Ontario Centres of Excellence's Nicole Geneau Awarded Prestigious British Fellowship in Energy Studies

    TORONTO, March 6 /CNW/ - The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO)
through the British Council welcomed professionals from over 140 countries to
universities across the UK to participate in the FCO's Chevening Fellowship
programme. Nicole Geneau, of OCE's Centre of Excellence for Energy, was
recognized by the UK High Commission in Ottawa as one of the potential energy
leaders of tomorrow. She began the fellowship in Reading, England, in January.
    The Chevening Fellowship invites mid-career professionals from around the
world with demonstrated success in their chosen fields to further their
knowledge in a three-month, tailored course of study at a university in the
UK. The Fellowship is funded by the FCO and administered by the British
Council. Scholarships are offered in over 150 countries.
    Ms. Geneau was invited to apply for the Fellowship which can be awarded
to only three people in any one country. Ms. Geneau was successful and is now
studying the "Economics of Energy" at the University of Reading for a 12-week
term with senior professionals from 11 other countries including Angola,
Azerbaijan, China, Egypt, Kazakhstan, Korea, Mexico, Nigeria, Philippines,
Turkey and Venezuela.
    Ms. Geneau's experience at Reading will enhance her expertise in
conservation and demand management, which are a big part of Ontario's energy
challenge. Analyzing economic scenarios based on the energy choices facing the
global community, the program provides materials for study in oil and gas,
nuclear, renewables and the infrastructure systems that support them. The
course covers the dynamics of international energy markets and the
construction of impact scenarios from different energy market assumptions.
    "The recognition of one of our own by the prestigious FCO Chevening
Fellowship programme is gratifying for OCE," says Mark Romoff, President and
CEO, Ontario Centres of Excellence, "particularly given that a key part of
OCE's offering is a Talent program of its own designed to create opportunities
for technology innovators to develop their technical, entrepreneurial and
business skills. Nicole's fellowship will broaden the already strong insight
and skill set she brings to OCE's portfolio of projects in the energy sector.
In its two years of operation, the Centre of Excellence for Energy has
recruited a high-value team who have initiated projects that will deliver real
opportunity to Ontario in energy production, conservation and systems."
    Nicholas Armour, British Consul General, noted that the issue of climate
change knows no border: "Britain and Ontario face so many of the same issues
that it makes complete sense to share best practice and cutting-edge thinking.
The global context of these challenges is evident in the diversity of origins
of the Chevening Fellows with whom Nicole Geneau is working while in the UK.
We look forward to continuing our collaboration with her and her colleagues at
OCE's Centre of Excellence for Energy as we face the energy demands of our
growing economies in the context of world climate change."

    About Ontario Centres of Excellence (OCE) Inc.

    Ontario Centres of Excellence (OCE) Inc. drives the commercialization of
cutting-edge research across key market sectors to build the economy of
tomorrow and secure Ontario's global competitiveness. In doing this, OCE also
fosters the development of the next generation of talent and is a key partner
with Ontario's industries, universities, colleges, research hospitals,
investors and governments. Celebrating 20 years of innovation in 2007, OCE's
five Centres work in communications and information technology, earth and
environmental technologies, energy, materials and manufacturing and photonics.
For more information, please visit our web site at www.oce-ontario.org.

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For further information: Ann Holtby, Marketing & Communications, OCE,
Tel. (416) 861-1092 or ann.holtby@oce-ontario.org

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