Women Wanted!

Women represent only one quarter of the electricity and renewable energy workforce. Of that 25%, less than 5% are actually in trades occupations. For an industry facing significant labour market challenges, engaging this under-represented group is key. With the support of industry and provincial governments, EHRC launched its Bridging the Gap project to examine the issues and barriers around the recruitment and retention of women into the electricity industry. Along with the research portion, this project also sought to develop practical solutions for employers and other stakeholders to overcome these challenges.

The tools and resources developed as part of the Bridging the Gap project can be used to support the industry in positively impacting the representation of women in the sector. At the same time, the results of this project can also act as a resource for women seeking more information on electricity and renewable energy careers.

Are you a looking for more information on careers in the electricity and renewable energy industry?

Jobs in electricity can provide many benefits such as:

• Stable work environment, cutting edge technology
• Live and work with a clean conscience; make a positive difference in the world’s resources
• Innovation and creativity
• High employment rate
• Opportunities for learning and growth
• High salaries and high demand

Click Here to learn more about becoming a woman of power.

Are you an looking for more information on attracting and retaining more women to your organization?

EHRC has a variety of tools and resources to help increase the number of women working in your organization:

• Organizational case studies
• Interview/survey results from consultations with women regarding the industry
• Occupational introduction video series
• Bridging the Gap project report

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Connected Women – A Mentorship Program for Women

Funded by Status of Women Canada, the recently launched Connected Women project will develop and implement a national mentorship program designed for women looking to enter the electricity industry. Program partners include Hydro One, Ontario Power Generation, Hydro Ottawa, and Manitoba Hydro, and the first cohort of mentors will be graduates of Algonquin College’s Women in Electrical Engineering Technology (WEET) program. For more information, visit: http://electricityhr.ca/our-work/projects-programmes/connected-women/

Bridging the Gap Video Series

Introduction Video

While participation of women in the industry needs to increase, there are several great women already blazing a trail. Our series of videos highlights these intelligent, skilled women and the role they play in meeting the electricity needs of the people of Canada.

Marie-France Duggan – Electrical Engineer

Ginette Karjanmaa – Grid Operations Manager

Hydro One – www.hydroone.com

Gwen Bradshaw – Apprentice Electrician

International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 424 – www.ibew424.net

Jamie Tsui – Electrical Engineer

ENMAX – www.enmax.com

Casie Murdoch – Industrial Mechanic Millwright

Women Building Futures – www.womenbuildingfutures.com

Liz Cussans – Director of Project Development

TransAlta – www.transalta.com

Lora Brenan – Director of Hydro Operations

TransAlta – www.transalta.com

Pallavi Sehgal – Protection and Control Engineer

ENMAX – www.enmax.com

Zoe Hartman Jenkins – Long-term Planning Engineer

Alberta Electrical System Operator – www.aeso.ca

Samantha Adie – Power Line Technician

FortisAlberta – www.fortisalberta.com

Lori Brown – Nuclear Operator

Ontario Power Generation – www.opg.com