In 1992 DKI Canada was founded by a pioneering group of like-minded Members. Together they developed an organization with cooperative principals, reinvesting 100% of earned profits into its Membership. Since then, we have grown exponentially, serving more Canadians, from urban centers to rural villages, than any other restoration provider.
Last year, as we celebrated 30 years of DKI Canada, what began as a network transitioned into a franchise. Though the classification of our organization changed, we retained the same emphasis on community involvement, sustainability, and inclusivity that we were founded on.
As we begin our 31st year in business, we continue to build on the values that made us who we are.
In 2022 we partnered with Ronald McDonald House Charities Canada (RMHC). While our Members across the country work to get families back home, and back to normal after a disaster, RMHC works to give families with sick children in hospital a home-away-from-home. Due to this shared purpose, of helping families return to normal, we dubbed this campaign "Bringing Families Home".
Our partnership with RMHC is only one part of our larger community involvement initiatives, which also include incentivizing our employees to donate time and money to the charitable organizations they are passionate about through donation matching and paid time off to participate in volunteer activities. In addition, DKI Canada and our Members across the country are heavily involved with Habitat for Humanity and Habitat for Humanity ReStore. Our Members across the country also work with their local charities of choice through monetary and in-kind donations.
At DKI Canada we are keenly aware of the interrelationship between the three dimensions of sustainability: society, environment, and economy. We incorporate circular economy principles into our business decisions, strategies, policies, and technologies. We are always on the lookout for new ways to support sustainable development, reduce environmental impact and increase benefits to society and ecosystems.
At DKI Canada we believe that our diversity is what makes us strong, and we embrace the diversity of our employees, Members, partners, and clients across Canada. As part of our commitment to inclusivity, we are proud to be an ally and sponsor of the newly launched LINK Canada - LGBTQ+ Insurance Network.
Link Canada’s mission is to make the insurance industry the employer of choice for the LGBTQ2S+ community. LINK Canada aims to develop an ally network across the insurance industry to promote inclusion and diversity, provide resources and education to companies and individuals who are new to the conversation around LGBTQ2S+, and help foster and create bridges between companies with successful ERG and those looking to improve or create their own.
Of course, without a plan for the future, our work cannot continue. That is why we have also launched the DKI Canada Future Council. The Council’s goal is to unite a group of young leaders who will work together to come up with new solutions to old industry problems. The Future Council will be a group for people to share their experiences and problems that they face in their marketplace, to brainstorm new initiatives to keep us, and our Membership, inspired for the future.
The Future Council will also provide networking opportunities for those looking to break into the property restoration industry, and a forum for initiatives that will continue to grow DKI Canada and the work we do.
We’ve come a long way in 30 years, from a small grassroots network to the industry leading franchise spanning coast-to-coast. Though we’ve had many successes so far, we know that as we continue to work and grow, the best is still to come.