For Aqsa Arif, it was an opportunity for a student position at Toronto Hydro that ignited her interest in environmental issues.
That was three years ago, and today, Aqsa is focused on the environment as an Environmental, Health and Safety (EHS) Associate. She ensures the organization is following all environmental protocols and corresponds with external agencies such as the Ministry of Environment and City of Toronto.
It’s a position she finds interesting and challenging, and one she may not have ended up in had she not had the opportunity to do a student internship.
My time as a student was a turning point for me as it sparked my passion for working on environmental issues, she says.
With degrees in chemical engineering and environmental science from the University of Toronto, Aqsa didn’t have a lot of experience with electricity distribution, but because of her great colleagues who shared their vast knowledge, she quickly got up to speed.
I’m constantly learning new things from those around me, she said.
I’m fortunate to be part of a very supporting team. They encourage me to ask questions and I really appreciate that.
Exploring new things keeps her interested, which is one reason she really appreciated the opportunity to do a six-month rotation in Engineering in 2017. It also helped deepen her understanding of the work we do.
Her team helps make Toronto Hydro a great place to work, and so does the work Aqsa gets to be a part of.
It’s very rewarding to see the results of my projects. What we do is something that’s so connected to our community – any mistake or mitigation we do ripples through the whole city, she says.
It makes the job very meaningful.
Aqsa is very focused on working to minimize any negative impacts on the environment and ensuring the safety of both those at Toronto Hydro and in the wider community.