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Kirsten Sutton
Managing Director

Leadership Profile


SAP Labs are research & development locations that develop SAP’s core technology products. SAP Labs Canada serves customers across the country, and has a significant research and development presence with labs located in Montreal, Toronto, Waterloo, and Vancouver.


We are dedicated to eliminating bias in the workplace. We want to enable every individual to be recognized for what they have to contribute and have the freedom to be their authentic selves. This culture of inclusion not only helps make us a great place to work, but also drives the success of our business.


  • 2018: ‘Certified Gold’ Business, Rick Hansen Foundation Accessibility Certification
  • 2017 – 2018: Best Places to Work in Canada, Glassdoor
  • 2017: Platinum Level Best Employer, Aon Hewitt
  • 2017: Canada’s Top 100 Employers, Mediacorp
  • 2017: Canada’s Top Employers for Young People, Mediacorp
  • 2017: BC Workplace Inclusion Award – Large Business Champion
  • EDGE Certification for Global Gender Equality


2,500 across Canada


  • Committed to a diversity and inclusion strategy including a focus on gender intelligence, cross-generational intelligence, culture and identity and differently-abled people.
  • Launched the Autism at Work program which integrates people with autism into the workforce in May of 2013.
  • Volunteered 9,000 employee hours in local communities in 2016 through SAP’s Corporate Social Responsibility program.
  • Accommodate PADS service dogs on-site for training purposes.
  • Hires 150 student interns with a diverse set of backgrounds at the Vancouver location on a rotating basis.


  • 120 SAP colleagues employed internationally via the Autism at Work program.
  • Goal to have 650 colleagues on the autism spectrum by 2020.
  • BC Workplace Inclusion Large Business Champion.
  • Presented at a number of community events on the importance of creating a diversity & inclusion strategy.


Ground-Breaking Program Integrates People with Autism into the Workforce

SAP Labs Canada

SAP legal compliance analyst Matthew Huang sitting on a seat. Next to him is a small table with glasses on it.

SAP has met their goal with 13 Autism at Work program participants working in the Vancouver office after their fourth wave of hiring in May 2017.


Autism at Work Program Provides Meaningful Employment

SAP Labs Canada

Photo of SAP employee looking at computer code on his monitors

The Autism at Work program began as a weekend project in Bangalore, India five years ago. The success of this project led to a company-wide goal of hiring 650 employees on the autism spectrum by 2020.

Why Businesses of All Sizes Benefit from Diversity and Inclusion Strategies