Waterpower Industry and Electricity Human Resources Canada Strike Collaborative Agreement


Focus on Youth, Diversity and Indigenous Employment

(May 22, 2018 – Peterborough) The Ontario Waterpower Association (OWA) and Electricity Human Resources Canada (EHRC) are pleased to announce that the organizations have executed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to foster collaboration and provide a partnership for both organizations to actively support the field of human resources in Canada’s electricity industry. The initial emphasis of the partnership will be on expanding the participation of youth, women and Indigenous people in Ontario’s waterpower sector.

“Waterpower has a proud history in Ontario and there is significant potential to expand,” said Heather Ferguson, Chair of the OWA’s Board of Directors. “Collaborating with EHRC in these important areas will
help ensure we have the talent and diversity required to sustain and grow our industry.”

“We are thrilled to be collaborating with the Ontario Waterpower Association to strengthen and support opportunities between our two organizations, and we look forward to working together on initiatives that will develop skilled talent and future leaders in the industry” added Michelle Branigan, CEO EHRC.

The OWA has more than one hundred fifty (150) member companies including generators, developers, equipment manufacturers, engineering, environmental and legal firms, all with a shared commitment of advancing waterpower in Ontario. The industry invests more than $300 Million annually in existing facilities and recent development was estimated to create more than 10,000 direct and indirect jobs.

EHRC works to strengthen the ability of the Canadian electricity industry to meet current and future needs for their workforce – one that is highly skilled, safety-focused, diverse and productive. As Canada’s most trusted source of objective human resource information with market information and tools to help the Canadian electricity industry, it provides a platform for industry needs, identifying ways to make Canadian businesses “best in class.”



Stephanie Landers

Communications and Public Outreach Advisor

Ontario Waterpower Association

866-743-1500 ex. 25 slanders@owa.ca

Marie Mould

Manager of Communications and Stakeholder Engagement

Electricity Human Resources Canada

(613) 850-1340 mould@electricityhr.ca