The Innovation Cluster and Cleantech Commons were excited to partner for the second installment of the Electric City Talks series, An Evening With Jason Wight. As Chief Information Officer & SVP of IT Innovation for OPG’s Pickering Nuclear Generating Station and founder of OPG’s only accelerator X-LAB, Wight captivated guests with his knowledge on clean energy and sustainability in the nuclear sector.
Jason discussed the power of nuclear energy and how OPG plans to utilize it in the current climate crisis. He covered how innovative technologies are changing to adapt to a world that emphasizes clean and sustainable energy. At a time when climate change is a trending topic globally and people are incorporating sustainability into their New Year resolutions, Jason brought light to these topics.
According to the Harvard Institute of Politics, the number of people who prioritize climate change as a top priority, even over economic growth has grown substantially. What was 32 per cent in 2016 has increased to 46 per cent of the population going into 2020 demanding change.
Wight is the second disrupter in innovation to take the stage of the high-energy speaker series Electric City Talks .
Jason began his career with Ontario Power Generation (OPG) at the Pickering Nuclear Generating Station in 2000, after graduating from McMaster University with a degree in Engineering Physics. Jason has held positions of increased responsibility and eventually progressed on to a variety of leadership positions.
Jason is the proud founder of the innovation accelerator, affectionately called ‘X-LAB.’ The accelerator’s purpose is to create an environment that encourages and fosters creative thinking across OPG, drive the development of out-of-the-box solutions, engage employees, implement efficiency improvements, and develop new revenue streams.
The lab is currently testing virtual reality headsets to assist with training. New employees are immersed in a fully 3D simulation of the plant’s vault environment. The lab is also testing with Google Glass and Microsoft HoloLens smartglasses to communicate and deliver real-time information, such as alerts about increasing radiation levels in a work environment.
To learn more about EC Talks and events coming up, visit: http://www.innovationcluster.ca/programs/electric-city-talks/