By Stephanie Lai
June 26, 2013 – At its second annual First Nation, Métis and Inuit (FNMI) awards ceremony, Hydro One recognized Kevin King and Zara Contin as this year’s recipients of the company’s academic scholarship for post-secondary students enrolled in electricity industry-related programs.
Kevin King is of Métis heritage and is currently in his third year studying Mechanical Engineering at the University of Guelph, Ont.
“I am extremely proud of my heritage and appreciate the initiative that Hydro One has taken for aboriginal students and communities alike,” said King. “The FNMI award plays a crucial role in funding my education allowing me to focus on my studies and co-op experiences. I truly appreciate the recognition of my hard work, dedication and involvement within the Métis community.”
Zara Contin is Ojibway from the Henvey Inlet First Nation. She is a third-year student studying Indigenous Environmental Science at Trent University, Ont.
“Kevin King and Zara Contin are valuable contributors to the future of the electricity industry,” said Carmine Marcello, president and CEO of Hydro One. “Hydro One is committed to supporting the FNMI communities and to playing a role in increasing the representation of First Nations, Métis and Inuit employees in our sector.”
The utility also travels to communities across the province to host community information sessions, where Hydro One representatives present career opportunities and help students plan for a career in the electricity sector.