Leadership Conference for Women in Energy - Canada

April 21-22, 2021


Wednesday, April 21, 2021 : Central Time

12:45 – 1:00 p.m.
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1:00 – 1:10 p.m.
Welcome, Overview and Introductions

1:00 – 5:00 p.m.
Conference Timing

1:10 - 2:00 p.m. :: Keynote Address: Professional Success in Extraordinary Times 

Women in the energy industry face distinct challenges finding success in leadership roles, the complications of which have only been made more acute over the last 12 months. How do professional women navigate a remote work environment, when the boardrooms they now occupy largely sit empty? This discussion will cover topics that include:

Amanda Klein, Executive Vice-President, Public and Regulatory Affairs & Chief Legal Officer, Toronto Hydro

2:00 - 3:00 p.m. :: Messages from the MUSH Sector

During this session, the President & CEO of ENWIN Utilities Ltd., and an active board member of several organizations, will speak about her career progression and involvement in all sectors of the MUSH (Municipalities, Universities, School Boards, & Hospitals). She will share best practices and lessons learned along the way that allowed her to advance her career.

Helga Reidel, President & CEO, ENWIN

3:00-3:15 p.m. :: Afternoon Break

3:15 – 3:45 p.m. :: Candid Conversation: Advancing to the C-Suite

In this session, a female CEO will share her personal story of beating the odds to rise to the top of her organization, and share lessons learned along the way. Topics include:

Nicole McNeill, President & Chief Administrative Officer, Municipal Property Assessment Corporation (MPAC)

3:30 – 4:30 p.m. :: Managing Difficult Conversations

Few experiences are more stressful than tackling a difficult situation. However, if handled well, these conversations can help promote a stronger and healthier workplace. This session will address:

Sandi Morrisseau, Indigenous Relations Advisor, STRAD

4:30 – 5:00 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. 

5:00 p.m. :: Day One Adjourns

Thursday, April 22, 2021 : Central Time

8:45 – 9:00 a.m.
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9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Conference Timing

9:00 - 10:00 a.m. :: Panel: Bringing Your Authentic Self to the Workplace

Research demonstrates that authentic leaders help foster trust and open communication within an organization which in turn enhances engagement amongst team members.  Authentic leadership can be challenging for women.  There are those that may feel that staying true to one’s self could be negatively stereotyped. This session explores the key attributes of being an authentic leader and methods to incorporate into your daily work activities to help you lead with authenticity.

Tanya Messer, Manager, Distribution Control Centre, SaskPower

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

Josie Erzetic, Chief Regulatory Officer & General Counsel, Electrical Safety Authority

Emily Thorn-Corthay, Chair, Energy Task Force, Ontario Society of Professional Engineers

10:00  - 10:45 a.m. :: Update on the MARC Program: Men as Change Agents

This session will include an overview and an update on progress within Catalyst’s Men Advocating Real Change (MARC) program. This program was 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 will be talking with a panel of men who will share their perspectives on the MARC program.

Moderator: Vandana Juneja, Executive Director, Canada, Catalyst

*Discussion panel featuring male panelists from the Men Advocating Real Change program

10:45 - 11:00 a.m. :: Morning Break

11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. :: 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:

Kathy McCrum, Vice President, Human Resources & Safety, SaskPower

Margaret Kenequanash, CEO, Watay Power

12:00 - 1:00 p.m. :: Lunch Break

1:00 – 2:00 p.m. :: Key Energy Trends

The energy landscape is rapidly evolving. Traditional centers of demand are being overtaken by fast growing emerging markets. The energy mix is shifting, driven by technological improvements and environmental concerns. More than ever, the energy industry needs to adapt to meet those changing needs and demands.  In this session, we’ll look at current key areas of change and what the short-term and long-term future of energy will look like.

Shelley Moister-Davis, Senior Director, Landis + Gyr

2:00 – 2:45 p.m. :: Transforming Company Culture

Fostering a workplace culture that supports diversity and equity 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. This session will highlight the following objectives:

Robin Riddell, Vice-President Human Resources, Independent Electricity System Operator (IESO)

 2:45 – 3:30 p.m. :: An Intro to Mindfulness and Breathing Awareness

3:30 – 3:45 p.m. :: Afternoon Break

3:45 - 4:45 p.m. :: Advice for Emerging Leaders

Oftentimes, succeeding as a leader takes a different skill set than those of our original roles. As a new or potential leader, adopting a role with management responsibilities can take time. This session will provide emerging leaders with advice and strategies to facilitate a smoother leadership transition. Panel topics will include:


Jodi Engel, Vice President, Human Resources and Employee Labour Relations, Toronto Hydro

Diane Roy, VP, Regulatory Affairs, Fortis BC

Kristyn Zorzi, Director, , Human Resources, Bruce Power

Diana Stephenson, Vice President, Public Affairs, ENMAX

4:45 p.m. :: Conference Adjourns



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.

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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.

Requirements for Successful Completion of Program

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

Instructional Methods

Case studies & PowerPoint presentations

Who Should Attend

Women and men within the energy industry in search of a solution-oriented discussion on how to implement change in the industry, and female professionals within the energy industry trying to develop the necessary skills and confidence to find success in a male-dominated field.

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