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EHRC is excited to announce that this year's Awards of Excellence ceremony will take place at a special luncheon on December 8th, 2016, returning to St. Andrew's Club and Conference Centre in Toronto.

During our 2015 sold out event we saw winners from Powerstream Inc., Hydro One, Emera Newfoundland, Georgian College and the PowerWorkers' Union take home awards for their role in making the electricity sector a better place for both employees and consumers.

The call for nominations process is now open! Submissions will be accepted until June 30th, 2016. Click here for more details and how to submit a nomination!

The award categories are as follows:
  • Leader of the Year
  • Emerging Leader
  • Innovation in HR Practices: Employer
  • Innovation in HR Practices: Educational/Training Institution
  • Workplace Diversity and Inclusion Champion

EHRC and WiRE Sign MOU on Shared Diversity Priorities

On April 19th, EHRC CEO Michelle Branigan and Women in Renewable Energy (WiRE) co-founders, Rebecca Black and Joanna Osawe, agreed to support each other's work as they look to advance opportunities for women in this sector. EHRC is committed to forging partnerships with organizations and individuals to create greater connections and build upon common goals.

"The work that EHRC is undertaking to increase the representation of women in the electricity sector perfectly compliments WiRE's passion and drive," said Michelle Branigan. "Working together is a logical step and we are looking forward to open sharing of ideas and knowledge to advance women in renewable energy and, indeed, the energy sector overall."

"Valuable strategic partnerships allow WiRE to expand our community of professionals who recognize the benefits of a diverse workforce and wish to capitalize upon them. We're excited to partner with EHRC and collaborate in research, outreach, and engagement in the name of a more resilient and competitive energy sector," said Rebecca Black.

Designed to advance the role and recognition of women working in the diverse renewable energy (RE) sector in Ontario, WiRE is a non-profit group that expands the involvement of professional women across renewable energy industry segments through educational field trips, monthly networking meetings, and communications and engagement initiatives. Most recently WiRE held its second networking event in Ottawa. Attended by EHRC's Michelle Branigan, with a presentation by CanSIA's Tracey Ross Walden, Director of Media and Communications, this event saw over 25 women come together. WiRE meet-ups present a welcoming and informal opportunity to meet peers, share ideas and opportunities, and educate colleagues about projects and initiatives of interest to the group. All women working in a field related to renewable energy are invited, as are students and developing professionals who are looking for perspectives on joining the renewable energy sector. 

To learn more about the great work of WiRE, click here:

To see some of the most recent research on women in the electricity sector, including our current membership program "Connected Women", visit  
EHRC Webinar - How is employee stress affecting you and your organization?
Workplace stress happens to everyone but excessive stress affects performance and can even make its way into your personal life. For managers, stress in the workplace can be a difficult issue to manage and, to ensure your team is operating at its best, it is imperative to understand the impact and cost of stress and how you can support your employees. During this webinar, author and speaker Susan E. Hanson takes you through a simple but powerful technique to reduce stress in any situation that employees at all levels can use.

When employees reduce their stress levels and anxiety both at work and at home, they begin to focus and become happier, more productive employees. Susan Hanson is a Certified Corporate Health and Wellness Specialist with the Corporate Health and Wellness Association. She has established businesses in both the wellness and corporate training sectors for 25 years. This webinar is for HR managers or directors.

Date: Wednesday, June 22nd, 2016
Time: 2:00pm EST

Limited Spaces Available. Register here:

EHRC to Participate at Skills Canada National Competition

EHRC is delighted to be a Supporting Partner of the 2016 Skills Canada National Competition (SCNC), which sees over 500 young people from across Canada participate in over 40 skilled trade and technology contests. By providing a forum where Canadian youth can compete against each other at the national level, SCNC provides hands-on work experience related to skilled trades and technology careers. The competitions also raise awareness about skilled trades and technology sectors.

On Monday, June 6th, EHRC Board Member Suzanne Desrosiers will represent EHRC at the Essential Skills Educator Forum, From the Classroom to the Workplace, speaking to why and how essential skills are critical to incorporate into industry.

This forum will bring together educators, business representatives, guidance counsellors, administrators, parents, and stakeholders in a forum that will allow them to understand the importance and benefits of education on the Essential Skills (ES) and their prominence within the skilled trade and technology sectors. Of particular focus will be the integration of ES into daily teaching and training to ensure that young people arrive at the workplace with the necessary skills to succeed and to actively contribute to the success of their employer.

Ms. Desrosiers came to NBCC in 2011 as Executive Director of Human Resources Development after serving more than 20 years in the utility industry as a human resources professional. In January 2014, her portfolio was expanded to include student development making her the first Vice-President of Employee and Student Development in NBCC's forty-year history.

This year's Skills Canada competition is June 5-8th at the Moncton Coliseum in Moncton, NB. Admission to the competition is free and open to the public. To learn more, visit

EHRC Welcomes New Board Members

At their board meeting in Ottawa on March 9th, EHRC's Board welcomed new directors Kathy Lerette (Vice President, Utility Operations, Horizon Utilities), Dr. Rafik Goubran (Professor and Dean, Faculty of Engineering and Design, Carleton University), and David Little of Manitoba Hydro (Executive Director, Certified Technicians and Technologists Association of Manitoba). We look forward to working with them over the coming years.

EHRC Continues to Speak to Diversity in the Energy Sector

EHRC CEO, Michelle Branigan, participated in a Jacobs Women's Network WebEx on March 17th, along with Women in Renewable Energy (WiRE) co-founders Joanna Osawe and Rebecca Black. Several hundred listeners learned about 'Diversity in the Energy Sector'. The Jacobs Women's Network is an employee network of women (and men) which strive to develop talent and drive career growth. The purpose of the network is to broaden access to opportunities for women.

Please see below for the link to the WebEx presentation. 

New Open Scholarship Opportunities for Students!
Deadline to Apply is Midnight, May 31st, 2016

The Ontario Energy Network (OEN) has announced their contribution of New Scholarship Opportunities available this year for students through Electro-Federation Canada's Annual Scholarship Program.

The Electro-Federation Canada (EFC) scholarship program has been supporting students for over 21 years. In 2016, this Program will provide students with $136,000 in funding across 53 scholarships. To qualify, all applicants must be Canadian citizens who have completed at least their first year of study, have maintained a minimum 75% average and be registered in a full-time eligible post-secondary degree or diploma program at a recognized Canadian university or college. Applicants may apply for a total of only three scholarships.

OEN Women in Energy Scholarship - $3,500

In recognition of the need to build a diverse workforce, the OEN Women in Energy Scholarship of $3,500 will be granted to a female Ontario undergraduate university or college student in either an Engineering or Business program who has competed her first year of study with a minimum cumulative average of 80% and who has demonstrated a commitment to community service.

The  OEN Aboriginal Energy Scholarship  will be granted to an Ontario Aboriginal undergraudate university or college student who has successfully completed at least one year of study in the Electrical trade, Engineering, IT or Business disciplines, and who has demonstrated a commitment to community service.

Visit for more details.

If you have any friends or family who would qualify for these incredible for these incredible scholarship opportunities, please feel free to pass this information along to them. The 2016 EFC Scholarship brochure can be found at

For more information on the EFC program, please email John Jefkins at or call 647-260-3091  .

Siemens Partnership Powers Education at Algonquin College



Algonquin College President, Cheryl Jensen, and Siemens Canada CEO, Robert Hardt, unveiled a new high-efficiency co-generation power plant at the college's Ottawa campus on Friday, April 22nd - Earth Day. The organizations also strengthened ties by signing a Memorandum of Understanding that will benefit Algonquin College students by providing opportunities to learn first-hand in a "living lab" for the future of energy systems.


The co-generation natural gas plant will generate two megawatts of power - enough to cover the baseline power needs of the Ottawa campus. Algonquin College and Siemens Canada will continue to collaborate on leading edge academic programming that will maximize experiential learning opportunities for students and lead to new applied research opportunities. In addition, the college has announced a new graduate certificate program to debut in Fall 2017. Energy Management is aimed at students with existing credentials who are looking to further their careers in the energy sector.


"I want to congratulate Algonquin and Siemens as they unveil this innovative project," said Energy Minister Bob Chiarelli. "This facility will have long-term positive impacts on our local college, our region, and on our province. It will provide innovations in technology to reduce electricity costs, better manage energy use, and improve the training of the next generation of power workers and energy system innovators."


"Canada's energy landscape is changing dramatically and the industry innovation needs to happen in a real-world setting," explains Robert Hardt, CEO, Siemens Canada. "Today's students are tomorrow's skilled workforce and strong private-public partnerships like the one between Siemens and Algonquin are vital to enhancing education and research in the energy space, ensuring Canada remains competitive and sustainable."

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