New women’s organization goes on the WiRE at wind energy conference
Group creates unique opportunities for women to plug into energy sector

October 9, 2013 (Toronto, ON): A new, distinctly female voice was heard today in the renewable energy sector in Ontario, with the launch of the new Women in Renewable Energy (WiRE) group at the Canadian Wind Energy Association’s (CanWEA) 2013 annual conference in Toronto.  Designed to advance the role and recognition of women working in the diverse renewable energy (RE) sector in Ontario, WiRE programming launches immediately with a monthly networking event on October 16th, a rooftop solar site visit on November 5th and a social media outreach campaign.

WiRE co-chair and co-founder Rebecca Black, a marketing and communications expert in the sustainable energy industry, expressed confidence that WiRE “will not only offer professional development opportunities to women already working in the field, but will also provide a networking and mentoring service to young women exploring opportunities to join the sector”.  Members of the 12-woman WiRE Advisory Committee on hand for the launch aptly represent the wide array of careers available in the RE sector: the group encompasses engineering, legal, insurance, technology, environmental assessment and services, permitting, project and business development professionals.

CanWEA has been a consistently supportive voice for women’s groups in the RE sector, and were natural hosts for the WiRE announcement. CanWEA President Robert Hornung added, “We are very pleased to see WiRE launch in Ontario, and look forward to working together to support the ever-growing role of renewables in the province’s energy mix”. 

Early WiRE supporters include Canadian developers wpd Canada, insurance brokers jonesbrown, and technology companies G&W and Survalent, whose President Steve Mueller explained, “we welcome the opportunity to build a renewable energy future for North America and assist by supporting the involvement of professional women in all segments of the industry."  To which the women of WiRE respond ‘here, here’!

For more information:
Rebecca Black, Black Current Marketing / reblacka@gmail.com / 416 535-2586

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About Women In Renewable Energy (WiRE) 

WiRE is a non-profit group dedicated to furthering education and awareness surrounding renewable energy development and policy in Ontario, Canada. WiRE expands the involvement of professional women across renewable energy industry segments through educational field trips, monthly networking meetings, and communications and engagement initiatives. WiRE's goal is to play an important and visible role in the Ontario energy sector, while advancing the role and recognition of women making a difference in the field. www.WomenInRenewableEnergy.ca, @WiREOntario