About Western Heritage

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Western Heritage is a premier provider of heritage services in Canada and around the world. We have experienced staff in every area of heritage studies: historic and pre-contact archaeology, project management, Geographic Information Systems (GIS), Near-Surface Geophysics (NSG), geoarchaeology, community engagement, predictive modeling, archival research, oral history, land claims and traditional land use, artifact cataloguing and analysis, specialized software development, computer graphics and desktop publishing, public education and interpretation. Western Heritage is incorporated in Ontario, Manitoba, Alberta, Saskatchewan and British Columbia and delivers value to clients around the world

History

Western Heritage Services Inc. was founded in 1990 to serve the growing need for specialized heritage services. The origins of Western Heritage can be traced back to our employment with the Saskatchewan Research Council – a collaborative environment surrounded by a wide range of scientific disciplines. In 1999, we established our St. Albert office to better serve clients in that province – particularly those companies developing resources in forestry and oil and gas. We have a successful track record of helping companies maintain compliance with the appropriate historical resource legislation in an affordable and efficient manner. In 2010, we acquired and amalgamated Quaternary Consultants in Winnipeg and this became our Winnipeg office. At that time, we consolidated the entire range of services under one name – Western Heritage.

Vision

To be the premier provider of heritage management services.

Western Heritage looks at heritage in the broadest sense, encompassing both historical cultural and natural heritage.

Mission

We apply decades of management experience to provide our customers with efficient, effective and reliable regulatory compliance and heritage management services. We achieve this by understanding customer needs, using innovative methods and technologies, and developing skilled, experienced employees.

Values

Quality: Delivering what our customers need, when they need it, by continuously improving our processes and services to deliver maximum value.

Reliability: Delivering the solution on schedule and on budget.

Innovation: Developing and using the newest technologies and techniques to deliver innovative solutions for customer needs.

Safety: An integral part of our corporate culture, our employees embrace the idea that doing a job well means doing a job safely.

Professionalism: Shaping our respective disciplines by encouraging our staff to participate in professional societies, to collaborate with universities, and to publish research. This provides us with unique insights and knowledge that create value for our customers.

Responsibility: Incorporating cultural and environmental considerations in all of our decisions.

Relationships: Developing and maintaining long term relationships with our customers, regulatory agencies, and the communities in which we operate.

Employees: Fostering professional development and promoting expertise through teamwork and working with the best of the best. We encourage a balance between personal and professional development.

Safety

Western Heritage is an industry leader in developing and maintaining safety programs and standards.

Safety is an integral part of our corporate culture, forming part of each staff meeting and corporate newsletter.

Our commitment to safety includes:

  • An active Occupational Health and Safety committee, with representatives from every region and job class
  • Continually striving to improve our safety training, the safety of our workplace environments, our work procedures and corporate policies
  • Employee safety training that meets or exceeds all government and client requirements.

Since 2007, Western Heritage has maintained a Certificate of Recognition (COR) from Enform. The COR program recognizes employers who maintain a health and safety management system that meet or exceed established provincial standards.

Western Heritage also maintains both ISNetworld and Complyworks safety accounts to demonstrate our commitment to safety.

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Quality

The Western Heritage Management system focuses on continuous improvement in efficiency and quality across every service we undertake. As part of our commitment to quality, all project deliverables are subject to a vigorous internal review process. Each of our internal reviewers has over three decades of experience. We also use project specific quality processes to meet the needs of our clients. Western heritage is certified under ISO 9001 for Quality Management.

Social Responsibility

Western Heritage is an active participant in the professional community. Our company supports learning through involvement in university departments, where we serve as lecturers and student advisors. Our staff members are frequent and active presenters at national and international conferences. We undertake research projects in collaboration with vocational organizations, communities and university faculty on a regular basis.

Western Heritage encourages philanthropy by providing support and matching staff support of charitable endeavors. We encourage our staff to engage with charities and social causes.

Western Heritage strives to minimize its environmental footprint through recycling programs, solar light where possible, and other efforts.

Western Heritage believes our clients should also engage with the communities in the area in which they are working as part of their own social responsibility. To this end we offer community engagement services. Learn more about these services.