Valuing Diversity

Valuing Diversity

As a top-20 North American energy provider working in Canada, the United States and the Caribbean, our team members come from a wide array of cultural backgrounds. This is an important aspect of who we are. Our strength comes from our diversity of identities and expertise. Emera companies are equal opportunity employers and are committed to hiring practices and a workplace environment that provides employment opportunities for all.

Board & Executive Diversity

Demonstrating the importance of diversity starts at the very top. One third of Emera’s 12 board seats were occupied by women in 2016, including our board chair. Emera’s focus on board diversity was a factor in being awarded the No. 1 spot in the 2016 Globe and Mail Board Games ranking for governance. And at Emera Inc., 39 per cent of our executive leadership team are women.

Jackie Sheppard AGM 2017

Supporting women in trades & technology

Emera Newfoundland and Labrador’s Diversity Plan sets out our approach to working with our contractors on the Maritime Link project to ensure that women, Aboriginal Peoples, individuals with disabilities and visible minorities have equal opportunity for roles in which they have been traditionally under-represented in the workplace.

Women Unlimited is an organization that promotes more roles for women in the trades and technology fields. In 2015, the Maritime Link project engaged 19 skilled and talented women from Women Unlimited to complete a steel tower assembly program in Sydney, Cape Breton. From that group, six went on to be hired full time with the project. An additional  four Women Unlimited participants also were hired and as a result of the work experience, a number of women have gone on to start apprenticeships as carpenters and industrial electricians.

Fostering supplier diversity

Supplier DiversityOur companies in Florida and New Mexico are building inclusion among business partners through a dedicated Supplier Diversity program. This initiative encourages our team members to engage small, minority, HUBZone, veteran, service- disabled veteran and women-owned businesses. The program also means that our team members are represented in business associations that represent these potential suppliers groups. In 2016, TECO companies spent 16.4 per cent of the total operating budgets with small and diverse business partners. Spending increased by 45 per cent with minority-owned businesses, and by 76 per cent with women-owned businesses over the previous year.

At Emera Inc.,


of the executive leadership team were women in 2016


of Emera's 12 board seats were occupied by women in 2016 including our board chair

Employees by gender across Emera in 2016

Females 28%
Males 72%

Employees by age across Emera in 2016

Under 30 10%
30 - 50 50%
50 plus years 41%