Bringing University Education to Bruce Country: Local Project Managers Complete Successful NII Pilot

Posted on April 30, 2024
Bringing University Education to Bruce Country: Local Project Managers Complete Successful NII Pilot

Bruce Power-funded partnership delivers York University’s Schulich ExecEd course in Saugeen Shores.

Nineteen professionals got the best of all worlds between remote, hybrid, and in-person university education at the first Advanced Project Management pilot hosted by the Nuclear Innovation Institute (NII) and taught by York University’s Schulich Executive Education, Schulich School of Business—right here in Saugeen Shores, Ontario.

Over the past several months, Bruce Power filled a room at NII’s headquarters with professionals from the Major Component Replacement (MCR) team looking to advance in their project management careers. These virtual-led lessons for students attending in-person at NII successfully created the camaraderie and team motivation of a classroom while also allowing students to flexibly pivot to fully remote sessions during winter storms.

Now prepared to write the formal PMP Exam issued by the Project Management Institute (PMI), these professionals have honed their skills in the latest project management methodologies, ensuring they are equipped to drive success in the energy sector and beyond.

“Congratulations to the MCR Team for successfully completing the first Bruce Power Advanced Project Management course in partnership with the Schulich School of Business and NII,” said Byron House, Senior Director, Major Projects at Bruce Power. “This achievement demonstrates the team’s commitment to lifelong learning, enhancing their skills in project management.”

“We are delighted to announce our partnership with Bruce Power and the Nuclear Innovation Institute, which marks a significant milestone in our commitment to advancing project management excellence in the energy sector,” said Rami Mayer, Executive Director of Schulich ExecEd, Schulich School of Business, York University. “Our partnership with NII and Bruce Power has provided a unique blend of in-person and remote learning experiences, offering the best of both worlds for our participants. Now equipped to undertake the formal PMP designation, we are confident in the leaders’ enhanced abilities to excel and make a significant impact to the organization.”

He added: “Through initiatives like the Advanced Project Management program, we are not only equipping professionals with the necessary tools for success that they can bring back to their roles immediately, but also fostering a culture of continuous learning and career growth. This partnership exemplifies the impact that strategic collaborations can have in shaping the future of project management leadership in the energy sector and beyond.”

“This is the beginning of a fantastic partnership with York University’s Schulich ExecEd,” said NII Vice President Stellina Williams. “NII is dedicated to finding innovative approaches to bringing in-demand courses to students in the region—and this is a prime example of convening the right partners in an ideal location for area professionals.”

About the Nuclear Innovation Institute

The Nuclear Innovation Institute (NII) is an independent, not-for-profit organization that provides a platform to accelerate innovation and the implementation of business relevant solutions for the nuclear industry. NII’s goal is to shape a Canadian nuclear industry that embraces new thinking, new technologies and new lines of business that can drive the global shift to a low-carbon future.

Learn more at and join the conversation on LinkedIn (Nuclear Innovation Institute), Instagram (@niiatwork), and Facebook (@OntarioNII).

About Schulich ExecEd

As an extension of the Schulich School of Business in Toronto, Canada’s #1 Business School, Schulich ExecEd helps employers and individuals level up. Here, professionals can sharpen their skills and solidify their leadership abilities and business acumen. With a vast range of micro-credential upskilling and reskilling programs across management, leadership and business operations, Schulich ExecEd is the ideal place to grow your career.

Schulich ExecEd programs are explicitly designed for busy participants, allowing them to build highly in-demand skills on their own time through Masters Certificate programs, 30+ skill-building short programs, and Canada’s leading Mini-MBAs. Custom programs are designed to provide short-cycle rapid upskilling to employers and employees in diverse sectors of domestic and international organizations.

Learn more at and follow the latest updates on LinkedIn (Schulich ExecEd), Instagram (@schulichexeced), and Facebook (@SchulichExecEd).