Monthly Archives: September 2011

CNA2012 Update – Chalk River Student Tour Video Contest

New for 2012, the CNA, in partnership with AECL, will be hosting a tour of the AECL Chalk River Laboratories for up to 40 students!

Attention Students: Enter to win a trip to AECL’s Chalk River Labs!

(Note: This post has been edited to reflect updated information. Nov 18,2011)

Students attending the 2012 Conference are invited to submit a short video (less than 1 minute) describing why they should be chosen to participate in the Chalk River Tour, held on Tuesday, February 21, 2012.

Winning videos will be featured on our TalkNUclear.tv YouTube channel, and shown during refreshment breaks throughout the Conference.

For all you students out there, get thinking! We’re looking forward to your creative reasons for why you should be a part of this great opportunity.

The CNA, in partnership with AECL, will be hosting up to 40 students for a tour of the AECL Chalk River Laboratories on Tuesday, February 21, 2012, with an extra night accommodations in Ottawa provided. The Chalk River Laboratories is a site of major research and development to support and advance nuclear technology, in particular CANDU reactor technology. CRL has expertise in physics, metallurgy, chemistry, biology, and engineering and unique research facilities. For example, Bertram Brockhouse received the 1994 Nobel Prize in Physics for his pioneering work in neutron spectrometry while at CRL from 1950-1962. Sir John Cockcroft was an early director of CRL and also a Nobel laureate. CRL produces about one-third of the world’s supply of medical radioisotopes.

In order for you to apply for this great opportunity, the CNA requests that you submit a short video (less than 1 minute) describing why you should be selected to take part in this tour. Your video should be uploaded to a personal YouTube account, and its link forwarded to Laura Allardyce at allardycel@cna.ca. All video link submissions must be received by January 6, 2012 to be considered. Selected videos will be chosen, and winners notified by, January 11, 2012

Please note that students selected for this tour will have their submitted videos linked to from the CNA TalkNuclearYouTube channel, and will be on display during program breaks at the 2012 CNA Conference.

Videos will be judged based on the creativity of the submission and reasons given for wanting to tour CRL.

Should you have any questions, please feel free to contact Laura Allardyce by email at allardycel@cna.ca or by phone at (613) 237-4262 ext. 110, for more information about the program.

Summary of Important Dates

  • December 7 Deadline to indicate interest in attending the CNA Conference (inquire with your university program admin)
  • December 9 CNA will confirm student participation
  • December 15 Deadline to submit Chalk River tour contest video link
  • January 6, 2012 CNA will notify student winners

Follow @TalkNUclear and the #CRLtour hashtag on Twitter.

Check out TalkNUclear’s visit to Chalk River for inspiration.
CRL Visit Part One.CRL Visit Part Two.

Thank you to AECL for becoming a Gold Sponsor of our Conference and supporting this fantastic event.

 For more information, see the links below, or contact Laura Allardyce at allardycel@cna.ca

 See you in February!

2012 Conference Agenda  –  REGISTER  – Sponsors

Sponsor Spotlight

Click to learn more about 2012 CNA Conference and
Trade Show sponsor, RCM Technologies

 

Messages Nuclear News

Happening Now: 2011 Ontario Energy Association Annual Conference

The 9th annual conference of the Ontario Energy Association is happening right now, today and tomorrow, in Niagara Falls.

Among other topics, industry experts will discuss what is needed for companies to invest in Ontario and the risks and challenges faced in the ever-changing political environment.

Download the conference program here

Conference speakers include

  • Jeffrey Simpson – National Affairs Columnist, The Globe and Mail
  • Peter Buchanan – Senior Economist, CIBC World Markets
  • John Brace – President and Chief Executive Officer, Northland Power Inc.
  • Patrick Lamarre – Executive Vice‐President, Power SNC‐Lavalin Group Inc.
  • Benjamin Grunfeld – Managing Consultant, London Economics International LLC

Download the speaker profiles here

Get all the Conference details here

Ontario has diverse energy needs. As the province looks to phase out reliance on coal-fired plants in favour of cleaner, lower emitting sources, we have an opportunity to invest in new generation capacity to shoulder the needs of today and tomorrow. Effective energy policy is not about choosing some energy sources and excluding others. Energy policy is about choosing an appropriate balance. And nuclear is an essential element in that equation. It’s time to reinvest in nuclear.

Nuclear Energy Nuclear News Nuclear Outreach

World Nuclear Association Symposium – Sept 14-16, London

The Future of Nuclear Power:
Now It’s Down to Us

The 2011 Symposium‘s theme is “The Future of Nuclear Power: Now It’s Down to Us”.

36th Annual Symposium

14-16 September 2011

Central Hall Westminster, London.

As WNA membership has grown to encompass almost every enterprise in the global nuclear industry, the Annual WNA Symposium has established itself as the industry’s premier international meeting, attracting an attendance of over 700 leaders and specialists from more than 25 countries. The Symposium is also drawing increased attention from non-industry professionals who recognize nuclear power’s central importance in securing our world’s energy and environmental future.

The CNA is there, proudly representing Canada on the world-stage, and will have an update for you once we’ve returned from jolly old England.

In the meantime, check out the schedule of eventsthe programme, and speaker bios

CNA Responds Messages Nuclear Energy

Nuclear is an Important Part of Canada’s Clean Energy Portfolio

This editorial was recently submitted to the Toronto Star. Please read and share it, and let us know what you think in the comments.

Canada is a diverse country with diverse energy needs. Yet there remains one constant: When the light switch is flipped, all Canadians expect the lights to come on.

We have important decisions before us as a country. As provinces look to phase out their reliance on coal-fired plants in favour of cleaner, lower emitting sources, we have an opportunity to invest in new generation capacity to shoulder the needs of today and tomorrow.

Effective energy policy is not about choosing some energy sources and excluding others.  Energy policy is about choosing an appropriate balance. And nuclear is an essential element in that equation.

Today, nuclear generation provides fifteen percent of the electricity produced in Canada.

Nuclear energy is a safe, affordable, and reliable form of generation. What people often overlook is that it’s also an integral part of the clean energy portfolio. Nuclear power plants produce virtually no greenhouse gas emissions, and do not contribute to either climate change or smog.

In fact, if we were to replace the electricity generated by nuclear power plants in Canada today with the same amount of electricity generated by fossil-based sources, it would add about 90 million tonnes of greenhouse emissions annually.

As we seek to reconcile our energy needs with a proactive and pragmatic approach to environmental stewardship, the benefits of nuclear power beckon.

While there is certainly a place for renewable sources such as wind and solar in the electricity supply mix, these sources are not at a point yet where they can replace more reliable, established forms of energy generation. As we all know, the sun doesn’t always shine and the wind doesn’t always blow. It would be irresponsible to rely upon intermittent generating capacity.

Our nation’s critical infrastructure relies on a consistent, predictable supply of electricity. Businesses and homes depend on cost certainty. Nuclear generating stations produce a constant, stable amount of energy. Canada’s rich supply of uranium provides security with respect to the availability and long-term price certainty of nuclear fuel.

It also provides security with respect to safety. Our stations use natural rather than enriched uranium, which is cooled with heavy water and, as a result, is much safer in the long run.

Canada’s nuclear power operations have a track record among the safest in the world. Safety is, and has always been, our number one priority. In more than 45 years of operation, not once have we experienced a significant incident, largely due to our reactors’ robust design, as well as the industry’s unwavering commitment to a “safety first” culture. As part of this commitment, we continue to look beyond our borders to experiences and lessons learned about safety around the world, in particular Japan following the Fukushima tragedy, and identify opportunities where we, as an industry, can improve.

It’s time we took a moment to consider Canada’s energy future. It’s time we make an investment in our future. It’s time to re-invest in nuclear.

Please visit www.CNA.ca and follow us on our Blog, Twitter, and Facebook to participate in our ‘TalkNUclear’ conversation.

Denise Carpenter
President and CEO
Canadian Nuclear Association

CNA Responds Messages Nuclear Energy Waste Management

CNA Responds to “Benefits of Nuclear Power Oversold”

Last week this Letter to the Editor appeared in the Saskatoon Star Phoenix. We thought we’d take a minute to respond with our own letter. Please take a read:

We have important decisions before us as a country. As provinces look to phase out their reliance on coal-fired plants in favour of cleaner, lower emitting sources, we have an opportunity to invest in new generation capacity to shoulder the needs of today and tomorrow.

Effective energy policy is not about choosing some energy sources and excluding others. Energy policy is about choosing an appropriate balance. And nuclear is an essential element in that equation.

Unlike other sources of energy, the price of nuclear is both stable and affordable. According to studies by the Organization for Economic Co-Operation and Development, a multi-national organization working to further growth and development, the overall cost to the consumer of nuclear power over the life of a nuclear power plant is on par with that of large-scale hydro, natural gas and coal, and much lower than wind and solar.

Not only is nuclear energy stable in price, but it’s also a stable source of energy itself. Canada’s nuclear power plants were designed to operate continuously to consistently produce a stable amount of electricity. It complements other forms of generation that operate more intermittently. Wind and solar depend on the wind blowing and the sun shining, while more established forms such as hydro and natural gas tend to run during periods of high demand.

Regarding the management of used nuclear fuel and low- and mid-level waste, our commitment to public safety and environmental stewardship includes the safe, secure and responsible long-term management of all of the used fuel produced by Canadian nuclear power plants. The Nuclear Waste Management Organization (NWMO) was established in 2002 to work with industry, research and government organizations to develop a management plan. The implementation of this plan is highly monitored and regulated by the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission to protect the health, safety and security of people and our environment.

Nuclear generating stations produce a constant, stable amount of energy. Canada’s rich supply of uranium, most of which is mined in Saskatchewan, provides security with respect to the availability and long-term price certainty of nuclear fuel. And generation does not contribute to atmospheric carbon emissions.

In fact, if we were to replace the electricity generated by nuclear power plants in Canada today with the same amount of electricity generated by fossil-based sources, it would add about 90 million tonnes of greenhouse emissions annually.

It’s time we took a moment to consider Canada’s energy future. In committing to nuclear, Canada will be committing to a renewable, environmentally sustainable and economically viable means of energy.

For more information on nuclear power, please visit our association’s website www.cna.ca You’re also invited to join the conversation on our TalkNuclear Twitter and Facebook pages, and our TalkNuclear blog.

CNA2012 Update

Come to CNA 2012 – See Two Top Experts in Science Communications!

What’s the best part about the Canadian Nuclear Association Annual Conference and Trade Show? The networking and future business opportunities are fantastic, but over 70% of past attendees rated the speakers as the most important part of the show!

A strong lineup is the cornerstone for both stimulating dialogue and providing entertainment, and this year we have really strived to outdo ourselves. We have assembled an amazing lineup of speakers from within and outside of the industry, and will be featuring two of the most well-known voices in promoting science literacy, Jay Ingram and Michael Shermer!

Jay Ingram

Most well-known as the co-host of Discovery Channel’s science show, Daily Planet – television’s first daily hour-long prime-time science and nature feature, Jay has led a remarkable career of promoting science literacy through his writing and broadcasting. He was also the host of CBC Radio One’s Quirks and Quarks for twelve years – a post previously held by David Suzuki, is the author of nine books, three of which have won Canadian Science Writers’ Awards, and was made a member of the Order of Canada in 2009. Jay is an engaging, provocative speaker who can address complex, scientific issues in non-technical terms, making them interesting, relevant and accessible to a wide range of audiences.

Michael Shermer

As the Founding Publisher of Skeptic Magazine, monthly columnist for Scientific American, and the host of the Skeptics Distinguished Science Lecture Series, Dr. Michael Shermer has built a reputation for illustrating the disconnect between science and belief in incisive and hilarious ways. Dr. Shermer is the author of twelve books on the understanding of science, has delivered numerous TED Talks, and has been featured on many television shows including Oprah, 20/20, Larry King Live, and The Colbert Report as well as documentaries aired on PBS, A&E, Discovery, The History Channel, The Science Channel, and TLC. Dr. Shermer is also one of the founders of the now-famous ‘Race Across America’ cycling event in which he participated five times.

 We are very excited to have both of these excellent speakers joining us for our 2012 Conference, and are looking forward to having you join us! Make sure to register before the early bird deadline for savings of up to $150!

 For more information, see the links below, or contact Alex Wolf at wolfa@cna.ca.

 See you in February!

2012 Conference Agenda  –  REGISTER  – Sponsors

Sponsor Spotlight on…

 

Click to learn more about 2012 CNA Conference and
Trade Show sponsor, Nordion.