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Panel on Canada’s Electricity Workforce: Adapting for the Future

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Panelists
  • Kevin Weaver Vice President Academic - Georgian College
  • Roberta Hykawy Assistant Business Manager - International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers
  • Adrian Thomas Country President - Schneider Electric

Canada’s electricity industry is undergoing considerable transformation due to the decentralization and democratization of the electricity grid, new technologies like smart meters and the next-generation power grid, and the overall momentum towards clean energy across the country.

This panel, which hosts three Canadian leaders, addresses the challenges that Canada’s electricity workforce must contend with in order to realize a stronger, more diverse and resilient labour pool that will enable Canada to keep the lights on and create a greener and more innovative electricity sector.

Kevin Weaver
Vice President Academic - Georgian College

Kevin Weaver is the Vice President Academic at Georgian College, where he is responsible for the content and delivery of post-secondary programs and apprenticeships for students. Georgian College offers degrees, certificates and apprenticeships for electrical technicians, electrical engineering technology, electrical engineering, and environmental health and safety. 

 

 

 

 

Roberta Hykawy
Assistant Business Manager - International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers

Roberta Hykawy sits on the executive board of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, where she serves as Assistant Business Manager. The union represents more than 1,000 members in Alberta, and seeks to organize and empower electrical industry workers in Canada and the United States. 

 

 

 

 

Adrian Thomas
Country President - Schneider Electric

Adrian Thomas is the Country President of Schneider Electric, and has over 20 years of experience in the electrical and automation industries, previously leading the building segment of the company. Schneider Electric is a French multinational energy and automation company that provides digital solutions to homes, buildings, data centres, infrastructure, and industries to improve efficiency and sustainability.