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OTTAWA, Ontario–Electricity Human Resources Canada (EHRC), Canada’s leading source for human resources research and tools for the electricity and renewable energy industry, today announced that Mike Allen, Ontario Power Generation’s Senior Vice President, Nuclear Refurbishment, has won its Leader of the Year award. Mr. Allen will be honoured at EHRC’s awards luncheon on February 28th in downtown Toronto.

Following a long career working in the energy sector, Mr. Allen joined OPG in 2003 as a Maintenance Manager at Pickering Nuclear Generating Station. Fourteen years later, he is now leading the thousands of staff working on OPG’s $12.8 billion Darlington Refurbishment project. He is recognized for his vision, leadership and his tireless work supporting the workforce of the electricity industry. Mr. Allen also sits on the Board of the Electrical Power Systems Construction Association (EPSCA).

“We are delighted to recognize Mike as this year’s recipient. As the leader of a critical initiative, OPG’s Darlington Refurbishment, he understands and demonstrates how important people are to the outcome of a successful project,” said Jim Kellett, Board Chair, EHRC. “As an inspirational leader, Mike personifies many of our key objectives for this award such as passion, employee development, communications with staff, and motivation.”

The Leader of the Year award was established by EHRC in 2013 to recognize and celebrate an individual who has made an outstanding contribution to their organization within the Canadian electricity industry through visionary people management strategies and leadership. The successful nominee is an individual who has affected positive change and is dedicated to ensuring that their workforce has the opportunity and skills to contribute to their company’s overall strategy and success.

Please join us for a very special event on February 28th, 2018 as we celebrate Mr. Allen’s contributions to the electricity workforce.

Mr. Allen will be honoured at EHRC’s Awards luncheon with the largest industry players expected in attendance. EHRC will also host a special presentation on the preliminary findings emerging from its 2017 – 2022 Labour Market Information (LMI) Study for the Canadian Electricity industry. This body of research aims to provide practical insights to guide the industry’s human resources management and planning, including the most up to date issues and statistics that impact the sector, along with subsequent implications on the skilled labour supply-demand gap.

Further details about the event can be found at EHRC’s web site.

When: February 28th, 10:00am – 2:00pm

Where: Vantage Venues (the former St. Andrew’s Club & Conference Centre) 27th floor, 150 King St. West, Toronto, ON

National recognition will also be given to the recipients of the five award categories as noted below:

  • Leader of the Year – Recipient: Mike Allen, Ontario Power Generation.
  • Emerging Leader of the Year
  • Innovation in HR – Educational and Training Institution
  • Innovation in HR – Employer
  • Workplace Diversity and Inclusion Champion

Sponsorship: The latest event sponsors include: The Independent Electricity System Operator (IESO), The Alberta Electric System Operator (AESO) and media partner, Kerrwil Publications. Additional information on sponsorships is available at EHRC’s web site.

About Electricity Human Resources Canada

Electricity 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 is a not-for-profit organization helping to keep the lights on in Canada by enabling a world-class workforce for the entire electricity industry. 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



Electricity Human Resources Canada
Michelle Branigan, CEO
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