Electricity Human Resources Canada operates under the direction of EHRC’s Board of Directors, CEO Michelle Branigan, and a dedicated staff team in Ottawa.

Michelle Branigan

Chief Executive Officer

Michelle Branigan is the Chief Executive Officer of Electricity Human Resources Canada (EHRC). Recognized as a HR leader in the electricity industry, she works closely with employers and industry stakeholders to address labour market and HR challenges. ensuring they have the tools, resources and research needed to meet current and future workforce needs. She has led the organisation since 2010, having first led several key initiatives as senior project manager, including the renowned labour market research program.

Michelle has over 20 years of experience in project management, human resources development, recruitment, and curriculum development and evaluation, both in Canada and Ireland. Michelle holds a Master’s degree in Training and Performance Management from the University of Leicester, United Kingdom and is a certified Project Management Professional. She is currently an active Board Member with the Energy Council of Canada, Irish Film Festival Ottawa, and a recipient  of Women in Renewable Energy’s (WiRE) 2015 Woman of the Year award, which recognizes and celebrates professional women working in the energy sector who go above and beyond business as usual.

Mark Chapeskie  

Director of Programs and Development

As Director of Programs and Development, Mark leads the project and program delivery teams at Electricity HR Canada. Mark has managed research and programs to transfer skills from regulated occupations into unregulated occupations while minimizing jobseeker retraining. This program development relied on a strong staff team as well as reliance on meaningful partnerships with industry. Mark is very familiar with labour market research projects. Once research has been completed, he works to secure federal and provincial funding to support strategic labour market interventions to better integrate under-represented groups in entering the labour market. This work has included programming to support new graduates, newcomers to Canada and people with disabilities. Mark has also worked in the international development field in sub-Saharan Africa where he focussed on local economic development initiatives and judicial reform. He began his international development journey with a livelihood development research project in Uganda. His work has also taken him to Asia, where he taught English and developed curricula at local schools in Taiwan, experience he has applied in Canada in the development of an online, industry-specific English language course.

In his spare time Mark volunteers with organizations such as the Foundation Fighting Blindness, QuickStart Autism and Chairs the Autism Family Advisory Committee at the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario.

Mark holds a BA in Government from St. Lawrence University in Canton, NY and an MA in Human Security and Peacebuilding from Royal Roads University in Victoria, BC.

Marie Mould 

Manager of Communications and Stakeholder Engagement

Marie has over 30 years of experience in business development, marketing and communications, strategic planning, project management, customer service, human resources, accounting principles, management and government relations.  Her key areas of interest and professional practice include consultative approach to business development and stakeholder engagement, large-scale communications and public relations planning, execution and evaluation of projects, management and performance monitoring, proposal and contract experience for both the federal and provincial governments and face-to-face presentations.  Industries include the public sector, private industry, publicly-traded as well as not-for-profit sector, trade unions, and associations.

Marie is a graduate with honours of the Algonquin College Marketing program.  Awards include National Account Executive of the Year and Top Performer and has participated as a Board Member for the Ottawa chapter of the Canadian Marketing Association and the City of Ottawa Health working group.  Volunteering opportunities include the Alzheimer Society of Ottawa, CHEO, GCWCC workplace campaign, and the Canadian Country Music Association.

Julia Aitken

Project Manager of Diversity & Inclusion

Julia has over 17 years of experience in research, consulting, business development, project management, co-ordination, delivery and support.  Her key areas of interest and professional practice include strategic human resources, program evaluation, performance monitoring, organizational assessment and review, change management and business process improvement developed through her involvement on numerous projects for both the federal and provincial governments as well as not-for-profit sector, a trade union and sector council.

In this capacity, she has managed and conducted the analysis and synthesis of data collected through a wide-range of qualitative and quantitative methodologies including: literature review, document and database review, key informant interviews, surveys, stakeholder consultation and engagement, jurisdictional and best practices reviews, and case studies.

In support of these methodologies, Julia has experience in the preparation of project planning documents and work plans, consultation and communication strategy development; participant recruitment (including drafting of recruitment scripts and introduction letters); designing data collection protocols – interview, focus group and case study guides as well as surveys;  logistical planning, consultation facilitation/moderation; consultation scribing; the development of knowledge sharing toolkits and suites of resources to assist organizations in developing practical HR solutions; the development of evidence matrices, summary documentation and technical and final reports. She also has experience in performance measurement including the development of performance monitoring frameworks including key performance and outcome indicators and logic models.

Julia holds a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of Ottawa.

Anita Gara  

Project Manager

Anita has over six years of experience in the not-for-profit sector. She started her career at EHRC as the Project Coordinator & Stakeholder Relations for the organizations Renewable Energy initiative: Renewing Futures. This nationwide research provided a foundation for the development of a pro-active human resource strategy for the electricity and renewable energy industry.

Her key areas of interests are organizational and strategic development, stakeholder and partnership relations, marketing and communications, and public relations.

Immediately prior to joining EHRC, Anita completed her Masters abroad in International Relations and Political Diaspora from the Jagiellonian University, in Krakow, Poland.  Anita also holds an Honours Degree with a Major in Political Science and a Minor in French from Carleton University, in Ottawa, On, Canada.  With a keen eye for both detail and the global context, Anita hopes to bring forth additional experience and perspective to the EHRC team.

Jillian Karner

Project Coordinator

Jillian has started her career at EHRC as the Project Coordinator for the organization’s Empowering Futures and Connected Women Mentorship program. As part of her role Jillian engages multiple stakeholders encouraging participation in EHRC’s various programs.

Jillian is a graduate with honors of the Algonquin College Project Management Post Graduate program. She has also completed her Bachelor of Arts in French Studies at Brock University.