Jessica Linthorne brings strong economic development and communications experience
As the region’s clean energy projects continue to grow, the Nuclear Innovation Institute (NII) is pleased to welcome Jessica Linthorne as the new Director of the Clean Energy Frontier program.
Jessica comes to the role from the Town of Saugeen Shores, where she had worked since 2012, most recently as the Director of Strategic Initiatives. During her time with the municipality, she supported the landing and expansion of many nuclear suppliers, while building relationships to support a smooth transition for these employers and their workforce.
She has led a dynamic and award-winning team, recognized for their innovative efforts in corporate communications and economic development. Jessica is on the Board of Directors for the Economic Development Association of Canada and is the former Chair of the Municipal Innovation Council, a collaborative effort between eight Bruce County municipalities.
“Jessica will be a great asset to our team at NII,” said Bruce Wallace, NII President and CEO. “She is a talented innovator and her deep connections to the region will benefit the Clean Energy Frontier and its partners.”
The program is an advocacy, awareness-raising and economic development program led by Bruce Power and Bruce County, operating within the Nuclear Innovation Institute. It focuses on promoting the valuable contribution that Bruce, Grey and Huron bring to Ontario and Canada in the drive towards a net-zero future, while building on the region’s advantages in clean energy.
Jessica replaces Chad Richards, former Director of the Clean Energy Frontier program. Richards will move to a new role within NII, details of which will be announced shortly.
“I am extremely proud to lead the Frontier program, showing the tri-county’s commitment to a clean energy future,” said Jessica. “I'm looking forward to working in partnership with local leaders, industry stakeholders and the team at NII to ensure Ontarians have the opportunity to learn about and act on clean energy initiatives.”
Jessica grew up in Georgian Bluffs and was elated at the opportunity to return to the area in 2012. She, her husband and their three young sons can often be found hiking the Bruce Trail or paddling the great waterways which surround the tri-county area.