Electrical Engineering Technologist graduate Brandon Oukes is the 2014 recipient of the Canadian Electrical Manufacturers’ Representatives Association (CEMRA) Academic Leadership Award. Given by CEMRA, The Electrical Council and The Electro-Federation Canada (EFC) – the award comes with a $2,500 prize.
An electricity unit in a high school physics class first sparked Brandon’s interest in the field, and he now enjoys creating small electrical devices using Programmable Logic Controllers (PLCs) with a combination of lights, sensors and motors.
He recently gained valuable work experience as a substation maintenance co-op student at Powerstream and learned a great deal about community service as a volunteer, cleaning up last winter’s ice storm in Ontario.
Oukes was thrilled to win the award. Says Oukes, “It was a huge bonus and really great to be recognized for all my hard work at school.”
The EFC scholarship program has been supporting students for over 19 years. In 2014, EFC and its members and participants will provide students with $113,000 in funding across 56 scholarships.