Our Mission

Our Mission is to have women as equal participants in trade and technical roles in the electricity sector. We work in close collaboration with a wide range of firms to advance the collective outcome for the many stakeholders already significantly engaged in developing workforces that are reflective of regional diversity. We do this through merging perspectives from the field and advising leaders.

Women of Powerline Technicians (Women of PLT) officially launched in 2016, in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. We are a volunteered-based not-for-profit. Our vision and ambition for the future of work go well beyond Canada’s electricity sector.

Who We Are

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Lana Norton

Co-Chair

Lana Norton is the Executive Director and Founder at Women of Powerline Technicians, a not-for-profit whose mission it is to have women as equal participants in trade and technical roles in the electricity sector. With a decade of field experience in Canada’s electricity sector she has held progressive roles in Distribution Operations. Employed with a local distribution company in our Nation’s Capital, Lana oversees expansive distribution construction projects to ensure projects are financially accurate, organized, scheduled and ready for execution by field crews.

She currently serves as Chair of the Program Advisory Committee for Electrical Engineering Technician / Technologist and the Powerline Technician program for Algonquin College. Lana holds a Powerline Technician diploma and is currently working towards her Bachelor of Business Administration.

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Paula Burgin

Co-Chair

Paula is the Director of Smart Grid and Asset Management at Oakville Hydro Electricity Distribution Inc. She is accountable for leading the strategy, planning, implementation and day-to-day performance of the protection and control, asset management and control room activities that serves 73,000 + electricity customers in Oakville.

Paula joined Oakville Hydro in 2011, previously she was responsible for overseeing the management of two affiliate companies under Oakville Enterprises Corp. and leading the Customer Care division to accept the 2018 Ontario Energy Associations Customer Service Award on behalf of Oakville Hydro’s Journey to Customer Service Excellence.

Land Acknowledgement

Women of Powerline Technicians acknowledges with gratitude that we hold space on aboriginal land that has been inhabited by Indigenous people prior to first contact. Our headquarters are located on the traditional territory of the Algonquin Anishnaabeg people. Indigenous people are the original stewards of the land and environmental sustainability and responsibility are rooted in Traditional Knowledge. We are accountable to future generations. Women of PLT endeavours to consume with sustainability in mind, be respectful of the life earth sustains and celebrate all people who have a relationship with the land.


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