Alectra Inc. (formerly PowerStream, Inc.)
PowerStream employees taking part in a fundraiser for Prostate Cancer Canada

Recognized as one of Greater Toronto's Top Employers (2017)

Here are some of the reasons why Alectra Inc. (formerly PowerStream, Inc.) was selected as one of Greater Toronto's Top Employers (2017):

  • PowerStream supports employees who want to start a family with maternity and parental leave top-up payments for mothers, fathers and adoptive parents (up to 65% of salary ranging from 35 to 52 weeks)
  • PowerStream helps students and new grads gain valuable work experience through co-op opportunities and summer student roles and also offers a number of in-house apprenticeships in system control, station maintenance, metering, protection and control -- the organization also maintains a 4-year Engineer-in-Training program
  • PowerStream helps employees plan securely for the future with contributions to a defined benefit pension plan and retirement planning assistance
PowerStream employees team up to participate in the annual Ride to Conquer Cancer

Highlights

Industry Electric Power Distribution
Established in Canada 2004
Parent company PowerStream Holdings Inc.
Parent company head office Vaughan ON
Major Canadian hiring locations Vaughan ON, Markham ON, Barrie ON
Full-time employees in Canada 553
Part-time employees in Canada 2
Average age of employees in Canada 45
Longest serving employee 41 years
Long-term savings defined-benefit (DB) pension
Health plan premium as part of the health plan, the employer pays up to 100% of the premiums
Health spending account up to $300 each year
Vacation allowance new employees receive 2 weeks of paid vacation after their first year on the job
Outside survey period outside consultant surveys are held every 24 months
Employee performance reviews employees receive individual performance reviews every 12 months
In-house training initiatives apprenticeship/skilled trades programs, in-house training, online training, leadership training, mentoring, paid internships
Scope of charitable involvement local
Employee charitable involvement employees are involved in selection of charities, employees receive paid time off to volunteer

Recognized as one of Canada's Greenest Employers (2017)

Here are some of the reasons why Alectra Inc. (formerly PowerStream, Inc.) was selected as one of Canada's Greenest Employers (2017):

  • PowerStream boasts a 77 percent waste diversion rate at its head office where everything that can be recycled is recycled, from e-waste to candy wrappers -- employees even recycle old milk bags and volunteer to collect and crochet the collected 'waste' into exceptional sleeping mats to donate to people in need in tropical regions
  • In addition to partnering with Smart Commute, PowerStream manages a unique employee vanpool program with 10 company-owned vans that are maintained and operated by employees -- over 70 employees use this service daily
  • PowerStream's head office was certified LEED Gold in 2008 and features a wind turbine, 9 solar panels that track the sun, a solar carport with dual electric vehicle charging stations and a drainage pond to collect water for landscape watering on the grounds -- the organization recently unveiled a Level 3 charger unit for electric vehicles, which can charge a vehicle 10 times faster than a standard level 2 system
PowerStream employees at a ground-breaking ceremony to celebrate one of the company's new projects designed to generate back-up power

Highlights

Industry Electric Power Distribution
Major Canadian hiring locations Vaughan ON, Markham ON, Barrie ON
Full-time employees in Canada 553
Employee green team PowerGreen Team
Senior executive who oversees initiatives Environmental Coordinator
Formal strategy/policy name Environmental Policy (reviewed annually)
Green highlights Ontario Streams "Adopt a Stream" program (employees adopted a portion of the West Don River), vanpool program with ten company-owned vans that are maintained and operated by employees (70 commuters use this service daily), Conservation and Demand Management Team (helps residential, commercial and industrial customers reduce their energy consumption), annual "Go Green Week" (to raise awareness through a variety of fun activities), onsite farmers market in the autumn (and as part of its green procurement policy approximately 30 percent of the the food served at the head office is locally sourced)
Extended recycling compact fluorescent light bulbs, e-waste, household batteries, writing instruments, plastic milk bags (collected and crocheted by employees to make low cost sleeping mats in tropical regions), flip-flops and even candy wrappers (head office waste diversion rate is up to 77 percent)
Commuter amenities online car-pool sign-up, secure/sheltered bicycle parking, walk to public transit, telecommuter workstations
External environmental audit yes
Publishes sustainability report yes
Some of the green community initiatives World Wildlife Fund, Bike to Work Day, SmartCommute, Clean Air Commute, Earth Rangers, Carpool Week
Head office LEED Gold
Other location LEED Gold
Building footprint includes PV solar panels, rainwater collection, electric vehicle charging stations, rooftop solar lab for testing panels and equipment, wind power generation, electric car charging stations also includes a Level 3 station and a dual solar carport charging station, white roof

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