North Bay Hydro donation raises Powerline program profile

Posted on Monday November 27, 2017

Cambrian College Powerline students and faculty took delivery of a radial boom derrick truck donated by North Bay Hydro on November 28.

Powerline Technician students and faculty at Cambrian College are ‘digging’ the latest addition to their training fleet: a radial boom derrick (RBD) donated by North Bay Hydro.

Today at Cambrian, Paul Ridley, North Bay Hydro manager of operations, officially handed over the keys to Powerline program coordinator, Bruce Cowtan, and his students.

Radial boom derricks are used in the power, telecommunication and construction industries to drill holes and lift heavy equipment so that that hydro and/or telecom services can reach people and businesses around the world. RBDs are used throughout the industry to place poles that support much of northern Ontario’s hydro and telecom grid, which highlights the importance of this gift.

“On this Giving Tuesday, we’re pleased to contribute to an exceptional program that supports our community, our customers, and our business success,” said Paul Ridley. “North Bay Hydro and Cambrian’s Powerline Technician program have an important partnership that extends beyond today’s donation. Together, we’re preparing exceptionally-skilled and safety-conscious apprentices who are forming the next generation of powerline technicians and electricity industry leaders.”

With the keys in hand, Cowtan expressed his thanks to North Bay Hydro. “This gift is going to make a big difference for students for years to come. Having a larger fleet means they will have more access to equipment. This particular machine was recently part of North Bay Hydro’s fleet, and because of that, it’s a great asset to our program because you can find RBDs like this one in use all over Ontario.”


Cambrian College’s two-year Powerline Technician program prepares students for employment in the power distribution industry. Since 2006, more than 400 graduates have completed the program, delivered by experienced faculty using industry-standard equipment on an outdoor powerline training field. Students in the program have the chance to pursue a co-op diploma-apprenticeship option with two paid placements. Graduates find employment with utility companies, engineering firms, contractors, and equipment suppliers. Cambrian’s Powerline Technician program is the only one of its kind offered in northern Ontario.


North Bay Hydro strives to provide high levels of customer satisfaction and reliable electrical service with the lowest feasible number of interruptions of minimum duration. We value employee and public safety and will assist customers in becoming informed about economical and efficient uses of electricity. We are committed to promoting responsible energy consumption and environmental management. With issues such as global warming and power shortages/outages in the public eye, and at the forefront of the news, it has become more important than ever to promote the need for responsible energy management. North Bay Hydro is committed to its community and the improvement of the North.

North Bay Hydro operates a number of incentives designed to reduce the amount of energy being consumed, and to promote effective environmental conservation.


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


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