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Alectra provides “uplifting” donation to Cambrian’s Powerline program

October 6, 2022 | By Anthony Capkun

Photo (left to right): Kevin Townsend, supervisor, Fleet (Alectra Utilities); Brian Lobban, dean, Schools of Skills Training, Engineering Technology & Environmental Sciences, Cambrian College; Paul Drone, manager, Lines, Alectra Utilities South West Region (Southgate Service Centre); Al McNeilly, program coordinator, Powerline Technician Program, Cambrian College; Scott Fraser, lead hand mechanic, Alectra Utilities Southgate Service Centre. Source: Alectra Utilities.

October 6, 2022 – Alectra Utilities has donated a bucket truck to Cambrian College’s Powerline Technician program, with the aim of providing “valuable hands-on training opportunities for the next generation of powerline technicians.”

“We know students will benefit from these additional resources that are sometimes outside the reach of program budgets […],” said Brian Bentz, Alectra president & CEO. “It’s rewarding to provide support for the training of future powerline professionals that will serve our industry and communities in the future.”

As part of Alectra’s fleet replacement cycle, it was determined that the 2008 diesel-powered International 7400 bucket truck, equipped with a Posi-Plus double-bucket 63-ft aerial device, would be a welcome addition to the college.


“The support of our industry partners is instrumental in providing Cambrian College powerline students with the tools and learning opportunities that will lead to their future success,” said Brian Lobban, dean, Schools of Skills Training & Engineering Technology.

“One of the best components of the Cambrian powerline program is being able to use a wide variety of equipment that we would use in a real work environment,” said Brett Bond, a third-semester student. “Having an additional bucket truck allows our class to do more in the training field, and learn more of the vital skills that we need.”

“We are grateful to Alectra for today’s generous donation of this aerial device and greatly appreciate their ongoing support for our students and program,” added program coordinator, Al McNeilly.

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