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UOIT helps form alliance to promote energy solutions

OSHAWA, Ont. - For years, Ontario has had an advantage in the electrical energy marketplace because of its access and competitiveness, but this may not always be the case. In an effort to make Durham Region a world leader of energy solutions, and to create a model that can be followed by the province and the country as a whole, the Durham Strategic Energy Alliance (DSEA) was formed.

DSEA is made up of businesses, industries, educational institutions and municipal governments in Durham Region. Prior to the official launch of this group, a discussion paper regarding the importance of finding additional energy sources in Ontario over the next 10 years was written by Dr. Richard Marceau, provost at the University of Ontario Institute of Technology (UOIT).

"The discussion paper identifies energy opportunities in Durham Region and recognizes the ways this organization can position the area in the world marketplace," said Marceau. "Through the creation of partnerships with all levels of government, businesses, industry and education, we can make Durham Region an energy centre of excellence. UOIT is a great place to start, especially with our innovative energy-related undergraduate programs in both Engineering (Nuclear Engineering, Energy Systems Engineering, Mechanical Engineering - Energy Engineering) and in Science (Energy and the Environment)."

The organization was officially launched at the Environment and Energy Conference in Toronto on May 26. UOIT joins other founding members that include Enbridge, Ontario Power Generation, Siemens Canada, Veridian Corporation, the Municipality of Clarington, the Region of Durham, and the City of Pickering. For more information, visit the website at


About the University of Ontario Institute of Technology
As the province's newest university, the University of Ontario Institute of Technology provides a unique combination of academic knowledge, vibrant student life, leading-edge research, and hands-on skills. As Ontario's first laptop-based university, UOIT offers career-focused undergraduate and graduate degree programs in the fields of business and information technology, sciences, engineering, nursing, social science, and education. The university is committed to research excellence and has attracted significant research grants and awards, including a Tier 1 Research Chair in Aquatic Toxicology. Sharing facilities and selected services with Durham College, UOIT has attracted over 1,800 students since its inception in 2003. To find out more, visit or call 905.721.8668.

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