Mackenzie Gillan attended the Powerline Technician program at Conestoga College. She
successfully completed two co-op placements; where she painted transmission towers on
Canada’s east coast and experienced downtown distribution in her time with Toronto Hydro.
Following the pandemic, she is looking forward to starting her apprenticeship with Hydro One
and reaching real seal certification as a Journeyperson Powerline Technician.
Although Mackenzie now loves to work with her hands, she did not grow up on the tools.
Mackenzie started playing competitive sports at a young age, with a strong passion for ice
hockey. She was working towards an athletic scholarship for her post-secondary education.
After having a few injuries and family complications, Mackenzie started realizing that university
was not the right pathway for her.
After moving to a small town and taking a fifth year of high school, Mackenzie explored some
other career/ education options. She stumbled across the powerline technician trade and
decided that it was the right fit for her. Mackenzie dedicated her time and investments to
ensure that she would be a top candidate for apprenticeship opportunities.
As Mackenzie worked towards her apprenticeship hours, she met organizations that helped her
progress along the way. Now as an Ambassador for Kickass Careers, Women of Powerline
Technicians, and Women in Renewable Energy (WiRE), Mackenzie looks to encourage more
young people to consider pursuing skilled trades, as there are many pathways to success.