Public lecture to talk about restoring a country's electricity system after a devastating hurricane

Jan 18th, 2018

By Jackey Locke

Sean LaCour
Public lecture to talk about restoring a country's electricity system after a devastating hurricane

On Sept 8, 2017, Hurricane Irma caused much destruction to the tiny country Turks and Caicos Islands in the eastern Carribean. The country’s electricity system is operated by Fortis TCI and it received extensive damage.

Sean LaCour, director operations, Newfoundland Power, has nearly 35 years of experience working in the electrical utility business. He helped lead the Fortis response team, which included employees and contract personnel from Canada, the United States and the Caribbean, to rebuild many kilometres of power lines to restore power to the entire country within 60 days.

Join Mr. LaCour on Wednesday, Feb. 7 as he describes their mission and the challenges they faced as they worked to restore power to the people of the Turks and Caicos Islands.

Mr. LaCour graduated from Memorial University with a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering. He has worked his entire career with Newfoundland Power in various engineering and management positions. He is currently director of operations with responsibility for leading system operations, generation and electrical maintenance groups and safety and environment management. He is a member of the Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Newfoundland and Labrador (PEGNL), past chair of PEGNL’s board of directors and a Fellow of Engineer’s Canada.

This Speaking of Engineering Lecture, hosted by the Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science at Memorial University and the Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Newfoundland and Labrador, will be held in the Fortis Bruneay Lecture Theatre (EN2006) on Feb. 7 at 7:30 p.m. A reception will follow the presentation. Admission is free. All are welcome. Free parking in lot 22.

Contact

Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science

230 Elizabeth Ave, St. John's, NL, CANADA, A1B 3X9

Postal Address: P.O. Box 4200, St. John's, NL, CANADA, A1C 5S7

Tel: (709) 864-8000