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Calgary - Wednesday, November 7, 2018.
Women's Inclusion & Advancement in the Electricity Sector:  Engaging Champions for Change 
Join us for a full day of panel discussions, inspirational speakers, and networking with the industry at this special event in Calgary, Alberta.  
Stay tuned for more details in the next few weeks.

Do you know an outstanding employee, team or leader in your organization that you would like to see recognized for their hard work? Call for nominations are open for EHRC's 2018 Awards of Excellence! 
The winners of these Awards will be announced at EHRC's 2018 Awards of Excellence Luncheon being held on February 21, 2019, at Vantage Venues Conference Centre in Toronto, Ontario. Award recipients will be honoured in front of their peers, and given proper recognition for their outstanding achievements and significant contribution to their organization.


T he Empowering Futures Work-Integrated Learning Program encourages  systemic change in the skills development system at the post-secondary educational institution (PSE) level, to effectively align technical, foundational and "work-ready" skills of PSE students with the skills required by Canadian employers. Wage subsidies up to $7,000 will be available to employers who create new WIL opportunities such as co-ops, internships, field placements, applied projects, capstone projects or case competitions. So far, the Empowering Futures Program has funded 112 student participants from 36 different Post-Secondary Education Institutions and 24 different employers!  

For more information, click here

EHRC and Ontario Waterpower Association are pleased to announce the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding between the two organizations

Electricity Human Resources Canada is pleased to announce the signing of an MOU with Ontario Waterpower Association.  The agreement is a reciprocal agreement that will see both organizations work together on initiatives that will support human resources and share knowledge within the industry using different vehicles to reach stakeholder audiences.  

Ontario Waterpower Association is Ontario's most reliable renewable energy source and has been the backbone of the province's electricity supply for over a century.  The OWA represents the common and collective interests of this foundational industry.  

Please refer to our news release here

EHRC has partnered with NRCan recently regarding its Clean Energy Education & Empowerment (C3E) women's initiative, Equal by 30 campaign.  The Campaign launched in Denmark on May 24th at the 2018 Clean Energy Ministerial meeting. With EHRC's help and support, NRCan has developed a way forward that allows existing signatories to the Leadership Accord for Gender Diversity participate in Equal by 30 seamlessly. NRCan recognizes the exemplary work being done by employers in our sector and as such the Accord continues to be the main framework of diversity and inclusion for the electricity sector

                    Learn more about the Equal by 30 Campaign here
Chief Jim Boucher selected as the 2018 Canadian Energy Person of the Year

Having recently been recognized by Report on Business Magazine as one of 50 most powerful people in Canadian business, Chief Boucher will be adding Canadian Energy Person of the Year to his accolades. The Energy Council of  Canada  will recognize his remarkable accomplishments in business and community leadership, which have made him a foundational leader in his community and in the development of  Canada's  oil sands.  Under Chief Boucher's leadership, Fort McKay was recently recognized by the Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business as the Aboriginal Economic Development Corporation of the Year at their recent annual gala on  May 10 th  in  Calgary .

IBEW's International VP Bill Daniels to Retire

Congratulations to both Bill on his retirement and to International Representative Tom Reid who has been appointed to fulfill the remainder of his term as International Vice-President.   

QUEST Canada

Executive Director Brent Gilmour will step down effective July 20, 2018
EHRC would like to congratulate Tonja Leach on her new role as the Interim
Executive Director at QUEST Canada and extend our best wishes to Brent Gilmour.


EHRC would like to welcome our newest Accord signatory - Survalent.  At Survalent, 44% of executive roles are held by women - nearly double the national average.  Committed to improving the gender landscape we look forward to working with Survalent as a leader and role model in the sector.  

About the Leadership Accord on Gender Diversity

This Accord was developed by EHRC and its Connected Women steering committee, comprised of industry stakeholders from across Canada who collaboratively developed both the Accord and a national mentorship program for women in the sector. The Accord is a public commitment by employers, educators, unions and governments to promote the values of diversity and inclusion within their organizations.

To learn more on how your organization can participate click  here
EHRC Welcomes two new Members!

Hydro Ottawa director reveals Electricity behind new talent drive  (via Cindy Newell provides insight on how Hydro Ottawa has invested into the next generation workforce through the modus of apprenticeships.

(Electrical Industry Canada)  Find out more about this year's "Best Workplaces in Canada: including 3 industry organizations:  Phoenix Contact, Industry Training Authority (ITA) and Rittal Systems Ltd.  The list is the product of a competition process based on two criteria: two-thirds of the total score comes from confidential employee survey results, and the remaining one-third comes from an in-depth review of the organization's culture.  Congratulations to all the winners!

Hydro One receives two Emergency Response Awards (via Cision Canada) Hydro One was presented for an Emergency Recovery Award in June for its outstanding work responding to the mid-April ice storm that caused power outages for nearly 500,000 customers.  Well done Hydro One!

EHRC continues to meet with industry to share insights and best practices on a wide array of HR topics that are top of mind for our industry. 

EHRC's Michelle Branigan had the opportunity to present EHRC's latest labour market data from Alberta at NETCO's 2018 National Training Conference. 
It was an emotional send off for Executive Director Carol McLeod who has been with the organization since its inception. Carol received a standing ovation from members as she prepares to hand the reins over to incoming Executive Director Melissa Young.


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September 11 - 12, 2018 


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. 


On May 28th, EHRC moved into their new location.  Same building, different floor:

2197 Riverside Drive, Suite 301
Ottawa, ON  K1H 7X3

Everything else remains the same!