William Peyton Hubbard (1842-1935), the son of a freed slave from Virginia, was first elected to Toronto City Council in1894. During a career that spanned 20 years, he served as the city's first black Alderman, Controller and Acting Mayor.
Among his many achievements was his unwavering support for the development and public ownership of hydroelectric power, amidst strong opposition by Toronto's powerful business community.
Hubbard's leadership and commitment led Sir Adam Beck, regarded as the "father" of Ontario Hydro, to consider him as his strongest ally of the public power movement. Together they made a formidable team. Beck fighting for public ownership province-wide, while Hubbard took the lead on the municipal level. In 1907, Hubbard's efforts were realized when Toronto City Council approved the development and public control of hydroelectric power. In 1992, Ontario Hydro established educational awards for black university and college students in recognition of William Peyton Hubbard. Since May 2000, the successor company Hydro One has continued to support black students through awards honouring the achievements of William Peyton Hubbard. The academic awards will be granted annually to two black students (where possible, one male and one female) studying power industry related disciplines at a recognized Ontario university or community college. The recipients will also be offered a work term/summer employment at Hydro One.
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