POWER in numbers

Op­por­tu­nity abounds in large Hy­dro work­place

Winnipeg Free Press - Section H - - FRONT PAGE - DR. JOHN MCFERRAN

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.”

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