Mar 07 2018

Building a diverse workplace

Posted by TransCanada
TransCanada - Female Employees

At TransCanada, we believe a workplace that includes people with diverse backgrounds, opinions and skills makes us a better company. Our vision is to ensure our workforce reflects the communities where we live and work, and make sure everyone is respected and able to contribute to their full potential.

In recognition of International Women’s Day on March 8, hear from one of our strong female leaders as she reflects on her dynamic career at TransCanada.

Meet Nicole Remillard, director of Health, Safety, Security and Emergency Management

Nicole Remillard isn’t afraid to step out of her comfort zone. In fact, she welcomes the adventure.

Whether it’s climbing aboard a military vehicle at the Governor General’s Canadian Leadership Conference or challenging the status quo at TransCanada, Remillard says her best moments are often when she shakes things up a bit.

Nicole Remillard at the Valcartier Military Base in Courcelette, QC, as part of an intensive leadership conference.

Nicole Remillard at the Valcartier Military Base in Courcelette, QC, as part of an intensive leadership conference.

Remillard is TransCanada’s director of Health, Safety, Security and Emergency Management. She leads a team of 69 people who are dedicated to some of the most important work our company does – keeping our people and communities safe.

A trained mechanical engineer, Remillard is one of the many talented female leaders and employees who works at TransCanada –  and a great example of the reasons we celebrate our diversity on International Women’s Day.

Opportunity knocks

The recipe for Remillard’s career development includes a healthy mix of networking, passion and opportunity.

In 2017, she was one of only 250 emerging leaders from across Canada selected to participate in the Governor General’s Canadian Leadership Conference.

The conference was intense. For two-and-a-half weeks, she spent 16-hour days with a group of leaders from virtually every walk of life. They discussed leadership, business, public sector and community issues. It was a whirlwind adventure that included 40 stops across Quebec including the Valcartier Military Base.

“It was a bit like The Amazing Race,” said Remillard. “And it was amazing. I learned a lot about myself, how you manage and appreciate different personalities and perspectives, and why diversity is so important.”

Now she takes every chance she gets to share her learnings from this conference – sometimes in the informal conversations with her colleagues that she values so much.

Nicole Remillard Headshot

“I’m a big believer in networking,” said Remillard. “We work in a big organization, and getting people to know who you are and what you’re capable of doing is very important.”

She says networking also enables her to pass on insight to others who want to make a difference at TransCanada.

“Stay true to yourself and know who you are, what excites you and what drives you,” said Remillard. “But also be willing to try something different. Take some risks and step outside of your comfort zone every once in a while.”

Good advice, from someone who knows.

LEARN MORE: Global survey applauds TransCanada’s gender equality efforts


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