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Wishing you all the best for happy holidays and a safe and prosperous 2017! 

EHRC offices will be closed (December 22nd reopening January 3rd)

What's New?

Congratulations to our 2016 Awards of Excellence Recipients!
EHRC celebrated its Awards of Excellence in style on December 8  th  at St Andrew's Club in Toronto. With over 90 in attendance from across the country, EHRC was delighted to recognize Mike Marsh, President & CEO of SaskPower as this year's Leader of the Year.

Other award recipients included:   Conestoga College for  Innovation in HR Practices - Educational / Training Institution, the Alberta Electric System Operator (AESO) for Innovation in HR Practices, and Hydro Ottawa for the Workplace Diversity and Inclusion.
Keynote speaker Bruce Campbell, President & CEO of the Independent Electricity System Operator (IESO) spoke to change management, with specific reference to the experiences at IESO following the merge with the Ontario Power Authority. While mergers in the electricity sector are not uncommon they are never simple, and the speed during which this merger was implemented - and the unique complexities involved -  drove significant change management requirements.  Innovation and collaboration amongst key stakeholders were key success factors, while the organisation continued to meet customer needs and preserve employee engagement.
Keynote speaker Serge Imbrogno, Deputy Minister of Energy Ontario spoke of the changes taking place in the Ontario landscape, including how Ontario's energy use has changed substantially in the last decade. While end users are becoming more efficient the government continues to explore new technology and renewable energy sources, and is currently focused on garnering feedback from the public as part of its work to update its Long Term Energy Plan for 2017.
Both speakers lauded the work of EHRC and confirmed the criticality of labour market data that can support the needs of both employers and government, and the importance of a workforce that is ready to bring this industry forward for the next generation.
Norm Fraser - Chair, EHRC and
Mike Marsh, President & CEO SaskPower
Conestoga College

AESO

Hydro Ottawa

A special thank you once again to all our Sponsors for your support! 


EHRC 2016-2017 Leadership Changes
EHRC is delighted to announce the following leadership changes to its Board of Directors:  
Jim Kellett representing the Electrical Contractors Association of Ontario assumes the role of Chair while Kathy Lerette, Vice President of Utility Operations at Horizon Utilities steps into the role of Vice-Chair.  EHRC also welcomes  Lance Jeffries, Chief Electricity Distribution Officer at Hydro Ottawa to its Board of Directors.   A special thank you and best wishes to our outgoing Chair Norm Fraser on his retirement! 

PROJECT UPDATES

From Disability to Inclusion: Valuing People with Disabilities in the Workplace

On December 8th, industry employers participated in an Industry Dialogue. The dialogue provided an opportunity to learn from and connect with the key insight and guidance of guest speakers on the range resources, supports and tools available to create workplace cultures focused on access and inclusion for people with disabilities (both visible and invisible). 

Participants also heard from peer organizations Hydro One and Hydro Ottawa who are leading the way in ensuring their workplaces are more inclusive and accommodating of disabilities. 

Dialogue was framed within the context of employer obligations under the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA) and its Standards as presented by a representative from the
Accessibility Directorate of Ontario .

Watch the EHRC website for more news on this initiative. 

Thank you to all who participated to make this event a success! 

A special thank you to our panel Guest Speakers! 
     


  
EDUCATION & TRAINING

Skills Canada launches New Online Resource

 
Skills Canada launches a new online resource for students, teachers, and parents, the Skills Work!® website! Learn how to jump start a career in the skilled trades and technologies by browsing over 60 career profiles, resources, and videos.


Online resource features information for students, teachers, and parents about careers in the skilled trades and technologies across the communication, industrial and manufacturing, service, construction, motive power and transportation, and technology sectors. See a job description, average earnings, and what kind of training is required for over 60 careers in the skilled trades and technologies. The Skills Work!® website also features resources for further information and an FAQ section for students and parents, including links to all 24 Ontario colleges and information on becoming an entrepreneur.

EMBRACING DIVERSITY & INCLUSION

13th Annual WiN-Canada Conference - Strengthening the Core
EHRC was delighted to speak about the important role of mentors and sponsors in the successful attraction and retention of female workers at the 13th Annual WiN-Canada Conference on November 6th - 8th. The session also provided EHRC with the opportunity to profile its Connected Women Mentorship Program to session participants.  

 

Membership

Are you an EHRC member? If not, we want you to be! 

Join EHRC by becoming a member and you will contribute to this mission and engage with  like-minded peers. 
When you become a member, you are investing in the future of Canada's electricity labour force economy. Our mission is achieved through the hard work and dedication of professional staff who work in partnership with industry stakeholders to develop and communicate practical workforce development strategies. 

 
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