Aboriginal Student Program

Power up your career: Invitation to a 2-day “Intensive' in energy for Ontario Aboriginal students


Submission deadline extended to November 10!


Ontario First Nation and Metis students interested in a career in the energy sector are being offered an extraordinary chance to learn about the exciting opportunities in the energy field, and to meet a range of people active in the electricity industry. APPrO, the Association of Power Producers of Ontario, working with OPG, Ontario Power Generation Inc., is making a special offer to a limited number of post-secondary students from Ontario-based First Nations and Metis groups, providing access to APPrO 2014, the premier electricity conference in Canada, and a series of specialized events associated with APPrO 2014.


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This is an excellent opportunity for students and anyone else to learn what’s new and promising for the future in the power industry. APPrO’s conference, celebrating now in its 26th year, is known for bringing together the top decision makers and business people in the Ontario power sector to explore key issues of the day. Students attending the conference will not only learn what’s going on the industry, but they will also have excellent opportunities to meet people who are interested in hiring students for some of the most interesting and challenging jobs anywhere.


Don’t delay – there are only five spots being made available this year!  Applications deadline is October 17!


APPrO and Ontario Power Generation Inc. have offered this kind of low-cost student access to the Annual Canadian Power Conference and Networking Centre for the past several years. In some cases, assistance can be offered to defray transportation costs to and from the conference. Through this program, aboriginal students from Ontario who are considering a career in power generation will get a behind-the-scenes look at the issues facing them in their future career.


The Ontario power industry is hungry for new recruits and APPrO wants to be sure every interested student has the opportunity to explore the full range of career options in the sector.  Aboriginal students are of particular importance because of the potential for new generation development in or near their traditional lands, especially in the north.  The partnership between APPrO and OPG will allow students who wouldn't otherwise be able to afford to attend a conference of this nature, to come and be a part of the action and learn about what the electricity business has to offer them.


Who's eligible:


Any Ontario-based First Nation or Metis student with an interest in the power generation field is potentially eligible. This could include engineering students, business administration students, students with an interest in policy or law, and many others. To be considered eligible, students must apply through APPrO and be accepted by APPrO.


Application Process:


Each student will submit their full contact information (home address and current address) with details about their course of study and an academic reference, by October 17 - Now Extended to November 10! Click here to download a fillable pdf application form online.


Transportation and Accommodation:


APPrO will cover all meals for the students (breakfast, lunch, and coffee are served on Day 1 of the conference, and breakfast, lunch and coffee on day 2) onsite at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre, South Building. Access to the banquet dinner on the evening of November 18 is available on a provisional basis.  Please check with APPrO staff for confirmation.


Students will be responsible for their own accommodation during the conference.  Tourism Toronto can be contacted for a list of youth hostels in the area.


Students are encouraged to find economical travel arrangements.  APPrO will consider covering transportation costs, with the proper documentation, for up to 50 cents per km, to a limited number of qualifying individuals.


Claims procedure:


In order to be reimbursed for travel costs, students will have to be pre-approved by APPrO in advance of the event, and submit their expenses (including original receipts and a fully-detailed invoice) by December 12, 2014, and after confirmation by APPrO, the students will be reimbursed by cheque to the stated limit within three to five weeks of submitting the expenses.  Note: expense claims that contain ambiguities will take longer to process.


Please note: All decisions on eligibility and on the amount of reimbursements are at the sole discretion of APPrO. Priority will be given to applicants who have not used the program before.


For more information


If you have any questions about the program, please contact Carole Kielly, Marketing Manager at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.or 416-322-6549 ext. 226.


Additional options for access


Please see the details for APPrO’s Reduced Entry Fee Program for students and new entrants in the Ontario power sector.