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Getting to Net-Zero Emissions Using Nuclear: Canada’s low-carbon future

Ever wonder how Canada is going to reach net-zero emissions? Join the CEO panel at CNA2020 as Ken Hartwick of Ontario Power Generation (OPG), Mike Marsh of SaskPower, Mike Rencheck of Bruce Power and Gaëtan Thomas of NB Power discuss how Canada can reach its low-carbon future with nuclear power.

OPG CEO Ken Hartwick

Hartwick joined OPG in 2016 as chief financial officer and senior vice-president of finance before becoming president and CEO in 2019. Before that, he was interim president and CEO at Atlantic Power Corporation and president and CEO of Just Energy Corporation, a Canadian-based energy retailer. He was also the CFO at Hydro One in Ontario.

SaskPower CEO and President Mike Marsh

President and CEO since 2015, Marsh first joined SaskPower in 1991 as an engineering supervisor before joining the corporate and financial services leadership team in 2001. In 2012, he became vice-president of operations and chief operations officer. Marsh holds a Bachelor of Science degree in mechanical engineering and an MBA.

Bruce Power President and CEO Mike Rencheck

Rencheck joined Bruce Power as president and CEO in 2016. He was the deputy chief operating officer for AREVA Group (international) after being president and CEO of AREVA Inc. in North America. Before joining AREVA, he was senior vice-president and chief nuclear officer at American Electric Power. He is a professional engineer and certified senior reactor operator.

NB Power CEO Gaëtan Thomas

Serving as CEO of NB Power since 2010, Thomas is a loyal and lifelong employee of the utility. He has worked in all aspects of the business, including as vice-president of the nuclear, distribution and customer service divisions. Thomas earned a degree in electrical engineering from the University of New Brunswick.

The CEO panel will be held Thursday, February 27, from 14:00 to 15:00. Find the complete schedule at https://cna.ca/cna2020/program/.

To register for the conference, visit https://cna.ca/cna2020/registration/.

CNA Responds

CNA response to The London Free Press op-ed on January 17

RE: Op-ed Ontario should denuclearize its power generation (Jan. 17)

Ian Fairlie and Erika Simpson use the recent false provincial alert regarding the Pickering station as an opportunity to engage in fear-mongering about nuclear power.

The article consists of many misleading statements and is not based on credible scenarios.

The false alert was the result of a provincial alert system test and was unrelated to any event at the Pickering station.

The Pickering station is a CANDU design with a long history of safe performance. It is regularly upgraded to ensure alignment with international codes and standards.

In 2019, the station achieved its best-ever year of safety and reliability and was recently recognized for performance excellence by the World Association of Nuclear Operators.

Like all Canadian nuclear plants, the station benefits from strong oversight by an independent and highly-regarded regulator, the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission.

The safety culture and human performance of the Canadian nuclear industry is often emulated by other countries and industries.

John Gorman
President and CEO
Canadian Nuclear Association
Ottawa, ON

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CNA Sponsor Spotlight: Ontario Power Generation

Ontario Power Generation (OPG) is proud to be one of the largest, most diverse clean power producers in North America. OPG is the largest electricity generator in the province, providing almost half the power Ontarians rely on every day. It is also one of the most diverse generators in North America with expertise in nuclear, hydro, biomass, solar and gas.

OPG also has expertise in isotopes. In November, it signed an agreement with Nordion (Canada) Inc. to expand the production of cobalt-60 to the Darlington Nuclear Generating Station. Implementing cobalt-60 production at the Darlington station will replace the capacity lost when the Pickering station ceases operations, and provide increased production to meet global demand.

OPG invests millions of dollars in local economies and employs thousands of people to maintain a modern, sophisticated energy fleet. It partners with local, environmental and Indigenous groups to improve the well-being of the communities in which it has sites.

Here are a few of the impressive numbers from OPG nuclear:

  • 5,728 MW in-service nuclear generating capacity (Sept. 30, 2019)
  • 2 stations, Pickering has 6 units and Darlington has 4 units
  • 34% of Ontario’s electricity supply comes from Pickering (14%) and Darlington (20%)
  • 50 years of experience safely operating nuclear facilities in Ontario
  • $89.9 billion into Ontario’s GDP just from the Darlington refurbishment project
  • 2024 end of commercial electricity generation at Pickering
  • 2055 Darlington operations after refurbishment

The Canadian Nuclear Association is proud to shine a spotlight on its CNA2020 Platinum-level sponsor, Ontario Power Generation.

OPG is the sponsor for the Thursday lunch and keynote speaker. Find the complete schedule at https://cna.ca/cna2020/program/.

To register for the conference, visit https://cna.ca/cna2020/registration/.

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CNA sponsor spotlight: Bruce Power

The Canadian Nuclear Association is proud to shine a spotlight on its CNA2020 Uranium-level sponsor, Bruce Power.

Formed in 2001 and based in Bruce County on Lake Huron, Bruce Power was Canada’s first private nuclear generator. The company is a partnership among TC Engery, OMERS Infrastructure Management Inc. (a trust established by the Ontario Municipal Employees Retirement System), The Power Workers’ Union and The Society of Energy Professionals. It operates the Bruce Nuclear Generating Station under a lease with Ontario Power Generation, which owns the site.

The Bruce station has been delivering power to the Ontario electricity grid since 1976. Now, the eight-unit station is one of the largest in the world, operating at 6,288 MWe. In 2018, Bruce generated 48.4 billion kWh, enough to power 5 million Ontario households. That’s more than 30 per cent of Ontario’s electricity.

The utility’s refurbishment of four nuclear units brought 3,000 MW of reliable, low-cost and carbon-free electricity back to the grid. That provided 70 per cent of the electricity needed for the province to phase out coal-fired generation in 2014.

Bruce Power is investing about $13 billion in private money into Units 3 to 8, which are still owned by Ontario taxpayers. The life extension began in 2016 and will continue through 2053, allowing Bruce Power’s units to operate safely through to 2064.

For more than 30 years, the four reactors at Bruce Power’s Bruce B have been a reliable source of cobalt-60 for Nordion. Sterilization cobalt-60 is the first and most widely used type of cobalt-60. It sterilizes 40 per cent of the world’s single-use medical devices, such as sutures, syringes, gowns, gloves and masks. Medical-grade cobalt-60 is used worldwide for radiation-based cancer treatments and for the treatment of complex brain conditions. Bruce Power has recently begun producing this new source of cobalt, which will ensure doctors and their patients have treatments when they need them.

The utility injects billions of dollars into Ontario’s economy annually, providing over 4,000 full-time, direct jobs to highly skilled employees, and thousands more indirectly.

Bruce Power is the sponsor of the CNA2020 welcome reception, the conference’s premier networking event. The reception will be held Wednesday, February 26, from 18:00 to 20:30. They will also host the Bruce Power Suppliers Forum from 14:00 to 16:00. Find the complete schedule at https://cna.ca/cna2020/program/.

Suppliers already registered for CNA2020 will have access to the Bruce Power Supplier Forum. Suppliers not registered can purchase a one-day package that provides access to the forum, and the CNA2020 Trade Show Opening and Welcome Reception. To register, visit https://cna.ca/cna2020/registration/.

CNA Responds

CNA response to Toronto Star article about Pickering nuclear alert

Re: We have good reasons to be alarmed about nuclear reactors, Jan. 14

Just to clarify Rosie DiManno’s column, there was no “wee email booboo at Pickering” over the weekend.

The erroneous alert was sent out by the Provincial Emergency Operations Centre during an internal exercise and did not originate with Ontario Power Generation or the Pickering Nuclear Generating Station.

The Pickering station provides clean, emissions-free power to one out of seven homes and businesses across Ontario. It has safely and reliably provided Ontario with power for decades.

The Pickering station continues to receive high safety ratings from the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC), Canada’s nuclear regulator.

The CNSC also has full-time staff on site who perform regular inspections to ensure safe operations.

John Gorman
President and CEO
Canadian Nuclear Association
Ottawa, ON

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WANO and CNSC to provide regulatory update at CNA2020

CNSC President Rumina Velshi
WANO Chairman Tom Mitchell

Get the most up-to-date regulatory information with a panel presentation at CNA2020 on Thursday, February 27, 2020, from 09:15 to 10:00. Taking the stage will be World Association of Nuclear Operators (WANO) Chairman Tom Mitchell and Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC) President Rumina Velshi.

WANO is a not-for-profit international organization that helps its members maximize the safety and reliability of nuclear power plants worldwide. It was established in 1989 by the world’s nuclear power operators to exchange safety knowledge and operating experience. WANO’s members operate about 460 nuclear units in more than 30 countries and areas worldwide.

Mitchell has over 40 years of experience working in nuclear industry leadership roles. Before joining WANO, he was CEO at Ontario Power Generation. He has been an influential and active leader in WANO for many years, including being the chair of WANO’s post-Fukushima committee in 2011. He also served as the deputy director of the WANO Atlanta Centre and as governor on the WANO governing board.

The CNSC regulates the use of nuclear energy and materials

  • to protect health, safety, security and the environment;
  • to implement Canada’s international commitments on the peaceful use of nuclear energy; and
  • to disseminate objective scientific, technical and regulatory information to the public.

It was established in 2000 and reports to the minister of natural resources.

Velshi was not new to the CNSC when she was named president and CEO in 2018. She was appointed as a permanent, part-time commission member in 2011. Throughout her career, she has worked at Ontario Hydro and Ontario Power Generation, and has served as a board member on the Ontario Energy Board. Velshi actively promotes careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics, especially for young women.