December 19, 2018Electricity Human Resources Canada is Pleased to Announce the 2018 Leader of the Year Award

Rob Lister, President and Chief Executive Officer of Oakville Enterprises (OEC)


OTTAWA, Ontario–Electricity Human Resources Canada (EHRC), today announced Mr. Rob Lister, President and Chief Executive Officer of Oakville Enterprises (OEC) as Leader of the Year for EHRC’s 2018 Awards of Excellence, taking place February 21st, 2019 in Toronto.

For over 37 years, Rob has served and provided leadership in the energy and infrastructure sectors. Rob’s previous roles at Toronto Hydro, Earth Energy, OZZ Energy Solutions and Horizon Utilities have contributed to his broad range of expertise in leading and growing organizations.

Rob Lister has grown OEC and its family of businesses to become a leading energy and infrastructure services organization throughout Ontario and beyond. Through 12 operating brands, OEC operates a dynamic portfolio of synergistic businesses specializing in electricity distribution, infrastructure services, energy services, and generation. Rob’s commitment to innovation and people at OEC is well-known. His participation and input on a wide range of provincial and national boards shows the respect he has garnered from peers, as well as his commitment to the industry overall.

Speaking on behalf of Electricity Human Resources Canada’s Selection Committee, Michelle Branigan, CEO EHRC, congratulated Mr. Lister: “We are delighted to announce Rob Lister as this year’s recipient. Rob is an outstanding leader in our industry who walks the talk on all fronts. The performance of his company and his overall contributions to our sector is second to none.”

The Leader of the Year award was established by EHRC in 2013 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 successful nominee is an individual who has affected positive change and is dedicated to ensuring that their workforce has the opportunity and skills to contribute to the business’ overall strategy and success.

Please join us for a very special event on February 21st, 2019 from 10:00 am – 2:00 pm at Vantage Venues in Toronto as we celebrate Mr. Lister’s contributions to the electricity workforce.

National recognition will be given to the recipients of the five award categories as noted below:

  • Leader of the Year – Recipient: Rob Lister, President and Chief Executive Officer of Oakville Enterprises(OEC)
  • Emerging Leader of the Year
  • Innovation in HR – Educational and Training Institution
  • Innovation in HR – Employer
  • Workplace Diversity and Inclusion Champion

In advance of the luncheon, EHRC will also host a discussion titled: Powering Tomorrow – Shaping the future of our most important resource: our people.

Further details about the event and registration can be found at EHRC’s web site.

About Electricity Human Resources Canada

Electricity Human Resources Canada (EHRC) is Canada’s most trusted source of objective human resources information and tools to help the Canadian electricity industry match workforce supply and demand. EHRC is a not-for-profit organization helping to keep the lights on in Canada by enabling a world-class workforce for the entire electricity industry.


Mark Chapeskie, Director of Programs
Electricity Human Resources Canada
(613) 235-5540; ext. 223