Enersource Hydro Mississauga

July 03, 2008 15:56 ET

Enersource Bucket Truck Donation Supports Cambrian College

Vehicle offers hands-on experience in program targeting skilled electricity trades gap

MISSISSAUGA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - July 3, 2008) - Enersource Hydro Mississauga recently delivered a large bucket truck to Sudbury's Cambrian College, as a donation to a unique program the college offers. Cambrian's Powerline Technician program, the first of its kind in Ontario, prepares graduates for the power distribution industry, which will experience significant staff turnover during the next decade. The vehicle, a double bucket aerial device extending to a height of 55 feet, would normally exceed the capacity of program funding. It was received as a welcome addition to the program which enters into its third year in the fall of 2008.

"We thank Enersource for their generous donation," said Michel Barbeau, Dean, School of Skills Training/SkyTech. "The double bucket truck will support the ongoing growth and development of Cambrian College's Powerline Technician program. It will enable Cambrian's faculty to enrich the curriculum delivery and provide hands-on training opportunities for our students, which will enhance their employability in the electrical utility sector in Ontario and beyond.

"Our partnerships with companies such as Enersource help the College to maintain its status as the leader in Co-op Diploma Apprenticeship training in Ontario," continued Barbeau. "Through partnerships, Cambrian ensures a continuous supply of qualified graduates who can meet industry's needs for skilled and job-ready workers."

Positive relationships were forged between Enersource Hydro Mississauga and Cambrian College as a result of the recent visit by company representatives and delivery of the bucket truck. While in Sudbury, Enersource conducted interviews for co-op positions. "It is great to see colleges now offering programs for skilled trades, that will yield high caliber graduates," said Craig Fleming, President and CEO of Enersource Corporation. "This relationship is beneficial for our company as we plan for our next generation of skilled trades resources. The students have completed much of the training that takes place during a four-year apprenticeship program, and that will make the transition much easier."

The two year program offered at Cambrian College incorporates two co-op terms, and the first group of students who graduated this May, are graduating at the right time. The Arnett Report, commissioned by the provincial government in 2007, disclosed 44.4 years as the average age of a power line worker and found that 40 per cent of these skilled trades workers were eligible for retirement within the next 10 years.

About Enersource Hydro Mississauga

Serving over 185,000 customers in the City of Mississauga, Enersource Hydro Mississauga is the core regulated affiliate of Enersource Corporation, owned 90% by the City of Mississauga, and 10% by BPC Energy Corporation (Borealis), a subsidiary of the Ontario Municipal Employees Retirement System. The Corporation is a diversified power and technologies company focusing on quality of service with the distribution of electricity, delivery of electricity conservation programs and smart metering solutions to meet government objectives and non-regulated services related to the electricity sector.

About Cambrian College

For over 40 years, Cambrian College has been providing business and industry with workplace-ready employees...has been contributing significantly to the economic success of our community. Cambrian has over 4,400 students enrolled in about 85 programs, plus over 8,000 students in continuing education programs. Cambrian has provided global workplaces with over 30,000 graduates who enjoy an overall employer satisfaction rate of over 91 per cent. Throughout its history, Cambrian's partnerships with business, industry, the professions, and other educational institutions have been the hallmark of its success.

Contact Information

  • Enersource Corporation
    Ken MacDonald
    Director, Government Relations, Communications & Marketing
    (905) 283-4050
    Email: kmacdonald@enersource.com
    Cambrian College
    Gloria Staskus
    Marketing Coordinator, Marketing and Institutional Relations
    (705) 566-8101, extension 7760