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Wataynikaneyap Power PM Inc. is committed to hiring and rewarding exceptional people who join us for a fulfilling career. Be a part of the establishment and growth of a transmission company connecting 17 First Nations to the Ontario power grid for the first time.
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Wataynikaneyap Power PM Inc. is the Project Manager of the Wataynikaneyap Power Transmission Line: the largest Indigenous-led infrastructure project in the country. Wataynikaneyap Power is a licensed transmission company, regulated by the Ontario Energy Board. Wataynikaneyap Power is an equal partnership of 24 First Nations as majority owners along with Fortis Inc. and other private investors. To connect remote communities to the electrical grid, Wataynikaneyap Power is developing, managing construction, and operating approximately 1,800 kilometres of transmission lines in northwestern Ontario.
Located on Fort William First Nation, Ontario, Wataynikaneyap Power’s head office sits beside beautiful Mount McKay, near the Kaministiquia river. Just over the bridge from Fort William First Nation is Thunder Bay: a picturesque, quiet city on the shore of Lake Superior. Thunder Bay boasts a range of beautiful landmarks, landscapes, and sights to see, and is an ideal place for engaging in your favourite outdoor activities. The city also has a range of growing business sectors, while living costs are considerably lower than the Ontario average. Our territory truly offers something for everyone. Visit www.visitthunderbay.com to learn and explore more of what Thunder Bay and neighbouring areas have to offer!
Wataynikaneyap Power provides a supportive and challenging work environment that accommodates work/life balance while providing a competitive salary and other benefits, including:
- Opportunity to work in a diverse, equitable, and inclusive workplace
- Comprehensive extended health and dental plan for you and your family
- Retirement Savings Plan with company match
- Competitive vacation package
- Optional life insurance coverage
- Fortis lnc. Employee Share Purchase Plan
- Ongoing career and professional development opportunities including an Aid to Education Program
- Employee Assistance Program (EAP), available 24/7 via phone, includes e-counselling, video counselling, and more
- Health and Wellness Support Benefit
- Service Awards, recognizing the contributions made by employees for milestone years of service
- Ability to make a positive contribution to the communities in which we operate
- AND MUCH MORE!
Across all FortisOntario subsidiaries, our team embodies 7 Core Values into our daily lives:
Respect For People: Treat others as you would have others treat you. Honesty, integrity, and ethics are never compromised.
Inclusion and Diversity: Create a welcoming environment that encourages and promotes diversity, cross-culture working experiences and strong relationships with our Indigenous communities and partners. Demonstrate leadership and foster a workplace culture where all employees feel empowered to bring their authentic selves to the workplace and do their best work.
Safety and the Environment: Demonstrate a personal, unrelenting commitment to safety and environmental excellence. Protect yourself, your fellow employees, the public, and the environment.
Financial Success: Produce solid earnings, with dividends that meet the expectations of our shareholders. Grow shareholder value through prudent equity investments and business partnerships. Ensure that debt obligations are always met in a timely manner and to the satisfaction of our creditors.
Customer Service: Everyone has customers. Determine your customers' needs by listening. When you can meet these needs, do so; when you cannot, tell them you cannot - or tell them who can. When in doubt about how to treat a customer, do what you believe is right. When serving customers: be pleasant, courteous and accurate; smile, act professionally and enjoy yourself... Attitudes are contagious.
Productivity: The old sayings hold true. Teamwork is key. Working smarter produces more gains than working harder. Mistakes are costly; get it right the first time. Job security comes from doing your job well, not from what job you do. Remember... if you have a better way to do something; just do it.
Community Involvement: Each of us has an obligation to support the communities that support our employer. This means time as much as money. Success is measured by the reaction of community leaders and the opinions expressed by community residents.
Wataynikaneyap Power’s leaders established the Guiding Principles, endorsed by our partners, that set out expectations for the project’s development. A summary of the Project's Guiding Principles can be read here: www.wataypower.ca/ownership/guiding-principles.
Programs and Opportunities
The Project’s 24 First Nation owner communities, through First Nation Limited Partnership, also established Opiikapawiin Services to lead the community engagement and participation for the Wataynikaneyap Power Transmission Line. Opiikapawiin is primarily responsible for administering projects and programs relating to community engagement, community readiness, education and training, business readiness, stakeholder engagement, communications, and capacity building. For ongoing training programs available to members of our First Nation owner communities, please visit www.oslp.ca/training. For Opiikapawiin Services and Valard employment opportunities, please visit www.oslp.ca/careers.
Labour Pool Database
In order to maximize employment from the 24 First Nation owner communities, Opiikapawiin Services administers a database of eligible workers. The skills, experience, and level of work readiness of each member will be identified to match potential candidates with available jobs. This information will also be used to identify any gaps in training and support programs based on the needs of each community. The Wataynikaneyap Labour Pool is for individual members (members living on or off-reserve) and current on-reserve residents of the 24 First Nation owner communities. If you are a band member or a current resident of one of the communities, complete a Labour Pool Questionnaire to be included in the database, here.
As work requirements allow, we offer interesting and challenging summer employment opportunities to college and university students in areas such as Engineering, Operations, and Administration.
Co-op Program Opportunities
As work requirements allow, we can provide post-secondary students with engaging, project-based opportunities for four or eight-month work terms in disciplines, including Health, Safety & Environment, Engineering, Customer Service, Finance, Human Resources, and other technical disciplines.
Other Career Opportunities
We offer and will offer other exciting and challenging career opportunities in:
- Human Resources
- Health, Safety & Environment
- Information Technology
- Electrical Planning
- Electrical Engineering
- Purchasing and Procurement
- Operations Maintenance
Accommodations for all Applicants
Together with FortisOntario, Wataynikaneyap Power is committed to nurturing a positive, professional, and equal opportunity workforce. In accordance with the Ontario Human Rights Code and the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA), we are equipped to accommodate individual needs identified to us throughout our hiring process. Contact our Human Resources Department at HR@wataypower.ca if you require any accommodations to ensure you can participate fully and equally throughout our hiring process.