Ontario Waterpower Association and University of Toronto to Partner on Masters Program for New Hydro Professionals

Hydro Industry and UofT propose to develop curriculum focused on hydro expertise

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August 31, 2020 – Peterborough – The Ontario Waterpower Association (OWA) is extremely pleased to announce a proposed partnership with the University of Toronto (UofT) to establish a Masters Program designed to develop the next generation of hydro professionals.  This initiative will help encourage youth to consider the myriad career opportunities that exist within the waterpower sector and prepare them for success.

“I commend the leadership of the University of Toronto in their recognition of a need for a comprehensive curriculum that will undoubtedly prepare the next generation of waterpower industry leaders,” said Paul Norris, OWA President.  “We look forward to working with and supporting UofT in this exciting opportunity.”

Led by Sharon Mandair, PhD Candidate, the proposed program recognizes that waterpower is an interdisciplinary field but that the current education system does not reflect this reality. The Masters program is being developed to teach the next generation of hydro professionals everything they need to know about waterpower- from planning, design, construction, operations to decommissioning.  The OWA will support this program through its extensive membership network of waterpower professionals.

“For many years we have tended to be a little complacent about our hydro resources, having a kind of ‘been there, done that’ attitude. Yet, this presumption of having solved all the key issues in no way matches reality – Hydro power stations are increasing complex and being called on to do more than ever for both power production and to stabilize the entire system”  said Dr. Bryan Karney, Associate Dean of Cross-Disciplinary Programs.  “This proposed multi-disciplinary program aims to quickly develop the conceptual understanding of this crucial resource system with the goal of accelerating the full and renewed integration of this flexible hydro resource into the modern electrical grid.”


The OWA represents the common and collective interests of the waterpower industry in Ontario.  Waterpower provides some of the lowest cost and most reliable electricity in the province. The industry is expected to invest more than $1.2 Billion in existing Ontario waterpower assets over the next five (5) years.

The University of Toronto’s Faculty of Applied Science and Engineering is internationally recognized for excellence in education, innovation and research. With expert knowledge in sustainable energy, infrastructure resiliency and leadership, the Faculty offers 12 specializations to 900 Masters of Engineering students.


Paul Norris, President
Ontario Waterpower Association