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Nuclear Policy

Kicking Off the Discussion for a Policy Exercise

By John Stewart
Director, Policy and Research
Canadian Nuclear Association

A policy development forum recently asked CNA to identify a few key factors that shaped the development of Canada’s nuclear industry. We came up with eight. They range from the Western allies’ war needs in the 1940s (which invested us in uranium-based fission reactor technology) to Canada’s advanced cultures of medicine, public health and safety (which give us a culture of reactor safety, leadership in medical applications of nuclear, and leadership in irradiation and food safety).

The interesting thing about this analysis is how many advantages it reveals. Our industry faces challenges (notably cheap natural gas, lack of carbon pricing, and the problems of sustaining top-notch science and technology infrastructure). But the list of strengths is strikingly longer and more impressive than the list of challenges.

Even in a world where many reactor technology options are in development, it’s hard to beat a design series like the CANDUs that are familiar to regulators, with long track records of safety, reliability, and affordability. Then there’s the proliferation-resistance advantage of these designs, which is not diminishing and is probably growing as an asset in the 21st century. Canadian reactors offer the developing world an ideal combination of affordable, minimal-carbon electricity plus proliferation safety. And that Canadian nuclear brand is further strengthened by Canada’s reputation in safety, medicine and public health internationally.

Which brings up another asset on the list: Canada’s perennial and recognized openness to worldwide investment, technology and talent, and the tens of thousands of highly educated newcomers here who have links to foreign markets and practices. While this is a strength across the board in Canada’s economy, it’s especially powerful in a sector like nuclear that depends on global best practices and global market reach.

These thoughts are a very early step in a policy exercise that we’ll look forward to blogging about over the next few months.

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Happy Earth Day!

According to Earth Day Canada, Earth Day was first launched as an environmental awareness event in the U.S. in 1970. That’s still the purpose today as millions of Canadians join 1 billion people from countries all over the globe in holding events and supporting projects that raise awareness of local and global environmental issues.

One of the greatest environmental challenges the world is facing today is climate change. As Canada and the global community work to address the challenges of climate change, nuclear energy is an important part of Canada’s clean energy portfolio. Nuclear power generation doesn’t contribute to climate change or smog because there are virtually no greenhouse gas emissions from our nuclear power facilities. And because nuclear power facilities produce large amounts of continuous power (base load), they enable the use of complementary renewable energy sources, like wind and solar. Currently nuclear energy provides 15% of Canada’s electricity. If this 15% was replaced by fossil fuels, it would increase Canada’s greenhouse gas emissions by 12%, or about 90 million tonnes.

It’s an interesting time for nuclear as countries are starting up and expanding their nuclear energy programs (China, India, Vietnam), and others are shying away for the time being (Germany, Japan). We believe nuclear is a key part of a clean energy future, for Canada and the world. So this Earth Day, why not learn more about the contributions of nuclear technology – not only in power generation but also in medicine, food safety, new technologies, innovation, etc. Visiting NUnuclear.ca is a good place to start.

Happy Earth Day!

Check out what one of our members is doing to celebrate Earth Day – or rather, Earth Week, in their case!
Bruce Power supports Earth Week by assisting environmental programs along the shoreline

“Although we do an excellent job of protecting the environment through our day-to-day operations, we understand the importance of educating the greater community and youth of Bruce and Grey counties on the importance of being good environmental stewards. By supporting these important community initiatives, we are helping to foster an appreciation and understanding of the environment at a very young age.” — Duncan Hawthorne, Bruce Power President and CEO

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Canada’s Nuclear Industry Welcomes Modernized Regulatory System and Innovation Investments

March 29, 2012, OTTAWA - The Canadian Nuclear Association (CNA) today welcomed the Government of Canada’s Economic Action Plan 2012, “Jobs, Growth, and Long-Term Prosperity,” and key measures to create a modern regulatory system that will also contribute to improved environmental performance for Canada’s energy and mining projects.

“Regulatory modernization is a priority for our industry as it provides a competitive advantage for Canada,” said Denise Carpenter, President and CEO. “We are optimistic these proposed changes will increase efficiency and effectiveness of the regulatory process, and we look forward to working with the federal government to implement changes swiftly to enhance job creation and economic growth in Canada.”

The CNA serves approximately 100 member companies, representing 70,000 people employed in the production and advancement of nuclear medicine, uranium mining and exploration, fuel processing, and electricity generation.

“Our members support a regulatory process that establishes clear timelines, reduces duplication and burdens, and focuses resources on large projects where potential environmental impacts are the greatest,” added Carpenter, “We appreciate the focus on what matters to the environment.”

The CNA also applauded Innovation investments contained in Economic Action Plan 2012, such as the implementation of a Jenkins Panel recommendation to refocus the National Research Council (NRC) to improve its responsiveness to Canada’s business sector.

“Canada’s home-grown nuclear technologies connect the energy, medicine, manufacturing, advanced materials, and academic sectors with many other value-added industries, and the NRC is an important part of that innovation system,” said Carpenter. “Our industry believes there is great value to having strong public support for S&T that is responsive to the needs of industry.”

The Canadian nuclear industry provides a broad spectrum of products and services that benefit Canadians, generating approximately $6.6 billion per year and contributing $1.5 billion in tax revenue and $1.2 billion in export revenues.

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Background Information:

The CNA discussed this issue in the September 2011 “Innovation Issue” of Policy Options magazine:  http://www.irpp.org/po/archive/sep11/stewart.pdf

The CNA issued the following new release on March 14, 2012 to encourage the Government of Canada to fully consider the recommendations on the federal Environmental Assessment (EA) process made by the House of Commons Standing Committee on Environment and Sustainable Development: http://www.cna.ca/english/news_events/Mar14-2012-CNA-press-release.html

CNA2012 Nuclear Outreach

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)

 

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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

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.

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