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David Campbell brings policy experience to Nuclear Innovation Institute

Updated: Jun 7, 2021

He joins as the first Director of the Bruce Power Centre for Next Generation Nuclear

The Nuclear Innovation Institute (NII) is pleased to announce that David Campbell has joined the team to lead the newly created Bruce Power Centre for Next Generation Nuclear. As Director, David will direct the Centre’s work studying the emerging technologies that can help Canada get to a clean energy future.

David has spent close to a decade working in public policy, with a particular focus on energy issues. He joins NII from Deloitte, where he was Manager for Public Policy for the company’s Future of Canada Centre, developing reports and insights focused on securing Canada’s prosperity.

Before that, David spent two years as an advisor to Ontario’s Minister of Energy, working on projects ranging from the nuclear refurbishment program to Ontario’s Long-Term Energy Plan. A McMaster University graduate, he also holds a Masters’ degree in Public Policy from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government and began his career as an advocate for reforming and strengthening Canadian democracy at the non-partisan Samara Centre for Democracy.

“We are thrilled to have David come aboard,” said Bruce Wallace, NII President and CEO. “These are big questions that need someone with great curiosity to tackle them. David is that person.”

The Centre for Next Generation Nuclear is a think tank created to study the role of hydrogen, small modular nuclear reactors (SMRs) and fusion energy in a net-zero emissions economy, as well as exploring ways the Bruce Power site and the region can play a leading role in that journey. The Centre will examine issues such as the business and climate cases for new technologies, as well as the policy and regulatory conditions needed to drive their adoption.

“NII works at the intersection of some of the most important challenges of our time—securing energy resilience, creating and protecting good jobs in Canada, and, of course, the fight against climate change,” said David. “I’m excited to be joining such an energetic team to play our part in advancing solutions to these issues.”

David was born and raised in Owen Sound, where he first cultivated his ongoing love of music and sports. When not at work, David can be found running and listening to any one of his favourite political podcasts.

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