Hola.....here I am sitting on an airplane returning home from an trip to Los Angeles California with my daughters. Perfect time to write my column.
Like her, hate her or love her-she’s one of the few women holding powerful CEO positions who are making a difference in what has usually been known in the past to be a man’s dominating world - Janice McMichael Dennis. She is Bluewater Power’s CEO and President and she is unlike many other CEO’s.
She is kind, gentle, considerate, and she’s hands on. If a call comes in at 2:30 a.m. about a power outage, McMichael is usually up and out that door immediately where off to Bluewater Power she goes.
“Many people don’t know, but when you’re calling in during a power outage, Janice is usually answering the phone”, says husband Bill Dennis Jr. “She’s my best friend and soul mate. The respect I have for my wife is tremendous. We complete one another. She has been asked to join various companies all around the world, but she loves her home town.”
McMichael who recently won the Sarnia Lambton Chamber of Commerce Business Leadership Award gave a heartfelt speech to where she praised her staff for all their hard work and dedication. McMichael humbly thanked them for making the company a success. “While others expect to be publicly recognized for their efforts, McMichael just sits on the sidelines and gives the credit to others. She is definitely very unique and humble,” says husband Bill Dennis Jr. “She is the star that stands behind the curtain and lets others take the bow and get the ovation.”
McMichael is known to surround herself with inspirational quotes such as “No matter how educated, talented, rich or cool you believe you are, how you treat people ultimately tell all. Integrity is everything.”
According to McMichael, “I firmly believe that if you treat people better than they expect, you’ll get more back.”
For many at a time when hydro rates are escalating, McMichael although being criticized remains professional and relates to many who feel the hardships of trying to pay their hydro bill. With that, she does as much as she can to help where she can.
Partial monies that the hydro company earns annually goes back to some of the local municipalities with donating cash and services not only to the local community but to others in need. She has also been known to help personally not expecting any recognition.
For those who know Janice McMichael Dennis, the outpouring of kind words is immense. There are not too many CEO’s who have earned the same respect as McMichael has. For that, we should be grateful to have her looking out for this community, although some would strongly disagree.