As a national not-for-profit, 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 and support the interests of the many stakeholders already significantly engaged in developing workforces that are reflective of regional diversity.
Our approach is in two streams, we advise leaders through a gender equity lens on how to advance their diversity and inclusion goals; and Women of PLT offers programming that is open to men and women – with a focus of supporting women in early, mid, and later careers in trade and technical roles.
Women of Powerline Technicians (Women of PLT) officially launched in 2016, in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. Our vision and ambition for the future of work go well beyond Canada’s electricity sector.
Who We Are
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 and Powerline Technician programs at Algonquin College. Lana holds a Powerline Technician diploma and is currently working towards her Bachelor of Business Administration.
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.
Manjot is an Associate Portfolio Manager at Scotiabank Private Investment Counsel. With over 10 years of experience working within the financial services and investment management industry, with expertise within Private Equity, MFDA, IIROC, OSC and OSFI. Manjot has a strong understanding of individual client needs and overall wealth management.
Manjot holds a Bachelor of Management and Organization Studies from the University of Western Ontario. She began her career at one of the Big Five Banks in Canada, taking a break to pursue her passion for both education and travel while pursuing an International MBA at Griffith University in Brisbane, Australia. Returning from her adventures Manjot worked for a prominent Canadian private wealth manager focusing on client relationships and investment management. Manjot has a love of lifelong learning, and a strong passion for financial literacy with a specific focus on first generation Canadians, women and investing for beginners/youth.
Nancy Brandon’s career in Human Resources reflects a passion for her profession, a dedication to lifelong learning and a commitment to developing others and assisting them in reaching their potential. Nancy has extensive experience in the energy sector where she has progressed through various roles to her current position as the Director of Human Resources for Oshawa Power.
She currently serves as Chair of the Human Resources Program Advisory Committee at Durham College, where she has also worked as a Continuing Education Instructor. Nancy holds the CHRL (Certified Human Resources Leader) designation from the Human Resources Association of Ontario and is a recipient of the Durham Chapter’s Outstanding CHRL Award in recognition of her commitment to the HR profession and service to her local chapter.
Currently, Jennifer Parent, Manager Growth, Councils and Membership Services, ensures that the lines of communication between the Ontario Regional Common Ground Alliance (ORCGA), a utility excavation damage prevention association, and its 19 different stakeholder groups are open to ensure that “Every Dig is a Safe Dig.”
With over 11 years of association management experience in leadership, strategic analysis and planning, project management, sponsorship, communication, committee, and volunteer management, Jennifer plans to utilize her varied career and learning experiences to positively impact the Women of Powerline Technicians.
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.