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Meet Canada’s Best Employers For Diversity 2022 – Forbes

Jul 12, 2022

To get a sense of why Hydro-Québec is committed to diversity, start at the top. When president and CEO Sophie Brochu talks about creating a more sustainable low-carbon future, she focuses on communities and people. As head of the government-owned corporation, and first woman to do so, she wants Canada’s largest electricity provider to reflect the diversity of the people it serves. And she backs up that priority with recruitment strategies, internship programs, philanthropy and employee resource groups targeted at LGBTQ+, race, indigenous communities, people with disabilities and more.

Manuelle Alix-Surprenant, who manages Hydro-Québec’s equity, diversity and inclusion initiatives, says the goal is not just to attract top talent but also to retain it. “If they don’t stay because they don’t feel welcome, or they don’t feel in a safe space, it’s almost useless,” says Alix-Surprenant. If offered the right support, though, many employees are able to increase job satisfaction and work at the top of their game. That’s why the company is now hiring a special care counselor to give disabled employees—and the teams in which they operate—the tools and support they need to eliminate hurdles to productivity at work.

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