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Electricity Sector Council

Founded in 2005, the Electricity Sector Council (ESC) is a nation wide, not for profit organization funded by the Government of Canada with support of industry partners. Its mandate is to increase the supply of interested and qualified candidates to meet the workforce demand of the electricity sector in Canada. The Council is composed of representatives from utilities, private companies, trade unions, and educators from across the country.

The Council provides human resource and workplace development support to workers employed by the electricity, renewable energy industries and related cogeneration, energy efficiency, and manufacturing and service/consulting industries. Through its research and work with industry employers, the Council is resolving issues such as recruiting and retraining workers, facilitating school-to-work transitions and developing sector and career awareness strategies.

The Electricity Sector Council operates under the guidance of CEO and Executive Director Michelle Branigan, a volunteer Board of Directors and a dedicated staff team in Ottawa.



British Columbia Ministry of Energy, Mines and Petroleum Resources

The Ministry of Energy, Mines and Petroleum Resources is tasked with managing the responsible development of British Columbia’s energy, mining and petroleum resource sectors. Through the promotion of teamwork and positive working relationships with our clients, the ministry facilitates a climate of safe, environmentally responsible and competitive resource management. It is through these initiatives that the ministry will continue to contribute to the economic growth and development of communities throughout British Columbia.

The Ministry’s BC Energy Plan: A Vision for Clean Energy Leadership is a made-in-B.C. solution to the global challenge of ensuring a secure, reliable supply of affordable energy in an environmental responsible way.


BC Hydro

At BC Hydro, we provide more than just electricity. We provide a work environment that includes challenging careers with opportunities for growth. As the third largest electric utility in Canada, BC Hydro serves customers in an area containing over 94% of British Columbia's population. Our primary business activities are the generation and distribution of electricity. We operate 30 hydroelectric facilities and three natural gas-fueled thermal power plants. We live by five core values: safety, integrity, service, accountability and teamwork. As the province's need for power keeps growing, so does BC Hydro's need for talented new team members
who care about our future.




Local 258 of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) represents working men and women in the utility and related industries – operations, maintenance and construction -  as well as in manufacturing and traffic control. We also own a training school (EITI) that provides the classroom portions of the apprenticeships for Power Line Technicians and Utility Arborists in British Columbia.  We take pride in a commitment to the trades we represent, seeking the best training programs and opportunities available to ensure that our members have
highly marketable skill sets.



Columbia Power

Established in 1994, Columbia Power Corporation develops, builds and operates commercially viable, environmentally sound and safe power projects for the benefit of the Province and the residents of the Columbia Basin.

A small organization with approximately 50 full-time positions located in Castlegar in the West Kootenays, Columbia Power oversees the operations of the 145 megawatt Brilliant Dam and Power Plant (purchased in 1996), the 120 megawatt Brilliant Expansion (completed in 2007), and the 185 megawatt Arrow Lakes Generating Station (completed in 2002).

Planning is ongoing for the Waneta Expansion Project, a proposed second power plant at the Waneta Dam on the Pend d’Oreille River near Trail.




Incorporated in 1897, FortisBC has a proud history as the oldest electric utility in British Columbia. The Company’s roots go back to the late 1800s and early 1900s when mining, gold prospecting and wartime activities all contributed to significant growth in Kootenay region.

Today FortisBC serves, directly and indirectly, a diverse base of approximately 155,000 customers in a service territory that is close to 90,000 square kilometers. FortisBC owns hydroelectric generating plants, high voltage transmission lines, and a large network of distribution assets, all located in the southern interior of BC.

The majority of FortisBC’s customers are located in urban centres, including the cities of Kelowna, Oliver, Osoyoos, Princeton, Rossland, Creston, Trail and Castlegar. The Company’s indirect customers include wholesale municipal utilities in Nelson, Grand Forks, Penticton, Summerland and Kelowna.

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