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The PowerSuite

A forum for women leaders in the energy sector

Women in energy

As part of our ongoing commitment to diversity, Deloitte has launched a series of breakfast seminars for female executives in the energy sector called “The PowerSuite.” The purpose of the breakfast series is to facilitate a better understanding of the trends and issues facing the energy sector in Ontario, to share best practices and to provide a networking opportunity for attendees who are keen to share their knowledge with others, especially young women executives.

“Events like these are a terrific way to keep busy professionals informed on key topics of importance and from the perspective of key players,” said Jane Allen, who is both national leader of Deloitte’s Power & Utilities practice, as well as the firm’s Chief Diversity Officer. “We look forward to continuing to meet that objective throughout the series.”

Attendee response to the events has been very favourable, in particular with respect to the quality of the guest speakers and the opportunity to network with other women leaders.

Recent events

March 25, 2010
Our most recent event featured guest speaker Erin Davis, morning show host for radio station 98.1 CHFI, at Toronto’s InterContinental Hotel. Erin spoke about the struggles of being a woman in a male-dominated industry – not energy, in her case, but broadcasting.

Erin has been a fixture in Canadian broadcasting for more than 25 years, primarily in radio but with a considerable array of related experience in television, live performance and public speaking. Her presentation made for a highly enjoyable and illuminating evening for all attendees.

Past events

November 17, 2009
At our last session for 2009 we had the pleasure of welcoming Rebecca MacDonald, one of the founders and current Executive Chair of Just Energy Income Fund, a Toronto based marketer of gas and electricity. Ms. MacDonald gave a candid commentary on the Ontario energy market and shared her perspective on working in this sector during challenging economic times.

Ms. MacDonald remarked on how she had to navigate in the newly emerging sector of natural gas deregulation and said that in retrospect she had no great vision but credits much of her initial success to a laser focus on her main product, which is stabilizing natural gas prices for consumers by offering long-term contracts. Over the course of her career, Ms. MacDonald has observed that some people like to make business too complex, when in reality much of it can be credited to common sense. One of her personal observations is that women are generally more analytical, which leads to more balanced decision-making. She has had the privilege of getting to know many women in this sector over the years and encourages this group to continue to thrive together, sharing lessons learned and celebrating successes.

April 7, 2009
The PowerSuite was pleased to welcome Ms. Glenna Carr, Chair of the Board of Directors for Atomic Energy of Canada Limited (AECL), to our second 2009 breakfast seminar. Ms. Carr, appointed Chair of AECL’s board in January 2008, gave her perspective on the unique challenges faced by Crown corporation boards, specifically given the current economic climate. During these times of increased public, media and government shareholder pressure, Ms. Carr shared her perspective on governance during this uncertain time, specifically that experience and strong leadership are essential to drive organizational change

January 21, 2009
The first breakfast in 2009, held in Toronto, welcomed more than 35 individuals from key organizations in the energy sector.  We had the pleasure of welcoming Saad Rafi, Deputy Minister of Energy and Infrastructure for the Province of Ontario, as our guest speaker.

Mr. Rafi gave his perspective on the Ontario energy market and discussed three key topics: the impacts of the credit crisis on the Ontario energy market, Ontario’s plan for a green economy, and the role of the Ministry of Energy and Infrastructure as an economic development agency. His overall message was positive – in short, he said it is an exciting time to be a part of this sector, with increased investment and commitment to energy conservation.  Even with the impact of the global financial crisis, the stimulative effects of infrastructure spend are top of mind.

February 6, 2008
This special installment in the PowerSuite series involved an interactive evening of networking, cocktails and fine dining at Toronto’s Gardiner Museum featuring not only a presentation, but also food prepared, by celebrated Canadian chef Jamie Kennedy.

Kennedy is known for his commitment to environmental issues and his support for organic agriculture, local producers and traditional methods. Making every effort to minimize the impact of operations on the environment, Kennedy is continuously on the lookout for like-minded suppliers and better methods of work, principles that fit well with PowerSuite’s goal to heighten awareness of the key issues facing the energy sector.

April 26, 2007
Our first ever event took place at the Royal Ontario Museum (ROM), where attendees were treated to cocktails and hors d’oeuvres before a private tour of the exhibit “Ancient Peru Unearthed: Golden Treasures of a Lost Civilization.”

Following the tour, ROM Chair Sal Badali gave an update on Renaissance ROM, one of the largest museum projects in the world that has restored the ROM’s heritage buildings and galleries and created the provocative Michael Lee-Chin Crystal, designed by architect Daniel Libeskind. Attendees were invited to remain on site after Mr. Badali’s presentation to network with their colleagues and peers.

For more information about upcoming events, contact us today.