Bruce Power has been named one of Canada’s Best Diversity Employers for the second year in a row on the strength of its commitment to inclusivity through programs and training opportunities.
The Canada’s Top 100 Employers Project 2022 Best Diversity Employers list compares organizations to determine those that offer the most progressive and forward-thinking programs. Bruce Power has been recognized for its diversity programs for women and visible minorities, Indigenous employment programs, leadership training, and mental health initiatives and employee services.
“We are extremely proud of the steps we’ve made towards building an inclusive and diverse workforce and workplace,” said Chris Mudrick, Bruce Power’s Chief Nuclear Officer and Executive Sponsor of the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion program. “We’ve come a long way, and we’re starting to see the results of our efforts, and we’re excited to take it to the next level.”
Bruce Power continues to make progress in its relationship and reconciliation efforts with the Métis Nation of Ontario, the Historic Saugeen Métis and the Saugeen Ojibway Nation, on whose traditional territory the site sits. The company has focused on increasing Indigenous employment and created economic opportunities within the communities.
This year, Bruce Power is launching an Indigenous Leadership Development Program to provide growth opportunities to Indigenous employees. Last year, the company unveiled an Indigenous Champions Program for employees to further promote cultural awareness, advocate for increased employment opportunities for Indigenous candidates and businesses, and encourage involvement at community events and activities.
Along with its industry partners, Bruce Power also launched a first-of-its-kind pre-apprentice millwright program that provided educational support to Indigenous candidates with placements within the nuclear industry
“Now that we have more Indigenous employees in our workplace, it’s incumbent on us to provide development opportunities for leadership roles,” Mudrick said.
As part of its commitment to progress on its diversity, equity and inclusion journey, Bruce Power partnered with Diversio, a Canadian-owned business, to perform an in-depth internal audit consisting of interviews with organizational leaders and an evaluation of our programs, policies and procedures to identify areas of opportunity and support the growth of inclusion.
As a signatory of the Leadership Accord on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in the electricity industry, the company has made a public commitment to promote the value of diversity and inclusion in their organizations. The accord provides a platform to create a culture of equality and inclusion, while facilitating opportunities for underrepresented groups and to support women into traditionally male-dominated roles.
To that end, 30 per cent of hires into non-traditional roles (trades, Maintenance, and Operations) were filled by women in 2021, a significant increase from five years ago.
Bruce Power was also among 300 Canadian companies in 2020 to sign the BlackNorth Initiative to work towards ending anti-Black systemic racism. In 2021, Bruce Power held educational community events and provided resources to local schools and libraries that support Black cultural awareness and history.
Canada’s Best Diversity Employers recognizes employers across Canada that have exceptional workplace diversity and inclusiveness programs. This competition recognizes successful diversity initiatives in a variety of areas, including programs for employees from five groups: women; members of visible minorities; persons with disabilities; Indigenous peoples; and lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender/transsexual peoples.
For a full list of winners and more information, visit www.canadastop100.com/diversity.
About Bruce Power
Bruce Power is an electricity company based in Bruce County, Ontario. We are powered by our people. Our 4,200 employees are the foundation of our accomplishments and are proud of the role they play in safely delivering clean, reliable, low-cost nuclear power to families and businesses across the province and life-saving medical isotopes around the world. Bruce Power has worked hard to build strong roots in Ontario and is committed to protecting the environment and supporting the communities in which we live. Formed in 2001, Bruce Power is a Canadian-owned partnership of TC Energy, OMERS, the Power Workers’ Union and The Society of United Professionals. Learn more at www.brucepower.com and follow us on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram and YouTube.