An Update on OPG’s Journey 

 

An update on OPG journey

An update on OPG’s Journey by Meaghan Snow, Senior Manager of Strategic Programs & Supplier Relationship Management, OPG. Originally published in WBE Canada Magazine; Issue 11. Read our full magazine HERE.

As Ontario Power Generation (OPG) expands its supply chain to be more inclusive of the community it serves, the Women Business Enterprises Canada Council (WBE Canada) plays an integral role in helping OPG build business relationships that add value and innovation to its services. 

OPG actively participates in WBE Canada events, such as conferences, workshops, and Meet & Pitch sessions. These events have not only helped OPG learn about the breadth of available services that correspond to its purchasing needs but also provided opportunities to benchmark with other corporate members.

OPG encourages suppliers to regularly register with WBE Canada. The company understands the benefits that membership brings to its organization, including networking and advertising opportunities for registered businesses.

OPG’s supplier community is developing its Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (ED&I) strategies, aligned with OPG’s goals, as we strive to grow together. The company actively promotes certification councils, such as WBE Canada, to its suppliers.

At the recent two-day Organization of Canadian Nuclear Industries (OCNI) event hosted at Darlington Nuclear, which saw over 800 attendees, OPG hosted a panel of leaders from WBE Canada, Inclusive Workplace and Supply Council for Veteran and/or disabled-owned businesses (IWSCC), Canadian Aboriginal and Minority Supplier Council (CAMSC), and the Canadian Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce (CGLCC). 

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OPG May 18, 2023

The leaders discussed the benefits of membership while meeting with OPG employees. Also discussed were the risks associated with organizations accepting a self-identification process, the value of equity-seeking councils, steps to creating a diverse supply chain, success stories, and future trends. This interactive panel helped enlighten the nuclear supplier community about the benefits of council membership and the benefits of creating a diverse supply chain.

In our journey to become a global ED&I leader, OPG launched our ED&I strategy last year. As a result of our ongoing efforts, we were named one of Canada’s Best Diversity Employers for 2023, a significant recognition that fulfills one of the main short-term goals of our ED&I strategy. 

Supply Chain is a vital component in helping us achieve our goals, and we continuously increase our spend targets with Indigenous and equity-seeking businesses. Last year, we set our Equity Seeking target at $14 million, surpassing it by achieving $18.5 million. This year, we have set a target of $24 million, and next year, we will aim for $35 million. 

Over the next 10 years, we aspire to achieve $1 billion in spending with Indigenous suppliers. Aligning our supply chain procurement with OPG’s ED&I Strategy and Reconciliation Action Plan is a critical building block in developing a sustainable, diverse supply chain with a direct impact on promoting economic empowerment for marginalized businesses.

To assist our suppliers in developing and growing with us, we launched a Supplier Relationship Management Program this year. A quarter of the scorecard for this program is specifically dedicated to their Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) practices. This score includes an assessment of the supplier’s ED&I engagement, and participating suppliers disclose their affiliation with equity-seeking councils and evaluate their spend with equity-seeking suppliers.

To achieve our goals, we must work collaboratively with our suppliers. Hence, we are requesting our suppliers to report on their tier 2 spend using a new platform to streamline monthly reporting and help track our progress.

To further increase the accessibility of equity-seeking businesses, we are creating resources to help our employees find the right suppliers. We launched an amalgamated internal directory of our equity-seeking council businesses which provides OPG’s more than 9,500 employees with an easy way to find suppliers that match their scope of work. The directory also contains a visual map by location to help employees identify and locate equity-seeking organizations by area and service.

As our ED&I efforts intensify, we are thrilled that our team is expanding. Previously, the Strategic Program Supply Chain team had only one member. However, as we prepare for the next stages of program development, we will hire four dedicated team members, along with one Management & Professional trainee and a co-op college/university student. We intend to launch a new vendor onboarding program to provide the necessary support needed to succeed. Additionally, we plan to revise our contract terms to include ESG commitments that will align with our organizational goals.

Map overview OPGOver the summer, OPG announced that we will be working with the Ontario government to plan and license three additional Small Modular Reactors (SMRs), bringing the total number of SMRs planned for the Darlington Nuclear site to four. 

These four units would generate a total of 1,200 megawatts (MW) of electricity, or enough to power about 1.2 million homes, helping to meet the increasing demand from electrification and fueling the province’s strong economic growth. 

This is a significant development for Ontario’s nuclear industry and our robust nuclear supply chain. In the long run, deploying a fleet of SMRs will strengthen the province’s nuclear supply chain, and position Ontario companies to be global leaders in nuclear power and SMR technology.

Our partnership with WBE Canada is proving valuable in helping us connect with women-owned businesses as we expand our Supply Chain to support major projects like our Darlington SMR initiative. We appreciate the support that WBE Canada provides and look forward to the exciting work that lies ahead.

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Meaghan SnowMeaghan Snow

Meaghan Snow has worked at Ontario Power Generation for the last 13 years, where she has worked in Supply Chain functions in procurement, inventory management, process design and support. She is presently the Senior Manager of Strategic Programs and Supplier Relationship Management, leading both the Supplier Diversity and Indigenous Economic Empowerment programs along with other strategic imperatives in ESG, SRM, and continuous improvement programs.  

Meaghan has her Micromasters in Supply Chain from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), a Graduate Certificate in Women in Leadership from Cornell University, a Bachelor in Business Administration from Edinburgh Napier University and an Advanced Diploma in Operations Management from Durham College.