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WiN-Canada 9th Annual Conference

Kick start your career  into full gear this fall by attending the 9th Annual WiN-Canada Conference on Thursday, October 25 at the Davidson Centre in Kincardine.

Registration for the conference is up and running. Please check out the educational and inspirational program put together by your conference organizing committee from WiN-Bruce. The focus of the conference is to support your personal journey through nuclear and related industries and help you to visualize and develop your career through personal reflection, inclusive discussion and interactive programming.

The link to the conference webpage is: http://www.wincanada.org/event/wincanadas-9th-annual-conference

The theme for this year’s conference is ‘WiNspire the Future – Re-energize your personal goals and career development.’ The conference will cover a wide range of very inspirational speakers providing their insights on how we can best plan for our own success and enhance our contribution to the nuclear industry. The morning will open with an address from Duncan Hawthorne, President and CEO of Bruce Power and will also include technical sessions on waste management and nuclear medicine, as well as an opportunity to discover your personality DNA and better understand human behaviour.

In the afternoon we will run concurrent professional development sessions that feature topics on technical writing and interview skills. We will also hear from our members on a variety of topics during a series of mini-sessions, all focussed on professional development. We will also have a session lead by our WiN President, Colleen Sidford, on developing SMART Development Plans. This not to be missed session will take you through understanding your strengths and how to leverage them for career success.
Amber MacArthur, hailed by Canadian Business Magazine as Canada’s top social media expert and a best selling social media author, speaker, TV host and entrepreneur will deliver our keynote address leading us through the art of personal branding and providing you with seven steps to master your own digital personal brand.

This year, delegates will have the opportunity to choose one of  four tours to Bruce Power Station; Bruce Power Station B; Western Waste Management Facility (WWMF) and Core Storage Facility – Interim and Long-Term Management of Low and Intermediate Level Waste – Ontario Power Generation; and the Emergency Management Centre and Bruce Site Tour. These tours will take place the morning of Friday, October 26. Space is limited for each of the technical tours, so please register early to avoid disappointment. Registration for the tours will only be open until October 11.

If you are a student, we have a student program to offer 6 post-secondary and 4 secondary students free registration to our conference. Please check out the application form http://www.wincanada.org/news/student-program-for-wincanada-conference. The deadline for submissions is Friday, September 21. Travel expenses will be the responsibility of the student.

Due to the conference being held in October we will not be offering a golf tournament this year, however, we have two not to miss networking opportunities. The opening reception, which is offered on Wednesday, October 24, at an additional charge will be held at Kincardine’s oldest building, The Walker House and will feature local history and local flavours sure to satisfy your dinner appetite. The free closing reception, hosted and sponsored by Sisters in Society at the Best Western Governors’ Inn will take place on Thursday evening at 6:00 p.m. The reception will feature key note speaker, Donna Messer, the “Queen of Networking” and an author and formal broadcaster. Donna will take you through the art of effective networking and provide you with ten tips to work a room.

Accommodation information is also available on the WiN website for those who are travelling.

The conference will provide activities and sessions designed to instill confidence and leave you feeling energized and motivated to enhance your individual and collective contributions in the broader nuclear community. It will be a very inspirational day full of learning and networking opportunities.

To help you succeed in the industry, don’t forget to register for the conference and one of the tours.

See you October 24-26!

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Past, Present, and Future in Nuclear

You’re invited to a professional development and networking event in Canada!

The Canadian NA-YGN is inviting any NA-YGN chapter member interested to a professional development seminar and tour of the Canadian Nuclear Laboratories at Atomic Energy of Canada Limited (AECL) in Chalk River, Ontario, Canada.

The event will be an excellent opportunity to network with industry peers from AECL and other chapters in Canada and the United States, as well as learn more about some of the exciting activities currently being undertaken at Canada’s premier nuclear science and technology laboratory. The event is free and supported by AECL and the Canadian Nuclear Association (CNA).

Help NA-YGN spread the word about this event and we hope to see you there!

Information

The NA-YGN Chalk River Chapter and AECL welcome you to register for a unique and exciting professional development event and tour of several facilities at the Chalk River Laboratories.

For over 50 years, AECL has been a key global player in the development of peaceful and innovative applications of nuclear technology, through its expertise in physics, metallurgy, chemistry, biology and engineering.

AECL performs a wide variety of activities at Chalk River, ranging from nuclear science research, design and engineering of specialized instrumentation, nuclear fuel fabrication, management of radioactive wastes, metallographic examinations of irradiated reactor components, support for the Canadian CANDU fleet of reactors and others internationally, decommissioning, and the production of medical isotopes used in thousands of diagnostic and therapeutic treatments annually across the globe.

For more information on CRL please visit www.aecl.ca

Agenda

Thursday November 8th

6:30 pm                      Registration and Snacks

7:00 pm                      Welcome and Introduction by Joan Miller (AECL VP & GM of Decommissioning & Waste Management)

Talk about the Past (History of AECL and Nuclear) (Dr. Jeremy Whitlock, Manager Non-proliferation)

 

Friday November 9th

8:30 am                       Bus transport from Deep River to AECL plus security check

9:00 am                       Introduction to Chalk River (Communications Department)

9:00 am-12:00 pm      Tour of Facilities

12:00pm                     Lunch

1:00 – 3:00pm          Tour of Facilities Continued

3:00 pm                      Bus transport to Deep River

5:00 pm                      Appetizers and Professional Networking

5:30 pm                      Plenary Discussion: Panel Discussion on the Future of Nuclear

Speakers:

  • Denise Carpenter (CNA President and CEO)
  • Dr. Bob Walker (AECL President and CEO)
  • Kevin Wallace (Candu Energy President and CEO)

7:00 pm                      Dinner and Social Networking

8:00 pm                      Closing Remarks

 

Registration

The event is FREE!!! If you are interested, please register at: http://www.aecl.ca/Contact/Visit_Registration.htm

For site access you must register on the website prior October 19th. Please choose NA-YGN Tour and put Natalie Sachar as the AECL contact.

You must bring your passport (or for Canadians: government photo ID) for access to the site.

Two nights accommodation is required. For reservations please contact either one of these hotels:

Hotels in Deep River:

Bears Den                              Shemron Suites

Phone: (613) 584-9795           Phone: (613) 584-1100

Should you have any questions or concerns, please contact Natalie at Canada@na-ygn.org

 

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Taking the Grocery Store Conversation Online

Last Wednesday, I was invited to speak to a group of Women-in-Nuclear (WiN) members from the Eastern-Ontario chapter at AECL in Chalk River. We got together to “talk nuclear,” but more specifically, how to talk nuclear on social media.

With the WiN Eastern Chapter Executives. L to R: Bev Kidd, Laura Allardyce (me), Solly Karivelil, and Anne Giardini

There is a lot of interest in social media among members of the nuclear industry, among people who are enthusiastic about the work they do, the technology they support, and the communities in which they live and do this impassioned work. There is a lot of pride in Canada’s nuclear industry – pride in our home grown, low-carbon CANDU technology, in the development of nuclear medicine technologies for diagnostic and therapeutic cancer treatments, and in how safe our operations are every day and for the last 50+ years. We want to share our stories with the rest of Canada and the world.

Social media is people having conversations online. It’s the same as meeting your neighbor in the grocery store and chatting about your day. The only difference is, it’s a bigger grocery store and you’re bumping into more neighbors. The stories you tell online are the same ones you would tell your neighbors.

We shouldn’t be afraid to show our pride online, to share interesting information on Facebook, to tweet a link to a good news story on Twitter, or to tell our own story on a blog.

As the keeper of the community (I maintain the TalkNUclear channels on Facebook, Twitter, this blog, etc), I have a lot of discussions about using social media strategically. I think this can sometimes get us confused about what the purpose of social media is, which is this: at the end of the day, social media is about relationships, not transactions. We are not talking to Canadians to get them to buy more nuclear, we’re not selling a product. What we are doing is talking to Canadians about the mutually beneficial relationship we’re engaged in. Our industry produces low-carbon energy, medical technologies, food and materials safety advancements – all of these things that benefits Canadians every day. Our social media strategy is just to talk to Canadians about these incredible benefits, just like we all do when we run into our neighbors at the grocery store.

A good place to start is with us. There are so many ways to “Talk Nuclear”

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Preparing for the Second Annual NU Energy on the Hill Day

On Monday, October 1, members of Canada’s nuclear industry will again gather in Ottawa for meetings with Parliamentarians to offer a fresh perspective on nuclear and share key insights from their experiences in the industry.

WiNners and Young Genners on the Hill 2011

In addition to taking meetings, members of North American-Young Generation in Nuclear (NA-YGN) and Women-in-Nuclear (WiN) Canada from ten CNA member companies will have the opportunity to glean a greater understanding into “how Ottawa works,” learn the role of an MP from keynote speaker MP Kellie Leitch, and participate in a group session on personal communication skills and delivering an effective message.

After a long day of learning and networking, participants, Ministers, MPs and Parliament Hill staff will convene for a closing reception.

Check back next week for details about NU Energy on the Hill Day 2012!

Participating CNA Member Companies

  • AECL
  • Babcock & Wilcox
  • Bruce Power
  • Cameco
  • Candesco
  • Candu Energy
  • GE
  • Ontario Power Generation
  • SaskPower

Read about NU Energy on the Hill Day 2011  – Includes links to hi-res photos and the WiN-Canada blog post about the day.

NU Energy 2011 Video:

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AECL Hosts Open House, Attacts 2,300 Visitors

On August 11, AECL Chalk River held its first open house in over a decade. Over 2300 people attended to check out a number of displays and demonstrations, a non-technical seminar series, as well as guided and unguided walking tours of the facilities and programs on site. The open house was heralded as a huge success; it will surely not be another decade until the next one.

Of the reason for the Open House and the challenges of opening the unique facility to the public, AECL President and CEO, Dr. Bob Walker, said

“We’ve had a strong and deep history in nuclear technology in this country and this has been the birthplace. It continues. That was the past and we’re building into the future … With the world post Sept. 11 we had to take a different security position. We are comfortable with how to manage that security so it was time we told the story again.”

Read about the AECL Open House in Pembroke’s Daily Observer.

At the Open House info fair. Matt Hickman, CNA Regulatory Affairs Officer, with Cheryl Gallant, MP Renfrew-Nipissing-Pembroke.
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Connecting Science to Girls’ Everyday Life!

By Cheryll Cottrill
Executive Director
WiN-Canada

Extracting chocolate chips from cookies to show the principles of mining and making a model of the eye using a balloon, markers and an egg carton were just a couple of activities undertaken at two separate week-long GIRLS (Girls in Real Life Science) Day Camps in Tiverton, Ontario in July.

Hands-on experiments, using materials that can be found around any household, were enjoyed by a group of 25 girls aged 8-13 at each of the camps. The camps facilitated by Women in Nuclear (WiN)-Canada‘s Bruce chapter and subsidized by Bruce Power invited the expertise of Camp GEMS (Girls Engineering Math Science) (http://www.gemscamp.org) to deliver the program for the camp.

WiN’s partnership with Camp GEMS is a perfect fit as both organizations share the same philosophy around getting girls excited in science, math and engineering.  The GIRLS Science Camp provides a fun, hands-on experience, using science, math and engineering principles, with a female mentor who has been successful in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) careers and connects science to everyday life. All this is done to awaken a life-long passion for science and ignite scientific curiosity so campers will ask intelligent questions around issues like climate change and energy options and hopefully go on to study these STEM subjects post-secondary. In Canada, only an estimated 21% of students enrolled in applied science and engineering are women.

Mentors from Bruce Power, Ontario Power Generation and Ian Martin Limited helped out each day providing the girls with female role models who are successful in science and technology.

One of the campers summed it up best, “GEMS helped me understand science in a very fun way.”

Additional information and pictures from the camp may be found on the WiN-Canada website at www.wincanada.org.

Amber Splettstoesser (L), 11, Maddy Edey, 10, Jacqueline Shaw, 11, and Chloe Wheeler, 12, all of Kincardine, proudly stand with the poster they made at the GEMS Camp held this week at the Whitney Crawford Community Centre, Tiverton