Greater Sudbury Hydro donation amps up Cambrian College Powerline program

Posted on Tuesday January 26, 2016
Greater Sudbury Hydro

Double bucket truck, radial boom derrick, and half-tonne pickup truck donations enhance student experience

SUDBURY—A longstanding partnership between Greater Sudbury Hydro and Cambrian College is once again benefiting students thanks to a major donation by the city-owned utility to the College’s Powerline Technician program.

On Tuesday, Jan. 26, Greater Sudbury Hydro officially handed over the keys to a double bucket truck and a ½ tonne pick-up truck, which will enhance the College’s fleet of training vehicles and equipment.  The utility company had donated a radial boom derrick (a heavy lift truck to erect and take down hydro poles) to the College’s Powerline Technician program in 2014.

“These donations, and our long-standing relationship with Greater Sudbury Hydro, means a great deal to the College and in particular, our faculty and students,” said Cambrian College President Bill Best. “Our Powerline Technician program launched in 2006, and since then, Greater Sudbury Hydro has been a valuable contributor to its success. Their staff are active on our program advisory committee, they provide co-ops to our students each semester, and they hire many of our graduates.  The equipment donation is very much appreciated, as is their continued support of our students and graduates.”

“Greater Sudbury Hydro was one of the founding partners of Cambrian’s Powerline Technician program, which was the first of its kind in Ontario,” said GSH Board Chair Mark Signoretti. “We have a vested interest in the program’s success as it is a feeder for our Operations Group. From time to time, when we have equipment that is no longer useable commercially but is still safe for training, we happily extend our support to the program by making a donation.”


Cambrian College’s two-year Powerline Technician program prepares students for employment in the power distribution industry. Students learn from expert faculty and benefit from hands-on training on industry-standard equipment at an outdoor powerline training field. Students have the option to pursue a co-op diploma-apprenticeship option that enables them to participate in two paid placements while earning their diploma. Graduates find employment with utility companies, engineering firms, contractors, and equipment suppliers.


Greater Sudbury Hydro Inc. distributes electricity to over 47,400 customers within the City of Greater Sudbury and the Municipality of West Nipissing. GSH maintains 30 substations with the latest in computerized technology in order to supply reliable electricity to residential and commercial customers, and ensure communities have the electrical infrastructure to grow and prosper.

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Media Contacts:

Wendy Watson
Director of Communications
Greater Sudbury Utilities/Greater Sudbury Hydro

Lynn Bulloch
Communications Officer
Cambrian College
705-566-8101, ext. 6375

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