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CNA2012 Update – 1 Week Left for Early Bird Price

Don’t miss a who’s who of the Canadian nuclear industry at the
2012 Canadian Nuclear Association Conference and Trade Show 
February 22-24, 2012, at the Westin Hotel in Ottawa

WHO’S THERE (NEW Participants Added!)

AECL * Aecon * AMEC NSS * Anric * Areva
ATS Automation * Babcock & Wilcox * Black & McDonald
Bruce Power * Cambridge Materials Testing* Cameco
Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission * Canadian Nuclear Society
Canadian Standards Association * Canadian Union of Skilled Workers
Candu Energy Inc. * Ch2M Hill * Durham Economic Development Partnership
Edgen Murray * E.S. Fox * EnergySolutions Canada * Fluor * GE-Hitachi
Hatch-Sargent & Lundy * Ian Martin * Industrial Audit * Invensys * Kinectrics
KPMG  * Kvaerner North American Construction Ltd. * L-3 MAPPS * MarShield
NA Engineering Associates Inc. * NA-YGN  * Nordion * Nuvia
Nuclear Waste Management Organization * Organization of CANDU Industries
Ontario Power Generation * Power Workers’ Union * RCM Technologies
SECOR Group * SNC-Lavalin  * Systemware Innovation
The Society of Energy Professionals * Tetra Tech WEI
University of Ontario Institute of Technology
URS Corporation * Westinghouse
Women-in-Nuclear * WorleyParsons


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The 2012 Conference features many interesting speakers and presentations,
including the following panels:

Panel: Innovative Methods of Communicating Science

Panel: Nuclear Innovation: Bright Ideas to Keep the Lights On

View the complete 2012 Conference Agenda HERE

  For more information, see the links below, or contact Marie-Danielle Davis at

 See you in February!

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Messages Nuclear Outreach

Peterborough’s Nuclear Cluster

On November 23,  members of a potential “nuclear cluster” gathered to discuss business opportunities in the Peterborough area’s energy sector. Our President and CEO, Denise Carpenter, was joined on the panel by two CNA members, the Organization of CANDU Industries and GE Hitachi, and others.

The Canadian nuclear industry is a $6.6 billion per year industry employing over 70,000 Canadians directly or indirectly in exploring and mining uranium, generating electricity, advancing nuclear medicine, and promoting Canada’s worldwide leadership in science and technology innovation. Nuclear brings great opportunities to Canadian communities. We at TalkNUclear welcome the Peterborough “nuclear cluster” and the growth such a partnership will bring to the region.

News Release

Peterboroughs Energy Sector is Preparing for Growth Opportunities

[PETERBOROUGH] The Greater Peterborough Area Economic Development Corporation (GPA EDC) has identified Energy as a significant and growing business cluster in the area. With the arrival Lilly Lake Solar plant, current and future opportunities with hydro electricity production on the Trent-Severn waterway system, and emerging green energy technologies, the area is well-positioned to take advantage of growth in the energy sector. Interestingly, a recent study identified 25 local companies that are involved or interested in being involved in the nuclear supply chain.

The GPA EDC brought members of the local nuclear supply chain together today to enhance the cluster of businesses that will work together to grow opportunities for businesses development. The energy industry is expanding globally and new opportunities are arising that will open up our local supply chain to future growth. This work is expected to create investment and new jobs in the Greater Peterborough Area.

“A significant number of businesses in our area are already creating products that contribute to the nuclear supply chain,” stated Dan Taylor, GPA EDC President & CEO. “We’re bringing these businesses together with government support services to look at how industry changes and opportunities will create wealth and jobs for the local companies.”

The mission of the GPA EDC is to assist the City and County of Peterborough with the development of an environment that facilitates the creation of wealth and expanded employment in a manner that increases our citizens’ standard of living and improves quality of life.


For additional information please contact Kate Young, Communications Officer,

705-743-0777 Ext. 2134 or, @youngk8e, @PtboEcDev



The Research Project:
The 2010 Industrial Transition and Investment Project (ITI Project), funded in conjunction with the National Research Council’s (NRC) Industrial Research Assistance Program (IRAP), found that in the GPA there are approximately 25 local companies active or interested in being active in the nuclear industry. This major supply chain research project, conducted by the GPA EDC, focused on clean water technology, wind, and solar energy, in addition to nuclear energy in the Peterborough region.

The Nuclear Energy Industry has been defined as all activities that make up the nuclear fuel cycle: uranium mining, conversion and enrichment, power generation, the management of nuclear fuel-waste, and nuclear research and development (dealing with energy production or other uses, including medical).

Business Development Potential:
New business collaborations between existing GPA firms could lead to new business development opportunities. These collaborations are most likely to occur where GPA firms are already active in a particular element of the supply chain or are interested in becoming active in the element. The strongest levels of activity for GPA companies are within the Power Generation segment – providing products and services to nuclear power plants and their major suppliers. The opportunity for collaboration is most likely to occur in the following elements of the supply chain:

  1. Machining, Fabrication and Mechanical Equipment and Components.
  2. Calibration, Measuring and Testing Equipment, Electrical Equipment & Components and Equipment Qualification & Testing.
  3. Contracting, Project management, Engineering Services and Industrial Maintenance.
  4. Nuclear Fuel-Waste Management.

For more information about Peterborough’s expanding energy sector or to view the businesses currently active in the supply chain, please visit:

Guest Blog Messages

Remembering the Engineers from l’École Polytechnique de Montréal

Thank you to Shelley Rolland-Poruks of Women-in-Nuclear for sharing her thoughts about the 1989 Montreal Massacre when 14 engineering students lost their lives because they were women.  Currently, women in the nuclear industry working in skilled trades and technologies represent less than 10% of the total workforce. In the next 5-10 years, the North American trades industry will face the challenge of replacing 40% of its retiring workforce. We need talented, skilled workers in our industry, both women and men, to keep the lights on safely. Today we pause to remember the women died while following their chosen path to a career in engineering.

If you’re like me, December 6 is an important day in my life. I remember very clearly in 1989 learning about the 14 women from l’École Polytechnique de Montréal, who were murdered on December 6 while studying to become engineers.  I will never forget how I felt that day- scared, confused and angry. I knew then as I know now, that as a woman I shouldn’t be ashamed of wanting to learn and to have the choice of any career that I worked hard for.

In light of the anniversary of the December 6 Montreal Massacre, I thought I’d pull up a few things from the internet that might interest the WiN Eastern Ontario members. Regardless of the career paths we have each taken, I believe it is important to reflect each year on this Canadian tragedy.
Respectfully yours,

Shelley Rolland-Poruks
WiN Eastern Ontario Chapter Chair

About National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women in Canada

From Status of Women Canada

December 6 is the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women in Canada. Established in 1991 by the Parliament of Canada, this day marks the anniversary of the murders in 1989 of 14 young women at l’École Polytechnique de Montréal. They died because they were women.

As well as commemorating the 14 young women whose lives ended in an act of gender-based violence that shocked the nation, December 6 represents an opportunity for Canadians to reflect on the phenomenon of violence against women in our society. It is also an opportunity to consider the women and girls for whom violence is a daily reality, and to remember those who have died as a result of gender-based violence. And finally, it is a day on which communities can consider concrete actions to eliminate all forms of violence against women and girls.

Fact: Violence against women and girls affects us all. It destroys lives and weakens the fabric of our society. As a population, it takes a heavy toll on our communities and our economy.

Check out CBC Digital Archives for news clips, interviews and other facts about the December 6 Montreal Massacre.

** Learn more about women in the skilled trades. Download the WiN-Canada and Skills Canada-Ontario position paper, “Women Working in the Skilled Trades and Technologies – Myths and Realities.”

CNA2012 Update — The Who’s Who in Canadian Nuclear

Who’s there…
…Where are YOU?

On February 22-24, 2012, a who’s who of the Canadian nuclear industry will be in Ottawa to participate, present and promote at the 2012 Canadian Nuclear Association Conference and Trade Show.

Click here to REGISTER NOW and take advantage of Early Bird pricing


Don’t miss your chance to learn from our speakers, panelists and invited guests, such as:

Tom Mitchell President and Chief Executive Officer, Ontario Power Generation Chair, WANO Fukushima Response Commission
Dr. Kate Jackson Senior Vice President and Chief Technical Officer Westinghouse Electric Company
Dr. Bob Walker President and Chief Executive Officer AECL Nuclear Laboratories
The Honourable Joe Oliver Minister of Natural Resources Canada











View the complete 2012 Conference Agenda HERE

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