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By - Jon Brown

Women’s Leadership in Energy Conference – Canada
July 8-9, 2020 | Online :: Eastern Time

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Overview

Out of an abundance of caution and respect for the health and safety of our attendees and speakers, attendance for this event is now completely online. 

Join the nation’s most successful women leaders in energy as they share their industry knowledge, strategies and experiences on how to accelerate positive organizational change and personal growth! This online summit will allow you to participate in knowledge sharing and collaboration while building relationships and enhancing your professional network. 

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.  The program format includes keynote addresses, panel sessions and interactive group discussions. 

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  

  • Discuss leadership styles, how to develop leadership potential, and key qualities in a leader 
  • Review two executives’ journeys to the highest levels of their organization 
  • Describe why perfectionism is counter-productive and how to focus on what’s important 
  • Explain diversity and inclusion initiatives various organizations have developed 
  • Discuss lessons learned during one CEO’s multi-industry career 
  • Address leadership techniques at different levels of management 
  • Identify key energy trends and their impact 
  • Participate in an introduction to mindfulness and breathing awareness 
  • Explain how to overcome career roadblocks 

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 0.9 CEUs for this conference and 0.3 CEUs for the workshop.

Upon successful completion of this event, program participants interested in receiving CPE credits will receive a certificate of completion.

CPE Credits: 11.0 for the conference and 3 credits for the workshop
There is no prerequisite.
Program Level: Beginner/Intermediate
Delivery Methood: Group-Live
Advanced Preperation: None

CpeEUCI is registered with the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy (NASBA) as a sponsor of continuing professional education on the National Registry of CPE Sponsors. State boards of accountancy have final authority on the acceptance of individual courses for CPE credit.

Requirements for Successful Completion of Program 

Participants must be in attendance for the entirety of the conference to be eligible for continuing education credit. 

 Instructional Methods

Case studies & PowerPoint presentations 

Agenda

Wednesday, July 8, 2020 – Eastern Time

12:45 – 1:00 p.m. :: Login

1:00 – 1:10 p.m. :: Conference Introduction  


1:10 – 2:00 p.m. :: Sponsors vs. Mentors:  What’s the Difference and Why it Matters 

Women in predominately male business sectors, such as the energy industry, face some distinct challenges in advancing as leaders within their organizations. One of the best ways to help advance your career is through mentoring and sponsoring. Mentoring and sponsoring relationships help connect you with others who have skills, knowledge, experience, and expertise in your areas of interest, as well as establish support networks. In this session, we will discuss ways to both find and become successful mentors and sponsors, including: 

  • What is a sponsor? 
  • What is a mentor? 
  • Why are they different? 
  • How do you find a sponsor and a mentor? 

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


2:00 – 3:00 p.m. :: Succeeding as a Leader  

Oftentimes, succeeding as a leader takes a different skill set than those of our original roles. This panel session will discuss: 

  • Leadership styles 
  • Developing leadership potential 
  • Leading vs. managing 
  • Key leadership qualities 

Moderator: Theresa Dekker, VP Corporate Business Development and Strategy, Ontario Power Generation

Michelle Branigan, Chief Executive Officer, Electricity Human Resources Canada 

Lisa Hutchens, Vice President, Financial Services, Newfoundland and Labrador Hydro

3:00 – 3:15 p.m. :: Short Break  


3:15 – 3:45 p.m. :: Candid Conversations: An Executive’s Journey to the Top

Great leaders don’t just happen randomly or by sheer luck.  In this session, you will hear a senior level executive share inspiring personal stories of how she beat the odds to reach the highest levels of  her organization. A few of the points to be discussed include:

  • Leveraging opportunity and relationships
  • How self-perception and our view of the world around us impacts our opportunities for success
  • How women can develop their leadership capabilities at each stage of their career

Aida Cipolla, Executive Vice President & Chief Financial Officer, Toronto Hydro 


3:45 – 4:45 p.m. :: Perfectionism is Paralysis: Learn How to Stop Doing it All and Just Get it Done

In this session, you will learn how destructive the pursuit of perfectionism is, and the consequences to both our confidence and careers.  We will examine the Automatic Negative Thoughts (ANTs) and cognitive distortions (messed-up thinking styles) that can fuel our perfectionist tendencies. We will also discuss the myth of multitasking and how trying to do it all kills our productivity and our confidence. You’ll learn time management strategies backed by science to help you focus on what’s important. Lastly, we will discuss how to break up with our people-pleasing habits that keep us locked into saying yes to everyone else’s demands of our time. Learning how to say NO to others in order to say YES to ourselves is a crucial step in breaking the habits of perfectionism, multitasking and people-pleasing.

Professor Maja, Sociologist, Confidence-Builder, Author, TEDx Speaker 

4:45 – 5:30 p.m. :: Virtual Networking Reception

All are invited to participate in this interactive Q&A session designed to allow attendees to engage with presenters in an open forum. 

5:30 p.m. :: Day One Adjourns 


Thursday, July 9, 2020 – Eastern Time 

9:45 – 10:00 a.m. :: Login 


10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. :: Panel: Diversity & Inclusion Initiatives 

A company culture of diversity and inclusion has myriad benefits. Studies show companies that embrace diversity and inclusion have lower turnover, higher levels of innovation, and attract stronger talent. In this session, we will discuss the importance of diversity and inclusion initiatives and the programs various organizations have developed. 

Moderator: Merertu Mogga Frissa, Program Manager of Diversity & Inclusion, Electricity Human Resources Canada

Vivian Yoanidis, Director, Talent Acquisition, Diversity & Inclusion, Hydro One

Mehri Molanaie, Manager of Projects, Ontario Power Generation

Lisa Leochko, Diversity Officer, Manitoba Hydro


11:00 – 11:50 a.m. :: Lessons Learned Throughout a Multi-Industry Career 

Pauline McLean, Vice President, Law, General Counsel & Corporate Secretary, AESO

11:50 a.m. – 12:05 p.m. :: Short Break 


12:05 – 1:15 p.m. :: PANEL: Leadership at all Levels  

Successful companies need leadership at all levels. Each level of leadership brings its own benefits and challenges. During this session, panelists will discuss:

  • Leadership techniques at different levels of management
  • Engaging your team
  • Impacting company culture
  • Developing strong communication across all levels

Reena Goyal, Counsel, McCarthy Tetrault

Sue Gagné, Director, Talent Management, IESO

Sara Dolatshahi, Senior Manager, Nuclear Operations Training, Ontario Power Generation

1:15 – 2:15 p.m. :: Lunch Break 


2:15 – 3:00 p.m. :: Transforming  Company Culture

  • The Alectra Story- integration of 5 companies cultures
  • Importance of leaders at all levels
  • Making culture transformation stick
  • How you can influence culture change

Indy Butany-DeSouza, Vice President, Regulatory Affairs and Privacy Officer, Alectra Utilities


3:00 – 3:30 pm :: An Intro to Mindfulness and Breathing Awareness

3:30 – 3:45 pm :: Short Break


3:45 – 4:30 pm :: Coping with Pandemic Career Challenges

As the pandemic upends work and home life, women have carried an outsized share of the burden. Women are more likely to lose a job and more likely to shoulder the load of closed schools and day care. The unemployment crisis sparked by the global coronavirus pandemic has delivered an unprecedented blow to women in the United States. At 16.2 percent, women’s unemployment in April was nearly three points higher than men’s unemployment. In this session, we will discuss the unique challenges women face in the coming months and best practices for navigating the continuing crisis.

Rania Anderson, Author and Executive Coach, The Way Women Work (invited)


4:30 – 5:30 p.m. :: Overcoming Career Roadblocks

In this session, the panel members will share their personal experiences in dealing with challenges and obstacles- and successful strategies and tactics they have employed to overcome them.  Topics will include:

  • The unwritten rules of the workplace
  • Unconscious bias
  • The importance of role models to break down barriers to advancement
  • Finding & becoming effective mentors & sponsors
  • Work-life balance

Moderator: Jackie Desouza, Director Corporate Communications, Ontario Power Generation

Indy Butany-DeSouza, Vice President, Regulatory Affairs and Privacy Officer, Alectra Utilities

Miranda Keating Erickson, Vice President, Markets, AESO

Diana Stephenson, Vice President, Public Affairs, ENMAX         

Dawn Mehrer, Vice President Customer Service and Information Systems, Fortis BC

5:30 p.m. :: Conference Adjourns 

Workshop

Forget the Apologies and Learn to Lead with Confidence

Wednesday, July 8, 2020 – Eastern Time

8:45 – 9:00 a.m. :: Login

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

Overview

Apologies are confidence killers. So, why are women apologizing all the time? Apologies matter, and with every unnecessary apology we give, we chip away at our confidence. Our mission in this workshop is to turn our apologetic communication styles into confidence building lingo. Apologies have become our habitual way of communicating and it’s intimately linked to our feelings of being an imposter. The imposter syndrome ensures we never feel “good enough”; we constantly undervalue ourselves and feel like we don’t belong. Feeling like an imposter is demoralizing and exhausting, but most of all, it kills our confidence and ability to step out of our comfort zones, take a risk and play big.

The first half of this workshop will focus on communication blunders and you’ll learn:

  • Why apologies hurt our confidence and how to stop needlessly apologizing
  • How to strengthen your communication skills by avoiding minimizing and disqualifying lingo
  • How to switch out common communication pitfalls for more confident lingo
  • To slay your fears around constructive feedback by learning how to give & receive criticism
  • Practice public speaking drills in 1-minute intervals

The 2nd half of this workshop will focus on the imposter syndrome and you will learn:

  • What the imposter syndrome is and the main fears behind it
  • How to contextualize imposter syndrome feelings, instead of personalizing them
  • What the main characteristics are and how it shows up in your life
  • The poor coping strategies most people employ that lead us to play safe and keep small
  • How to deal with failures so you don’t internalize them

 

Workshop Instructor

Maja Jovanović Ph.D. (Professor Maja)

Professor Maja is a sociologist, professional speaker, author, and TEDx speaker. She’s also an apology-hater, confidence-builder and recovering make-up addict. You can catch Professor Maja on CTV’s The Social and Breakfast Television Toronto where she is a guest expert. Professor Maja runs a leadership organization that trains women to improve their confidence, communication, and mindset. Maja speaks to women of all ages on topics such as: confidence, perfectionism, imposter syndrome, people-pleasing, negative mindsets, multi-tasking and time-management, and lastly, body positivity. Professor Maja has authored two books:  Hey Ladies, Stop Apologizing…and other career mistakes women make and Hey Ladies, Stop Apologizing, THE WORKBOOK. Her third book dealing with perfectionism is due in 2020. Her audiobook, a best-of compilation of her two books is available on Audible. Connect with Professor Maja:  Website: www.professormaja.com Email: [email protected]

Twitter/IG/LinkedIn: @professormaja          

“Inspiring and moving”– Program Manager, PMC

“I am so happy that I chose to take the leap and register for the pre-conference workshop. Wow! Professor Maja far surpassed my expectations on the caliber of speaker and material covered. With humor and wisdom, she really caught our attention on Forget the Apologies & Learn to Lead with Confidence.”– Concept Engineer, Shell

“The speaker was amazing. She added humor and kept everyone engaged in the content. Everything discussed was something that I deal with and she helped provide tools to get better.” – Manager, Williams

“This session has helped me to understand the importance of self-compassion and to give permission to myself to recognize where I am and that it’s okay to fail. Also, it has been a great opportunity to be aware of where we sit out when we are constantly apologizing for anything. What a great way to self-reflect when we say sorry that we really mean it.” – Supervisor, Enbridge

Speakers

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

Michelle Branigan, Chief Executive Officer, Electricity Human Resources Canada

Indy Butany-DeSouza, Vice President, Regulatory Affairs and Privacy Officer, Alectra Utilities

Aida Cipolla, Executive Vice President & Chief Financial Officer, Toronto Hydro

Jessica DeLong, Manager- Stakeholder Relations, Saint John Energy

Sara Dolatshahi, Senior Manager, Nuclear Operations Training Ontario Power Generation

Sue Gagné, Director,Talent Management, Independent Electricity System Operator

Lisa Hutchens, Vice President, Financial Services, Newfoundland and Labrador Hydro

Barb Gray, Senior Vice President- People & Safety, Alectra Utilities

Miranda Keating Erickson, Vice President, AESO

Lisa Leochko, Diversity Officer, Manitoba Hydro

Professor Maja, Sociologist, Confidence-Builder, Author, TEDx Speaker

Kathy McCrum, Vice President of Human Resources & Safety, SaskPower (invited)

Merertu Mogga Frissa, Program Manager of Diversity & Inclusion, Electricity Human Resources Canada

Mehri Molanaie, Manager of Projects, Ontario Power Generation

Lyne Parent-Garvey, Chief Human Resources Officer, Hydro Ottawa

Reena Goyal, Counsel, McCarthy Tetrault

Diana Stephenson, Vice President, Public Affairs, ENMAX

Online Delivery

We will be using Microsoft Teams to facilitate your participation in the upcoming event. You do not need to have an existing Teams account in order to participate in the broadcast – the course will play in your browser and you will have the option of using a microphone to speak with the room and ask questions, or type any questions in via the chat window and our on-site representative will relay your question to the instructor.

  • You will receive a meeting invitation will include a link to join the meeting.
  • Separate meeting invitations will be sent for the morning and afternoon sessions of the course.
    • You will need to join the appropriate meeting at the appropriate time.
  • If you are using a microphone, please ensure that it is muted until such time as you need to ask a question.
  • The remote meeting connection will be open approximately 30 minutes before the start of the course. We encourage you to connect as early as possible in case you experience any unforeseen problems.

Register

Please Note: Confirmed speakers do not need to register and are encouraged to participate in all sessions of the event. If you are a speaker and have any questions please contact our offices at 1.303.770.8800

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Your registration may be transferred to a member of your organization up to 24 hours in advance of the event. Cancellations must be received on or before June 12, 2020 in order to be refunded and will be subject to a US $195.00 processing fee per registrant. No refunds will be made after this date. Cancellations received after this date will create a credit of the tuition (less processing fee) good toward any other EUCI event. This credit will be good for six months from the cancellation date. In the event of non-attendance, all registration fees will be forfeited. In case of conference cancellation, EUCIs liability is limited to refund of the event registration fee only. For more information regarding administrative policies, such as complaints and refunds, please contact our offices at 303-770-8800

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