By - Jon Brown

2019 Leadership Conference for Women in Energy – Canada
April 16-17, 2019 | Toronto, ON

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Overview

The goal of this event is to help professionals advance their careers in a traditionally male industry by providing insight into key energy trends and skills for personal and professional development.  Join Canada’s most successful women energy leaders as they share their industry knowledge, strategies and experiences on how to accelerate positive organizational change and personal growth. 

The program format includes keynote addresses, panel sessions, interactive group discussions and a plentitude of networking opportunities.  You’ll participate in knowledge sharing and collaboration while building relationships and enhancing your professional network.  You’ll leave this event with practical strategies, insights and guidance on how to propel your energy career forward.  Don’t miss this opportunity to learn from and collaborate with the top women in energy.

Learning Outcomes   

  • Identify how women can leverage their strengths to improve organizational performance and move up
  • Define the support and programs needed to drive an inclusive workplace
  • Analyze key trends in the global energy market
  • Discuss how to navigate through a predominately male industry to reach higher levels
  • Determine how to build your internal and external networks
  • Assess how to get men on board as partners and advocates to effect real change
  • Define actionable plans to break through barriers and land a seat at the table
  • Discuss what it will take to meet Canada’s changing energy needs
  • Design action plans to accelerate positive organizational change and personal growth

Credits

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EUCI has been accredited as an Authorized Provider by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET).  In obtaining this accreditation, EUCI has demonstrated that it  complies with the ANSI/IACET Standard which is recognized internationally as a standard of good practice. As a result of their Authorized Provider status, EUCI is authorized to offer IACET CEUs for its programs that qualify under the ANSI/IACET Standard.

EUCI is authorized by IACET to offer 1.0 CEUs for this event.

 

Participants must sign in/out each day and be in attendance for the entirety of the course to be eligible for continuing education credit.

Instructional Methods

PowerPoint presentations, panel sessions and group discussion will be used in this event.

Agenda

Tuesday, April 16, 2019

12:00 – 1:00 p.m. :: Registration

1:00 – 1:15 p.m. :: Conference Welcome


1:15 – 2:00 p.m. :: Keynote Address:  Start with Why

Darlene Bradley, Vice-President, Planning & Engineering, Hydro One Networks Inc.


2:00 – 2:45 p.m. :: You Can Do It: Overcoming the Fear of Failure and Building the Confidence You Need to Take on the World

Have you ever felt like you’re holding yourself back? Failing to achieve your full potential? Overly dependent on other people’s opinions? Afraid to take calculated risks? It’s been well documented that many women have the unfortunate tendency to sell themselves short, especially in the workplace. Exacerbating the situation for women in energy is the simple fact that the sector has traditionally been male-dominated.  In this session, you will hear experience, ideas and tips to help you learn how to move past your fears and build the confidence you need to pursue your dreams.

Barbara Anderson, Chief Financial Officer and Vice President, Corporate Services, IESO

2:45 – 3:15 p.m. :: Networking Break


3:15 – 4:15 p.m. :: Breaking Through Barriers to Land a Seat at the Table

Women in predominately male business sectors, such as the energy industry, face some distinct challenges in advancing as leaders within their organizations.  However, women inherently have  unique strengths that, when identified and developed, can enable you to break through gender barriers, improve organizational performance, and excel in your career.  In this session, we’ll talk about how you can:

  • Identify your strengths and how to leverage them
  • Develop relationships and collaboration to achieve results
  • Overcome the “double bind”: Dealing with conflict as a woman in a mostly male environment
  • Advocate for yourself to get what you want

Moderator:

Lisa McBride, Manager, Stakeholder Relations, Ontario Power Generation (OPG)

Panelists:

Carla Carmichael, Vice President, Ontario Power Generation (OPG)

Josie Erzetic, Chief Regulatory Officer, General Counsel & Corporate Secretary, Electrical Safety Authority (ESA)

Cathy Sprague, Executive Vice President of Human Resources, Bruce Power


4:15 – 5:00 p.m. :: How to Succeed in Business and in Life 

In this session, you’ll discover what it takes to lead and succeed in today’s economy: tenacity, the willingness to embrace risk and an unwavering commitment to remain true to yourself, no matter how unorthodox you may seem. You will learn to create a bold vision that will change the way you approach your work and your business. Modern leadership is not about learning skills and techniques in order to become someone else. Rather, leaders achieve breakthrough results when they learn to trust in, listen to and fully be themselves.

Annette Verschuren, O.C., Chair and Chief Executive Officer, NRStor Inc.

5:00 – 6:00 p.m. :: Networking Reception


Wednesday, April 17 2019

8:00 – 9:00 a.m. :: Continental Breakfast


9:00 – 9:30 a.m. :: Keynote Address:  Engaging Men as Agents of Change

In order to really move the needle on gender equality in the workplace, it’s imperative to get men on board as partners and advocates.  Research shows that when men are actively involved in gender diversity, 96% of companies report progress. When they’re not, only 30% show progress.

In this session, you’ll learn about Catalyst’s Men Advocating Real Change (MARC) program that has been designed to help men become influential role models to their male peers and act as agents of change to create an inclusive workplace.   The goal of this program is to enable emerging and senior male leaders to develop critical inclusive leadership strategies, sharpen awareness of inequalities, unconscious biases, and privilege, and hone skills to make lasting impact. 

Vandana Juneja, Vice President, Asia-Pacific/Global Growth Markets, Catalyst


9:30 – 10:15 a.m. :: The MARC Program in Action

In this panel session, you’ll hear from three executives that are active participants of the Men Advocating Real Change (MARC) program in their organization.  They’ll give their perspectives on the insights, strategies and skills they’ve gained from the program.  They’ll detail how the program has impacted their own leadership effectiveness and ways they have effected change in their respective positions.  You’ll learn about the success and measurable impact of the program to date throughout the organization as a whole.

Moderator:

Vandana Juneja, Vice President, Asia-Pacific/Global Growth Markets, Catalyst

Panelists:

Basel Jarrad, Senior Advisor, Strategy & Corporate Development, Hydro One Networks Inc.

Arnie Parcels, Director, Transmission Lines, Hydro One Networks Inc.

Andrew Spencer, Vice President, Transmission and Stations, Hydro One Networks Inc.

10:15 – 10:45 a.m. :: Networking Break


10:45 – 11:30 a.m. :: Building Internal and External Networks:  A Critical Component to Your Success

It’s often said ‘It’s not what you know, but who you know,’ and there is significant vitality to that statement. Active internal and external networking is vital to career and personal growth. 

Regular networking within your industry and discipline can set you up well to progress in your career.  You can raise your professional profile and broaden your access to opportunities, plus work through industry challenges and gain satisfaction from assisting and connecting with others in your network. This session will provide you with the key benefits of networking and some tips and tools on how to effectively network both internally and externally to your organization. 

Aida Cipolla, Executive Vice-President and Chief Financial Officer, Toronto Hydro Corp.


11:30 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. :: Demographics, Diversity and Opportunity

The electricity industry is in a period of transformation, the likes of which have not been seen before. This provides both challenges and opportunities for the industry as it looks to innovate and also become an industry of choice for the next generation of workers. This creates an amazing opportunity of timing for companies to also diversity their workforce. In this session, you will hear the latest data on women in the Canadian electricity sector, the business case for equality, and why NOW is the right time to finally close the gender gap.

Michelle Branigan, Chief Executive Officer, Electricity Human Resources Canada

12:15 – 1:30 p.m. :: Group Luncheon


1:30 – 2:15 p.m. :: Emerging Energy Trends:  Challenges and Opportunities

There are many drivers shaping the energy industry today.  In this session, we’ll take a look at some of the most critical current issues that are influencing power players around Canada and the globe.  We’ll examine where the energy industry is going and the roles that women can take to move the industry forward. 

  • Shifting Landscape: How Technology Changes are Impacting the Regulatory Environment and Long-Term Power Grid Planning

Indy Butany-DeSouza, Vice President, Regulatory Affairs, Alectra Utilities Corporation

  • Offshore Wind

Michelle Chislett, Managing Director of Canada & US Development, Northland Power Inc.

  • Re-discover Waterpower – Canada’s Original Renewable and its Pivotal Role in the Country’s Electricity Grid

Anne-Raphaëlle Audouin, President, WaterPower Canada


2:15 – 2:30 p.m. :: An Intro to Mindfulness and Breathing Awareness

Kate Kerr, Mindfulness Instructor and MBSR Teacher, Morneau Shepell


2:30 – 3:15 p.m. :: Win-Win or Lose-Lose – Which Would You Choose?

This presentation will focus on the belief that there are only win-win or lose-lose situations and that win-lose is a myth.  We will explore what this means for negotiations, relationships, and leadership in order to achieve success today and in the future. Trust, understanding, and the ability to explore alternatives play a critical part in creating the right solution for everyone involved, as well as solving life’s challenges… or is that opportunities? Either way, the choice is yours!

Terri Steeves, Vice-President, Canadian Projects, TransCanada


3:15 – 4:15 p.m. :: Developing and Supporting Women in Your Organization

Creating an organizational culture that supports women doesn’t only involve the integration of women into a workplace.  Even organizations that have successfully achieved a significant amount of gender diversity within their workforce can face difficulties in achieving an inclusive culture that fosters women’s advancement.  To be successful, companies must create workplace cultures that include, empower and inspire women at all levels and in all areas of the organization.   In this session, panel members will share their experiences in women’s groups that are being used to support and advance women in their companies. 

  • Bridging the Gap program – OPG
  • Women in Trades, Technology and Engineering (WTTE) – Hydro One
  • Women’s Leadership Community – Siemens

Moderator:

Carla Guest, Marketing Specialist, Siemens Canada Ltd.

Panelists:

Tameeza Dhanani, Senior Advisor to the office of the COO, Hydro One Networks Inc.

Sara Dolatshahi, Authorization Training Manager, Ontario Power Generation

Susan Van Gorder, Regional Business Improvement Director, Siemens Canada Limited

4:15 – 4:30 p.m. :: Conference Wrap Up


4:30 p.m. :: Conference adjourns

Workshops

Pre Conference Workshop

Post Conference Workshop


Activating Your True Power to Change the World of Work

Tuesday, April 16, 2019

8:00 – 9:00 a.m. :: Registration & Continental Breakfast

9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. :: Workshop Timing

Overview/Agenda

Within each and every one of us lies both dormant and activated potential—traits, skills, gifts, abilities that were given to us to use for a worthwhile purpose.  For many of us, however, years of negative messages or artificial boundaries have covered up a portion of that potential and have placed us in a position of feeling less than powerful and less engaged in the world of work.  If you are one of those people, you are not alone. 

According to Gallup, only 31% of U.S & Canadian workers were engaged in their jobs in 2017.  A significant amount of research has been conducted to uncover the reasons behind that statistic and the research has revealed that engagement exists when the following are present:

  1. Employees feel valued and heard at work
  2. Employees work with people they can relate to
  3. Feminine and masculine energies are balanced
  4. The environment provides psychological safety
  5. There is a sense of purpose and mission at work
  6. They work for leadership they trust
  7. There is a focus on wellness and the whole person

Does that type of workplace resonate with you?  Are you ready to remove boundaries to help create that type of workplace?  Are you ready to learn and embrace a leadership model that can promote it and provide a common language to bring it forth? Are you ready to “Do Power Differently” in your own life—to know and own your true power?

This workshop will provide you a path to both access and activate your power and be a part of the movement that is working to redefine what power looks like and how it shows up in the workplace.  This True Power integrates a healthy balance of masculine and feminine energy and normalizes compassionate leadership with focused execution. During our time together, we will explore the way to become both collaborative as well as independently decisive as you gain the courage to speak uncomfortable truths and take action through storms of change and resistance.

During this interactive workshop you will:

  • Evaluate your current beliefs as a leader and someone who is being influenced by a leader
  • Learn a new model of Leadership: “ThinkLove”
  • Discover how to integrate a healthy balance of Masculine/Feminine energy in your workplace
  • Create a mindset of purpose, passion and execution
  • Remove old thought patterns and barriers blocking your true power
  • Discover how you can use your intuition to become more creative and innovative 
  • Cultivate resilience and decisiveness in navigating change and challenges 

You have the opportunity right here…right now … to re-define what it is to be a leader…. regardless of your current job…and recreate what it means to be in Power.

Requirements for Successful Completion of Program

Participants must sign in/out and be in attendance for the entirety of the workshop to be eligible for continuing education credit.

Instructional Methods

PowerPoint, video, group discussion, and interactive exercises will be used in this workshop.

Workshop Instructors

Kelly A. Tomblin, Chief Executive Officer, INTREN L.L.C.

Kelly Tomblin, author of 100 Days of Doing Power Differently, has worked more than twenty-five years in the energy industry throughout North America, the Caribbean, U.K. and Latin America.  She has experience in the generation, transmission and distribution sectors as well as renewable development, energy sales and electric construction.  Kelly has worked in all areas of the industry, including legal, customer service, regulatory, plant and field operations, and organization transformation.

A winner of the S&L Platts Global CEO of the Year award, Kelly now serves as Chief Executive Officer of INTREN, L.L.C., a leading utility solutions provider.  Kelly is an advocate for women and diversity and a frequent speaker on organizational alignment, leadership and gender equality. She founded Jamaica’s Women in Energy, an organization designed to uplift women in the Caribbean energy industry. 

Kelly has an MBA from New York University’s Leonard Stern School of Business, and a Juris Doctorate and BS in Journalism (with Public Relations concentration) from West Virginia University.


Kathleen Sullivan, Consultant

Kathleen Sullivan is a leadership and organizational development consultant with 25+ years of international experience working in the Energy and IT industries. Her corporate career in the Energy sector has taken her from utility call center rep to managing customer service, engineering and IT operations to Sr. Director of European IT support and Vice-President of Human Resources for a global energy company.  She is recognized as an experienced and inspirational consultant who has proven that organizations led by conscious leaders can achieve success while providing a platform for a higher purpose and human fulfillment. Kathleen is co-author of “100 Days of Doing Power Differently, Change Your Leadership, Change the World”. This Leadership guidebook provides the platform for her work and passion to bring compassion, humility and inclusion into the leadership conversation to create a new paradigm for power. Kathleen has an MBA from Monmouth University and a BS degree in Business Administration from Georgian Court University. She is a certified leadership coach with the Coach Training alliance and Insights Discovery® practitioner.

 


Learning to Ask: Women and the Power of Negotiation

Thursday, April 18, 2019

8:30 – 9:00 a.m. :: Registration and Continental Breakfast

9:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. :: Workshop Timing

Overview/Agenda

By neglecting to negotiate her starting salary for her first job, a woman may sacrifice over half a million dollars in earnings by the end of her career.  Research reveals that men are four times more likely to ask for higher pay than are women with the same qualifications.  Convinced that negotiation requires bluffing, steamrolling, and playing hardball, many women avoid negotiating whenever they can.  Whether they want higher salaries, better career opportunities, or more help at home, women are hesitant to ask for what they want. They pay for this decision in every aspect of their lives—in lost income, delayed career advancement, and under-utilization of their skills at work. They also pay in strained relationships and health problems at home. These are losses women don’t need to suffer.

By mastering a few basic principles, planning carefully, and practicing, anyone can become an effective negotiator. Using a combination of lectures, interactive exercises, case studies, videos, and group discussion, we will explore the internal and external barriers that can prevent you from asking for what you need and deserve—and show you how to overcome your socially imposed reluctance to negotiate.  In this workshop, you will learn to:

  • Evaluate the economic value of your work
  • Set the right targets for your negotiations
  • Employ best practice negotiating strategies that have been shown to work especially well for women
  • Explore ways to maximize your bargaining power
  • Rehearse and practice your negotiations beforehand
  • Acquire techniques to manage the anxiety often felt when negotiating
  • Recognize many more opportunities to negotiate

Requirements for Successful Completion of Program

Participants must sign in/out and be in attendance for the entirety of the workshop to be eligible for continuing education credit.

Instructional Methods

PowerPoint, video, group discussion, and interactive exercises will be used in this workshop.

Workshop Instructor

Sara Laschever

Sara Laschever is an author, editor, and cultural critic who has spent her career investigating the obstacles, detours, and special circumstances that shape women’s lives and careers.  She is the co-author of two groundbreaking books about women and negotiation, Women Don’t Ask: The High Cost of Avoiding Negotiation—and Positive Strategies for Change and Ask for It! How Women Can Use the Power of Negotiation to Get What They Really Want.  Her work has been published by The New York Times, The New York Review of Books, The Harvard Business Review, Vogue, Glamour, and many other publications.  Sara is frequently cited in the media as an expert on the persistence of the wage gap, women and conflict resolution, work-life balance issues, and the multiple factors influencing women’s long-term career success. She lectures and teaches workshops about women and negotiation for corporate audiences, universities, law firms, government agencies, and women’s leadership conferences. She is a founding faculty member of the Carnegie Mellon Leadership and Negotiation Academy for Women and the Academic Coordinator for the WIN Summit, a global women’s conference focused on women and negotiation.

Speakers

Barbara Anderson, Chief Financial Officer and Vice President, Corporate Services, IESO

Darlene Bradley, Vice-President of Planning & Engineering, Hydro One Networks Inc.

Michelle Branigan, Chief Executive Officer, Electricity Human Resources Canada

Indy Butany-DeSouza, Vice President, Regulatory Affairs, Alectra Utilities Corporation

Carla Carmichael, Vice President, Ontario Power Generation (OPG)

Michelle Chislett, Managing Director of Canada & US Development, Northland Power Inc.

Aida Cipolla, Executive Vice-President and Chief Financial Officer, Toronto Hydro Corp.

Tameeza Dhanani, Senior Advisor to the office of the COO, Hydro One Networks Inc.

Sara Dolatshahi, Authorization Training Manager, Ontario Power Generation

Josie Erzetic, Chief Regulatory Officer, General Counsel & Corporate Secretary, Electrical Safety Authority (ESA)

Carla Guest, Marketing Specialist, Siemens Canada Ltd.

Basel Jarrad, Senior Advisor, Strategy & Corporate Development, Hydro One Networks Inc.

Vandana Juneja, Vice President, Asia-Pacific/Global Growth Markets, Catalyst

Lisa McBride, Manager, Stakeholder Relations, Ontario Power Generation (OPG)

Arnie Parcels, Director, Transmission Lines, Hydro One Networks Inc.

Anne-Raphaëlle Audouin, President, WaterPower Canada

Andrew Spencer, Vice President, Transmission and Stations, Hydro One Networks Inc.

Cathy Sprague, Executive Vice President of Human Resources, Bruce Power

Terri Steeves, Vice-President, Canadian Projects, TransCanada

Susan Van Gorder, Regional Business Improvement Director, Siemens Canada Limited

Annette Verschuren, O.C., Chair and Chief Executive Officer, NRStor Inc.

Location

Toronto Grand Convention Centre

30 Baywood Rd

Etobicoke, ON M9V 3Z2

Nearby Hotels to the Convention Center

Holiday Inn-Express & Suites Vaughan-Southwest
6100 Hwy 7,
Vaughan, ON L4H 0R2
1 (877) 410-6667
2.4 miles from the Conference Facility

Woodbine Hotel & Suites
30 Vice Regent Blvd.
Toronto, ON M9W 7A4
1 (416) 743-9997
2.9 miles from the Conference Facility

Element Vaughn Southwest
6170 Highway 7
Vaughan, ON L4H 0R2
1 (905) 264-6474
2.4 miles from the Conference Facility

Hampton Inn by Hilton Brampton Toronto
8710 The Gore Rd.
Brampton, ON L6P 0B1
1 (905) 488-4888
3.7 miles from the Conference Facility

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