By Anthony Capkun
November 22, 2012 – With a new name, new website and “refocused direction”, Electricity Human Resources Canada (EHRC)—formerly Electricity Sector Council (ESC)—has “doubled down on its efforts to keep the lights on in Canada”.
“Our new strategic direction reflects EHRC’s desire to become an even more important resource to the electricity industry,” said CEO Michelle Branigan. “Industry expressed overwhelming support for our work, for our ability to connect stakeholders. And now they want more.”
EHRC claims itself the authority on human resources in Canada’s electricity industry. For the last eight years, it has provided the industry with research on labour market issues and tools to address skill shortages.
“We’ll continue to provide invaluable labour market intelligence and practical workplace support. And the industry will look to us as a hub for research, learning and networking,” added Branigan.
Since its inception in 2005, EHRC (then ESC) relied on operational funding from Human Resources and Skills Development Canada through the federal Sector Council Program. But recent budget cuts meant the end of government funding to all sector councils. As of next year, the organization had to become self-sufficient.
Norm Fraser, COO of Hydro Ottawa and chair of EHRC’s board, acknowledged the value that EHRC brings to the electricity industry: “EHRC connects all the players in the industry-business, labour, government and academia. By refocusing, the organization will become an even more effective partner to industry, helping address the human resource challenges it faces. The industry has two key drivers that will impact on its ability to provide reliable service: massive impending retirements and the need to maintain and build infrastructure.”
“Over the next few years” said Branigan, “EHRC will continue to expand the services and research it provides to the electricity industry, and ensure HR needs, resources and strategies are effectively communicated to the industry at large”.
Visit the new website at http://www.electricityhr.ca.