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Spotlight on OPG Employee Hunter Taylor

It took an experience after high school for Hunter Taylor to learn never to second-guess herself or her passions.

During this time, the young professional, who is now a Hydroelectric Operating Technician Trainee (HOTT) with OPG, began to take an interest in a technical career. But, discouraged by one of her high school teachers, she instead entered a non-technical program at Algonquin College.

After a year, she listened to her true calling and transferred into the Electrical Engineering Technician program at Loyalist College in Belleville, which offered both in-class and hands-on practical training.

Hunter Taylor and Mike Martelli
Hunter Taylor and Mike Martelli

Taylor began her OPG career nearly two years ago at the Pickering Nuclear Generating Station, where as a Radiation Protection Technician, she worked on unit outages, daily inspections and special projects.

Taylor is now busy learning about what it takes to be a hydro operator in the HOTT program. The two-year program includes one-week training sessions every three months, followed by an exam. As a trainee, she is also learning on the job by touring OPG’s numerous hydroelectric stations and becoming familiar with region-specific equipment and processes.

Being new to the hydroelectric side of the business, Taylor naturally has lots of questions, but the experienced operators around her are always happy to answer.

"It’s helped me become a better operator,” she said. “I have people I can rely on to help me and have my back.”

Outside of work, Taylor is a big advocate for women in the energy sector. She also works to give back to the community, having volunteered at her local humane shelter and at Habitat for Humanity’s “Women Build” event.