An Interview with Joanna Kwant, Gerrie Electric — EFC Ontario Chair

By Blake Marchand

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Electro-Federation Canada’s Young Professional Network (YPN) is a fantastic tool for industry professionals under 40 to build their network, build their professional skills, and give back to the local community. These are the three tenets on which the YPN program is structured: give, gather, grow.

“It’s a way we can upskill our membership to be able to grow into leadership roles in the future,” said Joanna Kwant, Director of Strategic Transformation for Gerrie Electric. “I think YPN can have a role in ensuring our young leaders are prepared for the road ahead.”

Earlier this year EFC elected new YPN regional and national chairs for 2020 and 2021. Among this new leadership group are Kwant, who serves as Chair for the Ontario Region, National Chair Sean Bernard, Quebec Chair Jean-Francois Gravel, and Atlantic Chair Nick Foster.

If you are familiar with the electrical industry, you likely know the Gerrie name well. The company is led by Co-Presidents and CEOs Heather and Elaine Gerrie, both of whom are active members of the broader industry. Now, the third generation of the Gerrie family is making its way into the leadership core of the company. Joanna shares the Director of Strategic Transformation title with her brother, Jonathan Kwant, and cousin, Taylor Gerrie. Appropriately nicknamed the “3G”, Joanna, Jonathan and Taylor have been in their current roles as part of the company's leadership group for just under two years.