The Ontario Energy Network is pleased to announce the winners of our 2017 scholarships. Our winners are both outstanding young women that have already spent some rewarding time working in the energy sector. Linda Chigbo, a 4th-year electrical engineering student at the University of Toronto, is the winner of our 2017 OEN Women in Energy Scholarship. Kristina Mlakar, a graduate student pursuing a Master of Science in Sustainability Management, also at the University of Toronto, has been awarded the 2017 OEN Sustainable Development Scholarship.
Linda Chigbo, winner of the 2017 OEN Women in Energy Scholarship, is entering her fourth year at the University of Toronto, studying electrical engineering. Linda has worked in the electric utility sector, having spent time as a Protection and Control Intern at Hydro One. Since 2014 Linda has been a Student Leader Ontario Network of Women in Engineering and was involved in two outreach programs organized by ONWIE – the GO-ENG-Girl and the Go-CODE-Girl events. She has been a peer mentor in the engineering faculty and in 2015 she was awarded the Lassonde Student Life Leadership Award. Ms. Chigbo is interested in applying technological solutions to third-world problems.
The winner of the 2017 OEN Sustainable Development Scholarship, Kristina Mlakar, has worked as a volunteer and researcher for Plug’N Drive. She has just completed a Bachelor’s degree in earth and environmental science with an average of 85%+. She is now undertaking graduate studies, pursuing a Master of Science in Sustainability Management at the University of Toronto, starting with an exchange semester at Lund University in Sweden. In 2016 Kristina was awarded a bursary by Women in Renewable Energy (WiRE) to attend the Association of Power Producers of Ontario conference. Ms. Mlakar has a particular interest in electric vehicles and the environmental and societal benefits of increased electrification of urban transportation.