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Local company ensures continuous top-notch experiences for students

OSHAWA, Ont. - The fact that just over 46,000 individuals work in the manufacturing sector is evidence of how important this industry is to the economy of Durham Region. A local manufacturer of high quality electrical and lighting products, Hubbell Canada has supported our campus community for many years-most recently with a $280,000 donation to the Campaign for the new U at the University of Ontario Institute of Technology (UOIT).

As well as being a regular contributor to scholarships at Durham College, Hubbell has provided $250,000 towards the capital component of the university and another $30,000 for scholarships at UOIT.

"We have supported Durham College for many years and this was an opportunity to demonstrate the confidence that we have in the province's newest university," said Allan Gibbins, president of Hubbell Canada. "We want to ensure that students have access to top quality resources and innovative learning techniques, while ensuring that individuals with financial needs are given the opportunities they deserve."

The Hubbell Canada Award will be comprised of two separate donations: $10,000 for expendable awards and $15,000 for an endowed fund that will be matched by Ontario Student Opportunity Trust Fund. The scholarships will be available for students enrolled in the Faculty of Business and Information Technology or the Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science who demonstrate financial need.

"With many challenges and opportunities ahead, now more than ever we need the support of community members to ensure the success of Ontario's newest university. Together we can create a post-secondary institution that redefines excellence in education, as well as a cornerstone of economic growth for the next century in Durham Region. With today's announcement from Hubbell Canada and Allan Gibbins we have set a great example of the type of support available in our community," stated Terry Slobodian, vice-president of Advancement at UOIT. 


About the University of Ontario Institute of Technology
As the province's newest university, the University of Ontario Institute of Technology provides a unique combination of academic knowledge, vibrant student life, leading-edge research, and hands-on skills. The university offers career-focused undergraduate degree programs in the fields of business and information technology, sciences, engineering, nursing, social science, and education. It is also developing leading-edge research and graduate programs, and is Ontario's first laptop-based university. Sharing facilities and selected services with Durham College, UOIT has attracted over 1,800 students since its inception in 2003. To find out more, visit or call 1.866.844.8648.

About Ontario Tech University
A modern, forwarding-thinking university, Ontario Tech advances the discovery and application of knowledge to accelerate economic growth, regional development and social innovation. We inspire and equip our students and our graduates to make a positive impact in a tech-focused world. For us, it’s not only about developing the next tech breakthrough. Understanding and integrating the social and ethical implications of technology differentiates us as university. Learn more at

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