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Nuclear Science Whiz Kid Taylor Wilson Explores Fusion Potential at CNA2014

By Romeo St-Martin
Communications Officer
Canadian Nuclear Association

Physics wunderkind Taylor Wilson astounded the science world when, at age 14, he became the youngest person in history to produce fusion. The University of Nevada-Reno offered a home for his early experiments when Wilson’s worried parents realized he had every intention of building his reactor in the garage.

Wilson now intends to fight nuclear terror in the nation’s ports, with a homemade radiation detector priced an order of magnitude lower than most current devices. In 2012, Wilson’s dreams received a boost when he became a recipient of the $100,000 Thiel Prize.

At CNA2014, Wilson discusses ways to revolutionize the way we produce energy, fight cancer, and combat terrorism using nuclear energy.

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David Foot Makes Demographics Come Alive at CNA2014

By Romeo St-Martin
Communications Officer
Canadian Nuclear Association

As an outspoken and controversial demographics expert, Professor David Foot can bring to life demographic statistics and make the aging of society relevant to any group. He contends that demographics explains two-thirds of everything. With this understanding, a business, an individual or a government has a strong foundation upon which to build a vision for the future.

His presentation at CNA2014 demonstrated how demographic and economic survey data can be combined to assess strategic considerations in Canada’s nuclear industry, such as workforce planning, demand forecasting, and the global market potential for Canada’s products and expertise. With an aging population in the developed world and the enhanced global mobility of modern-day professionals, exceptional attention to demographic trends may provide valuable insights.

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Bruce Power CEO Puts People First at CNA2014

By Romeo St-Martin
Communications Officer
Canadian Nuclear Association

Canada’s nuclear industry is over 30,000-strong. Keeping these workers engaged, excited, and committed doesn’t just happen by accident. Bruce Power, home to over 4,000 of these highly-skilled men and women, knows that, and has had its success recognized with accolades such as being named Canada’s 14th Most Attractive Employer in 2013.

During his presentation at CNA2014, Mr. Hawthorne, Bruce Power’s President and CEO, shared with our audience some of these success stories, and highlighted the integral connection between focusing on people and preparing a company and industry for decades of future success.

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Durham MP Erin O’Toole Congratulates CNA and Canadian Nuclear Industry in House of Commons

In the House of Commons Friday, Conservative MP Erin O’Toole (Durham) congratulated the CNA on its recent successful 2014 conference and trade show and spoke about Canada’s nuclear industry.

“Canada has long been in a leader in nuclear science and industry,” he said. “Our technology and expertise has been sought after around the world.”

Stay tuned to this blog for videos of speakers and panel discussions from CNA2014.

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The CNA2014 Mobile App is Here!

CNA2014 is just around the corner. And with that, we’d like to remind you about our mobile app.

This year, you can access all CNA2014 program content from your iPhone, iPad, Android device, Blackberry, or other tablet or smartphone at cna2014.quickmobile.mobi or by scanning the QR code to the right.

Because this app allows you to message other users, manage privacy settings, save files, and so on, you will need to log in. (Login details will be emailed to you prior to the Conference.)

Note that when you registered, if you indicated that you did not want to be displayed on a delegate list, your profile in our mobile app will be private. You can update these settings from within the app.

Thanks and we look forward to seeing you next week! 

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Canadian Minister of Natural Resources Joe Oliver to Deliver Keynote Address at CNA2014

By Romeo St-Martin
Digital Media Officer
Canadian Nuclear Association

Born and raised in Montreal, Quebec, Natural Resources Minister Joe Oliver entered politics with an impressive academic and investment banking resume.

He obtained both his Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Civil Law at McGill University and later graduated with an MBA from the Harvard Graduate School of Business.

He began his investment banking career at Merrill Lynch, and served in senior positions at other investment dealers and as Executive Director of the Ontario Securities Commission. He was then appointed President and CEO of the Investment Dealers Association of Canada and played a prominent role as Chair of the Advisory Committee of the International Council of Securities Associations and as Chair of the Consultative Committee of the International Association of Securities Commissions.

He ran in a Toronto-area riding in the 2008 federal election, but lost in a close race to the Liberal incumbent, Joe Volpe. In a subsequent election in 2011, he defeated Volpe to win the seat. On May 18, 2011, Oliver was sworn in as the Minister of Natural Resources.

While Oliver is one of the most high-profile cabinet ministers in the Conservative government due in large part to his advocacy for construction of the Keystone XL pipeline, he still understands the importance of Canada’s nuclear sector.

“Nuclear continues to be a key part of Canada’s energy mix and a major contributor to our status as a world leader of clean energy,” he told last year’s CNA conference.

“We all take pride in Canadians’ roles in developing nuclear technology for peaceful purposes. Canadians continue to play a leading role in demonstrating the safe and effective use of nuclear energy.

“Our commitment is to ensure Canada’s tradition of excellence and leadership in nuclear science and technology will continue in support of the needs of Canada and Canadian business and in respect for the Canadian taxpayer,” he said.

The Honourable Joe Oliver will be speaking at CNA2014 this month.