Participation reinforces Survalent’s commitment to ensuring a fair, equitable, and inclusive workplace for all employees
BRAMPTON, ON — July 5, 2018 — Survalent, a leading provider of advanced distribution management system (ADMS) software, is proud to announce its participation in the Leadership Accord on Gender Diversity in the Canadian Electricity Industry (“the Accord”). In signing the Accord, Survalent joins a growing list of industry leaders committed to ensuring fair hiring practices, training, and mentorship opportunities for women seeking to pursue careers in the electrical industry.
The Accord, which was developed by Electricity Human Resources Canada and the Connected Women steering committee, is a public commitment by employers, educators, unions, and governments to promote the values of diversity and inclusion within their organizations. Signatories agree to support the development of women in the industry through fair hiring practices, comprehensive training, and mentorship opportunities that help all individuals reach their full potential.
“The electrical industry is traditionally a male-dominated one, with women comprising only a quarter of the workforce. Yet, studies show that diversity drives innovation, engagement, and profitability,” notes Steve Mueller, President and Chief Executive Officer of Survalent. “With the power sector undergoing disruption due to new technologies and a move toward clean energy, there’s never been a better time to encourage the fresh and innovative viewpoints of a diverse workforce.”
“The Accord lays out a clear path for achieving equality, respect, and inclusion at all levels and for all participants, and offers greater potential for women to thrive within the electrical industry,” commented Kathy Lerette, Vice President of Business Transformation at Alectra Utilities. Lerette, who serves as the Vice Chair of the Board of Directors for Electricity Human Resources Canada, presented the Accord to Mueller who signed it during the Women in Renewable Energy (WiRE) event hosted by Survalent on July 4, 2018.
A 2017 study by Grant Thornton surveyed over 5,000 mid-market businesses in 36 countries to determine the percentage of senior executive roles filled by women. In Canada, women represent 23% of senior leaders, slightly below the 25% worldwide figure. At Survalent, 44% of executive roles are held by women – nearly double the national average.
“Survalent has always valued the unique insights that arise from a diverse workforce. By signing on to the Accord, we’re formalizing our commitment to gender diversity and will continue to foster an inclusive culture in which all of our employees have equal opportunity to learn, grow, and excel,” concluded Mueller.
About the Leadership Accord on Gender Diversity
The Accord was developed by EHRC and the Connected Women steering committee, a group of industry stakeholders who collaboratively developed a national mentorship program for women in the sector (Connected Women Mentorship Program) which was launched May 31, 2017.
To learn more, visit http://electricityhr.ca/workplace-support/diversity-inclusion/ehrc-leadership-accord/
About Electricity Human Resources Canada
Electricity Human Resources Canada (EHRC) is Canada’s most trusted source of objective human resources information and tools to help the Canadian electricity industry match workforce supply and demand. EHRC helps to build a better workforce by strengthening the ability of the Canadian electricity industry to meet current and future needs for a highly skilled, safety-focused, diverse and productive workforce. For more information, visit http://www.ElectricityHR.ca.
Survalent (survalent.com) is the most trusted provider of advanced distribution management systems (ADMS) for electric, gas, transit and water/wastewater utilities across the globe. Over 600 customers in 30 countries have implemented the SurvalentONE platform to improve operational efficiencies, customer satisfaction and network reliability. The company’s comprehensive substation automation solution, StationCentral, delivers advanced control and monitoring for enhanced network performance and protection. To learn more, visit us at www.survalent.com. Follow us on Twitter @Survalent and LinkedIn.
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