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The objective of the Bridging the Gap project is to increase the attraction, recruitment and retention of women as skilled workers in the electricity and renewable energy sector in Ontario and nationally. The tools and resources developed for our Bridging the Gap project can be used to support the industry in positively impacting the representation of women in the sector.

The long term goal of this initiative is to reach the national average of women working in the Canadian workforce (48%) and develop a robust talent pool of highly skilled workers to meet the electricity industry’s human resources requirements in the years ahead.

Through extensive research, we have been able to capture some of the challenges and experiences faced by women currently working or attempting to work in the industry. To examine these issues as well as suggestions from women as to what employers can do, click on the Findings tab. Our Existing Programs & Case Studies section highlights some of the work being done by various organizations and employers across the country to recruit and retain women.


EHRC would like to thank the following project Steering Committee members for their knowledge and guidance throughout the Bridging the Gap:

Nirav Patel, Manager – Recruitment & Diversity, Talent & Business Change, OPG
Sheelagh Lawrence, Manager – Community Citizenship, Hydro One Networks Inc.
Joy Shikaze, Executive Director, Women in Nuclear Canada
John Drish, Former Coordinator of Trades Integration, Nova Scotia Department of Education
Lindsay Melvin, Senior Market & Risk Studies Engineer, Engineers Canada/ Manitoba Hydro
Andrea Mcquillan, Local Assistant Business Manager, IBEW
Daniele Fleming, Staff Officer, PWU
Bill Yaremko, Dean, School of Information Communication and Engineering Technologies, NAIT
Kevin Joseph, Project Manager, Electricity Human Resources Canada
Michelle Branigan, CEO, Electricity Human Resources Canada
Kim MacLaren, Consultant, KD MacLaren Consulting Inc.
Patricia Campbell, Consultant, Bob Emptage & Associates
Bob Emptage, Consultant, Bob Emptage & Associates
Norm Fraser, EHRC Board of Directors, and COO, Hydro Ottawa.

EHRC would also like to acknowledge the time and support provided by various industry stakeholders including funders Hydro One, Ontario Power Generation, Engineers Canada, the Ontario Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities, and the Government of Alberta. Without your generous participation this project would not have been possible.

This Employment Ontario project is paid
for in part by the Government of Ontario
Payé en partie par le gouvernement de l’Ontario.