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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

 

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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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Bringing “NU Energy” to Parliament Hill

Tuesday October 25, over 40 members of Canada’s nuclear community descended on Parliament Hill to say YES to nuclear.

Members of North American-Young Generation in Nuclear (NA-YGN) and Women-in-Nuclear (WiN) Canada from several CNA member companies came to the Nation’s Capital to talk to Parliamentarians about the benefits of the Canadian nuclear industry.

Some "young genners" and "WiNners" in front of the Eternal Flame on Parliament Hill.

The “young genners” and “WiNners” held meetings with twenty Parliamentarians from all sides of the House sharing their stories and experiences about working in the nuclear industry. Before the meetings, the participants got to brush up on their communication skills – both verbal and non-verbal.

The first of two professional development sessions, led by professional media specialist, Judith Boyle, focused on how to effectively communicate your core message, respond to different types of questions and preparation for special situations. The second session, led by the Christopher Leadership Course from Toronto, taught participants the importance of soft-skills and getting rid of nervous energy and word-whiskers (like “um” and “you know”).

What did participants say about the communications training?

“Good content, liked interactive nature and preparation for meetings was essential.”

“It was great to learn & practice on the spot. It was great to hear everyone’s comments. Loved her (Judith) questions & way of teaching.”

“This was an excellent crash course to begin feeling comfortable with peers and the future MP meetings.”

“Great practical information. Great to practice what we learned.”

The Honourable Lisa Raitt, Minister of Labour with The Honourable Joe Oliver, Minister of Natural Resources

Positive Feedback From All

Members of Parliament, Senators, as well as Ministerial staffers and public servants, were happy to speak one-on-one with our groups of 3-4 people. It was a great opportunity for Parliamentarians to talk nuclear from the fresh first-hand perspective of our engineers, environmental officers, emergency management specialists, and those in many other important roles.

At a reception hosted by The Honourable Lisa Raitt, Minister of Labour, the Minister encouraged participants to “keep out there and keep talking,” and added:

“When you throw the stereotype out the window and you see that there are women in nuclear and that there are young people choosing to go into the field because it’s a good solid field, it really does turn everything on its head — because we believe in the future of the industry.”

Thank you, Minister Raitt. We agree with you 100%.

 

What did participants think of NU Energy on the Hill day overall?

“Great initiative and fantastic experience. Thank you!”

“This was a very beneficial professional development opportunity.”

“Overall the meeting with the Parliamentarians was well received and I thought it was a good way to communicate a more genuine message.”

“An amazing experience, one which ignited me not just for one day – but a lasting memory & impression. Such a tremendous opportunity & I consider myself very fortunate.”

“Great opportunity to meet/network with other people in the industry…Overall, it was a great experience, and would recommend it for future years.”

“Great experience, good working teams, nice to have a CNA facilitator.”

A photo-op with the Honourable Lisa Raitt and NA-YGN and WiN members at the NU Energy on Parliament Hill Day reception.

Thank you to all the “young genners” and “WiNners” for participating in NU Energy on Parliament Hill Day and sharing your nuclear passion with Canada’s leaders and policy makers. Thank you to CNA members Atomic Energy of Canada Ltd, Ontario Power Generation, Bruce Power, Candu Energy, Cameco, AMEC and Kinectrics for sending your best and brightest to Ottawa to represent the Canadian nuclear community on the Hill.

Additional Links

Read the WiN-Canada blog post about NU Energy on the Hill day: http://www.wincanada.org/blog/archives/communicating-effectively/

View photos from the day on the TalkNUclear Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.266806023356864.58401.177709632266504&type=3

Download the hi-res versions from NU Energy on the Hill day:
https://picasaweb.google.com/110081413710144241988/NUEnergyOnParliamentHillOctober24252011