OPG Recognizes Two Exceptional Indigenous Students

2017 John Wesley Beaver Scholarship Winners Announced

TORONTO, Aug. 21, 2017 /CNW/ - Ontario Power Generation (OPG) is proud to announce Bryer Twiss and Cameron Hartman as the 2017 recipients of the OPG John Wesley Beaver (JWB) Memorial Student Awards. The JWB Student Awards reflect OPG's commitment to helping Indigenous youth in their field of post-secondary studies.

"These awards highlight Ontario Power Generation's commitment to supporting Indigenous youth pursing higher education," said Jeff Lyash, OPG President and CEO. "On behalf of Ontario Power Generation, I congratulate both Bryer and Cameron on their exceptional academic achievements and commitment to their communities."

Bryer Twiss has completed a three-year diploma in Business Administration at Confederation College and will be attending Lakehead University this fall to complete a Bachelor of Commerce degree. Following her studies, Twiss plans on obtaining her CPA designation and pursuing a career in accounting. Twiss is a member of the Métis Nation of Ontario and resides in Thunder Bay.

Cameron Hartman is a fourth-year student at the University of Ottawa studying Electrical Engineering with a specialization in Power and Sustainable Energies. He plans on pursuing a career in clean and renewable energy with a focus on remote First Nations communities. Hartman is a member of the Red Rock First Nation in Northwestern Ontario and grew up in Thunder Bay.

The John Wesley Beaver Awards is one of three scholarships sponsored by OPG for Indigenous students. John Wesley Beaver graduated as an electrical engineer from Queen's University, and worked at Ontario Hydro for 23 years, beginning in 1949. In John's memory, each year OPG awards two scholarships valued at up to $5,000 for Ontario residents who are First Nations, Inuit or Métis, and enrolled in a full-time post-secondary institution in Ontario.

OPG has a strong commitment to developing and maintaining mutually beneficial working relationships with Indigenous communities in Ontario. The company works with many Indigenous communities in helping create opportunities, training and jobs.

For more information on Ontario Power Generation scholarships offered to Indigenous students visit www.opg.com/communities-and-partners/indigenous-communities/RelationsPolicy/Pages/Community-Initiatives.aspx.

OPG generates safe, clean, reliable, low-cost power for Ontario. More than 99 per cent of this power is free of smog and greenhouse gas emissions. OPG's power is priced 40 per cent lower than other generators, which helps moderate customer bills.

SOURCE Ontario Power Generation Inc.