Community Matters: Spreading the ‘isotopes for hope’ message

John Peevers, Director, Community and Media Relations

At Bruce Power, we’re proud of the role we play in our communities and in powering Ontario toward a clean energy future.

Beyond the economic and low-carbon benefits of nuclear generation, however, is our industry’s unique ability to produce cancer-fighting, and in many cases life-saving medical isotopes. This has positioned Canada as a leader in the research, development, and production of medical isotopes for decades, contributing to the fight against cancer and transforming patient experiences.

Through our world-class nuclear expertise and achievements, Canada is paving the way in medical imaging, cancer therapy, disease prevention, and medical device sterilization, all using medical isotopes. With these advancements in modern medicine, the demand for critical isotopes is on the rise. As a result, the global market for medical isotopes offers a significant opportunity for Canada to maximize its production capacity and demonstrate its leadership.

Isotopes produced right here in the Clean Energy Frontier Region and throughout Ontario and Canada, are used around the world every day in the diagnosis and treatment of cancer, and in tackling some of our greatest global health sciences challenges including equipment and PPE sterilization, fighting the Zika Virus, and in medical and pharmaceutical research and advancements.

We all know someone who has been affected by cancer. Medical isotopes offer new hope to cancer patients around the world through minimally invasive procedures that provide patients with fewer treatments, fewer hospital visits, and shorter recovery times than traditional cancer treatments. For patients who were previously considered palliative, radiopharmaceuticals using medical isotopes are beginning to provide a new range of treatment and diagnostic options.

Bruce Power is a proud member of the Canadian Nuclear Isotope Council (CNIC), a group of more than 85 members from across science, academia, health care and nuclear-sector organizations, all pulling together to maintain Canada’s position as a global leader in the production of medical isotopes.

Bruce Power’s James Scongack, Executive Vice-President and Chief Development Officer, also sits as Chair of the CNIC and recently helped to launch the CNIC’s podcast series, Isotopes for Hope, sharing the message that ‘The World Needs More Canada’ as we have unique capabilities, people and infrastructure in our Canadian Isotope ecosystem that no other country in the world can offer.

The 10-part podcast series shares perspectives from Canadians who are inspiring leaders, delivering important progress on their work to establish and maintain Canada’s position as a global isotope superpower.

Please take the opportunity to learn more about medical isotopes and the role Canada plays in the production them by checking out the podcast series, available free on Apple Podcasts, Spotify and YouTube by searching ‘Isotopes for Hope.’

About Bruce Power:  Bruce Power is an electricity company based in Bruce County, Saugeen Ojibway Nation Territory, Ontario. We are powered by our people. Our 4,200 employees are the foundation of our accomplishments and are proud of the role they play in safely delivering clean, reliable nuclear power to families and businesses across the province and cancer-fighting medical isotopes around the world. Bruce Power has worked hard to build strong roots in Ontario and is committed to protecting the environment and supporting the communities in which we live. Formed in 2001, Bruce Power is a Canadian-owned partnership of TC Energy, OMERS, the Power Workers’ Union and The Society of United Professionals. Learn more at and follow us on FacebookTwitterLinkedInInstagramTikTok and YouTube.