Unique Camp to build Future Opportunities in Electricity Sector

    OTTAWA, Aug. 19 /CNW Telbec/ - Aboriginal youth are participating in a
unique camp this week, generating electricity by powering a model
hydro-electric turbine with a super soaker water gun; harnessing the sun's
energy by building and racing a solar powered car; and having fun with
BeetleBot, a little creature created by soldering complex circuits.
    It is all part of a new Electricity Sector Council Bright Futures Camp
being delivered in partnership with the Thunder Bay Aboriginal Head Start
Program from Aug. 17 to 21. The electricity and energy-themed camp aims to
expose youth to the many exciting career opportunities that exist in the
    "The goal is to develop a better understanding of the role electricity
plays in day-to-day life, where it comes from, how it is generated, how it
gets to where it is needed and how it's used. There are a lot of career
opportunities along that path, and the camp is designed to provide Aboriginal
Youth with the opportunity to discover their potential in this exciting
industry. It is an excellent next step to the findings of our 2008 Powering Up
The Future Study, which showed there will be a critical shortage of talent in
our sector in the near future," said Catherine Cottingham, ESC Executive
Director and CEO.
    ESC worked with Actua, a national charitable organization dedicated to
providing young Canadians with positive, hands-on learning experiences in
science, technology and engineering, to create the camp this year being held
in Thunder Bay. The camp is a pilot project, funded by the Government of
Canada's Sector Council Program with the support of Hydro One, Power Workers'
Union, Ontario Power Generation, Canadian Union of Public Employees, Ontario
Power Authority, the Canadian Union of Skilled Workers, and the Aboriginal
Human Resources Council. Efforts are already underway to expand the camps
across the country next year.

    The Electricity Sector Council is an independent, not-for-profit
organization funded by the Government of Canada's Sector Council Program with
support from participating sector communities of business, labour
organizations, educators and stakeholder associations. The Council provides
human resource and workplace development support to workers employed by the
electricity, renewable energy industries and related cogeneration, energy
efficiency, and manufacturing and service/consulting industries. Through its
research and work with industry employers, the Council is resolving issues
such as recruiting and retaining workers, facilitating school-to-work
transitions and developing sector and career awareness strategies.


    For a copy of Powering Up The Future - Study

For further information:

For further information: Sanela Turkanovic, Project Manager,
Communications, Electricity Sector Council, 130 Slater Street, Suite 600,
Ottawa ON, K1P 6E2, T. (613) 235-5540 ext. 223, C. (613) 286-6692,

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