Importance of Awareness and Allyship for advancing Reconciliation
A key element of influencing positive change within the company to help advance Reconciliation includes increasing employee awareness and allyship. As part of this effort, we are hosting a fireside chat with Indigenous leaders and an Ally who can inspire our employees to increase their awareness and provide tips on how to become a better ally to Indigenous co-workers and other Indigenous Peoples. An Elder will be invited to share an opening prayer as part of the fireside chat.
Mr. Lebeter has 18 years of experience in all facets of the electricity sector and was most recently the Chief Operating Officer of Hydro One Networks Inc., a role he assumed in January 2020, with responsibility for transmission and distribution, including construction, maintenance, vegetation management as well as system operations, asset planning and engineering. Under Mr. Lebeter’s leadership, the company has improved safety, productivity, reliability and customer experience. Before joining Hydro One, he held progressively senior positions in operations and safety at BC Hydro from 2005 to 2019, including leadership roles in generation, transmission, distribution and safety. During his tenure, he was responsible for improving safety, reliability, employee engagement and customer service, lowering costs and building trust with union leaders and Indigenous communities. Mr. Lebeter spent 23 years in the forest industry prior to joining the utility sector, working in leadership positions responsible for operations. He has previously served as an Executive Board Member for Smart Grid Northwest, as an Operations Board Member for Western Energy Institute, and as the Chairman of the Distribution Council with the Canadian Electricity Association. He holds his ICD.D. Mr. Lebeter holds a Bachelor’s degree in Forestry from the University of British Columbia, and is a registered professional forester. In addition, Mr. Lebeter holds an Executive Master of Business Administration from Simon Fraser University.
Megan Telford is the EVP, Strategy, Energy Transition, Human Resources and Safety at Hydro One, responsible for strategy, planning, partnerships, sustainability, corporate affairs, human resources and health and safety. Ms. Telford is a highly regarded and passionate business leader with deep expertise in law and human resources and a reputation for building trust and strong partnerships. Ms. Telford was previously the Chief Human Resources Officer at the company. In 2022, Ms. Telford assumed responsibility for the Health, Safety and Environment teams and interim responsibility for the Corporate Affairs and Customer Care teams. Before joining Hydro One in 2020, Ms. Telford held the position of Head of Human Resources at Toronto Dominion (TD) Insurance from 2019 to 2020, and a number of increasingly senior legal and human resources roles at TD Bank since 2007. Prior to TD, Ms. Telford practised labour and employment law at a national law firm and worked at the Permanent Court of Arbitration in The Hague. Ms. Telford holds an Honours Bachelor of Arts in Industrial Relations from McMaster University, a Master of Industrial Relations and Juris Doctor from Queen’s University and she was a law clerk for Justices Stone and Strayer at the Federal Court of Appeal.
Jully Black is a true Canadian Icon. Name as one of ‘The 25 Greatest Canadian Singers Ever’, (CBC Music) she has been dubbed ‘Canada’s Queen of R&B Soul’ by fans and industry leaders alike. As a platinum selling recording artist, her music career has yielded multiple singles reaching the Top 10 pop, R&B and dance music charts. She has taken home Juno and Gemini Awards, earned innumerable industry accolades, was hand selected to sing for the Queen of England and inducted into Canada’s Walk of Fame in 2021 (PILLARS OF EXCELLENCE – Arts & Entertainment). With her powerhouse vocals, hilarious personality and love of people, Jully Black truly is everyone, and unlike anyone. Her passion for philanthropy has taken her from the shantytowns of Bangladesh to the villages of South Africa and all across Canada. As a woman of faith, she champions important causes and uses her career as a platform to celebrate and inspire the greatness that lies within each of us.
Jully is a major presence in the Canadian media and entertainment industry. In February 2023, Jully Black’s alteration of the Canadian anthem at the NBA All-Star game sparked debate. Instead of “Our home and native land,” the singer opted for “Our home on native land,” a subtle but powerful move that honoured Indigenous peoples in Canada. After consulting some of her Indigenous friends and practicing her rendition on the court, the singer knew the lyric swap was necessary. Black said she doesn’t want to dishonour the anthem, but the current version is a dishonour to the progress we’ve made as a country in recognizing Indigenous Peoples. “There can be no reconciliation without truth. They tie the two words together, truth and reconciliation.”
On April 3, 2023, the singer was honoured with a Blanketing Ceremony and Eagle Feather by the Assembly of First Nations (AFN) National Chief, RoseAnne Archibald and the AFN Knowledge Keepers for singing the truth during her National Anthem Performance at the NBA All-Star game.
Gabrielle Fayant is an off-Settlement Metis woman, whose family is from Fishing Lake Metis Settlement, AB, one of the 8 land-based Metis Settlements in Canada. Gabrielle is an award-winning woman for her work in community, youth empowerment and Indigenous rights awareness. She is the co-founder of Assembly of Seven Generations (A7G) which is an Indigenous owned and youth-led, non-profit organization focused on cultural support and empowerment programs/policies for Indigenous youth while being led by traditional knowledge and Elder guidance.
Gabrielle also opened an Indigenous owned boutique called Adaawewigamig as a social enterprise to support the work of A7G. The boutique has been able to support youth employment and over 90 Indigenous businesses and artists as well as some land-based activities such as hide tanning, medicine harvesting and workshops to build skills such as beading and ribbon skirt making. Gabrielle has dedicated her life to supporting cultural resurgence and justice for all Indigenous peoples.
Chief – Ogichii Da Kwe Mary DuckworthCaldwell First Nation