OPG in the Community – August, 2019

      Fred Kuntz

Join the fun:  Lovers of jazz, classical and other great music can enjoy wonderful concerts this week at the Kincardine Summer Music Festival, co-sponsored by OPG and others.

Check out the Neyaashiinigmiing Pow Wow at Cape Croker Park this weekend, for excellent food, traditional drummers, dancing and more. Also, the “Kids Celebrate!” exhibit continues through Sept. 2 at the Bruce County Museum & Cultural Centre.

Share your ideas: OPG and MaRS Discovery District have launched the Generate Innovation Challenge, a competition to create new solutions in the energy sector. Innovators across Canada are invited to submit ideas in four categories: workforce and planning, inspection automation, data collection in constrained environments, and automated monitoring.

Around Ontario and beyond:

Role models: Congratulations to students Taylor Day and Anton Esquega, who received OPG’s John Wesley Beaver Memorial Awards. Given annually to two Indigenous students, the awards recognize community involvement and academic excellence. Day, from Akwesasne Mohawk Nation, is studying law at Queen’s University. Esquega, from Gull Bay First Nation, is studying aviation maintenance engineering at Confederation College.

Reading is cool: With OPG support, Frontier College is nurturing literacy among youth of the Wabaseemoong and Moose Cree First Nation communities, part of the Lieutenant-Governor’s Indigenous Summer Reading Camp Program across Ontario.  “It’s a great opportunity to connect with the kids and share our love of reading,” said Denise Hardy, an Indigenous Relations Advisor with OPG.

Everglades of the North: Over the past three years, OPG has funded efforts to conserve the Minesing Wetlands, a 60-square-kilometres tract west of Barrie. With the help of volunteers, the Nature Conservancy of Canada has planted thousands of trees to buffer the wetland’s waterways and protect habitat for rare and endangered species.