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NAYGN Lobbying for Nuclear at CNA Queen’s Park Day

By Matthew Mairinger, Senior Advisor Stakeholder Relations, Ontario Power Generation
Originally published at naygn.org, January 14, 2019

Similar to when North American Young Generation in Nuclear (NAYGN) participated in the Canadian Nuclear Association’s (CNA) Parliament Hill Day, NAYGN participated in the CNA Queen’s Park Day on Nov. 26.

With 50,000 Ontarians employed across the province’s nuclear industry and nuclear supplying 60 per cent of Ontario’s needs, the politicians at Queen’s Park seemed quite receptive to nuclear.

The day kicked off with a briefing and overview of government priorities and then participants from NAYGN, Women in Nuclear (WiN), labour unions and the CNA broke off into 11 teams. The teams travelled to Queen’s Park to meet with Members of Provincial Parliament (MPPs), policy advisors and deputy ministers to advocate for nuclear. During the day, participants also attended Question Period which turned out to be a heated discussion since General Motors had just announced the closure of the Oshawa GM plant.

From left, Jay Patel (NAYGN Bruce), Bonita Chan (NAYGN Chalk River), Hon. Greg Rickford (Minister of Energy, Northern Development and Mines and Minister of Indigenous Affairs), Matthew Mairinger (NAYGN Canadian Affairs Chair), Fabricia Pineiro (NAYGN Mississauga) and Yousef Yacoob (NAYGN Kinetrics).

“The Queens Park Day organized by CNA was a great opportunity to promote the importance of having a sustainable nuclear workforce,” said Fabricia Pinero of NAYGN Mississauga. “The engagement of young professionals is vital to help shape policies that support our generation’s priorities and encourage future ones to join.”

From left: Julie Bartlev (WiN-Canada), Yousef Yacoob (NAYGN Kinetrics), Hon. Bill Walker (Minister of Government and Consumer Services) andAndrew Thiele (Bruce Power).

“I’m very glad that I had the opportunity to meet with MPPs Nina Tangri, Vincent Ke, Norm Miller, the Hon. Bill Walker, and other members of our Legislative Assembly at the Canadian Nuclear Association’s Queens Park Day,” said Yousef Yacoob, of NAYGN Kinetrics.

“It was a pleasure to share some of the current innovations driven by Ontario’s nuclear industry; including the far-reaching impacts in medicine, clean energy, technology, and our local economy; and the role of the young generation.”

From left: Bruce Harris (IBEW Representative), Jay Patel (NAYGN Bruce), Amarjot Sandhu (MPP – Brampton West), Laurie Fraser (WIN representative) and Elan Thomas (Kinectrics).

“Participating in the Queen’s Park day organized by CNA was a very rewarding experience,” said Jay Patel from NAYGN Bruce. “It was a great opportunity for all representatives to advocate for nuclear energy and speak of its societal benefits to MPPs.

“It was admirable to see other CNA, WIN and Labour Union representative’s passion about nuclear energy and jobs in the industry, while advocating in front of all MPPs. The day also provided an opportunity for me to meet successful leaders within the nuclear industry and learn from their years of experience, which I can then take back to share with my co-workers.”

From left: Sandra Sylxhoorn (OPG), Bonita Chan (NAYGN Chalk River), Natalie Des Rosiers (MPP for Ottawa-Vanier) and Terry Armstrong (ES Fox).

“It was very rewarding to be reassured by MPPs that what we’re doing with NAYGN makes a difference in the industry,” explained Bonita Chan of NAYGN Chalk River. “Things like volunteering in the community we live in, advocating for the industry, providing career development opportunities for young nuclear professionals are just some of the things that they were happy to learn NAYGNers are partaking in.”

From left: John Stewart (CNA), Matthew Mairinger (NAYGN Canada), Paul Calandra (MPP for Markham-Stoufville, PA to the Minister of Energy), Michael Courtney (SNC Lavalin) and Ralph Chatoor (Society of United Professionals).
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Views of the next generation panel at CNA2019

Top to bottom: Bethel Afework, Matthew Mairinger, Taylor McKenna

Join Bethel Afework, Matthew Mairinger, and Taylor McKenna at CNA2019 as they discuss the next generation in nuclear on Thursday, February 28, at 9:00 a.m.

What better way to start CNA2019’s “New Nuclear” theme, then to hear from the next generation – for whom the excitement and challenge of being in a nuclear-related career is contagious. The promise of nuclear technology in finding solutions to society’s needs will require greater understanding and acceptance of others in their generation. How do they see the future?

Bethel Afework is a technical write at the University of Calgary. She is interested in sustainable resources and carbon low solutions. She believes that solar and nuclear are powerful resources and wants to communicate these ideas better to the public to move towards a more sustainable future.

Matthew Mairinger is the North American Young Generation in Nuclear (NAYGN) Canadian Affairs Chair, NAYGN Canadian regional lead, and president of the NAYGN Durham chapter. He is a Professional Engineer and received his Bachelor of Engineering in Nuclear Engineering degree from University of Ontario Institute of Technology (UOIT). He has over five years of experience working at Ontario Power Generation and is the senior advisor in stakeholder relations at the Pickering nuclear plant.

Taylor McKenna is the Project Manager for Ontario’s Nuclear Advantage, which works to build relationships between the government and the nuclear industry. Previously she worked as a government relations advisor for Bruce Power and as a legislative assistant at Queen’s Park.

For more information about CNA2019 visit https://cna.ca/cna2019/.

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Nuclear Advocates Unite for Nuclear Hill Day in Ottawa

By Matthew Mairinger, Senior Advisor Stakeholder Relations, Ontario Power Generation
Originally published at naygn.org, November 16, 2018

On October 28th and October 29th North American Young Generation in Nuclear (NAYGN), Women in Nuclear (WiN), Canadian Nuclear Workers Council, and industry representatives came together for the Canadian Nuclear Association’s (CNA) Nuclear Hill Day in Ottawa, Ontario. Sunday included a discussion of the overview of the political climate in Ottawa as well as an overview of important bills currently in senate such as bill C-68 and bill C-69.

October 29th had a full agenda with 13 teams assembled with 3-4 members on a team. Each team would visit with MPs/ministers/senators from all political parties with the goal of informing the politicians about nuclear power and sharing the passion the individuals have in the industry. There were six representatives from North American Young Generation in Nuclear from the Bruce Power, UOIT, Mississauga, Durham and Chalk River chapter.

Matthew Mairinger, NAYGN Canadian Affairs Chair, stated that “It was great to participate in the nuclear hill day organized by CNA and have the opportunity to share the opinions of young professionals with politicians. The largest hurdle for nuclear acceptance is education, so speaking directly with policy makers is a great stride forward to ensure that clean energy through nuclear is part of Canada’s long term energy future.”

Dan Arnold, Mina Shinouda, Matthew Mairinger, Osama Baig and Owen Marshall-Glew

Justin Hannah, Director Marketing, Strategy & External Relations – SNC-Lavalin; the Honourable Lisa Raitt, Milton MP; Matthew Mairinger, NAYGN Canadian Affairs Chair & Senior Advisor Stakeholder Relations – OPG; Jennifer Rowe, SVP Corporate Affairs – OPG; Mike Glade, LVP Bruce – Society of United Professionals

David Shier – National Director Canadian Nuclear Workers Council; Katherine Ward – VP Communications, SNC-Lavalin; Senator David Adams Richards; Alanna Favretto, NAYGN Bruce member

Mina Shinouda, NAYGN Mississauga member; Dave Van Kestern, Chatham-Kent—Leamington MP; Andrew Thiele, Strategist, Government & Stakeholder Relations – Bruce Power; Rebecca Caron, Society of United Professionals unit director

Alanna Favretto, a NAYGN Bruce member, stated that “participating in the CNA hill day was very rewarding.  Informing government stakeholders on the nuclear industry, especially challenging stereotypes and myths about the industry, was an amazing opportunity.  The day also provided the chance to learn from senior industry leaders and provided me with experiences and ideas that I will take back and share with the NAYGN Bruce Chapter.”

Osama Baig, former NAYGN UOIT president, stated “CNA’s Hill Day arranged a platform to discuss with Members of Parliament Canada’s Nuclear industry and its contributions towards fighting climate change, supplying lifesaving radioisotopes to millions worldwide, trailblazing progressive SMR technology and facilitating NAYGN’s role in sparking a  nuclear renaissance.”

Dan Arnold, NAYGN Chalk River advocacy & activism co-chair, stated “through the cooperation of many NAYGN chapters, WiN, Industry, Labour and of course CNA I enjoyed a tremendous day learning from amazing nuclear professionals while making a positive lasting impression about nuclear on our elected officials.”

Mina Shinouda, NAYGN Mississauga member, stated “It was an insightful experience being part of CNA’s Hill day representing NAYGN in interacting with industry stakeholders and making our voices heard.”

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NA-YGN Chalk River Chapter Hosts International Networking Event

Below is a guest blog from our friends at NA-YGN’s Chalk River Chapter. They recently put on a very successful professional networking event that included delegates from Canadian and American chapters and offered the opportunity to learn more about the activities at Chalk River Labs and network with their peers. Please read on for a fulsome summary.

On November 8th and 9th the North American Young Generation in Nuclear (NA-YGN) Chalk River Chapter and Atomic Energy of Canada Limited (AECL) hosted 50 delegates from Canadian and American Chapters, originating from several different nuclear sites throughout North America for the inaugural professional networking event: Past, Present and Future in Nuclear.  Overall, the event was a great success and provided delegates with a significant opportunity to learn about the varied research projects currently ongoing at Chalk River and network with peers from other nuclear stations throughout the continent.

Attendees at NA-YGN’s professional networking event

The event kicked off Thursday evening with the Past section, where Joan Miller welcomed the delegates on behalf of AECL as NAYGN’s Executive Sponsor.  Morgan Brown, as the keynote speaker, then gave an entertaining and informative seminar on the history of nuclear science and technology in Canada and, specifically, Chalk River’s role in shaping and development of the Canadian nuclear industry.  The talk touched briefly on the role of the CANDU nuclear reactors in Ontario, Quebec and New Brunswick and their respective energy distribution grids, and proceeded to lead into the historical reasons why Canada went with a heavy water reactor design.

Delegates were treated to a tour of Chalk River Laboratories.

A tour of Chalk River Laboratories on Friday November 9th was the main focal point of the event – showcasing the Present State of the Nuclear Industry in Canada.  The delegates experienced several aspects of the Laboratories, showcasing the numerous different areas of current nuclear research and development with several industry and academic partners.  Some of the areas showcased included mechanical systems design, nuclear non-proliferation detection equipment, the effects of radiation on biological systems, and the chemical production of hydrogen.  The driving focus behind these tours was to increase the awareness of the important role AECL and Chalk River serves to the Canadian nuclear industry in our partners throughout the industry.

Friday evening served complete the event, with a panel discussion focused on the Future State of the Nuclear Industry in Canada.  Executives from AECL, the Canadian Nuclear Association, and the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission, were in attendance to provide insight into the future role of nuclear technology in supplying baseload electricity, the future of small modular reactors in the Canadian North, as well as the focus of future public outreach activities and what could be done to increase positive public perception of nuclear technology.  The initial series of questions asked to panel members and the ensuing discussions were quite insightful, with an excellent opportunity provided for delegates to ask questions related to future of the industry following.

Executives from AECL, the Canadian Nuclear Association, and the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission participated in a panel on the future role of nuclear.

Overall, the inaugural NAYGN Past, Present and Future of Nuclear event was a great success …

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Second NU Energy on the Hill Day Wrap-Up

We love it when our friends come to town. This was the second NU Energy on the Hill Day, which is proving to be a great opportunity for members of Canada’s nuclear industry to get together, learn from each other’s experiences in the different areas of the industry, and more than that, a great chance for us to tell our experiences to Parliamentarians on the Hill.

The two-day event began on Sunday evening, September 30, at the Sheraton Hotel here in Ottawa. Thirty-six participants who are members of Women in Nuclear (WiN) Canada and North American Young Generation in Nuclear (NAYGN) from CNA member companies arrived for a welcome reception where we got to mingle and pick up our kits containing some educational swag, industry key messages, and our group assignments for the next day’s meetings.

Do you really need nuclear power to make popcorn? Yes! And we gave Parliamentarian some popcorn to prove it.

Monday morning offered some professional development sessions, including a great presentation about “How Ottawa Works” from public affairs gurus Anne McGrath and Will Stewart from Ensight Canada. Next up was Member of Parliament for Simcoe-Grey, Dr. Kellie Leitch, who also spoke to participants about the role of an MP.

Throughout the day, the eight groups of WiNners and Young Genners attended meetings and told their stories. All together we met with about 24 Parliamentarians and Staff. I personally had three meetings, let me tell you about them.

My first was with Chris Alexander, MP for Ajax-Pickering. He was very supportive of nuclear in Canada and appreciates the contributions of nuclear technology to Canadian society – our energy system, the health of Canadians and the environment. The biggest takeaway from that meeting was that we, as an industry, need to do more public outreach and education about nuclear. The CNA couldn’t agree more (check out our education site at TeachNUclear.ca and follow us on social media!).

Members of Bruce Power, OPG, Candu Energy Inc and MP Chris Alexander
I felt very special receiving this invite to the Speaker’s Gallery.

A highlight of the day was being invited to sit in the Speaker’s Gallery to watch Question Period. After QP, we were invited to the Speaker of the House’s office for a quick chat. Speaker Andrew Sheer is the MP for Regina—Qu’Appelle, so it worked out nicely that the group for this meeting was made up of people from Cameco and SaskPower. We caught up about mining and power issues in the province and, of course, chatted about the Saskatchewan Roughriders.

What’s good for the group (I’m the one with her eyes closed). Members of Cameco and SaskPower with Speaker Sheer.

After our meeting with Speaker Sheer, we had a quick pow-wow with Bob Rae, the MP for Toronto Centre and interim leader of the Liberal Party of Canada. He too was supportive of nuclear, having been premiere of Ontario during the construction of the Darlington nuclear station – which provides about 20 percent of Ontario’s electricity needs, enough to serve a city of two million people.

The group from Cameco and SaskPower with Mr. Bob Rae.

What a great day! On behalf of everyone here at the CNA, a big thank you goes out to all of our participants, speakers and Parliamentarians who made the second annual NU Energy on the Hill Day a big success. See you again next year!

Check out the TalkNUclear NU Energy on the Hill Day album on Picasa

https://picasaweb.google.com/110081413710144241988/NUEnergyOnTheHill2012

Read the WiN Canada blog about NU Hill Day here: http://www.wincanada.org/news/nu-hill-day

 

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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