Leadership Accord for Gender Diversity

An initiative borne out of our Connected Women Project, the Leadership Accord on Gender Diversity in the Canadian Electricity Industry (the Accord)  is a public commitment by employers, educators, unions and governments to promote the values of diversity and inclusion within their organizations.

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.  This is a real opportunity for employers, and all those who support the sector, to actively engage in building an electricity workforce that is truly representative of Canada’s people.

As a signatory to the Accord, you are demonstrating your commitment to gender diversity in your organisation and the wider Canadian electricity industry and the  recognition and validation of the personal skills of individuals, regardless of gender.

Accord Statement

“The Leadership Accord on Gender Diversity in the Electricity Industry is a public commitment by employers, educators, unions and governments to promote the values of diversity, equality and inclusion throughout their work. Whether it’s through recruitment, retention, career progression or training and development, all our signatories are committed to improving opportunities for women in the electricity industry.

The signatories to this accord recognize and confirm united action to expand the breadth and depth of the skilled workforce; ensure that women are informed of the opportunities available in the sector; and, once in the sector, are fully supported and provided with equal opportunities to grow and develop to their full potential.”

Accord Commitments

Employers, labour and educational institutions agree to make commitments to increase the representation of women in their programs, organizations and the sector – in particular in the skills trades and non-traditional positions.    Signing the Accord  is a first step in a long-term process. The commitments outlined in the Accord guide companies through the process of instituting new practices by involving all of their employees and partners in these actions. This will be achieved through a range of initiatives that organisations will approach or develop based on their individual circumstances and strategic HR plans.

In addressing the key commitments outlined in the Accord EHRC recognizes and acknowledges that not all organizations will progress at the same rate, nor will results always be immediate, however it is the premise of the Accord that to effect systemic change in the electricity sector a bold vision is required by industry leaders.

Employer Commitments

Labour Commitments

Educator Commitments

Advocate Declaration



Supporting Accord Documents:

Background & Commitment Framework

Overview Brochure

Accord Signatories and Advocates

The Accord is about working towards a variety of commitments not the immediate fulfillment of them – signing up is a step along a journey not the end of it.  It is a voluntary agreement which seeks to support organizations and institutions in working within the spirit of its positive objectives.

Thank you to those organizations who are championing diversity and have signed on to the Accord. In addition, we would like to recognize those industry associations who work to support the Canadian electricity industry and have committed to advocating for the role of women in the sector.

About the Leadership Accord on Gender Diversity

This Accord was developed by EHRC and the Connected Women steering committee, a group of industry stakeholders who collaboratively developed a national mentorship program for women in the sector (Connected Women Mentorship Program) which was launched May 31, 2017.


EHRC Press Release

Financial Post Article