Powered by Ryerson University, University of Ontario Institute of
Technology, University of Waterloo and Western University
TORONTO, March 8, 2013 /CNW/ - Today, Hydro One announced a new
partnership with Ryerson University, University of Ontario Institute of
Technology, University of Waterloo and Western University to increase
enrolment and career opportunities for female students pursuing
Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics.
The Hydro One Women in Engineering University Partnership program will
target and support young females by:
Developing new outreach activities for elementary and high school girls
to increase awareness and understanding of engineering as a preferred
Enhancing the success of women undergraduate students by providing
support through mentoring and other networking opportunities with
And creating supportive networks and support for female engineering
graduates as they transition into the workforce, through co-op and
internship opportunities and workforce preparation development.
Currently just over 10 per cent of all electrical engineers in the
province of Ontario are women (1). By leveraging the expertise and
leadership of each of the partner Universities and Hydro One the goal
is to increase the number of female engineering students and graduates
over the next four years.
"Businesses thrive on a diversity of thought and perspective, and that's
why Hydro One is committed to investing in educating and training our
future workforce," says Carmine Marcello, President and CEO of Hydro
One. "We are proud that 20 per cent of our engineers are women, more
than double the national average for companies our size, but we want to
see that number increase."
"On behalf of the four partner institutions, we are thrilled to be part
of the Hydro One Women in Engineering University Partnership program,"
says Pearl Sullivan, dean of the University of Waterloo's Faculty of
Engineering. "For the past decade, there has been a slight decline in
the number of women interested in studying engineering. Through this
new initiative, we'll be able to reverse this trend by drawing on the
strengths and experiences of all the partners to promote exciting and
diverse opportunities in engineering."
This $1.4 million investment is the second major partnership Hydro One
has created with educational institutions in Ontario. In 2007, the
Hydro One College Consortium was created in partnership with Algonquin,
Georgian, Mohawk and Northern Colleges. The funding provided for this
program supports scholarships, curriculum development, co-op placements
and equipment to educate the next generation of energy professionals.
With up to 36 per cent of Hydro One's workforce eligible to retire in
the next five years, promoting careers in the utility sector is a
In 2008 Hydro One was awarded the Ontario Colleges Community/Corporate
Partnership Award in recognition of its contribution to the advancement
of Ontario's college system.
Hydro One delivers electricity safely, reliably and responsibly to homes
and businesses across the province of Ontario and owns and operates
Ontario's 29,000 km high-voltage transmission network that delivers
electricity to large industrial customers and municipal utilities, and
a 121,000 km low-voltage distribution system that serves about 1.3
million end-use customers and smaller municipal utilities in the
province. Hydro One is wholly owned by the Province of Ontario.
1. 2006 Census, Statistics Canada
SOURCE: Hydro One Inc.
For further information:
contact Hydro One Media Relations 24 hours a day at 1-877-506-7584 (toll-free in Ontario only) or 416-345-6868. Our website is www.HydroOne.com.