We believe how we work together is just as important as the work we do.

Today, we’re bringing together diverse perspectives to plan for tomorrow and ensure a stronger energy future for all Ontarians. With our powerful purpose and united by our shared values, we’re creating an environment where your ideas count – and you can do meaningful and rewarding work from day one.

Embracing diversity and belonging

We’re on a journey to build a more inclusive culture, whether it's creating a workplace where our people can realize their full potential, powering change in Indigenous communities or working alongside our industry partners to improve the participation of racialized and other under-represented groups in the electricity sector.

Fostering understanding

In addition to attending diversity events hosted by the IESO or our employee-led Diversity & Inclusion Committee, all employees have the opportunity to participate in training to better understand how to put “conscious inclusion” into practice. We also partner with the Canadian Centre for Diversity & Inclusion, giving our people unlimited access to the Centre’s webinars and knowledge community.

Supporting inclusivity

We’re committed to making the IESO a more inclusive workplace, and advocating for change across the sector. That’s why we signed Electricity Human Resources Canada’s Leadership Accord on Equity, Diversity and Inclusion. This public commitment makes us and other signatories accountable both for removing barriers to under-represented groups, and for sharing metrics to demonstrate our progress.

Building capacity

Our Corporate Indigenous Policy promotes inclusion by recognizing the unique challenges of Indigenous youths, communities and businesses – and taking action to address them. In the last year, we invested $7.1 million in projects that will increase Indigenous participation in the electricity sector, held our fifth annual First Nations symposium, and selected the first recipients of our newly created scholarship for Indigenous students. Learn more: visit ieso.ca.

Living our values

Our values aren’t just words on a poster: they unite us and lay the foundation for our shared culture – and success.

Genuine Caring – We create an environment of fairness, trust, respect and belonging

“For me, genuine caring is the mark of authentic leadership, and it’s likely the most important value that I try to model every single day. It builds long-lasting trust, true engagement and a feeling of “having a family” at work. As such, coaching, mentoring and supporting personal growth can become seamless and natural day-to-day activities, not to mention the positive vibe that one can feel just by walking around the office.”

Sorana Ionescu, MBA, Director, Smart Metering, Information & Technology Services

Expertise with humility – We value diverse experiences and perspectives

“It’s really amazing to work at an organization where so many people are experts in their field, but remain humble and are willing to go out of their way to help others without even being asked. At the IESO, the depth of expertise in every function means that conversations among colleagues feature different viewpoints, making it easier to understand the same issue from multiple perspectives and to see how what we do ultimately benefits everyone else in the province.”

Dalia Hussein, P.Eng., PhD, Engineer, Operational Assessments

Openness to change – We have the courage to challenge the status quo and the curiosity to try new things

“With innovation specifically, there’s no standard, no template, no path. Blazing new trails in a sector that traditionally hasn’t been very open to change is one of the most rewarding things my team does. Looking at existing challenges through a different lens alongside our stakeholders and innovation partners will ultimately help shape the electricity landscape for the benefit of all Ontarians.”

Pat Lo, P.Eng., Senior Manager, Partnerships, Innovation, Research & Development

Collaboration and teamwork – We believe in the power of working together

“Teamwork and collaboration permeate most IESO initiatives, whether bringing together the diverse expertise of internal teams to support project goals, or taking the perspectives and needs of stakeholders into account. In Legal, I have the pleasure of working on numerous multidisciplinary teams to support various initiatives and it’s always a supportive environment where open discussion is encouraged, everyone’s views are respected and considered, and we all learn from each other.”

Aaron Kucharczuk, M.Sc., JD, Legal Counsel, Corporate/Commercial Law Group

Commitment and accountability – We take our mandate and responsibilities seriously and hold ourselves accountable

“Ensuring the province has access to reliable electricity when and where it is needed means being accountable for the comprehensive planning and analysis that will lay the groundwork for a strong energy future for decades to come. In planning for the system, we are committed to engaging and working together with stakeholders and communities to take a holistic view of all perspectives in an environment that is continually evolving.”

Bonnie Chan, P.Eng., Manager, Resource Integration