Canadian Electrical Wholesaler

Aug 13, 2018

EHRC LogoElectricity Human Resources Canada (EHRC) has received funding for a new project that will explore the transformational impact of technology, digitalization and innovation on the changing nature of work in the sector.

The labour market data gathered during the research will examine current occupations or job functions facing change or requiring re-skilling or up-skilling, as well as entirely emerging occupations that will require specialized skills. The project will also collect labour market data on women in leadership occupations and positions in the sector to inform evidence-based policymaking, HR strategy and programming for greater integration of women in these roles. In the electricity sector women still represent only a quarter of the workforce despite best efforts to tap into, develop, advance and retain this group. 

This project is funded in part by the Government of Canada’ Sectoral Initiative Program.

“When Canadians know that they’ll have the tools they need to embrace the challenges and opportunities that innovation and new technology bring, we can create the kind of sustained long-term economic growth that works for everyone,” says Patty Hajdu, Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Labour. “Canada’s changing economy makes harnessing the changing nature of work critical to our future.”

“The accelerated pace of change in our sector, including advancements in technology and innovation will also have a huge impact on our workforce,” says EHRC CEO Michelle Branigan. “We need to anticipate what those impacts will be so employers, employees and job seekers alike can respond to the changing structure of the sector and future job opportunities. It will also enable us to support the greater participation and advancement of women into technical and leadership roles within the sector.

This project supports the Government of Canada’s Sectoral Initiative program’s goal to address current and future skills shortages by supporting the development and distribution of sector-specific labour market information.

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National ManufacturingExcellence in Manufacturing Consortium EMC’s Advantage through Excellence: Future of Manufacturing Conference is a 2½ day event exploring the competitive advantages, opportunities and successes that can be achieved by manufacturers through a variety of learning forums — up to 40 workshops, panel sessions, keynote presentations and best practice plant tours — providing delegates with outstanding opportunities for benchmarking, peer networking, learning and sharing of hundreds of best practices. An estimated 500 to 900 manufacturing leaders and stakeholders from across Canada are expected to attend. 

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Rick McCartenBy Rick McCarten

I think it was Bill Gates who said the Internet will not have an effect on society short term, but will have a profound effect on us long term. 

Long term versus short term fascinates me. Making the call for one over the other can determine the success (or failure) of companies today. 

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We often learn how to look forward by first looking back, or at the very least we realize that despite our best efforts we have not truly advanced quite so much as we had thought. Sure, technology is rapidly advancing. That’s beyond question. But what about our approach to selling it? Have we changed that much in the last 20, 40, 60 years? Inevitably there have been advances and changes in marketing, the Internet causing the biggest shift, but many of the concerns and directives that have driven the distribution and marketing of industrial electrical products remain, or at least planted the roots of the concerns of manufacturers and distributors today. 

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