Giving back to our clients, the communities that we work with, and local charities, is important to us. DNA is proud to support our clients’ community activities, children’s and youth sports teams, and cultural events. Our focus is to support initiatives that help to build a sense of community, confidence, teamwork, sportsmanship, and encourage healthy lifestyles.
The David Nairne Memorial Scholarship
The David Nairne Memorial Scholarship has been awarded by the family, friends and colleagues of David Nairne (BASc. 1964), founder of David Nairne + Associates Ltd., who for over thirty years was dedicated to working with First Nation Communities throughout British Columbia and the Yukon.
The scholarship awards are given to undergraduate and graduate University of British Columbia First Nation students in Civil Engineering, Architecture and the School of Community and Regional Planning, with a preference to students in Civil Engineering.
More information about the scholarship can be found on the UBC Awards: scholarships and bursaries website.
For further information contact:
Student Financial Assistance and Awards
The University of British Columbia
1036 – 1874 East Mall
Phone: 604 822 9836
Sustainability at DNA
Our five decades of experience provides our multi-disciplinary staff with a unique perspective on sustainable approaches to community development. DNA incorporates sustainability principles into all our projects. We understand the social, economic, environmental and cultural factors that are integral to the development of sustainable communities, infrastructure and facilities.
Our Sustainability Plan
We have developed a Corporate Sustainability Plan to promote sustainable business practices including the appropriate use of technology, transportation and enhanced use of renewable resources. On a regular basis, approximately 50% of our employees bike, walk, carpool or take public transportation to work. Our location, next to the Seabus Terminal in North Vancouver, promotes the use of these alternative modes of transportation. Our Corporate Sustainability Plan deals with issues including energy consumption waste reduction, recycling, and sustainable purchasing of office products.
DNA has LEEDTM Certified and Green GlobeTM trained professionals on staff and has completed a number of projects that are certified by these programs.
Our Social Sustainability
On an annual basis DNA staff—with two-thirds matching component from the DNA partners, support a charity drive and give donations to local (the North Shore Christmas Bureau), regional (Aunt Leah’s Society), First Nation (Healing Spirit Lodge) and international (Medecins sans Frontieres) organizations. DNA also holds an annual food drive and donations to the Food Bank.
Since 2015, our employees have spent a day serving food at the First United Church on the downtown Eastside. During the holidays we have an office wide charity challenge that allows us to donate annually to local charities and organizations in need. At DNA, we strongly believe in giving back to our community and those who are less fortunate.
During the pandemic, we have made conscious efforts to keep everyone connected through lunchtime socials, an abundance of health and wellbeing resources, time towards childcare, mental health days, food delivery credits and more. Working from home has been accommodated not only for the health and safety of our staff, but for the environmental impact of our daily commute to and from the office.