Bantrel – Safe & Strong Through COVID-19
As we continue to focus on the health & safety of our staff, clients, and communities we are also remaining efficient, productive and innovative and continue to deliver as promised on our projects.
We support the measures our governments are taking to protect at-risk populations but also recognize your operations are critical to keeping the economy moving and the supply chain in operation for essential services. The COVID-19 situation, OPEC+ and financial markets disruption has placed a financial strain on our governments, businesses and many individuals and we are also committed to doing our part to mitigate damage to our economy. Our History speaks to being born in challenging times. We have persevered through hard times before, continuing to provide quality and value to our Clients through our 37-year history, and we are well prepared to deliver value through this challenging time as well.
Bantrel has ensured working remotely has been a part of our Emergency Response Plan and Business Continuity Plan for many years. It was put to a test at a scale during the Calgary floods of 2013 when our corporate head office was located in the downtown core, and with lessons learned from that event and progress in technology, we had continued to improve and develop our tools, training and processes. As the COVID-19 situation unfolded globally during Q1 2020, Bantrel increased mitigation and scenario planning, including the potential to have a significant portion of our workforce carry out their roles remotely in a safe, productive and efficient manner.
In Stage 1 during March 2020, we required all our staff to test and be competent with remote access and proved the effectiveness of a Distributed Workforce model. Our commitment to provide current productivity and collaboration tools and software, including the full suite of Microsoft applications, specialized process simulation and engineering design software and remote access to high-performance computing enabled this large scale transition to occur smoothly. Our construction and site operations continued with appropriate COVID-19 protocols and mitigations in place.
As Stage 2 progressed in most of our locations during summer, we have provided flexible working arrangements including a gradual return to our office locations and increased site/construction presence while maintaining flexibility and a continuation of our Distributed Workforce model.
Bantrel has been actively monitoring and complying with all provincial, municipal and federal governmental and health authority directives and recommendations including physical distancing and self-isolation mandates. We implemented mitigative measures early including increased sanitization, individual supplies of hand sanitizer and education. We have provided frequent communication, awareness and direction to our people. We have been collaborating with your teams, sharing information, and responding to your needs, providing flexibility and changes to our processes.
Our people remain committed to safely executing their roles and building trust with each other and our clients through this time. Please do not hesitate to reach out to our team for support as we rebuild from this challenging time.