Electricity Human Resources Canada is a non-profit organization supporting the human resources needs of the Canadian electricity and renewable energy sector.
Addressing the needs of our sector, together.
Connecting & Convening
Bringing together employers, workers, labour, educators, government and other stakeholders.
Understanding Canada's electricity workforce and anticipating the needs of tomorrow.
Thought leadership that creates programs, resources and tools to address the needs of our sector.
Meet Our Team
Chief Executive Officer
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.
Director of Programs and Development
Mark is a modern Renaissance man that oversees the programming at EHRC. He has managed research and programs to transfer skills from regulated occupations into unregulated occupations while minimizing job seeker retraining. Mark’s extensive experience covers a range of skills and geographies, including sub-Saharan Africa, Taiwan, and across Canada. As a result, he has a robust set of professional talents and strong opinions about tea.
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. 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. The German Eurodance group SNAP! once said “rhythm is a dancer“, and so is Mark.
Merertu Mogga Frissa
Program Manager of Diversity & Inclusion
Merertu has over 10 years of experience in developing strategies and tools for organizations in the private, public and not-for profit sectors to create inclusive workplaces, and is a Certified Training and Development Professional (CTDP). In her spare time, she mentors internationally trained professionals, providing support and guidance to help them achieve their career goals in Canada.
Merertu holds a Masters degree in Globalization and International Development from the University of Ottawa. She has also earned a Bachelor degree in Joint Specialization in Anthropology & Sociology from the University of Concordia in Montreal. Merertu is the reigning office champion of being able to pull off bright colours and statement pieces that the rest of us can only dream of.
Manager of 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 stakeholder engagement and large-scale communications and public relations planning.
Marie is a graduate with honours of the Algonquin College Marketing program. She’s been awarded both National Account Executive of the Year and Top Performer for her work. She also has a strong history of volunteering the Alzheimer Society of Ottawa, CHEO, GCWCC workplace campaign, and the Canadian Country Music Association. Marie is both a little bit country and a little bit rock ‘n roll.
Manager of Marketing and Communications
Alex is a diverse marketing professional with over 10 years of experience working in non-profits, education, and technology. He has worked leading marketing teams, managing accounts and strategies at agencies, and as an independent marketing, communications, and business strategy consultant. Taking a digital-first approach, Alex builds and implements holistic marketing strategies that deliver results. Alex is also an active member of the community and serves on the boards and committees of several local charities.
Alex is a proud graduate of Algonquin College’s Small and Medium Enterprise Management and Business Marketing programs. He's single-handedly pioneering a new form of (static) electricity generation by petting as many cats as he can.
Sarah is a French emigrée and brings her Parisienne sensibilities, along with her excellent project management skills, to EHRC. Sarah coordinates the Empowering Futures program, working closely with students, educators and employers across Canada to provide meaningful work-integrated learning opportunities and helping young professionals start their careers.
Sarah has an honours Bachelor of Social Sciences, majoring in Political Science and minoring in Public Administration from the University of Ottawa, as well as receiving a Merit Scholarship for international students. Additionally, she has a certificate in Human Resources from La Cité Collégiale. Sarah also volunteers with the Senegalese embassy and community in Ottawa. She is tres chic.
Anita is EHRC’s Calgary-based Project Manager and Cowgirl-at-Large for Western Canada. She brings a strong background in non-profits and research, along with a passion for making a difference with her work. Anita supports EHRC’s projects focusing on diversity & inclusion, helping all Canadians to participate in our economy. In addition to project management, Anita has years of experience in strategic development, stakeholder relations, communications, and public relations.
Anita holds a Masters degree in International Relations and Political Diaspora from the Jagiellonian University in Krakow, Poland, as well as an Honours degree in Political Science, with a Minor in French from Carleton University, in Ottawa, Canada. She’s got the same talents and air of international-person-of-mystery as James Bond, but with a much healthier attitude about gender roles.
Marketing and Communications Coordinator
Jenna is a communications professional with diverse experience in the non-profit sector. She has worked with small teams and smaller teams to effectively connect message to audience and edit with an eagle eye. Jenna's an active volunteer and traveler, having worked around the world from Beaubien to Budapest. At EHRC, Jenna supports the marketing team on digital media, events and outreach.
Jenna is a graduate of McGill University, and marketing is just something to pass the time until country roads take her home, to the place she belongs: West Virginia, mountain mama—take her home, country roads. Look for Jenna's bluegrass fiddle album to drop on Spotify any day now.
Kim MacLaren brings over 14 years in workplace skills development and competency analysis to our team as Project Manager for the National Occupational Standards and Functional Analysis Project. A consistent and calm communicator, facilitator and researcher, her collaborative approach and straight-forward thinking allows her to effectively partner and engage with people of all walks of life.
Kim holds a Master of Organizational Management (M.Org.M.) degree from Crandall University and a Bachelor of Arts Degree from the University of Prince Edward Island. She is also a certified DACUM Facilitator and Essential Skills Analyst. Additionally, she has completed training in Systematic Curriculum and Instructional Design, Occupational Language Analysis, Basic Test Development and Project Management. When the Renaissance has a renaissance, Kim is your go-to woman.
Chelsea De Luca
Chelsea joins EHRC straight from school as our Claims Coordinator, supporting Empowering Futures and the Green Jobs Program. She has international experience in administration and information management that she applies to ensure claims are addressed promptly and accurately.
She graduated with honours from St. Lawrence University in Canton, NY, with a degree in Mathematics and Economics, where she spent a semester abroad Czech-ing out Prague. Despite studying the nerdiest subjects in school, Chelsea is very active and her love of cycling will no doubt lead her to the Tour de France; look for her breaking ahead of the peloton in 2024.
Paul brings 13 years of experience in non-profit organizations to EHRC as the Project Manager for the Discovering Potential Program. He has extensive experience leading diverse teams to implement IT and business process changes, and can simultaneously deliver complex projects along with groan-inducing dad jokes.
In addition to being a certified Project Management Professional and cat herder, Paul earned a combined Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics and Political Science and a Bachelor of Commerce degree. He says his love of golf is just par for the course.
Junior Project Manager
Paige is a grants administration and cultural services professional with diverse work experience in the non-profit sector. Through previous employment opportunities in federal and non-profit granting programs, she has unique skills in project management and client relations. She thrives in providing exceptional program support and in facilitating meaningful connections through everyday interactions. This makes Paige an excellent Junior Project Manager for the Green Jobs Program.
Paige holds a Master of Arts degree in Canadian History from Carleton University, as well as a Bachelor of Arts Honors degree from King’s University College at Western University. Between spending a decade as a historical re-enactor and binge-watching reality TV shows, Paige truly lives for drama.
Maria Shirokov is EHRC’s Administrative Coordinator, keeping our many ducks in a row. Maria brings her varied experience and great attitude from work in sales, corporate retail and education. Her world travels and trilingualism in English, French and Russian bring a wide perspective to her work. Her degree may say “Bachelor of Commerce from Ryerson University”, but her Instagram says “jet-set influencer”. Klassnoye foto, Masha!
When she’s not working at EHRC and visiting every far-flung corner of the world, she spends her time spinning (on a bike, not on her feet) and raiding Sephora.
Alex has over 10 years of experience in research and postsecondary education specifically, in Physics and Renewable Energy. As a researcher, Alex has worked on the development of efficient and durable energy harvesting systems. In his role as an educator, he has actively participated in committee meetings working on curriculum development to suit current governmental policies as well as enhance student readiness for post-secondary education.
Alex holds a PhD in Physics from the University of Utah, Salt Lake City, a Masters of Science in Physics from the University of Buea, Cameroon and a Bachelors of Science in Physics from the University of Douala, Cameroon. He speaks six languages and is a chronic over-achiever, but that’s what happens when you have eight siblings.