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Supporting the next generation

At OPG, we know our success depends on a diverse and inclusive workforce. But our future success also depends on the development of the next generation of power leaders.

Find out how we’re working to inspire today’s youth to ensure Ontario’s energy future remains in good hands.

Supporting Ontario students

Ontario Power Generation offers a range of post-secondary student awards to people attending accredited community colleges and universities in Ontario. Our awards program helps students to obtain the education they need to build a rewarding career. Do you qualify for one of these exciting opportunities? Select an award from the list below to find out.

Value: $2,400
Annual awards: one per Ontario university

One annual student award, valued at $2,400 per Ontario University, offered to a qualified student and a member of an employment equity target group (women, Indigenous people (First Nations, Métis, and Inuit), persons with disabilities, or members of visible minorities.

 
Eligibility criteria

This award is granted to a student currently enrolled full-time in second year of an electrical, computer, mechanical, chemical, environmental or nuclear engineering program.

Applicants must:

  • have strong oral and written communication skills;
  • demonstrate leadership skills;
  • provide proof of good academic standing (minimum B average);
  • be involved in extra-curricular activities, including volunteer work;
  • submit a completed Applicant/Nominee Information Package (see below under 'Process');
  • be legally eligible to work in Canada upon graduation; and
    receive no more than one other award of equal or greater value in his/her second year.

* For Lakehead University the award recipient will be in the third year Technology program and continuing in the Engineering degree program.

 
Process
  • The award recipient is nominated through the University’s internal awards selection process/program
  • Following nomination, the Student Awards Office provides written notification and a completed Applicant/Nominee Information Package to OPG. This package must include:
    • a letter of nomination/recommendation from the Student Awards Office;
    • a 250-500 word overview prepared by the nominee, highlighting their qualifications/interest in the OPG University Engineering Award;
    • a copy of the nominee's most recent official transcript; and
    • a copy of the nominee's current resume, listing all work, volunteer and extra-curricular activities (full-time and part-time).
  • Following acceptance of the nominee, OPG provides the Student Awards Office with a letter of congratulations to the award recipient, along with the accompanying award cheque to be presented to the recipient at the University’s Student Awards Ceremony.

Annual awards: one per Ontario college

One annual student award, valued at $1,000 per Ontario college, offered to a qualified student and a member of an employment equity target group (women, Indigenous people (First Nations, Métis, and Inuit), persons with disabilities, and visible minorities).

Eligibility criteria

This award is granted to a student currently enrolled full-time in second year of one of the following technician/technology programs: electrical, electronics, instrumentation, mechanical, power systems, computer, chemical or marine engineering.

Applicants must:

  • have strong oral and written communication skills;
  • demonstrate leadership skills;
  • provide proof of good academic standing (minimum B average);
  • be involved in extra-curricular activities, including volunteer work;
  • receive no more than one other award of equal or greater value in his/her second year;
  • submit a completed Applicant/Nominee Information Package (see below under 'Process'); and
  • be legally eligible to work in Canada upon graduation.
Process
  • The award recipient is nominated through the College’s internal awards selection process/program.
  • Following nomination, the Student Awards Office provides written notification and a completed Applicant/Nominee Information Package to OPG. This package must include:
    • a letter of nomination/recommendation from the Student Awards Office;
    • a 250-500 word overview prepared by the nominee highlighting their qualifications/interest in the OPG Technician/Technology Award;
    • a copy of nominee's most recent official transcript; and
    • a copy of nominee's current resume listing all work, volunteer and extra-curricular activities (full-time and part-time).
  • Following acceptance of the nominee, OPG provides the Student Awards Office with a letter of congratulations to the award recipient along with the accompanying award cheque to be presented to the recipient at the College’s Awards Ceremony.

Value: $1,000
Annual awards: up to five

Up to five annual student awards, valued at $1,000 each, offered to qualified Confederation College students of Indigenous ancestry (First Nations, Métis, and Inuit).

 
Eligibility criteria

This award is granted to students of Indigenous ancestry (First Nations, Métis, or Inuit) currently enrolled full-time in second year in one of the following technician/technology programs: electrical, electronics, mechanical, instrumentation, power systems or in a related apprenticeship program.

Applicants must:

  • have strong oral and written communication skills;
  • demonstrate leadership skills;
  • provide proof of good academic standing (minimum B average);
  • be involved in extra-curricular activities, including volunteer work;
  • receive no more than one other award of equal or greater value in his/her second year;
  • submit a completed Applicant/Nominee Information Package (see below under 'Process'); and
  • be legally eligible to work in Canada upon graduation.
Process
  • The award recipient is nominated through the College’s internal awards selection process/program. The Selection Committee is comprised of two members from the Negahneewin College Board and the Chair of the Native Studies Department.
  • Following nomination, the Student Awards Office provides written notification and a completed Applicant/Nominee Information Package (up to a maximum of five nominees annually) to OPG. This package must include:
    • a letter of nomination/recommendation from the Student Awards Office;
    • a 250-500 word overview prepared by the nominee highlighting their qualifications/interest in the OPG Negahneewin Incentive Award;
    • a copy of nominee's most recent official transcript; and
    • a copy of nominee's current resume listing all work, volunteer and extra-curricular activities (full-time and part-time).
  • Following acceptance of the nominee(s), OPG provides the Awards Office with a letter of congratulations to each award recipient along with the accompanying award cheque to be presented to the recipient(s) at the College’s Awards Ceremony.

Value: $1,500
Annual awards: up to five

Up to five annual student awards, valued at $1,500 each, offered to qualified Lakehead University students of Indigenous ancestry (First Nations, Métis, and Inuit).

 
Eligibility criteria

This award is granted to students of Indigenous ancestry (First Nations, Métis, or Inuit) currently enrolled full-time in second year in one of the following programs: engineering (electrical, chemical, mechanical) or an environmental studies/environmental management program or other disciplines related to OPG’s business.

 
Applicants must:
  • have strong oral and written communication skills;
  • demonstrate leadership skills;
  • provide proof of good academic standing (minimum B average);
  • be involved in extra-curricular activities, including volunteer work;
  • receive no more than one other award of equal or greater value in his/her second year;
  • submit a completed Applicant/Nominee Information Package (see below under 'Process'); and
  • be legally eligible to work in Canada upon graduation.
Process
  • The award recipient is nominated through the University’s internal awards selection process/program.
  • Following nomination, the Student Awards Office provides written notification and a completed Applicant/Nominee Information Package (up to a maximum of five nominees annually) to OPG. This package must include:
    • a letter of nomination/recommendation from the Student Awards Office;
    • a 250-500 word overview prepared by the nominee highlighting their qualifications/interest in the OPG Lakehead University Indigenous Award;
    • a copy of nominee's most recent official transcript; and
    • a copy of nominee's current resume listing all work, volunteer and extra-curricular activities (full-time and part-time).
  • Following acceptance of the nominee(s), OPG provides the Student Awards Office with a letter of congratulations to each award recipient along with the accompanying award cheque to be presented to the recipient(s) at the University’s Awards Ceremony.

Value: $3,000 - $5,000
Annual awards: up to two

We sponsor up to two awards annually, for one female and one male. The Award is valued at $3,000 for College recipients and $5,000 for University recipients. All Ontario residents who are First Nations, Inuit or Métis, and enrolled in a full-time post-secondary institution in Ontario are eligible to apply. Preference will be given to applicants from Ontario communities.

 
Eligibility criteria

This award is granted to students of Indigenous ancestry (First Nations, Métis, or Inuit) currently enrolled full-time at an accredited university or community college in Ontario in one of the following programs: engineering, law, environmental studies, business, Indigenous studies, communications, human resources, technology, trades or other disciplines related to OPG’s business.

Applicants must:

  • be in good academic standing (minimum B average);
  • have strong written and oral communication skills;
  • demonstrate leadership skills;
  • be involved in extracurricular community/campus activities, including volunteer work;
  • be Indigenous (First Nations, Inuit or Métis) with proof of ancestry as issued by the Government of Canada or other recognized authority, e.g., Métis Nation of Ontario);
  • be a resident of Ontario and attend college/university in Ontario; and
  • be legally eligible to work in Canada upon graduation and demonstrate an interest in working for OPG.
Application procedure
  • Applicants must submit an application for the John Wesley Beaver Memorial Award by the deadline: May 31, 2019.
  • Late or incomplete applications will not be accepted.
  • Applications must include:
    • a letter of Introduction (not more than one page);
    • a completed application form, signed and dated;
    • a record of academic standing (official or unofficial) from most recent academic program;
    • proof of First Nation, Inuit, or Métis status, as recognized and issued by the government of Canada;
    • confirmation of acceptance for fall semester is required; and
    • a copy of their current resume.
Selection process and requirements
  • To receive this Award, the applicant should not be receiving more than one other award of equal or greater value for the same academic year. Students may apply for the Award more than once over the course of their academic career, but they can only win the Award once.
  • Preference will be given to non-funded students.
  • All applications will be reviewed by OPG’s Native Circle Selection Committee, in collaboration with People and Culture (Human Resources) and the Corporate Citizenship Program.
  • Short-listed applicants should be prepared to participate in a telephone interview.
  • Upon notification as an Award winner, an official transcript must be provided to OPG within two weeks from your registrar’s office.
  • Winners must be prepared to attend an award luncheon in Toronto during the month of August to receive their award (OPG will cover travel cost associated with this event at an established amount).
  • Possible opportunities for student placements or future employment will be explored in follow-up discussions with Award winners.
  • Relatives of Native Circle members can apply for the award. The Native Circle selection committee must ensure there is no conflict of interest, meaning there is no relation between the selection committee members and the potential applicants.

All applicants are encouraged to complete a career interest profile on jobs.opg.com. To be considered for student placements, applicants must be returning to school or require a final work term to graduate.

Please direct your completed application forms and all required documentation to:

John Wesley Beaver Memorial Award
c/o Indigenous Relations
Ontario Power Generation
800 Kipling Avenue
Toronto, ON M8Z 5G5

Be the generation

OPG continues to fund agreements with our educational institution partners to proactively seek out diverse representation for programs focused on science, technology, engineering and math.

We also actively recruit at Ontario’s universities and colleges. Recently, OPG launched its “Be the Generation” recruitment campaign aimed at engaging post-secondary students across the province. Young OPG employees were chosen to be the face of the campaign.

Learning on the job

As part of our commitment to give students hands-on learning experience, OPG hires hundreds of co-op students each year from a variety of Ontario universities and colleges. These include students studying various trades as well as administration, business, finance, and health and safety.

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