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Canada’s Nuclear Industry Aligned for Growth in 2012

February 24, 2012 – Ottawa, Ontario

Canada’s nuclear industry is poised for future growth and prosperity, according to discussions at the Canadian Nuclear Association (CNA) Annual Conference and Trade Show in Ottawa.

Canada’s nuclear industry is as strong as ever,” said Denise Carpenter, President and Chief Executive Officer, CNA. “Over the past few days, we have had great discussions on how our industry is leveraging lessons learned from Fukushima and how innovations in research and technology can improve and grow nuclear in Canada and abroad.”

More than 650 delegates from the nuclear community attended the conference, themed ‘Leadership Through Innovation.’

Tom Mitchell, President and Chief Executive Officer, Ontario Power Generation (OPG), provided an overview of the progress made by the World Association of Nuclear Operators Fukushima Response Commission and discussed groundbreaking methods of communicating risk and nuclear safety. (Download the PDF of Tom’s speech here)

“We are not ignoring the lessons we learned from Fukushima,” said Mitchell. “Safety, despite our industry’s excellent track record, can never be taken for granted.”

OPG has almost a dozen Fukushima-related projects underway or planned for implementation between now and the end of 2016.

Underscoring the industry’s growth, the Honourable Rob Norris, Saskatchewan’s Minister Responsible for Innovation, announced a multi-year agreement to provide funding for the new $30 million Canadian Centre for Nuclear Innovation.

Other conference highlights included a keynote speech by Patrick Lamarre on the future opportunities for SNC-Lavalin Nuclear following their recent acquisition of the CANDU Reactor Division of Atomic Energy of Canada Limited, and the presentation of the annual Ian McRae Award to Mr. Gerald (Jerry) Grandey, former Chief Executive Officer of Cameco Corporation.

Conference highlights, including links to videos from speaker sessions, can be found on Twitter by following @TalkNUclear and #cnagm2012.

(Update: check out #cnagm2012 photo highlights on our Google+ page)

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CNA2012 Conference Begins Today!

The 2012 Canadian Nuclear Association Conference and Trade Show begins today! Will you be there?

Join us for a variety of speakers, thought-provoking panels, trade show and career fair booths, excellent networking, and more!

Download the complete agenda here. Follow along and participate on Twitter using the Conference #hashtags like #cnamg2012 and the session #hashtags you can find in the agenda.

Some of the 2012 Speakers

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Send Your Questions for CNA2012 Panel – Nuclear Innovation: Bright Ideas to Keep the Lights On

The Nuclear Innovation panel at this year’s conference will explore “bright ideas to keep the lights on.” Moderator Marc Brouillette will ask questions for our innovative panelists to answer and share their bright ideas on the topics.

Topics for Discussion:

  1. Nuclear power and fostering nuclear S&T. How can we improve?
  2. The impact of the regulatory environment on innovation.
  3. Sourcing new talent today and in the future. How does talent impact innovation?
  4. Scale and Innovation: Do large scale innovations crowd out small projects?

What questions do YOU have for our panelists?

Three ways to send in your questions:

  1. Leave a comment on this post
  2. Post your question on our TalkNUclear Facebook page
  3. Tweet at @TalkNUclear using the #CNABrightIdeas hashtag.

Can’t attend but curious? Follow the panel #hashtag on Twitter – #CNABrightIdeas

 

Learn more about our moderator and panelists:

Moderator – Marc Brouillette

Mr. Brouillette focuses on industry analysis and restructuring strategy and the development of business models for emerging opportunities. He specializes in the creation of public/private multi-stakeholder business models and the negotiation of the associated contract relationships involving domestic and/or international stakeholders. His expertise spans across several industry sectors including aerospace, utilities, health care, gaming and telecommunications.

Prior to joining SECOR in January 2008, Mr. Brouillette was the principal consultant for Strategic Gaming Innovations and a manager within the strategy and transformation practice at CapGemini. While in these roles, he led the development of strategy and business innovation implementation in the charitable gaming sector for clients in Ontario, British Columbia, Quebec and Nova Scotia.

Prior to his career in strategy consulting, he helped develop and negotiate the international agreements defining Canada’s contribution to the International Space Station Program.

 

Panelist – Michael Lees

Michael Lees, the President of Babcock & Wilcox Nuclear Energy, Inc, an operating group of The Babcock & Wilcox Company. 

Headquartered in Charlotte, North Carolina, B&W NE serves the global commercial nuclear power industry with a broad portfolio of reactor components, nuclear design engineering, plant construction, inspection services and nuclear plant maintenance services. Mr. Lees is also the President of Babcock & Wilcox Canada Ltd., (B&W Canada) which is headquartered in Cambridge, Ontario.

Prior to being named to his current positions Mr. Lees was Director, Business Development & Marketing, B&W Canada. In this role He had the overall responsibility for identifying and securing new business opportunities. Previous positions include his appointment as General Manager, Nuclear Steam Generators and Components where he managed B&W Canada’s nuclear equipment business.

Mr. Lees serves on the Board of Directors and the Finance Committee for the Canadian Nuclear Association. Mr. Lees is a past recipient of the Ian McRae Award.

 

Panelist – Robert Prince

Robert Prince, CEO of Hyperion Power Generation

Mr. Prince has over 40 years in the nuclear industry and is a former CEO of Duratek, Inc., a leading radioactive waste transportation, treatment and disposition firm. Under his leadership at Duratek, the company grew from $7 to $300M in revenue when it was acquired in 2006 by EnergySolutions, Inc. He drove the commercialization of several technologies to better handle radioactive materials including a vitrification technology that has been embraced by the U.S. Department of Energy.

Before Duratek, Mr. Prince was the founder and CEO of General Technical Services (GTS), a wholly-owned subsidiary of General Physics Corporation, whose business was to provide support services to the nuclear power industry. GTS was acquired by Duratek in 1990. Prior to GTS, he was an engineer with Gilbert/Commonwealth where he spent 9 years on a wide range of nuclear power projects in Europe, Latin America, Mexico and the USA.

Mr. Prince is a former member of the Board of Directors of the Nuclear Energy Institute, and currently serves on the Board of Directors of Aqua-Chem, Thermafiber, MHF Services, and Kurion (a technology startup serving the nuclear industry). In 2004, he was conferred an honorary PhD in Commercial Science from The Catholic University of America for his pioneering initiatives in commercializing radioactive waste vitrification technologies.

 

Doug Richardson, CEO, General Fusion

Panelist – Doug Richardson

Mr. Richardson is an innovative technology leader who is highly skilled and experienced at developing and commercializing novel and unproven technologies. He has a history of formulating a clear vision, establishing a strategic direction, and successfully developing challenging products under demanding economic and time constraints.

Prior to establishing General Fusion, Doug spent 14 years at Creo Products in Vancouver in various roles from system engineer to director of business development. He led projects and groups that developed Creo Products’ key technologies and delivered profitable businesses and products.

Mr. Richardson holds three patents with two more pending.

CNA2012 Update: Sold Out Sponsorships, Last Chance to Register!

Kick off your 2012 Conference Experience in Style!

Join us at the Welcome Reception to honor this year’s recipient of the CNS/CNA Ian MacRae Award for substantive contributions to the advancement of nuclear energy in Canada, former Cameco Corp CEO,
Mr. Gerald (Jerry) Grandey
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Wednesday February 22, 2012
Westin Hotel, Main Ballroom, 11 Colonel By Drive, Ottawa
at
18:00 Welcome Reception Begins
18:30-19:30 Award Ceremony
21:00 Welcome Reception Concludes

Jerry Grandey

Throughout his distinguished career in Canada’s nuclear industry, Mr. Grandey earned the reputation as a  well-respected, influential leader who helped shape nuclear advancement on a global scale. He is being recognized for raising the nuclear profile to a higher level along with Canada’s reputation as a world leader in nuclear safety. He has been a strong supporter and vocal advocate for the industry through the dedication of his personal time and resources at Cameco Corporation to support the national efforts of the Canadian Nuclear Association.

Register for the 2012 CNA Conference and Trade Show TODAY
(Registration closes February 17)

 

It’s a WHO’S WHO of Canada’s nuclear industry

Sponsorships of the 2012 CNA Conference and Trade Show are SOLD OUT.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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See you on February 22-24!

 

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Canadian Nuclear Association Applauds Canada-China Agreement on Uranium Exports

Prime Minister Harper’s recent visit to China proved positive for Canada’s nuclear industry. We released this statement today.

Canadian Nuclear Association Applauds Canada-China Agreement on Uranium Exports

February 9, 2012 – Ottawa, ON – Canada’s nuclear industry congratulates Prime Minister Harper on the successful completion of negotiations between Canada and China to formalize an agreement that will increase exports of Canadian uranium.

“This is good news for Canada’s nuclear industry,” said Denise Carpenter, President and CEO of the Canadian Nuclear Association. “Canada produces 18% of all global uranium, making us the second largest producer in the world. Our uranium industry employs about 14,000 people across Canada and is the leading employer of Aboriginal people in Saskatchewan.”

The broadening of the Canada-China Nuclear Cooperation Agreement means hundreds of new jobs and billions in new investments in Canada, and greater security of nuclear fuel supply for China. The Canada-China Memorandum of Understanding on Energy Cooperation strengthens bilateral ties between the two countries and provides a framework for Canada to engage China on nuclear energy policy, trade, investment, and research and development.

In addition to large uranium deposits, Canada is also home to the world’s largest commercial uranium refining facility (Blind River, Ontario) owned and operated by Cameco Corporation. The company’s planned increase in annual uranium production aligns well with China’s ambitious nuclear growth plan.

“This agreement between Canada and China will generate even more jobs and revenue in Canada, and contribute to the use of clean energy in China, which is the world’s largest energy consumer,” added Ms. Carpenter. “We encourage the Government of Canada to finalize the Protocol as quickly as possible to benefit Canada’s economy and improve access to markets for Canada’s nuclear energy resources.”

Canada’s nuclear industry generates approximately $6.6 billion per year, contributing $1.5 billion in tax revenue and $1.2 billion in export revenues. The industry also supports over 70,000 direct and indirect jobs.

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For more information:
Kathleen Olson
Director of Communications
Canadian Nuclear Association
olsonk@cna.ca

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NRC Approves New Nuclear Build at Vogtle Site in Georgia

Big news for our nuclear neighbors south of the border.  It was announced today by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission in the United States that Southern Nuclear Operating Company’s (SNC) application for two Combined Licenses (COL) at the Vogtle site in Georgia was approved!

Read all about it: NRC News Release (PDF)

Congratulations to all the stakeholders:  the companies that build and design nuclear technology, the regulators who work with them to ensure its safety, and above all the families and businesses in Georgia who want reliable, affordable electric power.

These stakeholders, and others like them around the world, are building on decades of learning and continuous improvement, which is a strong part of our industry’s culture.

This is just one more step toward renewed growth for our industry.  Nuclear technology has a great role to play in a balanced and sustainable energy future for North America.

SNC will build and operate two Westinghouse AP1000 reactors at the Vogtle site.

Ask Westinghouse SVP and Chief Technical Officer, Dr. Kate Jackson, all about it at the 2012 Canadian Nuclear Association Conference and Trade Show – Feb 22-23, in Ottawa. Registration closes Feb 17. #cnagm2012