SaskPower
SaskPower employee Verna Williamson at the company's head office

Recognized as one of Saskatchewan's Top Employers (2016)

Here are some of the reasons why SaskPower was selected as one of Saskatchewan's Top Employers (2016):

  • SaskPower maintains a flexible health benefits plan that allows employees to customize levels of coverage to suit their personal needs as well as transfer unused credits to additional salary or paid time off -- and helps employees balance their work and personal lives with flexible hours, shortened and compressed work weeks and a formal earned days off program
  • SaskPower invests in the ongoing education of employees with full tuition subsidies for courses taken at outside institutions, including courses related and indirectly related to their current positions as well as subsidies for professional accreditation -- and offers pay increases to some staff after the completion of certain professional development courses and accreditation
  • SaskPower also helps cultivate high potential employees with formal mentoring and career planning services -- and seeks employee feedback through in-house and outside consultant surveys and exit interviews with departing employees
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Industry Hydroelectric Power Generation
Established in Canada 1929
Full-time employees in Canada 3,394
Part-time employees in Canada 146
Average age of employees in Canada 41.5
Longest serving employee 52.7 years
Long-term savings defined-contribution (DC) pension
Health plan premium as part of the health plan, the employer pays up to 100% of the premiums
Alternative work options flexible work hours, 35-hour work week (with full pay), shortened work week (fewer hours with less pay), compressed work week, earned days off program
Vacation allowance new employees receive 3 weeks of paid vacation after their first year on the job
In-house training initiatives apprenticeship/skilled trades programs, in-house training, online training, mentoring, paid internships
Scope of charitable involvement local, national
Employee charitable involvement Employee charitable involvement

Recognized as one of Canada's Top Employers for Young People (2016)

Here are some of the reasons why SaskPower was selected as one of Canada's Top Employers for Young People (2016):

  • SaskPower hires a number of paid interns each year through the Gradworks Intern Development Program and provides unpaid work placements to fulfill course requirements from a variety of educational institutions, including the First Nations Employment Centre, Regina Public School Board, Saskatchewan Polytechnic and Great Plains College, to name a few
  • Additionally, SaskPower hires engineering interns for a period of 8 to 16 months with a variety of positions across business units and departments at SaskPower
  • SaskPower manages a Youth Network, a resource group for employees aged 29 and under, which organizes social activities and career development events such as a networking event called "Youth Mingle" -- the Network also provides young employees opportunities to share their perspective and feedback on various areas of the organization such as benefits, career development and diversity initiatives
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Industry Hydroelectric Power Generation
Full-time employees in Canada 3,394
Student opportunities summer jobs, co-op opportunites, paid internships, tuition subsidies related to job
Career development in-house training, online training, in-house career planning services, mentoring, online employee skills inventory, apprenticeship/skilled trades programs
Vacation allowance new employees receive 3 weeks of paid vacation after their first year on the job
Unique initiatives 4-year apprenticeship and skilled training programs for electricians, industrial mechanics, instrumentation technicians and welders

Recognized as one of Canada's Best Diversity Employers (2016)

Here are some of the reasons why SaskPower was selected as one of Canada's Best Diversity Employers (2016):

  • SaskPower maintains a diversity department that is responsible for developing programs and initiatives to improve workplace diversity and inclusion as well as a joint diversity committee, comprised of representatives from unionized and management employee groups -- the committee also consults with five employee affinity groups, which are responsible for implementing initiatives related to their respective focus
  • On a quarterly basis, SaskPower's women's resource group hosts "Empowering Leaders Luncheons", which provides aspiring female employees an opportunity to be coached or mentored by senior-level women -- the organization's network for visible minorities hosted a similar luncheon, and members volunteer their time at Regina Open Door Society, providing mentoring and coaching to new Canadians
  • SaskPower's network for employees with disabilities recently helped review the organization's recruitment process for inclusion and help remove potential barriers to access
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Industry Hydroelectric Power Generation
Full-time employees in Canada 3,394
Workforce representation female employees (30 %), female managers (20.5 %), visible minority employees (7.2 %), visible minority managers (5.4 %), Aboriginal employees (7.2 %), Aboriginal managers (4.4 %)
Diversity programs for disabilities, women, visible minorities, Aboriginal peoples, LGBT
Employee resource groups Conversational English Group, LGBT Network, Network for Employees with Disabilities, Visible Minorities Network, Women's Resource Group, Aboriginal Employee Network, Youth Committee
Formal commitment diversity department, joint diversity committee, Aboriginal recruiter
Unique diversity initiatives diversity conferences, Palooza (week-long celebration of diversity)
Diversity community partnerships Regina Open Door Society (mentoring for new Canadians)

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