In the Community
About 80 members of the Owen Sound and Orangeville Chapters of the Canadian Federation of University Women (CFUW) visited the Bruce Power Visitors’ Centre on April 4 for a presentation and look at the exhibit hall.
Communications Specialist Christine John hosted the group and responded to questions about Bruce Power’s role in Ontario’s energy sector.
CFUW is a non-partisan, voluntary, self-funded organization with over 100 CFUW clubs, located in every province across Canada. Since its founding in 1919, clubs have worked to improve the status of women, and promote human rights, public education, social justice and peace.
Bruce Power announced a $150,000 donation over the next three years as a major sponsor of For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology (FIRST) Robotics Canada. The announcement was made during the regional robotics competition held on March 21 at the University of Waterloo.
“We produce safe, reliable power for over 30 per cent of Ontario residents and, as a result, we employ a highly technical and diverse workforce,” said Sarah Shortreed, Vice President and Chief Information Officer at Bruce Power. “We are delighted to support a competition like FIRST Robotics, where youth are developing skills in technology and trades, while also becoming better planners, communicators and teammates. In addition, our company’s Number 1 value is ‘Safety First’ and I know FIRST emphasizes the safety of participants in all they do.”
Funds donated by Bruce Power will be used to pay for the training and execution of the Bruce Power Safety Program at all FIRST events, and to defer some of the costs of running the competitions across Ontario. Pioneered in Canada, the Safety Program helps to prevent unsafe conditions during the heat of competition, while teams work on and around their robots. The program has a large positive-reinforcement segment that looks to reward people and teams exhibiting strong safety-conscious efforts.
“FIRST Robotics Canada would like to thank Bruce Power for its unwavering support of FIRST programs in Canada since 2002,” said Mark Breadner, Executive Director, FIRST Robotics Canada. “The innovative and supportive employees at Bruce Power created the Safety Program that is now a cornerstone of all FIRST activities.”
The FIRST Robotics Competition is a series of short games played by remote controlled robots, which are designed and built within six weeks by a team of students and engineer-mentors. The competition has grown to over 2,500 teams from 13 countries, who compete in 58 regional events and culminates in the championship event in St. Louis, where more than 10,000 students participate.
Bruce Power continues to let the people of the province in on Ontario’s best kept secret – its safe, reliable and carbon-free nuclear sector.
The company, located near Tiverton, ON, continued its outreach efforts about Ontario’s Nuclear Advantage on both the west and east ends of the Greater Toronto Area today. This energy education campaign highlights the strengths and benefits of Ontario’s nuclear industry, which not only provides safe, affordable, reliable and carbon-free electricity but is an important source of jobs, investment and innovation for the province.
In 2013, nuclear provided 60 per cent of Ontario’s electricity, with Bruce Power supplying over half of that, while meeting 30 per cent of the province’s overall energy needs. Yet, the cost of Bruce Power nuclear was 30 per cent less than the average price per kilowatt/hour of electricity, saving the people of Ontario money on their electricity bills.
Bruce Power is unique and innovative public-private partnership where the company invests its own money into Ontario taxpayer-owned assets. Bruce Power’s two major unions, which represent over 90 per cent of employees, are also owners in the business. A majority of employees also invest in Bruce Power. Bruce Power has operated, maintained and invested $7 billion into the eight, publicly owned units on the Bruce site since 2001.
Learn more about Ontario’s Nuclear Advantage at www.ontarionuclear.com.
Bruce Power recently presented the Saugeen Valley Conservation Foundation with a cheque for $3,000 to help sponsor the Old-Tyme Maple Syrup Festival.
The event, scheduled for March 29 and 30 at the Saugeen Bluffs Conservation Area north of Paisley, will feature horse drawn wagon rides, children’s activities and a variety of shows and demonstrations. All proceeds go to local conservation projects.
More information can be found at www.svca.on.ca.
‘Your energy adventure starts here’ is the theme at the Bruce Power Visitors’ Centre this March Break with regular programing on hold to allow staff to focus on drop-in visitors.
So far in 2014 staff has hosted school groups from Kincardine, Lucknow, Paisley, Port Elgin, Waterloo and Montreal as well as several stakeholder delegations. Open to the public during regular hours, an additional 138 visitors have stopped by this year just to view the exhibits.
All of the displays are in service for March Break including the new World of Nuclear Energy exhibit and the giant Cost and Clean Air Calculator. Hourly films are featured in the Centre’s 100-seat theatre.
The Visitors’ Centre, which is located on County Rd. 20 (Conc. 4, Bruce Township), west of Hwy. 21, is open Monday to Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is free.
Bruce Power donated $7,000 to the Women’s House serving Bruce and Grey to help offset some of the costs of hosting International Women’s Day, which is a major fundraising event for the Women’s House.
The event will take place on Saturday, March 8, at the Lakeshore Recreation Banquet Hall in Port Elgin and features keynote speaker Jessie Thomson, a Kincardine native and Director of Care Canada Humanitarian Assistance and Emergency Team.
Bruce Power has been a prestige sponsor of this event for the past several years.