Waterpower Industry Partners with Natural Resources Canada on Furthering Diversity


OWA Working to Advance the Participation of Women in the Clean Energy Transition

(Sept. 5, 2018 Toronto) The Ontario Waterpower Association (OWA) is pleased to announce a new partnership with Natural Resources Canada (NRCan) focused on advancing the participation of women in the industry. The Equal by 30 campaign is a commitment by organizations to work towards equal pay, equal leadership and equal opportunities for women in the clean energy sector by 2030.

Today, OWA President Paul Norris attended the ‘Powering up Canada’s Energy Sector by Advancing Gender Equality’ event and signed onto the Equal by 30 campaign. The event featured Dr. Imogen Coe, the Founding Dean of the Faculty of Science at Ryerson University and an advocate for equity, diversity and inclusivity in science, technology, engineering and math.

“Gender equality is not a nice-to-have, but a must-have,” said the Honourable Amarjeet Sohi, Minister of Natural Resources Canada, “We will only achieve a cleaner energy future by ensuring that women are fully engaged. Congratulations to the Ontario Waterpower Association for signing onto the campaign and committing to achieving gender equality by 2030. The Government of Canada will continue to lead by example and encourage more Canadian companies to join the campaign.”

“We are thrilled to be collaborating with NRCan to strengthen and support opportunities for women in the clean energy sector,” said Heather Ferguson, Chair of the OWA’s Board of Directors and VP Electrification Development at Ontario Power Generation, “Collaborating in these important areas will help ensure we have the talent and diversity required to sustain and grow the waterpower industry.”

The Equal by 30 Campaign is part of the Clean Energy, Education and Empowerment Initiative (C3E), which works to advance the participation of women in the clean energy transition, and close the gender gap. It is a joint Clean Energy Ministerial (CEM) and International Energy Agency (IEA) initiative.