Waterloo North Hydro Wins a Pair of Prestigious National Awards

Posted on Wednesday October 23, 2019


Waterloo North Hydro’s (WNH) extensive health and wellness program has earned the utility a pair of prestigious national awards. 

The utility was awarded a Gold Award in the Psychological Safety category and a Silver Award in the Utilities category from Canada’s Safest Employers during a special award ceremony on October 22. 

“The mental health, well-being, and safety of our employees is always a top priority for Waterloo North Hydro,” said WNH’s President and CEO Rene Gatien. “We are honoured to be recognized with this award.”

WNH is an industry leader in employee health and safety and invests heavily in the mental wellbeing of its employees. The utility started a corporate wellness program in 2010, and the program has grown to include a robust mental health component, which features mental health first aid training and awareness programs and campaigns. Mental health awareness is also brought to the forefront through WNH’s annual support of Bell Let’s Talk Day and the Movember movement. This summer, WNH’s employees also participated in the Regional Municipality of Waterloo’s five-week Road to Mental Wellbeing campaign. 

The utility’s commitment to safety is evident as WNH has recorded more than five consecutive years with zero lost-time injuries. Public safety is also a key focus for WNH, which holds safety training session for first responders, contractors and other community organizations. WNH’s public safety education efforts also includes the School Safety Program, which features a fun, and informative presentation from ‘Lectric Larry, a retired WNH employee. In 2018, Larry presented to 3,548 students, or 85 per cent of the students in WNH’s service territory. More than 18,000 students have participated in the School Safety Program since 2012. 

Canada’s Safest Employer Awards were launched in 2011 to recognize companies from across Canada with outstanding accomplishment in promoting the health and safety of their employees. Awards are presented in 10 industry-specific categories, ranging from hospitality, to mining and natural resources. Winners are selected based on a number of occupational health and safety elements, including employee training, OHS management, incident investigations, emergency preparedness and other health and safety initiatives. 

To see a video showing the details of WNH's Psychological Safety program, visit https://youtu.be/8aQ24gcIzek. WNH offers a number of important safety tips to help keep you and your family safe, visit www.wnhydro.com/safety for electrical safety tips and information.