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Bruce Power is committed to open and timely communications. Here you will find all current and archived media releases dating back to our formation in May 2001.

Our Media Centre also offers downloads of photography and informational reports for appropriate use in media stories.

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Statement on ROB Magazine article

This morning, ROB Magazine published a story focusing primarily on nuclear waste management issues in Ontario.

While Bruce Power does not comment on waste issues that Ontario Power Generation (OPG) and the Nuclear Waste Management Organization (NWMO) manage, we believe there are a number of inaccurate and sensational statements related to Bruce Power in the article.

Bruce Power safely operates its facilities and, since 2001, has invested billions to both extend the life of its units and fund long-term liabilities such as waste and decommissioning. Any suggestion that Bruce Power is not fully funding these items is simply inaccurate.

We also have a workforce that is passionate about what they do and always act with utmost professionalism. Any criticism, using select and out-of-context quotes, is simply unfounded and unfair. Whenever we have visitors to our site, they comment on the high degree of professionalism of our people.

Bruce Power believes in openness and transparency but will not engage in media discussions that are not going to be based on facts. Everyone is entitled to their own opinions, but not their own facts.

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Former Prime Minister visits students enrolled in innovative Aboriginal education program

The Right Honourable Paul Martin, right, founder of the Martin Aboriginal Education Initiative (MAEI) and former Prime Minister of Canada, visited Saugeen District Secondary School on Feb. 25 to speak with students enrolled in the Aboriginal Youth Entrepreneurship Program (AYEP). Bruce Power is sponsoring the program at SDSS. Pictured is Harry Hall, Vice President, Supply Chain, Bruce Power, student Hayley Carter, Saugeen First Nation Chief Vernon Roote, students Savannah House and Destiny Roote, and Mr. Martin.

The Right Honourable Paul Martin, right, founder of the Martin Aboriginal Education Initiative (MAEI) and former Prime Minister of Canada, visited Saugeen District Secondary School on Feb. 25 to speak with students enrolled in the Aboriginal Youth Entrepreneurship Program (AYEP). Bruce Power is sponsoring the program at SDSS. Pictured is Harry Hall, Vice President, Supply Chain, Bruce Power, student Hayley Carter, Saugeen First Nation Chief Vernon Roote, students Savannah House and Destiny Roote, and Mr. Martin.

Saugeen Shores, ON – Feb. 25, 2015 – The Right Honourable Paul Martin, founder of the Martin Aboriginal Education Initiative (MAEI) and former Prime Minister of Canada, visited Saugeen District Secondary School today to speak with students enrolled in the Aboriginal Youth Entrepreneurship Program (AYEP).

 

“The future of our land doesn’t just depend on the resources that lie in the ground, it depends on the talent of those who walk upon it,” said The Right Honourable Paul Martin. “AYEP is about opportunity; the opportunity that we must ensure is there for every student who crosses Saugeen District Secondary School’s threshold.”

Bruce Power and Bluewater District School Board share that vision, which is why they teamed up with the MAEI to offer the program for local Aboriginal youth. Twelve students are currently enrolled in the program at SDSS, which began in September. The AYEP uses hands-on activities to improve students’ proficiency in business mathematics, financial literacy, accounting, marketing, information/communications technology and social responsibility, while supporting the acquisition of leadership skills.

“This program is designed to give students the tools to go out and be successful, while also being about hopes and dreams,” said Duncan Hawthorne, Bruce Power’s President and Chief Executive Officer. “It’s our sincere hope these students dream big and then make those dreams come true.”

Bruce Power has provided $41,000 in keeping with its goal of working to build strong, long-term relationships with Aboriginal communities and supporting educational opportunities for young people.

“Bluewater District School Board is pleased to work in partnership with Bruce Power and to have the opportunity to pilot the Martin Aboriginal Education Initiative program at Saugeen District Secondary School for our First Nation and Métis students,” said Steve Blake,

Director of Education. “This is a unique program that teaches Aboriginal youth how to launch a business whereby they can develop the knowledge and skills necessary to achieve success in school and beyond.”

For more information on the Martin Aboriginal Education Initiative visit www.maei-ieam.ca.

About Bluewater District School Board

Bluewater District School Board serves Bruce and Grey Counties with 42 elementary and 11 secondary schools. French Immersion is offered in 13 schools. Two schools offer Ojibway as a second language and there are 44 Native Studies courses available for secondary students. Unique programming opportunities abound at the Bluewater Outdoor Education Centre with its full roster of high quality, curriculum-driven environmental education experiences for approximately 2,000 students each year. Students and staff continue to be recognized at the provincial and national levels in the arts, science, history, athletics, language, the environment and the skilled trades. Bluewater District School Board is committed to its vision, “Preparing Our Students Today for the World of Tomorrow”.

 

 

About Bruce Power

Bruce Power operates the world’s largest operating nuclear generating facility and is the source of roughly 30 per cent of Ontario’s electricity. The company’s site in Tiverton, Ontario is home to eight CANDU reactors, each one capable of generating enough low-cost, reliable, safe and clean electricity to meet the annual needs of a city the size of Hamilton. Formed in 2001, Bruce Power is an all-Canadian partnership among Borealis Infrastructure Management (a division of the Ontario Municipal Employees Retirement System), TransCanada, the Power Workers’ Union and the Society of Energy Professionals. A majority of Bruce Power’s employees are also owners in the business.

 

About the Martin Aboriginal Education Initiative    

MAEI was established in 2008 in order to develop and facilitate lasting solutions to improve elementary and secondary school education outcomes for Aboriginal Canadians. MAEI brings together Aboriginal organizations, the business community, post-secondary institutions, First Nation schools and provincially and territorially funded school boards to implement programs to support Aboriginal students. MAEI believes the development of knowledge and skills will provide Aboriginal youth with an incentive to continue their education. Projects are chosen in consultation with the pertinent Aboriginal leadership, provincial and territorial education authorities, public and private organizations, non-government organizations and local business communities. MAEI has five major projects across Canada: Aboriginal Youth Entrepreneurship Program, the Accounting Mentorship Program, Promising Practices in Aboriginal Education Website, the We Stand Together campaign with Free the Children, and the Model School Project at Chippewas of Kettle and Stony Point First Nation and Walpole Island First Nation. MAEI is developing a First Nations Principals’ Course with a thirteen member First Nation panel. In addition, MAEI is developing an Aboriginal Youth Entrepreneurship Program online.

 

 

For further information, please contact:

Bluewater District School Board
Lori Wilder, Superintendent of Education
519-363-2014, ext. 2123
lori_wilder@bwdsb.on.ca

Bruce Power
John Peevers, Manager of Investor and Media Relations
519-361-6583
john.peevers@brucepower.com

 

The Martin Aboriginal Education Initiative   
Lucie Santoro, Director of Administration
514-758-9978
lsantoro@mai-iam.ca

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New website aims to help Grey, Bruce and Huron residents prepare for emergencies

TIVERTON, ONFebruary 3, 2015 – Bruce Power and a coalition of agencies and municipalities with an interest in public safety have launched a new website to provide residents of Grey, Bruce and Huron counties with the information they need to prepare for emergencies.

The website, www.bepreparedgreybrucehuron.com, is an educational resource for the different types of emergencies all residents should be prepared for, and provides tips on what to do in the event of a fire, flood, tornado, winter storm or nuclear emergency.

This is the latest in a series of emergency preparedness improvement initiatives Bruce Power has been involved in, including a project to enhance its off-site radiological monitoring network through the installation of 44 gamma detectors located within the 10 km area surrounding the site. Bruce Power has also been working closely with the Office of the Ontario Fire Marshal and Emergency Management and the Municipality of Kincardine to further develop a plan to enhance public alerting in the region. In 2014, Bruce Power teamed with TELUS to support a successful, first-in-Canada cellular alerting test, which automatically sent a SMS text message to subscribers in the Kincardine area.

Along with this effort, Bruce Power is planning to implement and expand the ‘Alert FM’ system in the region. Alert FM uses the subcarrier system of local participating FM radio stations to send emergency messages to receivers. The receivers sound with an auditory warning and a message is broadcast on the screen to provide detailed response instructions.

As previously communicated, Bruce Power is also working with the Municipality of Kincardine, the Grey Bruce Health Unit and the Office of the Fire Marshal and Emergency Management with further enhancements to off-site response plans through the pre-distribution of Potassium Iodide (KI) tablets to all residents, businesses and institutions living within the 50 km radius of the Bruce Power site by the end of 2015. Further information will be provided in the coming weeks.

To learn more, visit www.bepreparedgreybrucehuron.com.

About Bruce Power

Bruce Power operates the world’s largest operating nuclear generating facility and is the source of roughly 30 per cent of Ontario’s electricity. The company’s site in Tiverton, Ontario is home to eight CANDU reactors, each one capable of generating enough low-cost, reliable, safe and clean electricity to meet the annual needs of a city the size of Hamilton. Formed in 2001, Bruce Power is an all-Canadian partnership among Borealis Infrastructure Management (a division of the Ontario Municipal Employees Retirement System), TransCanada, the Power Workers’ Union and the Society of Energy Professionals. A majority of Bruce Power’s employees are also owners in the business.

For further information, please contact:

John Peevers – 519-361-6583 – john.peevers@brucepower.com

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Bruce Power investing $58 million into Unit 1 during planned maintenance outage

TIVERTON, ONFeb. 2, 2015 On the heels of its best four-unit run since 1981, a Bruce A unit has been removed from service for a $58 million planned maintenance outage.

Unit 1 was removed from service on Jan. 30 after 99 consecutive days of supplying safe, reliable and carbon-free nuclear energy to Ontarians, during the cold winter months. Unit 1 was returned to service in 2012 after it had been shut down by the former Ontario Hydro in the 1990s.

“We’re very proud of our staff at Bruce A, which has safely performed an immense amount of work to fine-tune Unit 1 in the post-Restart years,” said Len Clewett, Executive Vice President and Chief Nuclear Officer. “The people of Ontario are now reaping the rewards of our employees’ commitment to safely and reliably operating Bruce A.”

The station also set a post-1981 long-run record of 91 consecutive days of four-unit operation, before Unit 3 was removed from service for a short-duration, planned maintenance outage.

The 91-day long run also tripled a post-Restart record of 28 days of four-unit operation.

“With this long-run record, we continue to prove to the people of Ontario that refurbishment of nuclear reactors can be successful and is an excellent investment in low-cost, clean energy that will produce safely for decades,” Clewett said.

About Bruce Power

Bruce Power operates the world’s largest operating nuclear generating facility and is the source of roughly 30 per cent of Ontario’s electricity. The company’s site in Tiverton, Ontario is home to eight CANDU reactors, each one capable of generating enough low-cost, reliable, safe and clean electricity to meet the annual needs of a city the size of Hamilton. Formed in 2001, Bruce Power is an all-Canadian partnership among Borealis Infrastructure Management (a division of the Ontario Municipal Employees Retirement System), TransCanada, the Power Workers’ Union and the Society of Energy Professionals. A majority of Bruce Power’s employees are also owners in the business.

For further information, please contact:

John Peevers – 519-361-6583 – john.peevers@brucepower.com

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Over 17,000 people join Duncan Hawthorne during Telephone Town Hall

TIVERTON, ONJan. 29, 2015 Duncan Hawthorne addressed a number of questions from members of the public during his second annual Telephone Town Hall on Tuesday night.

The open forum featured about 20 questions regarding Bruce Power’s future, possible refurbishment of Units 3-8, the cost of electricity and its relation to Ontario’s supply mix, Ontario Power Generation’s proposed deep geological repository, planned maintenance outages in 2015, jobs, and many more.

“The Telephone Town Hall is the best way I can reach thousands of Bruce, Grey and Huron county residents and engage them in conversation,” Hawthorne said, adding 17,000 people tuned in for the event. “We live in a community that strongly supports Bruce Power, but we will never pass up an opportunity to further educate our population on the benefits of nuclear electricity production.”

During the Town Hall, three polling questions were provided to listeners. The results are:

  1. 92% of listeners agreed or were undecided that Bruce Power communicates effectively with its surrounding communities.
  2. 96% agreed or were undecided that Bruce Power operates its facilities safely.
  3. 95% agreed or were undecided that Bruce Power takes utmost care for the environment as it operates safely.

“I thank everybody who took the time to join me on the annual Telephone Town Hall,” Hawthorne said. “I enjoy speaking with members of the community, hearing their questions and hopefully providing some insight along the way.”

To learn more about nuclear energy and Bruce Power, visit www.brucepower.com, follow us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/BrucePowerNGS, on Twitter @Bruce_Power and find us on LinkedIn.

About Bruce Power

Bruce Power operates the world’s largest operating nuclear generating facility and is the source of roughly 30 per cent of Ontario’s electricity. The company’s site in Tiverton, Ontario is home to eight CANDU reactors, each one capable of generating enough low-cost, reliable, safe and clean electricity to meet the annual needs of a city the size of Hamilton. Formed in 2001, Bruce Power is an all-Canadian partnership among Borealis Infrastructure Management (a division of the Ontario Municipal Employees Retirement System), TransCanada, the Power Workers’ Union and the Society of Energy Professionals. A majority of Bruce Power’s employees are also owners in the business.

For further information, please contact:

John Peevers – 519-361-6583 – john.peevers@brucepower.com

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Recap of Duncan Hawthorne’s Telephone Town Hall

Did you miss Duncan Hawthorne’s Telephone Town Hall last night, and would like a recap in 140-character Tweets? You’ve come to the right place!

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Bruce Power CEO holding annual Telephone Town Hall

TIVERTON, ONJan. 20, 2015 Duncan Hawthorne, Bruce Power’s President and CEO, will hold his second annual Telephone Town Hall with thousands of Bruce, Grey and Huron County residents on Jan. 27.

During the teleconference, Hawthorne will discuss Bruce Power’s accomplishments in 2014, while looking at what’s ahead in 2015 at the world’s largest operating nuclear facility. Residents of Bruce, Grey and Huron counties will receive an automated phone call at 6:55 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 27, asking them to remain on the line should they want to join Hawthorne on the Telephone Town Hall, which begins at 7 p.m.

The teleconference is slated to last an hour and the CEO will answer as many questions from the public as he can during the allotted time.

“Last year’s Telephone Town Hall was a huge success, with over 11,000 residents joining me in a frank discussion about Bruce Power and nuclear’s role in Ontario’s energy supply mix,” Hawthorne said. “I addressed many excellent questions and hopefully provided insight into the importance of safe, reliable and carbon-free Bruce Power nuclear energy during the call. I encourage people to mark the Town Hall on their calendar and join me for what should be a lively discussion.”

If you would like to guarantee yourself a spot on the call, please dial 1-877-519-6647 and enter PIN 473708. If you’d like your name removed from the call list, please visit www.brucepower.com/optout.

About Bruce Power

Bruce Power operates the world’s largest operating nuclear generating facility and is the source of roughly 30 per cent of Ontario’s electricity. The company’s site in Tiverton, Ontario is home to eight CANDU reactors, each one capable of generating enough low-cost, reliable, safe and clean electricity to meet the annual needs of a city the size of Hamilton. Formed in 2001, Bruce Power is an all-Canadian partnership among Borealis Infrastructure Management (a division of the Ontario Municipal Employees Retirement System), TransCanada, the Power Workers’ Union and the Society of Energy Professionals. A majority of Bruce Power’s employees are also owners in the business.

For further information, please contact:

John Peevers – 519-361-6583 – john.peevers@brucepower.com

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Bruce Power encourages public to get involved in relicensing process

TIVERTON, ONJan. 16, 2015 – Members of the public are encouraged to participate in the Bruce Power relicensing process, which will include a formal hearing in Ottawa on Feb. 5, as well as three days of hearings – April 14-16 – at the Kincardine Legion.

“Public support and engagement has always been a key component to Bruce Power’s success and one we never take for granted,” said James Scongack, Vice President, Corporate Affairs. “We encourage people to get involved in the process and have their say.”

Canada’s nuclear regulator, the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC), will hold the two-part public hearing on the application by Bruce Power for a five-year renewal of its power reactor operating licence for Bruce A and B. The public hearings will be webcast live and then archived for a period of 90 days on the CNSC website, www.nuclearsafety.gc.ca.

Members of the public who have an interest or expertise in this matter, or information that may be useful to the Commission, are invited to comment on Bruce Power’s application during Part 2 of the hearing in Kincardine. Requests to intervene must be filed with the Secretary of the Commission by March 16, either online at nuclearsafety.gc.ca/eng/the-commission/intervention, via mail c/o Louise Levert, Secretariat, Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission, 280 Slater St., Box 1046, Ottawa, Ont., K1P 5S9 or email at interventions@cnsc-ccsn.gc.ca.

The request must include a written submission of the comments to be presented to the Commission, a statement setting out whether the requester wishes to intervene by way of written submission only or by way of written submission and oral presentation, and name, address and telephone number of the requester.

Agendas, hearing transcripts and information on the hearing process are available at the CNSC website, www.nuclearsafety.gc.ca. More information, including a relicensing briefing document, is available at www.brucepower.com/licence-renewal-2015.

Bruce Power has advanced a number of outreach initiatives, including Version 2 of its iPad and iPhone apps, collaboration with EnergyMobile for the GridWatch app, which provides up-to-the-minute electricity supply mix information, as well as the Ontario’s Nuclear Advantage campaign, an outreach initiative that highlights the strength and benefits of Ontario’s nuclear industry. The company also donated iPads to libraries in Bruce, Grey and Huron counties to help explain Ontario’s electricity sector.

The company also reintroduced site tours in 2014 for the first time since 2001. Four bus tours were held each week in July and another two tours were added to each week of August to help meet demand, with over 1,900 participants. Improvements continued at the Bruce Power Visitors’ Centre in 2014 including a new, interactive Radiation Exhibit that was installed in December. The exhibit illustrates types and sources of radiation, as well as techniques nuclear energy workers use to minimize exposure. It features a video component as well as a hands-on, role playing activity. The Visitors’ Centre hosted more than 10,000 people in 2014.

About Bruce Power

Bruce Power operates the world’s largest operating nuclear generating facility and is the source of roughly 30 per cent of Ontario’s electricity. The company’s site in Tiverton, Ontario is home to eight CANDU reactors, each one capable of generating enough low-cost, reliable, safe and clean electricity to meet the annual needs of a city the size of Hamilton. Formed in 2001, Bruce Power is an all-Canadian partnership among Borealis Infrastructure Management (a division of the Ontario Municipal Employees Retirement System), TransCanada, the Power Workers’ Union and the Society of Energy Professionals. A majority of Bruce Power’s employees are also owners in the business.

For further information, please contact:

John Peevers – 519-361-6583 – john.peevers@brucepower.com

 

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Bruce Power produces record amount of energy in 2014

TIVERTON, ONJan. 12, 2014 Bruce Power’s eight units set a company record for electricity output in 2014, with Bruce A and B surpassing a site record previously achieved in 1991.

This record-setting production allowed Bruce Power to provide 30 per cent of Ontario’s power at 30 per cent less than the average price of electricity in 2014, keeping costs stable for families and businesses, said Duncan Hawthorne, President and CEO.

“I’m extremely proud of our accomplishments in 2014, and must recognize our employees for the important work they do in keeping our eight units producing safe and carbon-free nuclear energy that’s there for the people of Ontario when they need it,” Hawthorne said.

Nuclear continues to be a workhorse in the province providing 62 per cent of Ontario’s electricity in 2014. Hydro provided 24 per cent, natural gas, nine per cent; and wind, four per cent, while other sources chipped in one per cent.

In 2014, Bruce Power invested over $200 million in private dollars into publicly owned assets during planned maintenance outages on Units 3, 5 and 7. The result of these outages is more reliable reactors, which keep electricity prices low and Ontario’s air clean, he added.

“Bruce Power plays a major role in Ontario’s energy supply mix, and we will continue to invest millions of private dollars into these provincially owned reactors every year to maintain their reliability,” Hawthorne added.

About Bruce Power

Bruce Power operates the world’s largest operating nuclear generating facility and is the source of roughly 30 per cent of Ontario’s electricity. The company’s site in Tiverton, Ontario is home to eight CANDU reactors, each one capable of generating enough low-cost, reliable, safe and clean electricity to meet the annual needs of a city the size of Hamilton. Formed in 2001, Bruce Power is an all-Canadian partnership among Borealis Infrastructure Management (a division of the Ontario Municipal Employees Retirement System), TransCanada, the Power Workers’ Union and the Society of Energy Professionals. A majority of Bruce Power’s employees are also owners in the business.

For further information, please contact:

John Peevers – 519-361-6583 – john.peevers@brucepower.com

 

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Bruce Power selected to participate in prestigious international peer review

 

 

TIVERTON, ON – Dec. 19, 2014 Bruce Power announced today it will participate in an operational safety performance review led by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).

The review will focus on Bruce B, which is recognized internationally for its strong safety and operational performance and was awarded the Institute of Nuclear Power Operators (INPO) award of excellence in recognition of its world-class performance in November.

“I’m honoured we have been chosen to participate in this prestigious international review, where we will share the progress we’ve made on the Bruce Power site since 2001, and continue to do what nuclear operators do best – focus on sharing best practices and continuous improvement,” said Duncan Hawthorne, President and CEO, Bruce Power. “By any measure, we work in one of the safest industries in the world and this level of performance is only achieved through sharing our experiences and successes as an industry, while always being open and transparent about how we can do better.”

Bruce Power will host a group of international nuclear experts led by IAEA through an Operational Safety Review Team (OSART) Mission in 2015. Bruce Power was put forward for this review by the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC), Canada’s independent nuclear regulator and an active participant in the international nuclear community.

“Bruce Power is a cornerstone of Canada’s nuclear industry, which provides employment for more than 30,000 Canadians and helps make Canada’s electricity supply among the cleanest in the world,” said the Hon. Ed Holder, Minister of State for Science and Technology. “Our government continues to enhance safety, security and environmental protection in the nuclear industry, and we welcome Bruce Power’s participation in this international nuclear safety review.”

The OSART Program has been in place since 1982, providing member states the opportunity to share best practices and also to support continuous improvements to their operations. Best practices identified through these reviews are shared through the IAEA to other nuclear operators.

“We all know the role that Bruce Power plays in southwestern Ontario as both a good corporate citizen and contributor to Ontario’s economy through investment and low-cost electricity, but I don’t think many realize how well respected the organization is on the international stage,” said Ben Lobb, Member of Parliament for Huron-Bruce. “I’m pleased that Bruce Power has been selected to participate in this prestigious international peer review so we can share our best practices and learn from others.”

Bruce Power’s facilities are licensed by the CNSC, which has inspectors on site and publishes an annual report on the safety performance of all nuclear power plants in Canada. Bruce Power’s positive report card from 2013 can be found at http://www.nuclearsafety.gc.ca/pubs_catalogue/uploads/2013-CNSC-NPP-Safety-Report-eng.pdf.

In addition, Bruce Power is also an active member of the World Association of Nuclear Operators, which also conducts reviews of facilities with extensive information sharing.

For more information on the OSART Mission, watch a YouTube video at http://bit.ly/1AkIbhF. Additionally, a page on the Bruce Power website has been dedicated to this review at www.brucepower.com/safety-first/osart2015.

About Bruce Power

Bruce Power operates the world’s largest operating nuclear generating facility and is the source of roughly 30 per cent of Ontario’s electricity. The company’s site in Tiverton, Ontario is home to eight CANDU reactors, each one capable of generating enough low-cost, reliable, safe and clean electricity to meet the annual needs of a city the size of Hamilton. Formed in 2001, Bruce Power is an all-Canadian partnership among Borealis Infrastructure Management (a division of the Ontario Municipal Employees Retirement System), TransCanada, the Power Workers’ Union and the Society of Energy Professionals. A majority of Bruce Power’s employees are also owners in the business.

For further information, please contact:

John Peevers – 519-361-6583 – john.peevers@brucepower.com

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