Helping Build Our Rural Economy

Selkirk College and FortisBC Important Regional Partners


Selkirk College’s rural advantage helps learners garner the education required to grow the economy in the region and FortisBC is one of the recipients of decades of alumni who have made a difference.

One of British Columbia’s vital utility companies, FortisBC employs more than 70 Selkirk College graduates at its Trail operation. Working in a variety of departments, these alumni are key to ensuring the proper supply of electricity and natural gas.

Fortis and Selkirk

The FortisBC office in Trail employs more than 70 Selkirk College graduates who use their education and training to ensure the energy needs of the region are met. Some of those employees gathered for a group shot outside the Trail office earlier this month.

“FortisBC employees who have graduated from Selkirk College are very community focused, adaptable and hard working,” says Jody Drope, Vice President of Human Resources & Environment/Health & Safety with FortisBC. “In times of emergency or high stress, these employees cherish the environment in which they work, know the people whose power they are trying to restore and do their best to exceed expectations.”

Celebrating its 50th year of providing inspiring lifelong learning for residents of the West Kootenay and Boundary region, Selkirk College has been working in harmony with FortisBC for decades. Like many other major employers in the region, FortisBC looks to Selkirk College to provide the training and knowledge needed to stay on the leading edge.

“As the energy and utility industry continues to change and grow with new technologies and customer expectations, it is valuable to have a post-secondary institution where well-rounded, skilled and eager students are entering the workforce, specifically in an area where we have infrastructure and customers,” says Drope.

“Being able to offer relevant education and training that can be transitioned to a permanent career in the area where someone has spent most of their life or has started a family is valuable. Our customers have a better experience when talking with employees who also live in and understand their community.”

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