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Leadership changes as Nuclear Innovation Institute continues to expand its reach

Recognizing retiring Board Chair Mike Rencheck and welcoming new Chair, James Scongack

The Nuclear Innovation Institute (NII) welcomes James Scongack as its new Board Chair and thanks to retiring Chair Mike Rencheck for his substantial contributions over the years, both in forming the organization and shaping its vision.

NII also takes this time to remember the late Frank Saunders, who with Mike, launched NII to benefit communities, children and industry through STEM education, training and technological advancement and application.

“With James as Board Chair, NII is well positioned for future growth. He brings with him deep connections to local communities, economic development, and the region’s growing medical isotopes ecosystem,” said Mike Rencheck, outgoing President & CEO of Bruce Power.
“On behalf of NII’s Board of Directors, I want to thank Mike Rencheck for his leadership in championing nuclear innovation and driving economic opportunity,” said incoming Board Chair James Scongack. “His forward-looking leadership created NII and has helped guide its work in countless ways. We wish him all the best in his retirement.”

He added: “I am excited to join the Board and work with NII’s dedicated team to continue making a difference in clean energy—through innovative policy and partnerships, workforce development, and technology projects driving the industry forward.”

James Scongack is Bruce Power’s Chief Operating Officer and Executive Vice-President and is responsible for a wide range of operational and capital project services, nuclear regulatory affairs, external affairs, environment, sustainability, asset dispatch, medical isotopes and business development.


During his 20-years of service at Bruce Power, James has served in a number of diverse leadership roles at the company. He also serves as Chair of the Independent Electricity System Operator Strategic Advisory Committee, Chair of the Canadian Nuclear Isotope Council and Chair of the Pediatric Oncology Group of Ontario (POGO).

The new Board Chair joins the rest of NII’s Board of Directors:

  • James Phillips, Good Governance (Vice-Chair)

  • David Doerksen, Vice-President, Marketing, Cameco Corporation

  • Spencer Fox, President, E.S. Fox Ltd.

  • David Harris, President and CEO, Kinectrics Inc.

  • Danielle La Croix, Sr. Director of the Environment, Sustainability and Net Zero, Bruce Power

  • John MacQuarrie, President, BWXT Canada Ltd.

  • Gary Newman, Chief Engineer & Senior Vice President of Engineering, Bruce Power

  • Gary Rose, Executive Vice President, Nuclear Canada, AtkinsRéalis, and President and CEO Candu Energy Inc.

  • Luke Charbonneau, Mayor, Town of Saugeen Shores (Member at Large)

  • Dr. Karin Stephenson, Director Nuclear Research and Education Support, McMaster University (Member at Large)

  • Jeff Parnell, President, Power Workers Union (Member at Large: Training and Education)


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