Ontario Power Generation (OPG) is undertaking a multibillion-dollar project to refurbish the Darlington Nuclear Generating Station. In the midst of it is U of T Scarborough Management Co-op student Dorian Russell.
“For my first work term, we were in the planning stage. Now we’re moving towards execution. It’s fascinating seeing what happens next,” says Russell.
Working in the Project Cost and Change Management department, the fourth-year student creates and updates cost reports that track dozens of projects within the nuclear refurbishment plan, allowing budget owners to monitor and forecast future costs. He also provides ad hoc financial analysis of budgets, costs and forecast data for the planning and controls division of the Darlington refurbishment program.
“My work allows project managers to determine whether they need to make changes to ensure their projects are completed on time and on budget,” says Russell.
Through his work, Russell has developed extensive analytical and communication skills. His time at OPG has strengthened his passion for working in the public sector.
“OPG oversees the generation of 50 per cent of Ontario’s electricity. That’s a very positive impact on people across the province,” Russell says. “These are the types of initiatives that I’d like to get involved with in the future.”