EFC Supports BCEA’s Diversity & Inclusion Program as a Top-Tier Sponsor

This month, the BC Electrical Association (BCEA) announced the launch of a brand-new diversity and inclusion initiative that will drive our industry’s movement in developing inclusive workplaces and addressing barriers for racialized communities to secure and retain employment in our industry.

“We are very excited to be supporting this important diversity and inclusion program as a top-tier ‘Change Agent’ sponsor,” said Carol McGlogan, President & CEO, EFC. “I commend BCEA for developing a strong speaker series with top experts in the field. The insights will help us all build equitable leadership practices in our businesses so that our industry remains relevant and an employment destination for all Canadians. Embracing differences will make us all stronger!”

Diversity matters! Studies show that diversity improves competitiveness. A McKinsey report states that top quartile performance in diversity yields between 15% and 35% improvements in profit.[1] The Boston Consulting Group shows a 73% improvement in innovation revenue among above average diversity employers vs. below average diversity employers.[2]

Program Details: BCEA’s program builds on the Government of Canada’s Anti-Racism Action Plan (ARAP), an important anti-racism strategy that addresses barriers to employment, justice and social participation among Indigenous Peoples, racialized communities and religious minorities. More about ARAP.

As part of this effort, BCEA has developed a speaker series, assessments and recommendations to support this federal initiative and is leading the charge in bringing about awareness to the electrical market to help strengthen diversity and build equitable workplaces in the industry.

BCEA Speaker Series: Through EFC’s sponsorship of this program, all EFC members will have complimentary access to these webinars:

Diversity: Corporate Strategy
January 26th, 2021

Deeping your cultural humility and cultural competence
February 23rd, 2021

Unconscious bias
March 23rd, 2021

Inclusive recruiting
April 27, 2021

Building an inclusive culture
May 25th, 2021

 Indigenous awareness
June 22, 2021

Starting from the top: How leaders can advance equity
September 28th, 2021

To reserve your online seat for any of the following webinars, register at: https://bcea.zohosites.com/arap

For more information about this program and to learn how your organization can help support this initiative, contact Barbette Igonia at barbette@bcea.bc.ca.

[1] https://www.mckinsey.com/business-functions/organization/our-insights/why-diversity-matters

[2] https://www.bcg.com/en-ca/publications/2018/how-diverse-leadership-teams-boost-innovation