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 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.

Alexandre Sosso

Curriculum Developer

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 universities studies.

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.

Marie Mould 

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.  Awards include National Account Executive of the Year and Top Performer.  Volunteering opportunities include the Alzheimer Society of Ottawa, CHEO, GCWCC workplace campaign, and the Canadian Country Music Association.

Alex Hosselet

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 is also in the process of appropriating Alex Sosso’s many degrees and forging his name on them.

Nicole Wilson

Project Manager

Nicole brings over 12 years of experience in project management and employment services to EHRC as the Project Manager for the Empowering Futures program. Nicole oversees the direction of the program and ensures that we move the dial on adopting work-integrated learning across Canada’s electricity sector.

Nicole is a life-long learner, being a graduate of and professor at Algonquin College. Nicole’s dynamic career spans from across New York City to Canada. Nicole is a passionate member of her community and volunteers with families to lend her strength and support. Nicole’s unofficial role at EHRC is Chief Sass Officer.

Mark Chapeskie  

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 8 years 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.

Sarah Jourson

Project Coordinator

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 Gara

Project Manager

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.