Hydro One’s Commitment to Diversity and Inclusion
Hydro One’s Women In Engineering University Partnership
The Women in Engineering Consortium is a partnership with Ryerson University, Ontario Tech University (formally known as UOIT), University of Waterloo, and Western University to increase enrolment, support and career opportunities for female students pursuing Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) specifically in the Electrical and Mechanical engineering programs. Investing $3 million over eight years, the partnership developed the WEMADEIT brand that includes a website,
www.WeMadeIt.ca, for students, parents and teachers, and features videos, social media strategy, workshops and curriculum developed for high school teachers and students.
Programming strategy includes:
Inspiring young female students to pursue university studies in electrical and mechanical engineering
Developing university communities that both help female students feel engage and foster professional growth
Supporting female engineering graduates as they transition in to careers in electrical and mechanical engineering
Recognizing engineering students, graduates, mentors and community members who contribute to our mission
Catalyst Accord 2022: Accelerating the Advancement of Women
Hydro One has been a member of the Catalyst Accord since 2017 and this demonstrates Hydro One’s public commitment to gender parity. Catalyst is a global non-profit organization focused on accelerating progress for women through workplace inclusion. Through the Accord, Catalyst issued a call to action from Canadian corporations to increase the overall proportion of board seats and executive officer roles for women to 30% by the end of 2022. By signing the Accord, Hydro One committed to maintaining at least 30% female board members and 30% female executives.
Electricity Human Resources Canada (EHRC) Leadership Accord on Gender Diversity
Hydro One was also one of the first signatories of the Leadership Accord on Gender Diversity in the Electricity Industry developed by Electricity Human Resources Canada (EHRC). The signatories to this accord recognize and confirm united action to expand the breadth and depth of the skilled workforce; ensure that women are informed of the opportunities available in the sector; and, once in the sector, are fully supported and provided with equal opportunities to grow and develop to their full potential.
Hydro One’s CEO Mark Poweska is among 200 Canadian Presidents and CEOs to sign the BlackNorth Initiative’s
pledge committing their organizations to specific actions and targets designed to end anti-Black systemic racism. The
BlackNorth Initiative was created to remove anti-Black systemic barriers negatively affecting the lives of Black Canadians. This is just one of the ways that Hydro One is beginning to deliver on our commitment to combat systemic racism faced by employees who are Black, Indigenous or People of Colour.