HALIFAX, Nova Scotia-based Emera Inc, an energy and services company with utilities across North America and the Caribbean made two workforce-focused announcements this week.
On Monday, the company announced the creation of the Emera Inclusion & Diversity Fund. Emera and its operating companies plan to collectively invest a minimum of $5 million over the next five years to support organizations and initiatives advancing inclusion and diversity in our communities. On Tuesday, the company announced that Archie Collins, COO of Tampa Electric will take over as CEO on March 3, 2021, replacing Nancy Tower who plans to retire from Emera.
Inclusion and Diversity Plans
As part of the new fund, Emera and Nova Scotia Power are contributing to the Immigrant Services Association of Nova Scotia (ISANS) to establish Youth Explore! programming. The company says the $300,000 investment over the next three years will provide programming and support for youth aged 16-25 who are new to Canada and entering the workforce in Nova Scotia. While this is the first investment announced as part of the fund, Emera will continue to work with organizations in Nova Scotia and across its operating regions to identify other opportunities for partnership and investment.
“At Emera, we are committed to working together with our employees to promote diversity and inclusion across our organization and to make meaningful contributions to the communities where we live and work,” says Scott Balfour, President and CEO, Emera Inc. “We are proud to be headquartered in Nova Scotia, where we have progressive immigration policies designed to make our province stronger. We’re pleased to be collaborating with ISANS on this new initiative to help immigrant and refugee youth as they prepare to enter the workforce and become future leaders in the province.”
YouthExplore! participants will learn about culture, rights, and responsibilities in Canada, and develop their skills in areas including digital literacy and resume writing. As the project is developed, Emera and Nova Scotia Power employees will have the opportunity to participate as mentors and volunteers.
Nova Scotia Power employee Banpreet Singh Shaney, Project Engineer at Tufts Cove Generating Station, knows first-hand the importance of the kind of support that will be provided through this new project.
“ISANS helped me with the very sweet journey I’ve been on, immigrating to Canada from India. I’m proud that this donation by Emera and Nova Scotia Power is supporting an ISANS program that will provide such important help to immigrant youth,” he said.
Archie Collins to continue ‘positive momentum’
In Balfour’s Tuesday announcement that Collins will replace Tower as CEO, he thanked Nancy Tower for her contribution to the organization over the past 24 years.
“Archie is a proven energy leader with deep operational experience who has been playing a key leadership role at Tampa Electric since 2018,” he said, adding,
“He is the right leader to maintain the positive momentum at Tampa Electric as the team continues its focus on delivering value for customers, reducing carbon emissions, and driving growth at the utility, all while cultivating a strong safety culture and a diverse and inclusive team.”
“I am proud to become the next President and CEO of Tampa Electric,” said Collins.
Nancy Tower will officially retire from Emera at the end of June 2021.
“We are grateful for the contribution of Nancy Tower to Emera over the past 24 years,” says Balfour. “During her time at Tampa Electric she played a key role in establishing the strategic roadmap for the future of the utility and has been instrumental in driving the recent growth at the company.”