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WiN-Canada Gears Up for 10th Annual Conference

By Cheryl Cottrill
Executive Director
WiN Canada

WiN-Canada’s 10th Annual Conference is being held in Pembroke, Ontario, September 29 to October 1. Our theme, “Seize the Future – Innovation in the Nuclear Industry,” will help delegates align with the current trends in nuclear and related industries and learn how to flourish in a change environment, to better position themselves for future success.

The conference will provide practical knowledge on technical and non-technical topics from a line up of inspirational speakers. Registration, open to men and women, is up and running. The link to the conference webpage is: http://www.wincanada.org/event/wincanada-10th-annual-conference-344.

Providing an opportunity for our members to speak at the conference, we will be continuing our tradition of the mini-session. The call for papers is available on the conference webpage.

Joan Vogelesang, known as Toon Boom’s globetrotter CEO, will provide our keynote address. Joan will speak about her own success story, which includes winning Academy Awards for Engineering excellence, and how to innovate to stay ahead of the curve.

Networking opportunities include a Golf Fore the Cure 9-hole tournament and two receptions. In addition to the plenary session, delegates will have the opportunity to choose one of five technical tours.

Looking forward to seeing you in Pembroke, September 29-October 1!

Nuclear Pride

WiN-Canada Profiles CNA Chief, Heather Kleb

Heather Kleb, VP, Canadian Nuclear Association

Women-in-Nuclear Canada does a great job of highlighting opportunities for, and raising the profile of, women in the nuclear industry. One way they do this is with the “Women of WiN” page on their website.

Visit the page to meet some of our industry’s interesting, skilled, talented, and amazing women. But wait, here’s one now!

WiN is profiling our interim President and CEO, Heather Kleb. Heather’s busy wearing two hats these days; she’s Acting President at CNA but also responsible for directing CNA regulatory affairs on behalf of all our industry members.

Learn about Heather at WinCanada.org or read on below.

Heather Kleb
Title: Vice President
Company: Canadian Nuclear Association

As Vice President at the Canadian Nuclear Association, Heather Kleb helps create a positive public, political, and regulatory environment for Canada’s nuclear industry. Heather started her career in the nuclear field as an environmental scientist nearly ten years ago.

In this role, she participated in regulatory hearings where she observed first-hand how public perceptions about nuclear energy can affect the industry and the communities where we operate. Now, in a senior role at the CNA, she has the opportunity to address these perceptions and promote the nuclear industry within Canada and abroad.

Before nuclear, Heather spent nearly a decade working in mining and other industries after completing her Masters in Science in Ecology at the University of Regina. During these early years, Heather was mentored by a female biologist who greatly influenced her career. It was this experience that motivated her to become involved with Women in Nuclear.

As a member of WiN, Heather is able to support the success of women within the industry and to further her career through interactions with other industry professionals.

Movember Nuclear Pride

Grow your ‘Stache for Cash – Team NUvember Kick Off!

Meet Diane Williams. She is a Mechanical Maintainer at Bruce Power and a dedicated Mo’ Sista.

When asked if there was a story behind her decision to tattoo a moustache on her index finger, Diane said:

“Not really, the guys here in the shop that I work in asked me what I was going to do for Movember.  So I came up with this idea because I have a lot of tattoos already.  I decided to dedicate it to my three older brothers, which are all very healthy!  I don’t think they thought I would actually do it.

Apparently I was right, one of the guys just admitted he didn’t think I would do it!”

Thanks for sharing your Mo’story, Diane!

Diane is a member of Women-in-Nuclear (WiN) Canada. Thanks for WiN for connecting us with Diane.

Join Team NUvember!

Inspired by Diane’s story? Join the CNA’s Movember team, Team NUvember, and grow your ‘stache for cash!

Join Team NUvember

Donate to Team NUvember

Already part of a team? No problem! Join the NUvember Network as a team or individual by clicking here!

Questions? Email Team NUvember Captain, Alex Wolf, wolfa@cna.ca

 

Share your Mo’story with TalkNUclear.ca. Email TalkNUclear@cna.ca

Movember is an annual fundraiser where participants grow their moustache (or simply join to cheer the team on) to raise money for prostate cancer research. CNA is proud to present this opportunity for member collaboration in support of a cause so close to our industry.

 

Nuclear Education Nuclear Outreach

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

 

Messages Nuclear Outreach

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!

Nuclear Education Nuclear Outreach

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”