3ThoughtThursday – Welcome to the Clean Energy Frontier

It has been a big week at the Nuclear Innovation Institute! To remain with our tradition of #3ThoughtThursday, I had to narrow down my thoughts.


1) The Clean Energy Frontier program, in partnership with Bruce Power, was thrilled to reveal our first billboard. This billboard is more than a sign that people will drive byit is a sign of our commitment to creating a strong and healthy future for generations to come.


Hon. Todd Smith, Minister of Energy, Hon. Lisa Thompson, Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs, Bill Walker, MPP for Bruce Grey Owen Sound, and Huron County Warden Glen McNeil were able to join us as we unveiled and publicized our ongoing commitment.

When the Clean Energy Frontier says “A strong, healthy future starts right here,” we mean the future of our environment, our economy and well-being of our communities.

Special thanks to talented team at NII for pulling together to support this project. Big shout out to local sign vendor, Sign Street, based out of Georgian Bluffs, for building and installing this piece.

2) The Nuclear Innovation Institute is continuing our commitment to support innovation in the municipal sector through the re-branded Centre for Municipal Innovation (formerly the Municipal Innovation Council). With this, Becky Smith, Director of the Centre for Municipal Innovation has joined the NII team to take municipal innovation to the next level.

I’ve known Becky for a number of years and I am so pleased she is on our team.


She is one of the most genuine people I have had the privilege of working with. She is collaborative, engaging, creative and comes to NII with a huge network across the nuclear and government sectors.


Becky has a tremendous foundation to build on, thanks to the hard work of former Innovation Officer Dave Shorey. She has a path forward and is going to absolutely rock it.


Welcome to the team, Becky! We’re going to do wonderful work together.


3) On Wednesday afternoon I attended the Makwa Cahill grand opening, in Owen Sound. This collaborative effort of two well developed organizations, has taken over an otherwise empty warehouse building and has transformed the space into a fabrication shop.

Makwa Cahill’s presence means new jobs in the community and new training opportunities for generations to come.
Celebrating Makwa Cahill's grand opening (Credit: Bruce Power)

The theme of the event was ‘coming together’, and the energy in the space was palpable.


Representatives from Saugeen Ojibway Nation, Cahill Group, Makwa Development, Bruce Power, and provincial and local elected officials brought remarks of gratitude and commitment.


Congratulations to Makwa Cahill for your collaborative effort and thank you for bringing this opportunity to the City of Owen Sound.

Jessica Linthorne is the Director of the Clean Energy Frontier.