The background, experience, perspective, and talent of each employee enrich our company and our culture, so we work hard to build a workforce that reflects the diverse populations of our communities. Sara, a Distribution Lines Engineer, shares her thoughts on her career as a female engineer at Hydro One.
"I attended an offsite technical meeting as a Hydro One representative with more than 30 attendees from various local distribution companies, transportation companies, corrosion and gas pipeline consultants. A room full of engineers and technical field staff and noticeably missing was an appropriate female presence. As I pondered on the issues of diversity in the utility industry, I realized we are still a long distance away from gender parity in the technical realm.
I joined Hydro One as a New Grad and I have been fortunate to find an outstanding network of male and female engineers, managers and other colleagues who have supported me through the difficult times along the way. Even though I still often find myself as the only female engineer in many meetings, I do not feel lonely because I know I belong.
My career as a female engineer has definitely been interesting, to say the least. There have been many challenges along the way but what I can say with great certainty is that I've always been proud of being an engineer.
I love engineering because I believe it's more than just a science, it's also an art. It's the art of understanding the science behind our complex physical world and applying that knowledge to finding solutions in order to protect, improve and simplify our lives.
Even though the work of engineers is so vital to our core business, I often find that the significant amount of effort that goes into it fades in the background and does not always get the attention it deserves. Maybe as engineers, we have not been taught to verbalize the pride we take in our work and how essential we are to our society. So, let's take a moment to appreciate our fellow engineers and to remind ourselves that what we do is essential to the success of our company and our society."
Sara supports the advancement of women in technical roles by mentoring female engineering co-op students within the company, actively participating in the Women in Trades, Technology and Engineering (WTTE) Network, and speaking with high school students about women in the Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) field.
In addition, Hydro One creates a supportive environment for aspiring energy professionals through co-op opportunities for college and university students. Hydro One also offers several awards and scholarships insupport of advanced opportunities for diverse students.