Staff

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.

Mark Chapeskie  

Director of Programs and Development

Mark has extensive experience with labour market research projects aimed at supporting the integration of under-represented groups into the labour market. He has managed research and programs to transfer skills from regulated occupations into unregulated occupations while minimizing jobseeker retraining. Mark has also worked in the international development field in sub-Saharan Africa where he focused on local economic development initiatives and judicial reform.

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.

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.

Jillian Karner

Project Coordinator

Jillian has started her career at EHRC as the Project Coordinator for the organization’s Empowering Futures and Connected Women Mentorship program. As part of her role Jillian engages multiple stakeholders encouraging participation in EHRC’s various programs.

Jillian is a graduate with honors of the Algonquin College Project Management Post Graduate program. She has also completed her Bachelor of Arts in French Studies at Brock University.

Kayla Huchenski

Marketing and Communications Coordinator

Kayla is the Marketing and Communications Coordinator at Electricity Human Resources Canada, focused on creating targeted communications strategies and campaigns to bridge relationships with industry stakeholders and ensure that EHRC is seen as a valued partner and thought leader.

Kayla has an honors Bachelor of Arts in Communications with a specialization in Public Relations from the University of Ottawa, and was the recipient of a scholarship to study abroad at John Cabot University in Rome, Italy. In her spare time she is the Executive Communications Coordinator for Capital Welcomes, a non-for-profit organization which aids in the settlement of Refugees in Ottawa.