Corporate Responsibility

Mariner’s Economic and Social Development Commitment

Building Stronger Communities

Mariner assists in building stronger communities in the Maritimes by fostering entrepreneurship in different forms to advance economic and social development.

Economic Development Entrepreneurship

Mariner believes that economic sustainability can be enhanced through the support of new entrepreneurs.  This support is provided through mentorship programs along with participation in, and support of, organizations that were created to assist new entrepreneurs. Mariner’s partners include:

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Video of Gerry Pond, Chairman of Mariner, on startup companies and entrepreneurship in Atlantic Canada.

Future Entrepreneurs

Mariner is committed to the workforce of tomorrow and supports a number of post-secondary education programs in order to attract and develop entrepreneurs.  This initiative offers training, mentorship, and apprenticeship opportunities to select students from post-secondary institutions throughout Atlantic Canada.  Mariner believes that contributing to the development of students is beneficial to both the students and Mariner as this initiative helps to provide students with some of the tools, skills and experience that they will need to start businesses.

Mariner’s partners in this area include:

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Social Development Entrepreneurship

Mariner’s Social Entrepreneurship program encourages employees to share their skills (eg. IT Marketing, Finance, HR) with nonprofit and charitable organizations.  This program allows employees to allocate a portion of their work day to these activities.  It also recognizes and rewards the contributions made by those employees that choose to participate in the initiative.


Mariner contributes to those organizations that work to reduce poverty within the community.  Mariner believes that this approach will provide individuals with the tools that they need to develop the skills and the confidence required to enhance their quality of life and participate in the community.  Many of these programs involve child development with an emphasis on literacy and social skills.

Read the Accelerate Success Story on Improving Childhood Literacy (link)

Mariner’s partners in this area include:

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Health Promotion Clearinghouse Logo Overcoming Poverty Together Logo



Mariner recognizes that environmental considerations are an important component of sustainability.  Through significant investment in research and development, Mariner was a driving force in the creation of Shift Energy. Shift Energy’s solution enables enterprises in the Maritimes to maximize energy consumption efficiency. Mariner will continue to participate in initiatives aimed at the protection and enhancement of our environment.


Mariner “Partners in Innovation” to create new, unique solutions to meet the needs of our clients, our employees, our community, and our environment.  Our partners are composed of many individuals and organizations, including our customers, the new entrepreneurs that we mentor, the charitable institutions that we support, hardware/software solution venders, and other IT companies.  We strive to create a culture of trust and high ethical standards to ensure that our relationships with these many entities are built on solid foundations, leading to mutually beneficial outcomes that are sustained and grown over the long term.  We will also look to develop relationships with others that share the same beliefs surrounding social responsibility and sustainability, in hopes that a concerted effort in those areas will deliver greater positive impacts within a shorter duration of time.