Care for the Community

The greatest long term benefit to society is realized by uplifting individuals.- Dennis and Phyllis Washington

With roots tracing back to 1886, Seaspan is a long-serving and proud member of the BC Maritime Community. Our Core Value of Care for the communities we serve is at the heart of everything we do.

Seaspan is committed to contributing to humanitarian causes in the community and makes corporate responsibility a priority. The Company strives to be a positive role model for business, and has the vision and courage to take risks and be a catalyst for change. Seaspan makes investments in people and youth to help them improve the quality of their lives. Seaspan is also committed to ensuring the long term conservation of Canadian Oceans and the environment.

Care for Community Quarterly Report (March 31, 2017)


Corporate Giving

Seaspan adheres to strict corporate giving criteria which align with the Company’s Core Values: Local, Marine-related, Customer Alignment and Children and Youth.

If your organization aligns with the above and you are interested in submitting a proposal for support, please email donations@seaspan.com

Seaspan is also proud to provide in-kind support to:

  • Boys & Girls Club of BC
  • Honda Celebration of Lights
  • Canada Day at Canada Place
  • Symphony Splash
  • Food donations to Harvest Project and the Grouse Mountain Grizzly Bears

Employee Involvement

As a way to demonstrate our Core Value of Care, Seaspan teamed up with local charities to provide employees opportunities to give back to their community.

Seaspan has long been a supporter of the United Way, and in 2015, the BC SPCA and BC Children’s Hospital Foundation were added to Seaspan’s Employee Giving Program.

Meet our three Charities:

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United Way
The United Way makes our communities better by funding important programs to battle issues such as child poverty, bullying and senior isolation that plague our communities.  For more information go to www.uwlm.ca/ (Lower Mainland) or www.uwgv.ca/ (Greater Victoria)

 

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BC Children’s Hospital
BC Children’s Hospital is the province’s only full-service, pediatric acute care hospital and serves the one million children living in BC and the Yukon. All children who are seriously ill or injured are referred to Children’s Hospital.

 

logo-home-01BC SPCA
The BC SPCA’s mission is to protect and enhance the quality of life for domestic, farm and wild animals in British Columbia through programs that include sheltering and adoptions, emergency rescue, wildlife rehabilitation and youth programs.  For more information go to www.spca.bc.ca/

 


Dennis & Phyllis Washington Foundation

On June 23, 2016, the Dennis & Phyllis Washington Foundation (the “Foundation”), in conjunction with Seaspan, announced today a multi-year donation of $900K to three institutional trades training programs in Canada. The donation recipients include the British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT) to support Aboriginals in trades, Camosun College to support women in trades, and the Canadian Welding Association (CWA) Foundation for both new welding equipment and teacher professional development.

Since its inception, the Washington Foundation has donated more than $204 million in the United States to hundreds of organizations that focus on education, health and human services, arts and culture, and community service.

For more information on the Dennis & Phyllis Washington Foundation click here.

 


Employee Programs

  • Scholarship Program

    In May, 2005 Seaspan announced the introduction of its new Scholarship Program. Now into its eleventh year, the program continues to provide financial assistance for the children and grandchildren of employees. Seaspan annually pledges $15,000 in scholarships and over the years has contributed an astounding $106,000 to help further the education of students pursing a post-secondary education at a public university, community college or institute of technology.

  • Youth Sports Program
    Seaspan donates $400 to a youth sports team that has a coach, assistant coach, team manager that is a Seaspan employee.

First Nations

Seaspan recognizes that we operate our shipyards on the traditional land of the Coast Salish people both in North Vancouver and on Vancouver Island. As a good neighbour, it is our goal to foster strong relationships with First Nations in our communities. Over the years, we have developed strong business ties with the Squamish, Tsleil Waututh, Haisla, Songhees, Esquimalt, Snuneymuxw and Old Masset First Nations.

Seaspan is a partner in AMTEP ( Aboriginal Marine Training to Employment Partnership), with ACCESS (Aboriginal Community Career Employment Services Society) and CSETS (Coast Salish Employment and Training Society), to support job training, apprenticeship programs and promote employment opportunities for Aboriginal people.

Seaspan’s procurement policy has been modified to support First Nations businesses. During our Shipyard Modernization Project between 2012 – 2014, we spent over $21 Million with First Nations owned and Joint Venture companies.