POWER in numbers
Opportunity abounds in large Hydro workplace
ONE of the largest employers in the province, Manitoba Hydro employs 6,300 people from Churchill to Emerson, a fact that president and CEO Bob Brennan never takes for granted.
“It’s a sobering thought to know that you’re accountable for the welfare and safety of 6,300 people, especially when they’re working in an environment like a generating station or on a hydro pole,” says Brennan, now entering his 22nd year as head of Manitoba’s electrical power and natural gas utility, where he has spent his entire career.
According to Brennan, all performance indicators for the Crown corporation are the best in the country, with rates among the lowest and reliability among the highest to be found anywhere in Canada.
The company has approximately 540,000 electrical power customers and 266,000 natural gas customers. While it operates 15 interconnected generating stations and has 72 customer service offices across the province as well as construction and maintenance employees at strategic locations, the remainder of its employees work inside Winnipeg, whether at the offices on Taylor or Sutherland avenues or at the brand new Manitoba Hydro tower on Portage Avenue.
“It’s pretty hard for me not to be proud of this organization,” Brennan says. “This is a great company with a powerful mix of people. We take great pride in the fact that we serve our customers quite well and will continue to do so for years to come.”