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Wednesday, June 26, 2019

Saugeen Shores Police Station New Home of Nuclear Innovation Institute

Saugeen Shores | by Megan Johnson  

The current 6,000-square-foot facility will be home to iSPACE620

The Nuclear Innovation Institute (NII) will be leasing the Saugeen Shores Police Station and will renovate the spot located next to the Plex and Municipal Office once the Saugeen Shores Police Service moves into their new headquarters.

The 6,000-square-foot facility (620 Tomlinson Drive) will be home to iSPACE620 as the innovation space and laboratory to launch NII's operations. 

Saugeen Shores Mayor, Luke Charbonneau says the Municipality is the owner of the building and the Town will be in close collaboration with the NII.

"It ties us in closely with the innovation that goes on there," says the Mayor. 

"It's a huge opportunity for us to be part of this really big,  international exercise in one of the most cutting edge industries in the world." 

Charbonneau hopes its presence and innovation will be felt in Saugeen Shores and the broader region.

"We're rapidly becoming a hub for innovation and a centre of excellence for the nuclear industry because of all the nuclear suppliers that are moving to our community.. and hopefully gleam from those collaborations with some innovations of our own."

Last week, NII received approval from Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada for incorporation as a not-for-profit entity which has furthered NII in establishing itself as Canada's leading-edge nuclear applied research facility and centre of excellence for talent development and business innovation. 

"We look forward to begin operating in Saugeen Shores,a community that is recognized for adhering to the core values of NII. Saugeen Shores promotes collaboration and continuous learning; encourages active inquiry and research, and fosters creative and dynamic ideas - an ideal community for NII to join," said Frank Saunders, President, NII.

 "Our new location...will allow us to have core staff working together in one location and also include space for research teams to begin working on problems and solutions."

The NII is committed to begin operating Innovation Teams in the interim and will seek creative solutions to operate teams in various locations in the area while renovations are underway. 

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