Wendy Hanrahan: Executive vice-president, Corporate Services
At the heart of TransCanada’s competitive advantage are our employees and we owe much of our success to the fact that we have a highly talented and skilled workforce. We have made significant progress over the last 15 years in realizing our vision of becoming North America’s leading energy infrastructure company. Since 2000, our asset base has more than doubled from $26 billion to $59 billion today, and we have gone from being primarily a Canadian natural gas pipeline company to also playing significant roles in North America’s power generation and liquids pipelines sectors. Our strategy is working and it has delivered significant long-term benefits for our shareholders. At the same time, we have achieved an industry-leading record for the safety and reliability of our operations and have shown our dedication to living our core values of Integrity, Responsibility, Collaboration and Innovation. Each and every one of our employees should take enormous pride in these achievements. TransCanada currently employs over 6,000 people across North America. In 2014 our human resources team and our leaders were busy ensuring we had the right people in place to support our ongoing success. TransCanada hired 927 new employees, including 152 in the U.S. and 38 in Mexico. We recognize that as our company embarks on an unprecedented capital growth plan our human resources teams, working closely with our leaders, will have a challenge ahead of them to continue to attract a highly skilled workforce. Now, more than ever, our company faces tough industry competition for talent and the reality of a large number of baby boomers approaching retirement. In anticipation of these challenges, we have been proactive in our recruiting efforts and are using social media platforms more effectively to attract pools of talented individuals. Our LinkedIn page has gone from 20,000 followers in 2013 to 48,000 in 2014 – an increase of 71 per cent. We believe that diversity drives innovation and collaboration and helps to sustain growth. As a North American company, diversity is crucial to our success. TransCanada’s diversity and inclusion vision is to “reflect the communities in which we live and work and ensure everyone is respected and feels that they can contribute to their full potential.” Part of our diversity strategy is to attract Canadian and U.S. military veterans to the company. We recognize the dedication, discipline and commitment that veterans bring to the workforce. Since, 2000, we have invested more than $1.4 million in veteran initiatives and memorials, and today 10 per cent of our U.S. workforce is comprised of military veterans. We channel most of our efforts through the U.S. Joining Forces program in the United States and community partnerships like Helmets to Hard Hats program and Veterans in Piping. I would like to thank each and every TransCanada employee and contractor for their dedication, ingenuity and commitment to the company. Without your contributions, our company would not be able to realize our vision of becoming North America’s leading energy infrastructure company.