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Our industry is changing. From our people, to our tools, to our technology - every day brings a new challenge. We are, however, ready for those challenges because with change, comes innovation. Canada's electricity industry is known for its capacity to innovate, invent, and improve. New management processes, new HR practices, and new programs mean that we have the willingness and ability to do better.


We are always on the lookout for news items about innovation in workplace development.  We welcome content contributors and would love to hear from you. If you have a success story, or a tool or resource you think would benefit your peers, submit it via a link or in blog form with included pictures, podcast or video - it could be shared in the next newsletter to readers from coast to coast!


This issue will look at EHRC's latest project and programs and an update on the 2015 EHRC HR Awards of Excellence. We will also link you up with articles on employee recognition, training, performance improvement, and recruitment.


Connected Women
A National Mentorship Program for Women

Funding for the Connected Women project was announced by the Honourable Kellie Leith, Minister of Status of Women and Minister of Labour on April 24th, 2015. Building on recommendations from the Bridigng the Gap (BTG) research released in 2014, this project will see EHRC, in partnership with Algonquin College and industry employers, develop and implement a national mentorship program designed for women who are studying to enter or already working in technical and/or trades occupations in the electricity and renewables sector. Project partners include representatives from Hydro One, Ontario Power Generation, Manitoba Hydro, Hydro Ottawa, PWU, Women in Nuclear-Canada, IBEW, University of Toronto, WESCO, and Electrofederation.

Throughout our BTG research women indicated that mentorship and sponsorship is critical for the successful recruitment and retention of women in the sector. Many women noted that it was the support and interest that key individuals (both male and female) showed to them during their initiation into the sector that allowed them to adapt and gain confidence in their new roles. These women suggested that without the help of mentors, they have would not have stayed within the sector. To read the final Bridging the Gap report and view the project deliverables, visit 

If you would like to participate in the Connected Women project or for more information, please visit


To hear EHRC Michelle Branigan speak to the project listen to the CFRA Radio interview here:


To see the CBC interview with EHRC, Hydro Ottawa, and Algonquin College program participants, go to:


      Back Row, from left to right:
      Dana Kroll - Manitoba Hydro, Nirav Patel - Ontario Power Generation (Committee Chair),         Joy Shikaze - Women in Nuclear Canada, Daniele Fleming - Power Workers Union, Amena         Zafar - University of Toronto

      Front Row, from left to right:
      Louise Reid-Schloen - Hydro Ottawa, Alice Sahazizian - Hydro One, Andrea McQuillan -             International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, Kathryn Reilander - Algonquin College
Mark Your Calendars!


EHRC is excited to announce that this year's Awards of Excellence ceremony will take place on December 9th, 2015 at the St. Andrew's Club and Conference Centre in Toronto. This year's awards recipients will be recognized at a special luncheon which will also mark EHRC's tenth anniversary!


In 2014, we saw winners from Powerstream Inc., Hydro Ottawa, Fortis Alberta, ATCO Electric, Ontario Power Authority, and Ontario Power Generation take home awards for their demonstration of excellence in Human Resources for the electricity industry. The awards included:

  • Leader of the Year
  • Emerging Leader
  • Innovation in HR Practices: Employer
  • Innovation in HR Practices: Educational/Training Institution
  • Workplace Diversity and Inclusion Champion

The call for nominations process is now open. Submissions will be accepted until August 14, 2015. Click here to view the eligibility criteria and to submit a nomination!


Workforce Planning for the Electricity Sector The 2015 Labour Market Information Program


Our industry is changing at an unprecedented rate and those changes have implications for our current and future workforce. EHRC is looking to bring together employers, government, labour, educational institutions and other interested stakeholders to address the need for current and accurate labour market intelligence. The objective is to produce an updated LMI report in response to industry demand for more rapid and responsive workforce planning data for use in regulatory filing and for organizational business planning, both on the demand and supply side.  It will also provide government stakeholders with validated data to assist in the development of policy at the municipal, provincial or federal level.

The support and commitment from all of our industry stakeholders is essential and we are reaching out to government and industry to get involved. Program partners will receive priority when EHRC calls for volunteers to sit on the project's national steering committee and will receive industry recognition. As an industry Labour Market Champion, you will also have an opportunity to raise and reinforce the profile and recognition of your organization and its products and services to industry decision makers in business, government, labour, education, as well as the general public.

Join us in this exciting partnership by providing funding, participating on the committee, and becoming engaged in this initiative. To learn more, click here or contact CEO, Michelle Branigan, at 

WiN Canada Elects New President

EHRC would like to congratulate EHRC Board member, Heather Kleb of Bruce Power.  Heather has been elected as the new president of Women in Nuclear - Canada. Congratulations!




WiN (Women in Nuclear) is a worldwide association of women working professionally in various fields of nuclear energy and radiation applications.


WiN-Canada was formed in early 2004 and has been working to support the objectives of WiN-Global and emphasize and support the role that women can and do have in addressing the general public's concerns about nuclear energy and the application of radiation and nuclear technology. WiN-Canada also works to provide an opportunity for women to succeed in the industry through initiatives such as mentoring, networking, and personal development opportunities. Check out their website:

New President and CEO for Canadian Council of Technicians and Technologists (CCTT)

Congratulations to Rick Tachuk, announced as the new President and CEO of CCTT effective May 15, 2015. According to CCTT Chair, Louis LeBel, "the appointment of Mr. Tachuk as President and CEO represents a very positive and logical progression given his significant involvement and contributions to CCTT programs and government and stakeholder relations over the past several years." Visit to learn more.


 EHRC is proud to announce our newest member:




The Independent Electricity System Operator (IESO) works at the heart of Ontario's power system - ensuring there is enough power to meet the province's energy needs in real time while also planning and securing energy for the future. It merged with Ontario Power Authority in January of this year and, as noted by CEO and President Bruce Campbell, "The new IESO will not only reliably operate the system in real time, it will put conservation first as we plan for and ensure a dependable, sustainable system well into the future."

To learn more about IESO visit:

EHRC and our partners share a common vision; we believe a strong, competitive Canadian electricity economy is built on the strength of its people. EHRC's intelligence, tools, products, services and in-depth labour market research are developed to support and enhance existing capacity and skills while attracting new talent into Canada's electricity industry.

Did you know that EHRC offers a number of opportunities for your organization to contribute to our mission and invest in the future of Canada's electricity labour force economy? Partners will be recognized and provided with benefits specific to their partnership model. Read our 2015 prospectus for more details or click here for membership details: - Your Most Valuable Industry Resource


We strive to deliver a healthy dose of information about electricity workforce development and celebrate the people that make our country's power systems work. Interested in labour force supply and demand? Developing a knowledge transfer strategy? 

Visit our website,, to access relevant, updated information and data on workplace development innovation, as well as practical tools to help you recruit, retain, and develop your workforce.

Succession Planning - Why is it so important?


We simply don't have enough people in the talent pipeline. There are two key drivers causing this pressure. The first is the demographics issue that is challenging, not only for us, but for most industries across the country. We have an aging populace and a large number of employees taking retirement. The second relates to the infrastructure changes that will take place over the coming decades...

To read more, check out Michelle Branigan's article in Electrical Industry Magazine!

Click here to read the full article


EHRC In The Industry


On May 14 and 15, Canadian Hydropower Association's 2015 Forum on Hydropower provided updates on industry projects going on across the country. EHRC's CEO, Michelle Branigan, chaired a session on Meeting Labour Demand with speakers from Manitoba Hydro, Hatch, Hydro Qu?bec, and Kiewit Energy Canada.


All across country, from coast to coast to coast, resource development companies are struggling to find, attract, and retain skilled and unskilled labour to work on their projects. This workshop explored some of the key challenges and also focused on opportunities for addressing this labour shortage in the hydropower industry, including engaging more Aboriginal and female employees, labour mobility, the need for succession planning and processes to transfer knowledge from those exiting the sector to new entrants.


Industry News


On May 7th, four major renewable energy organizations announced they were coming together as the Canadian Council on Renewable Electricity, in order to "clean up and expand Canada's electricity systems."


The four organizations, the Canadian Wind Energy Association (CanWEA), the Canadian Solar Industries Association (CanSIA), the Canadian Hydropower Association, and Marine Renewables Canada, will work to build public support for increased development of renewable electricity resources in order to further decarbonize North America's energy system. See the press release: and visit the website: 


Looking for labor market data on the renewable energy sector? Hear about EHRC's research findings by visiting: [Video] or visit the Renewing Futures website at



Engendering Engineering Success (EES)
Your feedback required!


EES is a joint research project between the University of Alberta, the University of British Columbia, and the University of Guelph. The objective of EES is to identify what policies best predict inclusive employee interactions and culture. Industry input will help to find best practices for a workplace that promotes increased engagement for both men and women, leading to improved productivity and commitment for the benefit of all employees. Research has consistently evidenced the business case for gender diversity, and we believe that contributing to this innovative project may be of great value to all participants. EES is funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, and brings together industry partners and researchers from top Canadian universities.


If you would like to participate in this project, please contact Yegee Chun at  For more information, visit


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May 26-28, 2015

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November 17 & 18, 2015

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EHRC AGM and Board Meeting

December 9, 2015

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EHRC Awards of Excellence Luncheon

December 9, 2015

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