Monthly Archives: February 2014


Oil, Gas, Hydro and Nuclear Join Forces for Let’s Talk Energy Week

By Erin Polka
Communications Officer
Canadian Nuclear Association

Whenever you round up advocates from the oil, gas, hydro and nuclear industries, a lively discussion is sure to ensue.

That’s what’s happening on Wednesday, February 26, at 10:00 am, at the Canada Aviation and Space Museum as part of Let’s Talk Energy Week, a national initiative to raise awareness about energy related issues and how energy is connected to our daily lives.

The Speaker Series, which is targeting secondary school students and teachers, will include the following energy experts:

Oil – William (Bill) Simpkins

Bill Simpkins is a senior energy industry consultant with more than 25 years experience in the energy industry. Bill has held senior executive positions at Petro-Canada including the Hibernia and Terra Nova offshore oil development projects. Bill is also a government relations and public affairs professional. He served as Vice President of Government Relations and National Communications at the Canadian Petroleum Products Institute in Ottawa. Currently Bill is responsible for Public Affairs, National & Atlantic Canada, at the Canadian Fuels Association. Bill has outstanding knowledge of the political and business landscape and is a member of the Nova Scotia Environment Roundtable, co-chairs an industry/government contaminated sites committee and served on the Nova Scotia Law Reform Commission task group on environmental liability.

Gas – Michael Cleland

Michael Cleland is Nexen Executive in Residence for the Canada West Foundation and has extensive experience in energy and environment policy. He is formerly President and CEO of the Canadian Gas Association. Prior to joining CGA, he was Senior Vice President, Government Affairs for the Canadian Electricity Association. Before joining CEA, he was Assistant Deputy Minister (ADM), Energy Sector in the Department of Natural Resources Canada (NRCan), formerly Energy, Mines and Resources (EMR) and before that, Director General of the Energy Policy Branch. From 1987 to January 1990, he was Assistant Director, Resource Policy Division in the Department of Finance. Before joining the federal government in 1987, Mr. Cleland worked in Nova Scotia where he was a principal in the firm of Cleland, Dunsmuir Consulting Ltd., lecturer in business/government relations at the school of Public Administration at Dalhousie University and academic editor of Plan Canada, the journal of the Canadian Institute of Planners. From 1982 to 1985, he was Associate Director of the Centre for Development Projects at Dalhousie University where he was responsible for various management training projects in Zimbabwe and the countries of the Commonwealth Caribbean. Prior to joining Dalhousie University, he occupied a number of positions at the Nova Scotia Departments of Development and Municipal Affairs.

Hydro – Jenna Van Vliet

Jenna Van Vliet received her Bachelor of Applied Science in Electrical Engineering from Queen’s University in 2007 and is a registered Professional Engineer with the province of Ontario. She has worked at Hydro Ottawa for the past 6 years in distribution planning and asset management. Jenna is the Supervisor of Asset Planning where she oversees a team of six, responsible for the reinforcement and replacement of distribution system and station assets.

Nuclear – Dr. Jeremy Whitlock

Dr. Jeremy Whitlock is the Manager of Non-Proliferation and Safeguards at Atomic Energy of Canada Limited (AECL), Chalk River Laboratories, with responsibility for coordinating AECL’s R&D activities that assist the Canadian government in meeting its international obligations on nuclear weapons non-proliferation. He has been with AECL since 1994, mainly as a reactor physicist involved with CANDU and research reactor development. Dr. Whitlock received a B.Sc. in Physics from the University of Waterloo (1988), and an M.Eng. and PhD in Nuclear Engineering from McMaster University (1995). He is the Communications Director (as well as a Past President and Fellow) of the Canadian Nuclear Society – a volunteer, not-for-profit organization dedicated to information sharing on nuclear technical and social issues. He is also a public speaker and author on nuclear issues, including a regular column in the Bulletin of the Canadian Nuclear Society and The Canadian Nuclear FAQ, a website of FAQs on Canadian nuclear technology. Dr. Whitlock lives in Deep River, Ontario, and feels that canoes are the closest humans have come to inventing a perfect machine.


The CNA2014 Mobile App is Here!

CNA2014 is just around the corner. And with that, we’d like to remind you about our mobile app.

This year, you can access all CNA2014 program content from your iPhone, iPad, Android device, Blackberry, or other tablet or smartphone at or by scanning the QR code to the right.

Because this app allows you to message other users, manage privacy settings, save files, and so on, you will need to log in. (Login details will be emailed to you prior to the Conference.)

Note that when you registered, if you indicated that you did not want to be displayed on a delegate list, your profile in our mobile app will be private. You can update these settings from within the app.

Thanks and we look forward to seeing you next week! 


Canadian Minister of Natural Resources Joe Oliver to Deliver Keynote Address at CNA2014

By Romeo St-Martin
Digital Media Officer
Canadian Nuclear Association

Born and raised in Montreal, Quebec, Natural Resources Minister Joe Oliver entered politics with an impressive academic and investment banking resume.

He obtained both his Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Civil Law at McGill University and later graduated with an MBA from the Harvard Graduate School of Business.

He began his investment banking career at Merrill Lynch, and served in senior positions at other investment dealers and as Executive Director of the Ontario Securities Commission. He was then appointed President and CEO of the Investment Dealers Association of Canada and played a prominent role as Chair of the Advisory Committee of the International Council of Securities Associations and as Chair of the Consultative Committee of the International Association of Securities Commissions.

He ran in a Toronto-area riding in the 2008 federal election, but lost in a close race to the Liberal incumbent, Joe Volpe. In a subsequent election in 2011, he defeated Volpe to win the seat. On May 18, 2011, Oliver was sworn in as the Minister of Natural Resources.

While Oliver is one of the most high-profile cabinet ministers in the Conservative government due in large part to his advocacy for construction of the Keystone XL pipeline, he still understands the importance of Canada’s nuclear sector.

“Nuclear continues to be a key part of Canada’s energy mix and a major contributor to our status as a world leader of clean energy,” he told last year’s CNA conference.

“We all take pride in Canadians’ roles in developing nuclear technology for peaceful purposes. Canadians continue to play a leading role in demonstrating the safe and effective use of nuclear energy.

“Our commitment is to ensure Canada’s tradition of excellence and leadership in nuclear science and technology will continue in support of the needs of Canada and Canadian business and in respect for the Canadian taxpayer,” he said.

The Honourable Joe Oliver will be speaking at CNA2014 this month.

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Cameco Named One of Canada’s Best Diversity Employers for 2014

By Romeo St-Martin
Digital Media Officer
Canadian Nuclear Association

Congratulations to Cameco.

For the fifth successive year, Cameco has been selected by the Globe and Mail as one of Canada’s Best Diversity Employers for 2014.

The annual competition recognizes Canadian employers that have exceptional workplace diversity and inclusiveness programs.

“This award recognizes our long-standing track record in aboriginal and Métis employment,” said Tim Gitzel, Cameco’s president and CEO. “We are proud to be Canada’s leading industrial employer of aboriginal people and of the proactive approach we take to support career growth in this sector of our workforce.”

Here are some of the reasons why Cameco was recognized by the Globe:

  • Established a northern workforce strategy to focus on the recruitment of residents from northern Saskatchewan, of which a large percentage are Aboriginal – the strategy is managed by a dedicated team of employees who consult with Aboriginal leaders, local schools, community members and professionals on the creation of opportunities for residents as well as overall development of the northern community

Those of us in Canada’s nuclear industry already know it’s a great place to work, offering long-lasting, safe, well-trained and high-knowledge jobs to tens of thousands of Canadians. Cameco continues to set a great example that all Canadian businesses can admire and follow.


CNA2014 Welcomes Famed Demographer David Foot

By Romeo St-Martin
Digital Media Officer
Canadian Nuclear Association

David K. Foot is a Canadian economist and demographer, who believes demographics explain “two-thirds of everything”.

Foot can bring to life demographic statistics and make the aging of society – an issue of importance to the nuclear industry – relevant to any group.

He was born in England, raised in Australia, educated in the United States and now lives in Canada.

Foot did his graduate work in economics at Harvard University. Following his PhD, he joined the department of economics at the University of Toronto, where he turned his attention to economic demography.

Subsequently, he focused on Canada’s declining population growth and associated population aging as one of the fundamental and often neglected determinants of the challenges to economic performance and policy.

“The future growth of an economy depends on new people coming into a workforce,” he says. “But with a slower growing economy, you’re not going to collect as many taxes and you’re not going to be able to grow yourself out of deficits so easily.”

He came to prominence in 1996 with his book Boom Bust & Echo: How to Profit from the Coming Demographic Shift, co-authored with journalist Daniel Stoffman.

Boom, Bust & Echo became a national phenomenon that demonstrated the power of demographics to help us understand the past and forecast the future. The book was on Canadian best-seller lists for over three years and has sold more than 300,000 copies.

Shortly after the book was released, Foot explained to the CBC’s Evan Solomon that all he was doing was putting two disciplines together – sociology and economics.

“There shouldn’t be anything very unique about this, except most sociologists don’t know economists and most economists hardly know any sociologists or demography,” he said.

In addition to academic writings and contributions to professional journals and to the popular media, Foot’s work in the area of public policy has included research and submissions to many government commissions and numerous consulting and conference assignments for both private and public organizations.

He is a recipient of a national 3M Award for Teaching Excellence and is a two-time winner of the University of Toronto undergraduate teaching award.

David Foot will be speaking at CNA2014 this month.

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An Integral Part of Today’s Technologies

By John Stewart
Director, Policy and Research
Canadian Nuclear Association

A business-school professor made an interesting remark to me recently. “Nuclear technology let itself get branded from the start, in the 1940s, as being unique and special,” he said. “But that may have hurt the technology. It helped your critics to argue that nuclear is uniquely and specially dangerous. From there, it was easy to say that nuclear needed uniquely, specially restrictive rules around it – or even to say that there’s no safe amount of nuclear, period.”

He’s right. And we could spend a while discussing his point.

But there’s another way in which nuclear’s perceived uniqueness-and-specialness hurts our industry: It makes it easy to  imagine that nuclear companies, facilities and professionals are hidden away somewhere in isolated shiny silos that don’t interact with, or affect, the rest of our economy.

The figure below shatters that image. It was made by the consultancy SECOR to illustrate some (in fact, just a few) of the working linkages between this country’s nuclear-related public research facilities and other industry sectors.

Some Linkages Between Public Nuclear S&T Facilities and Other Industry Sectors
Some linkages between public nuclear science and technology facilities and other industry sectors (CNBC= Canadian Neutron Beam Centre, CLS=Canadian Light Source, SRC= Saskatchewan Research Council, UNB= University of New Brunswick).

Keep in mind that this web of linkages was never fully drawn (data from several important universities did not get included).  And that it does not include research facilities in industry organizations like Ontario Power Generation, Kinectrics-Candesco, and many other CNA member companies that have intimate working relationships with non-nuclear industries.

Nuclear is an integral part of today’s technologies, from crops and livestock to jet engines. CNA made this and other points this month in a submission to the federal government’s Science, Technology and Innovation Strategy Consultation. Our submission also looks at the economic case for public research infrastructure, whether in telecommunications, defence, agriculture, or nuclear. Check it out here.