Where innovation and energy unite

Cluster Description

Durham Region’s (part of the Toronto Region) diverse business community includes a world-class EN3 cluster of Energy, Environment and Engineering sector businesses - the strongest of its kind in Ontario.

The Region produces approximately 30 percent of Ontario's electricity, and is a recognized energy cluster. Durham's two nuclear generating stations set that cluster in motion. Out of the 22 CANDU reactors in the country, 12 are located in Durham Region and have a combined generating capacity of approximately 6,600 megawatts. The $12.8 billion Darlington nuclear power generating facility refurbishment spotlights Durham Region as a nuclear industry supply chain node.

The environmental and engineering industries are also strong in Durham Region. They represent a united sector, with manufacturing and service businesses in all three fields.

There is a potential for firms locating in Durham Region to tap into the significant construction, engineering, professional and technical services talent pool that reside in the Region, particularly given that many are currently commuting to work elsewhere in the Toronto Region.

To learn more about the Energy cluster, please scroll down to see the video.

Why you should attend

  • Learn how, over the course of four decades, an energy cluster has developed itself in Durham Region. From the establishment of the first Pickering Nuclear Generating Station in 1965, through to the launch of the University of Ontario Institute of technology (UOIT), which brought internationally-connected researchers to the area, Durham has developed a solid reputation in the energy cluster.

  • Learn how the environmental and engineering industries interconnect with energy, representing a united cluster.

  • Understand the role of industry and academic experts in advancing our existing energy cluster.


08:30 AM
Gather in the lobby of the Chelsea Hotel Toronto

08:45-09:45 AM
Board a coach bus and head to the University of Ontario Institute of Technology (UOIT), one of Canada's newest universities, with more than 80 specialized and modern research laboratories and facilities supporting its commitment to attracting leading scholars and creating unparalleled student learning experiences.

09:45-10:45 AM
At UOIT, you will:

  • Tour the Nuclear Simulation Lab which houses a state-of-the-art computer and display system for the operation and simulation of nuclear power plants.

  • Observe how UOIT uses Ontario Power Generation’s (OPG) only off-site full scope virtual simulator in the world, designed for the Pickering and Darlington nuclear-electric generating units

  • Tour the Automotive Centre of Excellence (ACE), the first testing and research centre of its kind in Canada, and in many respects the world. Wholly owned and operated by UOIT, ACE includes a one-of-a-kind climatic wind tunnel, multi-axis shaker tables and more. See below for a full video.

  • Learn how ACE’s future moving ground plane will allow industry and researchers to create new energy-efficient products and reduce carbon emissions.

10:45-11:15 AM
Travel to the Darlington Nuclear Information Centre for the Ontario Power Generation (OPG). OPG's Darlington Nuclear Generating Station is a four-unit station with a net output of 3,512 megawatts (MW) and produces 20% of Ontario's power needs. It is also the first nuclear station in North America to be certified under the ISO 14001 environmental standard. 

11:15-12:05 PM
At the Darlington Nuclear Information Centre, meet the OPG representative and you will:

  • Learn about Canada’s largest clean energy project, Darlington Refurbishment Project, OPG’s work in Medical Isotopes and its impact on healthcare, in addition to their X-lab (VR) and how virtual reality (VR) technology improves training for OPG.

  • Enter OPG’s training facility where you can view a mock-up model including a replica of a Darlington reactor vault, used for tool performance testing and integration, as well as training purposes.

12:05-01:05 PM
Lunch and informal networking

01:15-02:05 PM
Mini-charrette in the auditorium of the Darlington Nuclear Information Centre. We’ll be exploring the future of Durham’s energy cluster and questions we will need to address.

02:15-03:15 PM
Walk to the Durham-York Energy Centre (DYEC)a municipally owned Energy-from-Waste facility in Durham Region. The facility generates 17.5 megawatts of renewable energy per year – enough to power over 10,000 homes.

At DYEC you will:

  • Tour the facility and learn how garbage becomes our fuel through our energy from waste system

03:15-03:45 PM
Travel back to the Chelsea Hotel Toronto and Rotman School of Management.

Dress Code

  • Please do not wear jewellery, loose clothing, or open toe shoes.

  • Bring an umbrella in case it rains.

Energy Cluster Overview

ACE Wind Tunnel Video


Meet the Industry/Academic Leaders

University of Ontario Institute of Technology (UOIT) has a bold, ambitious vision: to take on the society's grand challenges and find solutions to meet and exceed tomorrow's needs. By teaching students new approaches to problem solving along with innovative uses of technology, graduates are highly engaged citizen leaders with an entrepreneurial spirit, prepared to excel in the modern workplace, and ready to lead their peers.

Darlington Nuclear Information Centre is a public education centre with exhibits related to electricity and nuclear power, the history of electricity in Ontario, safety processes, energy and the environment. OPG constructed a world-class training facility featuring a full-scale reactor mock-up, warehouse space for equipment, and training classrooms inside the Energy Complex.


The Durham York Energy Centre (DYEC) is a waste management facility that produces energy from the combustion of garbage. The DYEC safely processes 140,000 tonnes per year of residential garbage that remains after maximizing waste diversion programs – reducing, reusing, recycling and composting – in Durham and York Regions. Councils from both Durham and York Regions endorsed Energy from Waste (EFW) in 2006 as the best long-term, local and sustainable option for final disposal of residential garbage.

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