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EHRC Launches Leadership Accord on Gender Diversity for the Canadian Electricity Industry

Ottawa, ON – March 8th, 2017 – Electricity Human Resources Canada (EHRC) and the Honourable Maryam Monsef, Minister of Status of Women, today announced EHRC’s newest initiative to support the increased representation of women as skilled workers in the electricity and renewable energy sector.

The Leadership Accord on Gender Diversity for the Electricity Industry is a public commitment by employers, educators, unions and governments to promote the values of diversity and inclusion within their organizations. Whether it’s through recruitment, retention or governance practices, the signatories to this Accord acknowledge that united action is required to ensure the support of women in the industry, along with equality and fairness for the entire workforce.  Several industry leaders have already signed on to the accord as founding partners, including Ontario Power Generation, Alectra Inc., Hydro Ottawa, the Power Workers’ Union and a host of others.

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Electricity Human Resources Canada announces 2016 EHRC Award of Excellence Leader of the Year

OTTAWA, Ontario- October 24, 2016 – Electricity Human Resources Canada (EHRC), Canada’s leading source for human resources research and tools for the Electricity and Renewable Energy Industry, today announced that Mr. Mike Marsh, President and CEO of SaskPower, has won its Leader of the Year award.

Mr.  Marsh will be honoured at EHRC’s Awards luncheon with the largest industry players expected in attendance. The event will also feature keynote speeches from Mr. Bruce Campbell, President and CEO of the Independent Electricity System Operator (IESO), and Mr. Bob Delaney, MPP Mississauga-Streetsville, Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Energy. Further details about the event can be found here.

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EHRC will be hosting an Industry session in Toronto on December 8th.  The event will begin with Breakfast and Networking at 8:00 – 8:30 with the session beginning at 8:30. This session will not only provide attendees with information on the AODA and accessibility standards but also informative and interactive dialogue.

Spearheaded by our keynote speakers and industry employers, topics will include mental health in the workplace, neurodiversity and the opportunity to employ the untapped talents of people with autism and similar conditions, as well as physical disability myth busting and accommodation.

Space is limited to 25 -30 therefore we encourage interested parties to confirm their participation as soon as possible. Registration is free!

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Participants who attend the Roundtable who are also attending our 2016 Awards of Excellence Luncheon will qualify for a 10% discount off their luncheon registration fee.

Further details on the Awards of Excellence, including registration can be found here:  http://electricityhr.ca/conference/

Electricity Human Resources Canada held its 2015 Awards of Excellence Luncheon on December 9th, 2015

This afternoon national event brought together business leaders and human resource professionals. Attended by employers, labour, education, and government representatives working for and with the sector, the aim of this event was to connect, convene and inspire the industry. The event included keynote speeches from Cathy Sprague (Executive Vice President, Human Resources, Bruce Power) and Mr. Bob Delaney (MPP Mississauga/Streetville, Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Energy) and the presentation of this year’s winners of EHRC’s Awards of Excellence. These awards celebrated extraordinary achievements and gave national recognition to the champions of excellence who are making a positive and tangible impact on the workforce.

Winners include:

  • 2015 Innovation in HR – Education or Training Institution – Georgian College
  • 2015 Workplace Diversity & Inclusion Champion – Hydro One & Emera Newfoundland (2 Winners)
  • 2015 Emerging Leader – April Currey, PowerStream
  • 2015 Leader of the Year – Don MacKinnon, Power Workers’ Union

EHRC Announces 2015 EHRC Award of Excellence for Leader of the Year

Ottawa, ON – November 26, 2015 – Electricity Human Resources Canada (EHRC), Canada’s leading source for human resources research and tools for the Electricity and Renewable Energy Industry, today announced that Mr. Don MacKinnon, President of the Power Workers’ Union, has won its Leader of the Year award. Mr. MacKinnon will be honoured at EHRC’s 10th anniversary luncheon on December 9th in downtown Toronto, at the St. Andrew’s Club.

Mr. Don Mackinnon will be honored at EHRC’s 10th anniversary luncheon with the largest industry players expected in attendance. The event will also feature keynote speeches from Mr. Bob Delaney, MPP Mississauga-Streetsville, Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Energy and Ms. Cathy Sprague, Executive Vice President, Bruce Power.
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CBC News Looks at Women in the Electricity Industry

EHRC and Government of Canada Launch Career Mentorship Program for Women in Electricity Industry

Ottawa, ON – May 12, 2015 – Electricity Human Resources Canada (EHRC), today announced Connected Women ─ a national mentorship model for women seeking to enter or advance in the electricity and renewable energy industry. Funded by Status of Women Canada, the program will be piloted with graduates of Alqonquin College’s Women in Electrical Engineering Technology program (WEET).

Partners include Hydro One, Ontario Power Generation, Manitoba Hydro and Hydro Ottawa, along with Women in Nuclear-Canada (WiN), International Brotherhood Electrical Workers (IBEW), Power Worker’s Union (PWU), University of Toronto, Electrofederation and WESCO. To learn more about the project and our partners click here

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Media Coverage: CFRA Radio Interview

Status of Women Canada To Develop Mentorship Model For Women In Electricity

Ottawa, ON – April 23, 2015 – Today Hydro Ottawa hosted the Honourable Dr. K. Kellie Leitch, Minister of Labour and Minister of Status of Women, along with Joan Crockatt, Member of Parliament for Calgary – Centre, who announced Government of Canada funding for a project to increase opportunities for the advancement of women in the electricity sector.

Electricity Human Resources Canada will develop and test a sustainable mentorship model that will help women advance in the electricity sector. The project will engage women working in the industry, who will identify the barriers to opportunities and advancement, as well as any gaps in programs and services. The organization will work with local colleges, and industry stakeholders including private companies, to develop a mentorship model that will be tested in Ontario and Manitoba. To learn more about the project and our partners click here.
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2014 HR Forum and Awards of Excellence

On October 24th Electricity Human Resources Canada held its 2014 HR Forum and 2014 HR Awards of Excellence at St Andrews Club and Conference Centre Toronto.

Dedicated to the electricity and renewable energy industry workforce, this national event brought together employers, labour, education, and government representatives working for and with the sector. Attendees heard and discussed the benefits and opportunities for transitioning military veterans into the sector, and the challenges – and opportunities – that arise when managing a workforce that now finds itself with three to four generations working together.

For a second year the EHRC’s Awards of Excellence were presented, celebrating extraordinary achievements and giving national recognition to the champions of excellence who are making a positive and tangible impact on the workforce. We were delighted to see the following winning companies and individuals who exemplified leadership, innovation, drive and passion in our industry.

Leader of the Year
The Leader of the Year 2014 Award was established by EHRC to recognize and celebrate an individual who has made an outstanding contribution to their organization within the Canadian electricity industry through visionary people management strategies and leadership. The winner is a person who has affected positive change within their organization and who is dedicated to ensuring that their workforce has the opportunity and skills to contribute to the business’ overall strategy and success.
2014 Winner: Brian Bentz, Powerstream Inc.

Emerging Leader Award
The Emerging Leader Award was established by EHRC to nationally recognize and encourage early-career professionals who have demonstrated significant promise of leadership in their career with their current organization. The recipient is an employee with less than ten years of industry experience, an innovative thinker whose accomplishments has motivated their peers, and has demonstrated their dedication to the organization and the electricity industry.
2014 Winner: Jim Pegg, Hydro Ottawa

Innovation in HR Practices – Educational / Training Institution Award
The Innovation in HR Practices – Educational / Training Institution 2014 Award was established by EHRC to recognize and celebrate, at the national level, an educational or training institution that has developed or implemented curriculum, educational or training programs that address the workforce supply needs of the electricity industry by ensuring that students and/or employees have the required skill sets.
2014 Winner: Fortis Alberta’s Employee Development Centre

Innovation in HR Practices – Employer Award
The Innovation in HR Practices – Employer 2014 Award was established by EHRC to recognize and celebrate an Individual or Team who has displayed a high degree of innovation, in the design and implementation of a unique Human Resources program and/or project, and can demonstrate or anticipate or derive business value from the same.
2014 Winner: This year saw a tie: ATCO Electric represented by Greg Comis and Ontario Power Authority’s Elizabeth Squissato

Workplace Diversity and Inclusion Champion Award
The Workplace Diversity and Inclusion Champion Award was established by EHRC to recognize and celebrate professionals who champion diversity and inclusion, are role models for developing and cultivating diversity strategies in their organization, as well as communicating the rationale for these strategies to employees.
2014 Winner: Ontario Power Generation and the SIBI Board of Directors for their Innovative Approach to Resourcing Projects in Northern Ontario through Partnerships: The Sibi Employment and Training Initiative

EHRC, Industry and Employment Ontario Join Forces to Attract Women to Careers in Electricity Industry

Shortage of workers in Electricity sector represents major opportunity for women

Update – EHRC CEO, Michelle Branigan, speaks with the Toronto Star, CBC and CFRA about the need for women in the electricity industry. Click here to read the article or here to listen to the CBC broadcast and here for the CFRA broadcast.

Ottawa, ON– August 11, 2014 – Electricity Human Resources Canada (EHRC), today announced its Bridging the Gap project, a public / private initiative that aims at increasing the representation of women as skilled workers in the electricity and renewable energy sector, in Ontario and nationally. EHRC will be the central point of contact to provide women with information on career training, mentoring opportunities, apprenticeships and support – with many of these resources available directly on its website (http://electricityhr.ca/bridgingthegap).

The electricity sector is forecasted to experience high growth and tight labour conditions, with an abundance of job openings, and high quality career opportunities.

“With women representing only one quarter of the Electricity industry workforce, and fewer than 5 percent in the trades, it’s vital that we encourage women to become more engaged and represented,” said Michelle Branigan, CEO of EHRC. “Given the severe skills gap shortage that the industry faces, women offer organizations a solution to the pending labour crisis.”

The electricity industry faces an aging workforce, along with massive upgrades of its infrastructure. Labour shortages are expected to be widespread among dozens of occupations and professions that encompass trades, engineering, management and administration. To address these wide-reaching human resource issues, a long-term talent strategy is required, which includes partnerships with/between industry, educators, training institutions, labour and other groups.

“The electricity and renewable energy sector is poised for huge growth in the coming years, and we know that close to one in five new jobs in Ontario are expected to be in the skilled trades in the next decade,” said Reza Moridi, Minister of Training, Colleges and Universities. “It’s crucial that women have the opportunity to pursue meaningful work in technical vocations, trades and other professions in the skilled trades and within the electricity and renewable energy sector. That’s why it’s so important that Employment Ontario and the Electricity Human Resources Canada are helping provide women with important information about these very attractive career options.”

Casie Murdoch, industrial mechanic and millwright, working in the sector endorses the career choice. “The industry is increasingly supportive of women. 99.9% of the employers and wonderful tradespeople that I’ve worked with have encouraged me, helped me, and guided me, all along the way.”

About Bridging The Gap
The Bridging the Gap project is a public / private initiative designed to increase the attraction, recruitment, and retention of women in the electricity and renewable energy sector in Ontario and Nationally. EHRC will take the lead to strengthen existing initiatives and foster an environment for the development of practical and effective programs targeted towards women who are entering the workforce (at the high school, apprenticeship, college and university level), and women currently working within the sector.

Through Bridging the Gap, EHRC provides women with information about mentoring, training, apprenticeships and support programs. In addition, it is launching a full marketing awareness program, along with a series of tools, resources and videos to facilitate connections between women and industry employers.

Funding for the project came from Ontario Power Generation (OPG), Hydro One, Employment Ontario, Alberta Advanced Education, and Engineers Canada. Partners include industry, government, and stakeholders, such as educators, labour union groups and others, who have come together to form an advisory committee for this initiative.