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.

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.