At Capital Power, delivering Responsible Energy for Tomorrow means advancing the participation of women in energy and closing the gender gap. Our Diversity and Inclusion (D&I) Committee is proud to announce that Capital Power has joined the Equal by 30 campaign to demonstrate our commitment to gender equity as an integral part of the global transition to clean energy.
“Capital Power is committed to supporting the careers and advancement of women. We understand the value diverse perspectives and skillsets bring at every level of our organization and are proud of the many exceptional women leading our company as we work to build a sustainable, low-carbon energy future.” – Brian Vaasjo, President & CEO
Equal by 30 is part of the global Clean Energy, Education and Empowerment Initiative (C3E), co-sponsored by the International Energy Agency (IEA), and championed in Canada by the Federal Government through Natural Resources Canada. The initiative believes gender equality is essential to successful clean energy transformation and asks the public and private sectors to endorse principles, set commitments, and take concrete actions to support women in energy and help close the gender gap. More than simply a campaign – Equal by 30 is a commitment to work towards equal pay, equal leadership, and equal opportunities for women in the clean energy sector by 2030.
“Successfully transforming our energy system to support a low-carbon, sustainable future will not happen without women at the table. We need an ‘all-of-the-above’ approach to advance the global transition to clean energy – that means bringing together diverse minds and pursuing solutions in all forms to tackle the climate crisis and build a sustainable future for generations to come.” – Kate Chisholm, SVP, Planning, Stakeholder Relations and Chief Sustainability Officer
Through our participation in Equal by 30, we are endorsing and committing to the following high-level principles:
- We aim to lead by example, integrating equality principles into our organization and policies.
- We will step up our efforts to promote gender diversity activities in areas of recruitment and career advancement.
- We pledge to highlight and support women and close the gender gap in our business.
- We will provide leadership, and share our experiences and lessons learned on gender diversity programming and initiatives.
- We recognize the importance of reporting on progress and will support efforts to improve the collection of gender disaggregated data in order to report on our progress in a transparent and open manner.
“Cultivating a gender-equitable team with diverse backgrounds and perspectives enriches our culture and decision-making processes, fosters creative thinking and ultimately improves our overall performance.” – Jacquie Pylypiuk, SVP, People, Culture and Technology
Through our D&I and broader company-wide initiatives, we’re committed to improving gender representation throughout our organization. Women currently make up 44% of our Board of Directors, and our recent organizational realignment moves us further towards gender equality with women now representing 43% of our Executive team.
“I’m proud to work for an organization that understands the value women bring to the leadership table. As Chief Financial Officer, I’m part of an Executive Team that engages equally, supports diversity and inclusion, and empowers a leadership mentality in all our female employees to grow their careers.” – Sandra Haskins, SVP, Finance and Chief Financial Officer
As we operate in a largely male-dominated industry, particularly in certain trades and professions, we recognize that additional progress will take time. The Equal by 30 principles will help inform our assessment and design of programs to help us achieve our diversity goals across all levels and aspects of the company, and the reporting of our progress.
Learn more about diversity and inclusion practices, as well as our commitment to sustainability in our 2019 Integrated Annual Report.
About the author: Lindsay Cooper is a member of the Capital Power D&I Committee.
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