Hydro One is committed to increasing Indigenous representation at all levels of our workforce and to track the progress of such growth. A key action supporting this commitment is to offer a scholarship award to Indigenous students and the possibility of paid work terms. Our annual Leonard S. (Tony) Mandamin Award supports First Nations, Métis and Inuit students enrolled at a recognized college or university.

2019 Mandamin Scholarship Awards ceremony held on June 18, 2019

Photo: (From left to right) Nathan Ziebarth, Dawn Stiles, Malia Robinson, The Honourable Justice Mandamin, Kassandra Maracle, Katelyn Percy and Jamie Restoule.

This year, Hydro One awarded 20 students with the prestigious scholarship. The award is named after the Honourable Justice Leonard S. Mandamin, who is one of the first Indigenous electrical engineering graduates in Ontario. Hydro One partnered with Indspire to leverage additional support for Indigenous students. Under this partnership, the scholarships have doubled from $5,000 to $10,000 per recipient beginning this year.

Each year, we hold the award ceremony close to National Indigenous Peoples Day. The day exists for all Canadians to recognize and celebrate the diverse culture and heritage of Indigenous nations.

The Leonard S. (Tony) Mandamin Award is a testament to Hydro One’s commitment to support and encourage Indigenous students in their pursuit of post-secondary education. It is only fitting we also celebrate the recipients’ hard work through their commitments to education and giving back to their communities near this day.

2019 Mandamin Scholarship awards ceremony

This year’s ceremony included an award presentation and reception lunch as well as traditional drumming by Young Creek, Smudge and Teachings by Elder Dorothy Peters. Derek Chum, Vice President, Indigenous Relations provided opening remarks and Justice Mandamin provided a keynote address.

“We believe it is critical to equip young people with the tools they need to succeed. Encouraging the success of Indigenous students through this scholarship is one way Hydro One can support the development and success of Indigenous people in Ontario,” said Derek.

Meet the 2019 Leonard S. (Tony) Mandamin Award Recipients

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