Environment alumnus Adam Bennett (BES ’08) took his passion for environmentalism to Hydro One Networks Inc., Ontario’s electricity transmission and distribution utility. Serving with the utility for 14 years, he now applies is talents managing much of its security.
As the Physical Security Manager for Hydro One, Bennett has been instrumental in protecting the electricity grid of Ontario by working with government and industry partners to ensure that ongoing threats to the system are identified, prevented and dealt with.
His journey as part of Hydro One began as an Advisor within the First Nations & Métis Relations group. Landing the role right after graduating from the School of Environment Resources and Sustainability at Waterloo, Bennett met with indigenous communities and stakeholders in Ontario to reach mutually beneficial agreements to advance major energy projects.
The partnership that Bennett worked on with the Saugeen Ojibway Nation through Hydro One became a model for future negotiations with indigenous communities. The proposed Bruce to Milton transmission line, a vital part of the province’s plan to phase out coal power in favour of solar and wind-generated in western parts of the province, was to be constructed on the traditional territory of the Saugeen Ojibway Nation. Bennett’s work at Hydro One and with the Saugeen Ojibway Nation was done in a spirit of cooperation, partnership and shared responsibility and contributed to a significant equity partnership between Hydro One and the Saugeen Ojibway Nation.
Over the past six years, Bennett moved into Security Operations at Hydro One, after obtaining his Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP). His in-depth knowledge of physical and cybersecurity helps protect the electrical infrastructure of Hydro One.
Bennett also serves as a member of the Canadian Electricity Association’s Security and Infrastructure Protection Committee, an organization ensuring that all aspects of electrical infrastructure security are coordinated nationwide.
When Bennett is not working at Hydro One, he enjoys wine tasting and is on his way to obtaining his sommelier designation. He has also served on the Jays Care Foundation Young Professional Network fundraising and organizing philanthropic events for youth in Canadian communities.
Bennett lives with his wife Heidi and dog Derby and recently welcomed a beautiful daughter into the world.