Ontario Power Generation (OPG) is a Crown corporation wholly owned by the Government of Ontario and established in 1999. As Ontario’s largest clean electricity generator, OPG produces about half of the province’s power using its diverse portfolio of publicly-owned generating assets. OPG owns and operates 2 nuclear stations, 65 hydro-electric stations, 2 biomass stations, 1 thermal station and 1 wind turbine. The Company’s 9500 employees are a vital ingredient to their success. They are focused on taking care of the environment and on continuing to work safely while making a difference to the world in which they live and work. Producing approximately 60% of OPG’s power, the nuclear stations are the clean-power workhorses in their fleet. They rely on them to produce stable base load energy with virtually no air pollution. To maintain these valuable assets, OPG began refurbishment of the Darlington Nuclear Generating Station in 2016 and investing in the Pickering Nuclear Generating Station to ensure it continues safely operating until 2024.

Role description

Reporting to the Chief Nuclear Officer, the Site Vice President plans and sets strategic direction on improvements to the safety and performance of the station. The scope of the required work includes start up, operations, maintenance, commissioning and decommissioning, and the on-site centre-led support functions necessary to accomplish the work. In addition, the Site Vice President ensures all work performed complies with regulatory requirements and Nuclear standards for public safety, employee safety, and environmental protection.

Reports to: Chief Nuclear Officer

Location: Ontario, Canada (Greater Toronto area)


  • Establishes requirements for production to meet the needs of Nuclear for capacity and energy, consistent with the licensing basis, regulatory requirements, policies, procedures, standards, and availability commitments. Monitors and oversees performance against the requirements.
  • Establishes appropriate managed systems, including documentation, self-identification of problems, and development of reasonable and achievable corrective actions to meet due diligence requirements in accordance with the requirements established by Nuclear governance.
  • Maintains station condition, physical configuration management, and equipment environmental qualification.
  • Manages Site operation to minimize impacts on the environment, local communities, and employees in accordance with policies, standards, and procedures.
  • Ensures capacity, energy, and related electrical products (e.g., maneuvering) are available to meet annual requirements and plans on an ongoing and consistent basis.
  • Maintains and enhances relationships with local public and regulatory agencies.
  • Incorporates lessons learned from industry and other Nuclear sites into work activities for the Site.
  • Provides input to the 3 to 5-year integrated Nuclear business plan, e.g. provides forecast of projects, programs, and resource requirements necessary to achieve the targets and goals.
  • Provides input to the workforce plans to ensure future resource needs (in particular licensed position requirements) are satisfied.
  • Provides input to the life-cycle plan to ensure programs will continue to ensure safe and reliable plant operation.
  • Establishes site goals and sets priorities for work programs and associated resource allocation.
  • Provides timely and credible explanations of year-to-date (YTD) and year-end projection (YEP) variance in site performance.
  • Advises the Chief Nuclear Officer (CNO) of any material changes to site performance parameters, consistent with reporting protocols.
  • Defines and secures the resource needs for the Site.
  • Acts as the formal point of contact with regulatory and external agencies and the public for the Site.
  • Ensures the Site organization understands the accountabilities and authorities of each role and the necessary interfaces within the Site, and between the Site and centre-led support organizations.

Essential skills

We are seeking a dynamic, strategic and experienced nuclear leader with proven success in the management and operations of a Nuclear Power Plant.  The successful candidate will also have:

  • Experience as a Plant Manager;
  • 10 years of experience in Nuclear leadership;
  • Previously Authorized;
  • Demonstrated commitment to high standards of safety and compliance;
  • Experience working in a highly regulated nuclear environment with a focus on safety;
  • Strong business background in Contract Development, Contract Management, Negotiations, Claims Management and Capital Project Execution;
  • Highly developed executive management and facilitative leadership skills
  • Demonstrated ability to lead by engaging people in a strategic plan which results in a culture of continuous improvement;
  • Politically savvy;
  • Must have the ability to understand and influence long term business strategies;
  • Must have ability to assess risk, compare risk of alternatives, and be able to balance the risks and potential business benefits associated with a particular course of action;
  • Demonstrated business ethics and ability to build confidence and trust of colleagues.
  • Strong leadership capabilities with the ability to use authority, impact and influence across business units;
  • Demonstrated strategic mindset, including strategic analysis, synthesis of information from diverse sources, development of plans, and supplier relations;
  • Demonstrated verbal and written communication skills including being able to effectively interface with executives and stakeholders within and outside of OPG;
  • Strong problem-solving skills to address and overcome current and future challenges;
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills, and strong facilitation, negotiation, influencing and presentation skills;
  • A drive to achieve best value for money, meeting business objectives in a high profile, strategic, rapidly evolving and competitive environment while developing effective relationships and upholding OPG’s behaviours and values.

EducationUniversity degree in Science, Engineering or Business.  Engineering is preferred

Desired skills

Ontario Power Generation is seeking someone who can make a long-term commitment and has the willingness and desire to progress through the organization.


OPG will provide a full competitive compensation package. The appropriate candidate will be offered an attractive salary, excellent benefits, and relocation assistance commensurate with candidate’s experience.

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