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Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in Energy Sector

06/08/2023 @ 9:00 AM - 6:00 PM EDT


Niagara Falls has long been a source of natural beauty and economic prosperity for Ontario. The Niagara Parks Power Station, constructed between 1901 and 1905 occupies a unique position in the history of energy and the industrial revolution in Canada. The innovators who brought their technology and resources created a transformational impact on a global scale.

Today we sit at the doorstep of a new era, a new hope for clean energy transformation leading to renewed prosperity in Ontario and Canada driven by Equity, Diversity and Inclusivity. 

A commitment to advancing equity, diversity, and inclusion is integral to enabling the clean energy transition in a more just and effective way. To do this, we need to look both inward at our teams and organizations and also outward to the impact and opportunities of the programming we deliver.  

The Ontario Chapter of the Association of Energy Service Professionals is excited to join forces with StepUp to host this showcase event discussing Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion in the Energy Sector on Thursday June 8th in Niagara Falls, Ontario. In addition, the event will feature a tour of the Niagara Parks Power Station, where it all began, and plenty of opportunities to network with energy service professionals.

Participants will learn more about how systemic barriers for marginalized groups get in the way of both inclusive career development and abilities to participate in our programming in the marketplace, and what leaders in the sector can do about it. Our speaker line up includes:

  • StepUp will share an overview of their Energy Sector EDI Baseline Study
  • Mihskakwan James Harper, Business Development Manager at NRStor Inc. will share about his experiences with community engagement in energy projects and his lived experiences.
  • More speakers to be announced shortly

After the learning session, join us for a tour of the Niagara Parks Power Station and as always, there will be plenty of networking opportunities in the evening, including dinner at the Niagara Brewing Company

Location: Sheraton Fallsview Hotel, Niagara Falls ON


  • 9:00 am 10:00 am – Registration and morning networking
  • 10:00 am – 12: 00 pm – Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Presentations
  • 12:00 pm – 1:15 pm – Lunch
  • 1:15 pm – 1:45 pm – Travel to Niagara Parks Power Station (15-min walk)
  • 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm – Niagara Parks Power Station Tour
  • 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm – Niagara Brewing Company (next to Sheraton Fallsview Hotel)
  • 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm – Networking Social
  • 6:00 pm – Dinner

Early Bird Rate – $75 available until Thursday May 18th, 2023. $100 afterward. 

StepUp Registration Scholarships

StepUp has generously donated five event registration scholarships to the event. To apply for a registration scholarship, please send your name, contact information, and one paragraph about how access to this event will contribute to your professional development to StepUp at [email protected] by Friday, May 26th. 

Hotel Information

Sheraton Fallsview Hotel is offering a special group rate of $179 CAD per night for a limited number of rooms.

Book your group rate for AESP Ontario Chapter – Spring Meeting

The last day to book this rate is Monday, May 15, 2023

About AESP Ontario Chapter

The Ontario Chapter of the ‘Association of Energy Services Professionals connects members through networking events and shared learning experiences. Event themes include energy efficiency, renewable and distributed energy, the emerging task of electrification, and industry capacity building. Our member’s shared sense of personal and professional purpose has made AESP the place to connect and grow for over 10 years.

For more information, visit the Chapter’s website, aespontario.ca

About StepUp

StepUp is a volunteer run non-profit organization that focuses on advancing gender equity, diversity and inclusion in the energy management industry to achieve a breakthrough in energy management. For more information, visit StepUp’s website stepup-energy.com


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