000 globally, BGIS relentlessly focuses on delivering innovative service solutions that create value for its clients. Globally, BGIS manages over 40,000 facilities totaling more than 500 million square feet across several markets including Government, Higher Education, Utilities, Telecommunications, Financial Services, Oil & Gas, Healthcare and Cloud Enterprise. In addition to managing a diverse portfolio of corporate offices, retail, colleges, hospitals and industrial assets, BGIS is a world leader in the management of data centers and other critical environments.
BGIS is building relationships with Indigenous businesses and communities across Canada.
Our sustainable economic partnerships is advancing through inclusive supply chain practices, authentic community engagement, and transparent business practices. At BGIS, working with Indigenous communities is not viewed as a means to an end, but rather as an opportunity to establish a new path forward.
Make a difference and join our team. Be part of a team that is leading different Indigenous activities across Canada including; procurement, recruitment, and community engagement.
Learn more about our different Indigenous Engagement activities (below):
Diversity & Inclusion
As a global organization, both Diversity and Inclusion remain a top priority throughout all of our daily operations.
Having a diverse set of team members allows us to have a wide-range of perceptions and ideas brought to the table that enable innovation. Those innovations lead to solutions, allowing us to excel in the corporate real estate (CRE) industry. Because of our commitment and ability to look beyond race, creed, gender, disability, religion, and sexual orientation, we are provided with the opportunity to attract and retain the best talent the CRE industry has to offer. We continue to maintain strong partnerships with COSTI, Indigenous Students Participating in Real Environments (INSPIRE), Indigenous Link, and the Canadian Council for Rehabilitation at Work (CCRW), and are proud members of the Canadian Centre for Diversity and Inclusion (CCDI).
BGIS’s Diversity and Inclusion Committee allows us to gain valuable insight to better understand our people and promote a positive culture that supports diversity and inclusion, and ensures all people are represented equally. Inclusion isn’t just applied in its literal sense at BGIS; to us, inclusion means recognizing, valuing, and fully leveraging the diversity amongst our team members to its fullest potential. It’s celebrating and utilizing the differences of backgrounds and experiences within our team to drive innovation and take our operations and expertise to the next level.
Meet the BGIS Team:
Christopher Hans, Indigenous Engagement Manager
Christopher Hans is our Indigenous Engagement Manager for the Pacific and Western regions and is a member of the Nuxálk Nation of Bella Coola, British Columbia. Born in Bella Coola and raised in New Westminster, British Columbia, Christopher has had a successful career in Indigenous Engagement and will be a key team member in our Indigenous Engagement strategy. His primary objective is to help us build connections with Indigenous Communities and Companies.
Vanessa Dreckmann, Indigenous Engagement Manager
Vanessa Dreckmann is our Indigenous Engagement Manager for the Ontario, NCR, Quebec and Atlantic regions and is Ojibwe, a member of the Red Rock Indian Band and was born and raised in Nipigon, Ontario. Vanessa has had a successful career in Facilities and Operations Management and will be a key team member in our Indigenous Engagement Strategy. Her primary objective is to help us build connections with Indigenous communities and companies.
Wade Griffin, National Director for Indigenous Engagement
A proud community member of the Six Nations of the Grand River with a Bachelor of Commerce degree and a minor in Indigenous Studies from McMaster University. A tireless champion for Indigenous rights and economic development. Dedicated to promoting Reconciliation. Has worked 30+ years with and within Indigenous communities, initially as an entrepreneur. Several years in a leadership role, many of which were directly with Indigenous communities in Canada. Currently the National Director for Indigenous Engagement for BGIS, responsible for the Canadian Indigenous Engagement program which entails creating and implementing a business strategy that facilitates greater Indigenous participation in a meaningful manner. Previously was the Acting CEO for Mississaugas of the Credit Business Development Corporation. Served on the inaugural Board of Directors for the Mississaugas of the Credit Business Corporation as well as the Board of Directors for Ni’Akinde (an Indigenous consortium between Tlicho Investment Corporation, Des Nedhe Group and Mississaugas of the Credit Business Corporation).
Be a part of our growing team of over 8,000 professionals across North America, who deliver integrated real estate services and point solutions for our client portfolios.