Community Overview

Western Stevedoring has been doing business on the North Shore and part of the community since 1977. During this time, Western has embraced a culture that embodies a true social purpose and desire to give back to the communities where we do business.

We believe in building relationships with local residents, businesses, and community groups. Working successfully with all levels of local governments and leadership is also fundamental in supporting the economies in the communities where we work.


Our community interactions are varied. Staff members liaise between the company and the community, offering updates on major projects, educating on products handled and services provided to our customers, as well as the day-to-day activities of Western.

We also embrace a generous charitable giving program and encourage employees to do the same. This includes endorsements, sponsorships and longer-term commitments to support those in need in our community.

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Supporting Local Economies

Our goal is to support the local economies of the communities where we work.

Along with providing competitive wages and benefits to our employees, our recruitment goal is to hire local residents where possible and procure products and services from local businesses.

Western also supports the North Vancouver Chamber of Commerce Economic Partnership North Shore (EPNS) – a partnership between business, governments, and community formed to support the long-term economic growth and prosperity for North Vancouver.

For more information, visit the North Vancouver Chamber of Commerce website.


Creating Value in Communities

We believe in creating value for the communities where we work. Along with the economic impact we generate, our efforts to create more value in local communities encompass three key areas:

  1. Community support
  2. Charitable service
  3. Events


Many of our community sponsorships are proposed by employees and receive both Western’s corporate support and employee commitment, deepening the benefit to these organizations.

“Western is proud of its company culture that helps improve the lives of people both at work and in their community. We are committed to proactively supporting a stronger community where we work and live. Supporting this goal is one of the most rewarding elements of my job”.

Jeanette O’Brien, Director, Human Resources, Administration & Community Relations


Western Stevedoring in North Vancouver


Western Stevedoring has been part of the North Vancouver community since the early 1970s. We are proud to be associated with the North Shore’s vital, long-standing marine industry.

To promote education and communication about the waterfront within North Shore communities, we serve on numerous committees with representatives from waterfront industry, community and municipal, First Nations groups, and the Port of Vancouver.


Awards & Recognition

Western has received the following public acknowledgments for our commitment to supporting our communities:

  • Winner of North Vancouver Chamber of Commerce Employer of the Year Award, and Winner, Hall of Fame Award. These awards are judged by a panel of community representatives and presented to North Vancouver companies who demonstrate excellence in their category criteria.
  • Winner of the United Way’s Greatest Impact Award. This award is presented to a company that demonstrates success by working together as a team, achieves an increase in employee participation, as well as a significant overall increase in the dollars raised for the campaign.

Economic Overall Impact – Quick Facts

  • Competitive wages: Average longshore wage in BC is $76,533 (2015) and average wage for foremen is $197,868
  • Western employs more than 1000 full-time equivalents (FTE) employees annually throughout BC such as:
    • Foremen and longshore workers, including supervisors, labourers and technical tradespeople
    • IT, accounting, human resources, and health and safety personnel
    • Operations managers, superintendents, and cargo coordinators
  • Municipal taxes: More than $2 million dollars paid annually in BC.
  • GDP generated: More than $10 billion dollars annually in BC.