Women leading the way
At our stations and across the province, Ontario Power Generation relies on women to help lead the way with expertise and innovative ideas.
OPG works to make leadership positions available to its female workforce, to both better represent the communities we serve and to foster a culture of equity and inclusion.
Explore below to learn more about our women in leadership.
Working to ensure equal representation
In advanced industrial nations, women make up approximately 20 to 25% of the energy sector workforce. Less than six percent of the roles women hold are technical positions and less than 1% are top management roles. Currently, just 5% of board members at the top 100 utilities companies are women.
OPG is working to change this.
Changing the culture
OPG’s hiring manager training program now addresses bias and the impacts bias can have in interviews and on hiring decisions. We’re also making sure our hiring panels reflect the diversity we’re looking to attract.
All OPG employees receive training in diversity fundamentals, and our leaders receive training on bias and creating an inclusive workplace.
To ensure our operations have more women represented in skilled trades, we have developed a Diversity Talent Attraction Strategy.
Given the highly specialized nature of OPG’s operations, many of the company’s senior leaders come up through the OPG ranks, so we’re working to give everyone an opportunity to excel.
OPG is also proud of its many grassroots mentoring initiatives that provide a network of support and encouragement for women who wish to advance their career in the skilled trades.
Meet OPG’s Indigenous Relations Advisor.
Sue Prince has a foot in two worlds
The Indigenous Relations Advisor with OPG, who is of Ojibway and German descent, lives a traditional life with her four kids, husband, and mother-in-law in the Mattagami First Nation. On weekends, she and her family venture into the woods in her backyard to hunt moose, fish, and forage for blueberries.
When the weekday rolls around, Sue gets in her van to drive 100 kilometres to OPG’s Timmins Service Centre, where she has been acting as a liaison between Indigenous communities and OPG since 2012.
It’s the perfect life for her.
“I see this as a gift,” she said. “All of my children were born on the reserve, so this is our home. Living on the First Nation provides my kids their culture and community which is really important to them and to us.”
Sue, who started at OPG in 2008, was one of the first Indigenous Relations Advisors to be stationed outside of Toronto and close to numerous Indigenous host communities where OPG operates in northeast Ontario.
Informed by case law and her own experiences as a woman, First Nations member, and former community councillor, Sue advises OPG on the best approach to establishing a positive and respectful relationship with Indigenous people.
She now spends much of her time travelling all along the Mattagami River to meet with OPG’s partner communities, including the Moose Cree First Nation and the Taykwa Tagamou Nation (TTN). She also serves as a co-spokesperson for OPG’s Native Circle, which organizes the company’s Aboriginal Day celebrations and the John Wesley Beaver Memorial student awards.
“I really enjoy the grassroots part of my job,” Sue said. “I’m in the communities helping to come up with creative solutions and living up to our long-term commitments.”
Committed to diversity and inclusion
Barb Keenan is Senior Vice President, People and Culture, and Chief Ethics Officer at OPG.
Barb is responsible for the development of human resource strategies that support OPG’s business goals, and for strategies and programs supporting safety and employee wellness.
She joined OPG’s predecessor company in 1989. Prior to her current appointment in March 2010, Barb held the position of Vice President - Nuclear Human Resources and Employee Safety, and Vice President - Corporate Human Resources and Employee Safety.
In 2018, Barb received the Denton’s Senior Executive of the Year award from the Canadian Centre for Diversity and Inclusion (CCDI), a national charitable organization that advocates for inclusive organizations, free of prejudice and discrimination.
In 2016 and 2017, OPG’s People and Culture division developed and implemented the company’s first Corporate Diversity and Inclusion Strategy, which mobilized the company’s leaders to encourage and support an equitable, diverse and inclusive organization.
OPG’s Diversity and Inclusion Strategy allowed the organization to advance in many ways through:
- Development of mentorship programs for under represented groups
- Providing education to managers on bias and creating an inclusive workplace, and
- Establishing goals to improve our representation of the four equity-seeking groups (women, Indigenous peoples, visible minorities and persons with disabilities).