Ottawa, ON, February 17, 2021—Electricity Human Resources Canada (EHRC) announced the recipients of their Awards of Excellence 2020 at a virtual event today, bringing together sector stakeholders from laptops and screens across the country.
The annual awards celebrate outstanding accomplishments by individuals and teams across the sector from employers of all sizes and training institutions. This year, EHRC received a record number of nominations, making the selection process particularly challenging.
“2020 was a challenging year, and we’ve seen that many people rose to that challenge,” said Michelle Branigan, CEO of EHRC. “This speaks volumes to the resourcefulness and professionalism found across the sector in all areas. As always, we are proud to be able to recognize the leadership and innovation of our colleagues coast to coast and share their inspiring accomplishments with others.”
A highlight of the annual awards is the naming of the Leader of the Year, a title honouring an individual who has performed exceptionally and who inspires professionals across the country. This year’s winner is Stephanie Smith, President and CEO of CANDU Owners Group.
When presenting the Leader of the Year Award, Kathy Lerette, Chair of the EHRC Board of Directors said, “Stephanie continues to cultivate strong relationships both within her company and outside of it. She is an excellent ambassador for the industry and leads with thoughtful vision and expertise.”
In addition to the standard award categories, this year EHRC also included a Pandemic Response Award to acknowledge the extra challenges that every member of the electricity sector workforce has been facing as a result of COVID-19.
This year’s winners are:
Innovation in HR Practices by an Educational or Training Institution Award 2020
Electrical Power and Industrial Control Option of the Electrical and Computer Engineering Technology Program, British Columbia Institute of Technology
Innovation in HR Practices by an Employer Award 2020
Ashleigh Trahan, Bruce Power
Workplace Diversity and Inclusion Champion Award 2020
ATCO, EEAC & WIDE Committees
Pandemic Response Award 2020
People & Culture and Customer Experience Teams, Alberta Electric System Operator
Emerging Leader of the Year Award 2020
Amrit Takhar, Schneider Electric Canada
Leader of the Year Award 2020
Stephanie Smith, CANDU Owners Group
The event was presented as a video premiere and can be found here.
About Electricity Human Resources Canada
Electricity Human Resources Canada (EHRC) is Canada’s most trusted source for objective human resource and market information, with the tools to guide business planning and development for the Canadian electricity industry. We provide a platform for current industry needs, identify ways to make Canadian businesses “best in class,” and forecast industry trends and issues. Our work enables the industry to map workforce supply to demand and to foster growth and innovation in employers and employees. This improves the quality of service industry provides and improves the confidence Canadians have in the industry.
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