Kinectrics is an integrated lifecycle management services company providing testing, inspection, certification, engineering, and consultancy services for the electricity sector.
In late fall of 2022, the company celebrated the grand opening of its new Saint John-based operations. As part of that launch, ONB announced it will work with the company on the creation of up to 40 new full-time positions in its Saint John office.
Sean Donnelly, Senior Director – Licensing & Advanced Reactors, says Kinectrics has already begun recruitment, with 10 staff in place and more to come. “We’re exactly where we hoped to be at this point, and fully expect to hit at least 40 staff in the next three to four years,” he says. “It’s great to help build additional work opportunities within New Brunswick. We’ve connected with people that were raised here, and for whatever reasons, headed west to places like the oil sands. When they saw activity growing in the nuclear sector back home in New Brunswick, they were keen to return.”
Why New Brunswick?
Kinectrics has long been a supplier of NB Power, but a recent agreement for expanded service to the Point Lepreau Nuclear Generating Station made it look more seriously at making the move to Saint John.
“We’ve also worked closely with the advanced reactor development team in New Brunswick. This all triggered a more substantive commitment to the province,” notes Donnelly. “Saint John is close to Point Lepreau, and home to a nice cluster of our partners in the nuclear space including NB Power, ARC Clean Technology, and Moltex Energy. As a result, there’s an abundance of great talent in the nuclear sector residing in and around Greater Saint John.”
Support is Strong in New Brunswick
ONB support was another important factor, as it helped the company recognize the opportunities that existed here for economic stimulus, and the cluster of talented teams they could partner with.
“Local governments and municipalities have always been supportive wherever we go. ONB’s offering is expansive, and we haven’t seen anything quite like it anywhere else in Canada,” notes Donnelly. “We’re grateful for payroll support, but we’ve actually engaged with multiple teams at ONB. They’ve helped ramp up our recruitment efforts tremendously, connecting us to WorkingNB, Future NB, and any program or partner that helps companies hit the ground running when they arrive here.”
A Company to Watch in 2023
Kinectrics expects to continue the growth of its Saint John-based team throughout 2023. Job seekers can likely expect roles for engineers, scientists, and future opportunities for technicians, technologists, certified inspectors, administrative support functions, communications professionals, and more. Keep an eye out for these opportunities by visiting https://careers.kinectrics.com/.
Donnelly says Kinectrics hopes to do more for the overall economic health of the region. “I think we can serve a unique function stimulating other parts of the economy and the supplier base of the nuclear new build activity here. For example, one thing we can do is work with non-nuclear component suppliers and help qualify them for use in a nuclear facility. This should help non-nuclear suppliers get into the nuclear supply chain without the intense effort and cost associated with developing nuclear quality assurance programs. We look forward to connecting with more local companies at supply chain events.”
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