Town of Saugeen Shores and NII form Municipal Innovation Council


The Town of Saugeen Shores and Nuclear Innovation Institute announced today a partnership to enhance municipal services through the creation of the Municipal Innovation Council (MIC).

The MIC will connect municipal governments across the region to engage in opportunities to leverage learning, explore public private-partnerships, and change the way municipalities are doing business. Working with NII, the MIC will aim to find solutions to deliver modern, efficient services and improve how municipalities deliver services.

“Through a collaborative and strategic approach, the Municipal Innovation Council will discover efficiencies and transform the way we work,” said Mayor Luke Charbonneau. “We are looking forward to advancing four areas of focus through our partnership with Nuclear Innovation Institute, including Construction and Infrastructure, Employee Engagement, IT and Digital Services, and Accessibility and Inclusivity. Together, we will ensure Saugeen Shores and our neighbouring municipalities work smarter and more efficiently.”

As host community to NII, the Town of Saugeen Shores will lead the initiative. Municipalities in the region will be invited to participate on the MIC, and will have the opportunity to implement enhanced policy, process and common practice toward service delivery for ratepayers.

“The Municipal Innovation Council is a welcome partner to the Nuclear Innovation Institute,” said Frank Saunders, President of NII. “The Town of Saugeen Shores has taken a leadership role in moving this initiative forward, demonstrating their forward thinking, while promoting collaboration and continued learning. This is a wonderful opportunity to engage the region in NII and help connect our private and public sector partners to find innovative, new solutions to service delivery.”

A Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between NII and the Town of Saugeen Shores is expected to be considered by Saugeen Shores Council on July 22.

About the Nuclear Innovation Institute

The Nuclear Innovation Institute (NII) is Canada’s leading-edge nuclear applied research facility and centre of excellence for talent development and business innovation. Located on the shores of Lake Huron alongside the world’s largest nuclear operator, Bruce Power, the NII will bring together industry and municipal leaders to use their collective expertise and knowledge to identify opportunities to advance new technologies and applications in the nuclear industry, related industries and the municipal sector.

About the Town of Saugeen Shores

With a population of 14,000, the Town of Saugeen Shores includes the vibrant communities of Port Elgin and Southampton. On the shores of Lake Huron in Bruce County, Ontario, the Town of Saugeen Shores celebrates rich heritage, boasts exciting sport and recreation opportunities and world class sunsets. The Town of Saugeen Shores is the fastest growing community in the region and ranked as one of the best places to live in Canada. Saugeen Shores is known as a hub for innovation and a centre of excellence for the nuclear industry.