NEM 2024 Partner Profile: Hydro Ottawa

There has never been a more exciting time to be part of the electricity industry. With a focus on sustainability and innovation, Hydro Ottawa is leading the way to a smart energy future. It is a great time for enthusiastic and talented engineers who are eager to drive change, work on complex and trailblazing projects, and guide the path forward.

Shannon Fowler saw this opportunity as she began her career with Hydro Ottawa after graduating from Carleton University with a Bachelor in Sustainable and Renewable Energy Engineering. After spending a year with the Conservation and Demand Management team validating energy efficiency projects throughout the City of Ottawa, Shannon entered Hydro Ottawa’s Engineering Internship Program as a Smart Grid Engineering Intern.

Shannon appreciates having found a workplace that recognizes the importance of gaining the engineering experience required to attain her Professional Engineer designation. “As an intern with Hydro Ottawa, I had many opportunities and amazing support from experienced engineers to expand my knowledge and gain the experience needed to fulfill these requirements.”

Just over a year ago, Shannon was promoted to Supervisor, Smart Grid Technologies. “I am fortunate to be in a role where I can take key lessons learned from my previous experiences and leverage that in a technical supervisory role and guide others in their professional development, ensuring they have access to similar opportunities that I had – such as taking ownership of important projects and leading technical designs.”

Grid Modernization projects are a key priority at Hydro Ottawa. These projects, led by engineers and professionals throughout the company, will enable Hydro Ottawa to better serve customers today and in the future. “I enjoy the cross-functional aspects of Grid Modernization and how it requires a lot of collaboration, which means constantly learning new things and relating them back to operational technology.”

Shannon has valued the many mentors that have been available to her since graduation. “One thing that I often reflect on during my career with Hydro Ottawa is the support and mentorship provided by colleagues with varying professional backgrounds – not only limited to engineers. My team works closely with our Grid Technology, IT, Cybersecurity, Network, Infrastructure, and Distribution Operations colleagues. It is so valuable to be in an environment where you are encouraged to learn by asking questions. Learning about the perspectives of other professionals is a very valuable part of growth and development.”

With so many possibilities to be part of exciting changes in the electricity industry Shannon acknowledges that, “with any change, comes challenge, but that also means that there’s never a dull moment!”

Hydro Ottawa is actively recruiting engineers with diverse backgrounds and skill sets to complement our team. We have committed to gender balance in engineering roles by 2030, and are continuously working to engage more women in our sector. If you’re considering a career change, it’s an exciting time to join the electricity sector in Canada. We are, literally, powering the future. Find out more on our website.

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