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Bruce Power Team Wins U.S. National SWAT Championship

Congratulations to Bruce Power‘s Nuclear Response Team which has captured first prize at the 2011 U.S. National SWAT Championship in Tulsa, Oklahoma!

This is a great example the daily efforts of qualified professionals in the Canadian nuclear industry who are committed to ensuring public safety, and  an example of the many layers of protection between our nuclear operations, our employees and the communities in which we operate.

Bruce Power team members (from left) are: Ben Nevin, Jordan MacDougall, Sam McCulloch, Trevor Urbshott, Adam Atyeo, Alex Torrie, Mike McFarlane and Kyle Roulston.

This is the fourth year in a row Bruce Power has taken top prize at the competition which consists of eight tactical events that test fitness, weapons skills and team organization. Bruce Power finished first in six of those eight events which simulate real-life scenarios faced by tactical officers. Scoring is based on time and target hits and the events are conducted in full tactical gear in head-to-head stages.

Mike McFarlane gives it his all during the US National SWAT Championship where Bruce Power finished first for the fourth year running.

“This team is a real credit to our company and have demonstrated great pride, dedication and integrity in winning this championship,” said Duncan Hawthorne, Bruce Power’s President and Chief Executive Officer.

Jordan MacDougall (foreground) and members of the Bruce Power team prepare to compete during the US National SWAT Championship.

Bruce Power was the only Canadian team competing at the event which attracted 23 tactical units from the U.S. and abroad. The team donated the prizes it won to various cash-strapped law enforcement organizations in the United States earning a standing ovation at the event’s awards banquet.

Bruce Power’s Alex Torrie runs for the finish line carrying a dummy during the US National SWAT Championship in Tulsa.

“These dedicated officers make an incredible personal sacrifice to be competitive at this level and to do this year-after-year is unprecedented,” said John Latouf, Deputy Chief Emergency and Protective Services. “The team that won it for the first time in Colorado has only two members on this year’s championship team so this is a true cross-section of our entire workgroup.”

Latouf said the competition team are Nuclear Response Team members first and part-time competitors second and will be back on shift this week protecting the Bruce Power facility alongside their fellow officers.

Earlier this year, Bruce Power formed a new integrated emergency response organization combining all of its emergency response capability into a single organization including its security team.

“We are all very proud of their efforts and they are always excellent ambassadors for Bruce Power,” Latouf said.

Competition history

  • April, 2005     Placed fifth at World SWAT Challenge
  • April, 2006     Eighth place at World SWAT Challenge
  • June, 2006      First place in Police/Military category at the Security Protection Officer Team Competition (SPOTC)
  • May, 2007       Fourth at the World SWAT Challenge
  • June, 2007      First place in the Police/Military category at SPOTC.
  • Sept. 2007      First at Canadian Nuclear Security Officer’s Challenge
  • May, 2008       First at U.S. National SWAT Championships
  • June, 2008      First in Police/Military category at SPOTC
  • June, 2009      First in Police/Military category at SPOTC
  • June, 2009      First overall at U.S. National SWAT Championships
  • June, 2010      First in Police/Military category at SPOTC
  • June, 2010      First overall at U.S. National SWAT
  • June, 2011      First in Police/Military category at SPOTC
  • Oct. 2011       First overall at U.S. National SWAT Championships

CNA2012 Update – Westinghouse CTO Kate Jackson Joins Agenda

We are pleased to announce Westinghouse‘s Kate Jackson has been added to the excellent roster of presenters at the 2012 Canadian Nuclear Association Conference and Trade Show.

Dr. Kate Jackson is sr. vice president and chief technology officer at Westinghouse. Since returning to Westinghouse, where she began her career as an engineer in the former Nuclear Technology Division, Kate has made significant contributions to the formulation of Westinghouse’s new technology development process. Dr. Jackson rejoined Westinghouse in 2008 as vice president, strategy for Research & Technology, following 17 years at the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA), where she held a number of executive roles involving leadership of key technology, research and environmental initiatives. Immediately prior to joining Westinghouse, she served as executive vice president in charge of River System Operations & Environment and chief environmental officer.

Dr. Jackson will speak on the topic of innovation, as well as participate in a panel discussion titled “Bright Ideas to Keep the Lights On.”

Of this latest addition to the agenda, WiN-Canada Executive Director, Cheryl Cottrill, says:

WiN is very pleased to see Kate Jackson, a senior level female executive, on your conference agenda. Kate is very supportive of WiN in the U.S. and she will be a great addition to your program.

Don’t forget to keep in touch with our weekly Conference updates and Sponsor Spotlights at TalkNuclear.ca

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

 See you in February!

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National Science and Technology Week – October 14-23, 2011

Did you know it’s National Science and Technology Week (NSTW) in Canada?

This year marks the 20th anniversary of NSTW, which celebrates the significance of Canada’s science and technology history, the importance of science and technology in today’s world, and Canada’s ongoing role as a world leader in innovation.

CLICK to learn more about Canadian innovations in nuclear at NUnuclear.ca

TalkNUclear was in Port Hope to kick off NSTW. We wanted to learn more about the historic role Port Hope has played in Canada’s nuclear industry and about plans for remediation. Read about the Port Hope Area Initiative on the TalkNUclear blog. We were lucky enough to be treated to a tour of Port Hope to learn more about some of the Port Hope Area Initiative‘s remediation and waste storage plans (hint: there’s a recreation park in the works!).

A lovely new park in the works for beautiful Port Hope

How are you celebrating NSTW?

Nuclear Science & Technology (S&T) initiatives foster excellence in science, technology, manufacturing, energy and medicine. They contribute significantly to developing highly qualified personnel for the nuclear and non-nuclear sectors.

  • Canada’s federal Government and the Canadian nuclear industry have a long history of investing in nuclear S&T and innovation.
  • Nuclear  S&T  supports materials testing and product improvements, medical products and services, training and development of scientists and engineers, and other activities of high value to an advanced economy.
  • Nuclear  S&T  also contributes to the health sciences sector by studying nanostructures to design carriers for therapeutic agents that can target cancer, Alzheimer’s disease and more.

We want to know what your favourite Canadian S&T innovation is. Let us know in the comments.

Happy National Science & Technology Week!

CNA2012 Update

Deadline to get into the CNA Passport is this Friday!

49 companies have already signed up to take part in the CNA Passport for our 2012 Conference and Trade Show, and there are still some spots left, but only until Friday!

What is the CNA Passport?

The CNA Passport is a booklet given out to all delegates which have all our sponsors and exhibitors listed inside, alongside topical nuclear facts sourced from our new NuNuclear.ca website. Each page will have room for delegates to collect stamps from exhibitors and sponsors to submit a ballot into our brand-new Conference prize draw!

Increase booth traffic!

Passport participation is a great way to draw delegates to your booth. Delegates will be given NuNuclear information on relevant industry sectors, and will pay you a visit to learn more and collect a stamp for the prize draw – they even get to vote on the prize!

 Register by no later than Friday, October 14 to ensure your spot in our 2012 CNA Passport!

 We are very excited to offer this new program, and can’t wait to see what kind of prize you choose for us to give away! But you’ll have to wait until February to see how it pans out!

Don’t forget to keep in touch with our weekly Conference updates and Sponsor Spotlights at TalkNuclear.ca

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

 See you in February!

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CNA Celebrates National Science and Technology Week in Port Hope

The Canadian Nuclear Association’s (CNA) Board of Directors is in Port Hope today for their quarterly meeting and to kick off National Science and Technology Week.

“We are proud to be in Port Hope today to introduce this beautiful, prosperous community to our Board members and staff,” said Ms. Denise Carpenter, CNA President and CEO. “This is an opportunity for our team to meet Mayor Thompson, members of Port Hope Council, and leaders of the business community to learn about the historic role Port Hope has played in Canada’s nuclear industry.”

The CNA is also taking this opportunity to celebrate National Science and Technology Week (NSTW) which begins today until October 23. This year marks the 20th anniversary of NSTW which celebrates the significance of Canada’s science and technology history, the importance of science and technology in today’s world, and Canada’s ongoing role as a world leader in innovation.

“Science and innovation is at the heart of our industry, and what better time to be in Port Hope than during National Science and Technology Week. We want to remind Canadians about the contributions that our industry makes to the living standards of Canadian families and we invite everyone to explore NUnuclear.ca to learn more about the use of nuclear technology in our daily lives,” added Ms. Carpenter.

To close the day, visiting members will tour Port Hope to learn about plans for remediation and waste storage for the harbor and surrounding lands.

The Canadian nuclear industry provides a broad spectrum of products and services that benefit Canadians. Canada’s nuclear industry is made up of over 70,000 Canadians employed directly or indirectly in exploring and mining uranium, generating electricity, advancing nuclear medicine, and promoting Canada’s worldwide leadership in science and technology innovation.

Please visit www.cna.ca to follow CNA’s Blog, Twitter, and Facebook accounts and participate in the “TalkNUclear”conversation.

For more information on NSTW, please visit: http://www.science.gc.ca.