Hydro One Co-op Student Takes Pride In Keeping Ontario’s Lights On


Hydro One co-op student Jerry, a recent electrical engineering graduate, spoke to us this summer at Hydro One’s downtown Toronto office. Jerry told us how he won Hydro One’s prestigious William Peyton Hubbard Memorial Award and what he does on a daily basis during his co-op work term.

Winning the William Peyton Hubbard Memorial Award

Hydro One sponsors two annual awards for outstanding black students attending an Ontario college or university. The awards are in honour of William Peyton Hubbard, Toronto’s first black alderman, controller and acting mayor who was unwavering in his support for the development and public ownership of hydroelectric power in the late-19th and early-20th centuries. In addition to a cash award, the William Peyton Hubbard Memorial Award winners are given an opportunity to obtain a paid position performing developmental work with Hydro One.

After sending in transcripts, documents, and applications, Jerry scored an interview with Hydro One because of his demonstrated leadership in his community as a tutor, in additional to other community involvement. Applications for the William Peyton Hubbard Memorial Award are due by December 31 of any given year.

What does a co-op student do at Hydro One?

Jerry works in Protection and Control alongside experienced engineers to test equipment and ensure that, if any faults occur within the energy grid, they are isolated from the rest of the system. He says it’s a lot of responsibility, but he appreciates that Hydro One gives him the chance to be an integral part of society – his work at Hydro One keeps the lights on and ultimately keeps the economy running.

Jerry’s top tips for students

  • Be active and pursue a variety of different opportunities
  • Take advantage of online resources
  • Talk to your campus career office

Hydro One CareersHydro One has co-op, internship, apprenticeship, summer and entry-level opportunities. Visit HydroOne.com to apply or, to learn more about about what it’s like to work at Hydro One, visit HydroOne.com or TalentEgg.ca.


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Cassandra Jowett is TalentEgg's Content Manager. She joined the team as a student intern in the summer of 2008, and since then her heart has never really left the Egg Carton. Cassandra is a recent graduate of the Ryerson University School of Journalism, where she earned a Bachelor of Journalism with a focus in writing and editing for newspapers. She has also written and edited for The Globe and Mail, The National Post, t.o.night newspaper and other publications.