Daniel Fournier, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Ivanhoé Cambridge, announced today the following measures to honour the commitment of making French the language of work at the Caisse’s real estate subsidiary. He reiterated that Ivanhoé Cambridge consistently makes French a key preoccupation at all levels of the organization.
David Smith, Executive Vice-President, Human Resources and Corporate Services, is starting a three-month intensive French immersion program immediately. Over this period, he will be fully dedicated to learning French. Following this training program, he will return to take on a new position of Executive Vice-President, International Human Resources.
Recruitment of a new Québec head of human resources began in July and is still ongoing. The selected candidate, once hired, will report directly to the Chief Executive Officer of Ivanhoé Cambridge.
Kim McInnes, President, Operations of Ivanhoé Cambridge, will accelerate his French learning program by taking private language classes and integrating regular immersion periods into his work load.
“Based on what Michael Sabia, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Caisse, already explained, I believe the fundamental commitment to maintain French as the language of work at all levels of the organization to be non-negotiable,” said Mr. Fournier. “We have never underestimated the fact that French is vital at Ivanhoé Cambridge, but we realize that given the current situation, we need to take further measures.”