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As we wind down 2017, the staff and Board of Directors at Electricity Human Resources Canada (EHRC) would like to wish you and your families a very happy and safe Christmas holiday season and a happy New Year. As we move into 2018 we look forward to working with you on the issues you would like to see us address on your behalf.

Electricity Human Resources Canada Announces 2017 Electricity Industry Leader of the Year!

Electricity Human Resources Canada is pleased to announce that Mike Allen, Senior Vice President, Nuclear Refurbishment, Ontario Power Generation (OPG) has won our prestigious Leader of the Year Award, for his unrelenting dedication and leadership.

Following a long career working in the energy sector, Mr. Allen joined OPG in 2003 as a Maintenance Manager at Pickering Nuclear Generating Station. Fourteen years later, he is now leading the thousands of staff working on OPG's $12.8 billion Darlington Refurbishment project. He is recognized for his vision, leadership and his tireless work supporting the workforce of the electricity industry. Mr. Allen also sits on the Board of the Electrical Power Systems Construction Association (EPSCA).
"We are delighted to recognize Mike as this year's recipient. As the leader of a critical initiative, OPG's Darlington Refurbishment, he understands and demonstrates how important people are to the outcome of a successful project," said Jim Kellett, Board Chair, EHRC. "As an inspirational leader, Mike personifies many of our key objectives for this award such as passion, employee development, communications with staff, and motivation."
The Leader of the Year award was established by EHRC in 2013 to recognize and celebrate an individual who has made an outstanding contribution to their organization within the Canadian electricity industry through visionary people management strategies and leadership. The successful nominee is an individual who has affected positive change and is dedicated to ensuring that their workforce has the opportunity and skills to contribute to their company's overall strategy and success. 
Please join us for a very special event on February 28th, 2018 as we celebrate Mr. Allen's contributions to the electricity workforce. 

Mr. Allen will be honoured at EHRC's Awards luncheon with the largest industry players expected in attendance,
on February 28th, 2018 in downtown Toronto.

To learn more about the Awards of Excellence and to register, click here.
Electricity Human Resources Canada's Labour Market Information (LMI) Study for the Canadian Electrical Industry is currently underway!  Ensure your perspectives are included!

EHRC's last LMI data was collected in 2011 as part of " Power in Motion ". EHRC is now undertaking a comprehensive survey with industry stakeholders to update this information.
Both a demand-side survey (distributed to all industry employers and contractors) and a supply-side survey (targeted at all colleges, institutes and universities which have training programmes related to the electricity /renewable sector) are being conducted.
Completing the survey
An online version is now live and available for employers and educators to complete, which is recommended.  To complete the survey online you will require a unique Access Code.
To obtain your Access Code  please contact Sheila Harper, Senior Analyst at R.A. Malatest & Associates Ltd. directly at 1-877-665-6252 (extension 224) or
If you are an Alberta-based employer , you will have until 12:00 P.M. MST on 15th of January, 2018 to complete the survey.If you are located outside of Alberta , you will have until 12:00 P.M. MST on 31st of March, 2018 to complete the survey.
Alternative Forms of Participation
The survey can also be completed via paper format, or over the phone with the support of Malatest's research team.   If you would prefer to complete the survey via a paper (hardcopy), you will be provided with the survey and a pre-paid return envelope.
Your organization may have unique and important human resources and labour needs that should be reflected in the data in the information being collected.
It is critical that we obtain input from as many stakeholders as possible in order to ensure accurate data and representation from all in the sector.  We have been fortunate enough during our last studies to see over 75% of the industry workforce represented in the findings.
As a valued member of the electricity community of employers your input and participation is strongly encouraged and appreciated!  
To learn more click  here.
Electricity Human Resources Canada has a new E-Store!

Get direc t online access from  to all of our  HR resources, tools, templates and reports designed by and for the Electricity industry to meet the n eeds of employers, employees and job seekers alike.
A solid foundation of research underpins the information that Electricity Human Resources Canada provides to industry. Our research addresses the needs, interests and priorities of the electricity community, providing insights that inform the programs, policies and practices of Canadian  electricity stakeholders.

Check out our list of available reports and resources by clicking hereEHRC Members will be given a password to access Member Only research and publications. 

Registration is now open for Electricity Human Resources Canada's 5th Annual Awards of Excellence - SPONSORSHIP OPPORTUNITIES AVAILABLE!

Join EHRC, employers, labour, education, and government representatives working for and with the sector, for the Electricity Workforce event of the year!
On Wednesday, February 28, 2018 from 12:00 p m - 2:00 pm., at Vantage Venues (the former St. A ndrew's Club & Conference Centre) in Toronto, Ontario, come celebrate the extraordinary achievements of the Canadian electricity workforce while giving national recognition to those work to ensure that the lights stay on in Canada.
New for this year:   In support of EHRC's 2017-2022 National Labour Market Study we will be hosting a session to present and discuss preliminary results from this study.  The presentation will be delivered as part of the annual Awards of Excellence luncheon. The LMI presentation and discussion will be scheduled between 10:00 - 11:30 a.m. followed by a networking break and then the Awards of Excellence at 12:00 - 2:00 p.m.

The format for the session will include a summary of findings and emerging themes presented by our consultants R.A. Malatest & Associates Ltd. and the Centre for Spatial Economics. This will be followed by an arm-chair panel dialogue and Q&A. Our panel will include representatives from education, employment and labour.

Confirmed panelists include : Lisa Nadeau, Vice President - Human Resources, Alberta Electric System Operator (AESO), and  John Ives, Staff Officer, Power Workers' Union.
Sponsorship opportunities are available; thank you to our latest Awards sponsors:

To learn more about EHRC's Awards of Excellence, sponsorship opportunities, and to register click  here.
Electricity Human Resources Canada and Decentralised Energy Canada are pleased to announce the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding between the two organizations. 

Electricity Human Resources Canada is delighted to announce the signing of an MOU with Decentralised Energy Canada (DEC).
DEC is an industry association committed to the development of Canada's decentralised energy industry. DEC has established one of Canada's largest industry networks which it leverages to create opportunities for the energy industry as a whole.
The MOU was designed to foster collaboration and provide a mechanism for both organisations to actively support the field of human resources in Canada's electricity industry, as it relates to Decentralised Energy system applications.
"DEC is proud and excited about partnering with Electricity Human Resources Canada to help the workforce navigate the transitioning industry and to accelerate the development of more qualified workers to meet changing workforce demands in energy generation and delivery. Our combined networks and market knowledge make this a powerful partnership - stay tuned for workforce opportunities!" Anouk Kendall, President, Decentralised Energy Canada.

The Smart Cities Challenge is a pan-Canadian competition open to communities of all sizes, including municipalities, regional governments and Indigenous communities (First Nations, Métis and Inuit). The Challenge encourages communities to adopt a smart cities approach to improve the lives of their residents through innovation, data and connected technology.
As many of you now know, Hydro One suffered a terrible tragedy on December 14, 2017. Four Hydro One employees died when their helicopter crashed on a rural property in eastern Ontario, during routine maintenance work on a hydro line and at a hydro tower. This is just such heartbreaking news - our thoughts and hearts are with the families of James Baragar, Jeff Howes, Darcy Jansen & Kyle Shorrock, and the Hydro One family. 

The Fall season has been a busy one for our CEO Michelle Branigan and will continue as we ring in the New Year. Electricity Human Resources Canada has met with industry to present on areas of interest to our stakeholders and provided opportunities for the industry to give their feedback on the issues of the day! Highlights of past and upcoming speaking engagements include:
February 19 - 22, 2017 -  AESP 2018 National Conference & Expo in New Orleans, Louisiana. EHRC's Michelle Branigan will participate in a conference session titled "Diversity in the Energy Industry." The focus of the session will be to have leaders provide their perspectives on females and diversity in the energy/utility industry, while hearing about the state of workforce diversity in the energy industry.

November 22 - 23, 2017 - Canada's Forum on Hydropower in Ottawa, ON .  E HRC participated on a special breakfast panel titled "Women in Hydropower." T he discussions focused around ways to involve more women in the electricity sector.

November 21, 2017  -   APPrO 2017 Future + Focus in Toronto, ON. EHRC participated in a panel titled" Powering the Bottom Line: Diversity solutions for Canada's energy sector." This session shared the results of research illustrating the financial and organizational benefits of utilizing the entire skilled labour pool. The session also outlined   EHRC's Leadership Accord for Gender Diversity in the Electricity Sector.  

November 6 - 8, 2017  -  Quest 2017 Smart Energy Communities on the Hill in Ottawa, ON. EHRC's Michelle Branigan moderated the panel on High Performance Buildings-Efficiency First. The discussions focused around how progressive building approaches and codes change the way we build and renovate, and the ways to incentivise and promote the retrofit market to in turn have buildings become the new power plant for our communities.

The Energy Sector in Ontario is looking for Indigenous People to Work for the Trades

The Métis Nation of Ontario (MNO) is offering a fully funded eight-month training program with an eight-week work placement in Pre-Trades for the energy industry for Ontario self-identified Indigenous participants, with a focus on Women for its MNO Employment and Energy Project.
Connected Women Mentorship Program 

Connected Women  i s a national mentorship program designed for women who are either already working in technical and/or trades occupations  in the ele ctricity sector, or are studying to enter the industry. By matching mentees with experienced industry professionals over a six-month period the Program aims to increase career entry and advancement opportunities for professional women, while helping organizat ions solve pending labour shortages and diversify their workforce.
Become a Mentor or a Mentee today and make a difference!
 Accessibility Compliance Reporting Deadline Looming in the Province of Ontario 

The province of Ontario has accessibility laws. Electricity Human Resources Canada would like to remind all Ontario businesses  and non-profits with 20 or more employees that they are legally required to file a 2017 Accessibility Compliance Report by December 31, 2017.
Newest Accord Signatories & Advocates!

EHRC would like to extend our thanks to our newest Accord signatory: The K-Line Group of Companies 

Organizations such as The K-Line Group of Companies have expressed their commitment to advancing the role of women in the sector through the implementation of a range of initiatives within their respective workplaces which aspire to the Accord vision.

Photo:  Allan Kellet, President, The K-Line Group of  Companies, with Kathy Lerette, Vice Chair, EHRC

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.

The Society of Energy Professionals is Looking to Work with New Stakeholders

The Society of Energy Professionals is the union of choice for 8,000 women and men across Ontario. Our members work in a variety of sectors, including energy generation, distribution and regulation, information technology, research, and law. We have been a proud member of Electricity Human Resources Canada since its inception.

While playing a constructive role supporting health and safety in our industry, The Society also promotes training and professional development, planning for the workforce of tomorrow, and securing the public and governmental support our sectors require. Working with some of our members' employers and others in the industry, we recently won landmark investments in Ontario's nuclear fleet, including the refurbishments of the Bruce and Darlington Nuclear Generating Stations and the provincial government's commitment to continued operation of Pickering Nuclear to 2024.

Looking forward to the 2018 Ontario election, Society President Scott Travers is gearing up to talk to all political parties about the need for transparent, evidence-based and de-politicized decision-making processes on our energy future.

We're always looking to work with new people in the electricity sector so get in touch at .
Are you an EHRC Member? Contact us at to submit a profile piece for our next newsletter by clicking here.
ABB has announced that  John Senchich will be retiring  on February 23, 2018, and has full confidence in  John's successor Eric Deschenes.
IMARK Canada has announced that Jim Taggart has been appointed as company President
The Canadian Union of Skilled Workers Announces New Leadership
CUSW National Board of Directors has announced hat Geoff Denstedt has been elected as the new President.
Electrical Contractors Association of Ontario Welcomes New Executive Director 
On behalf of Mark Lloyd and the Board of Directors, the ECAO is proud to announce that Graeme Aitken will be assuming the role of Executive Director.

Transformation of the Grid - and Preparing the Next Generation (Electrical Industry Canada)  The energy industry is now in the midst of transformative change. Many Canadian electrical assets are approaching the end of life, and there is a need to refurbish or replace much of the system. 
Countries around the world, including Canada, are looking to decarbonize existing energy systems. Smart homes, smart cities, renewable generation, the integration of electrical vehicles, energy efficiency, energy storage - these will all have an impact on the industry and how we deliver electricity within a changing environment.

Rules change for Canada-Ontario Job Grant program (via The Globe and Mail)  Canada will experience a significant employment shift over the next few years. In 2017 alone, 3.6 million executive leaders intend to retire, threatening the onset of a significant skills gap in the Canadian work force, according to executive recruitment firm MRNetwork . The government has identified the need for employer-led skills training programs in order to develop younger employees and equip them with the core competencies required to sustain and develop the Canadian economy.

A.I. Will Transform the Economy. But How Much, and How Soon?  (via NY Times)  There are basically three big questions about artificial intelligence and its impact on the economy: What can it do? Where is it headed? And how fast will it spread?
Three new reports combine to suggest these answers: It can probably do less right now than you think. But it will eventually do more than you probably think, in more places than you probably think, and will probably evolve faster than powerful technologies have in the past.


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