Equity, Diversity & Inclusion (EDI) in Canadian Energy Decision-Making

A new study from the University of Ottawa’s Positive Energy program examines and documents the current state of play and actions around equity, diversity, and inclusion (EDI) in Canada’s energy community. Through the perceptions and views of energy and climate decision-makers, it identifies interpretations of EDI, initiatives, challenges, and opportunities.
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The study

The study, authored by former Positive Energy Research Director Dr. Marisa Beck, and former Positive Energy Senior Research Associate Brendan Frank with Positive Energy Graduate Research Assistant Julien Tohme, suggests that EDI will shape Canada’s energy future, and that advancement of EDI and decarbonization of the energy system are mutually reinforcing objectives. However, many participants said that current initiatives to advance EDI in Canadian energy decision-making, including initiatives to strengthen EDI in hiring and promotion, corporate culture, and across all corporate activities do not go far enough and are slow to show tangible results. 

Advancing EDI presents a real opportunity for the Canadian energy community. Interviewees in this study indicate that, done right, the principles underpinning EDI can help strengthen public confidence in energy decision-making by making energy organizations more representative of and responsive to the communities they serve. Without meaningful advancement of EDI, it will be harder for governments to implement durable and balanced net zero policies and for companies to achieve the level of innovation necessary to comply with these policies.

EDI report: Canadian Energy Decision-Making

The Study In-Brief

Read the key findings of this study and their relevance to decision-makers
Key findings (PDF, 1.75MB)