Monthly Archives: January 2017


The CNS/CNA Honours and Awards Committee is Still Seeking Nominations

The deadline to submit nominations for the 2017 Canadian Nuclear Achievement Awards, jointly sponsored by the Canadian Nuclear Society (CNS) and the Canadian Nuclear Association (CNA), has been extended to February 3, 2017.

These Awards represent an opportunity to recognize individuals who have made significant contributions, technical and non-technical, to various aspects of nuclear science and technology in Canada. They will officially be presented during the CNS Annual Conference, held June 4 – 7, 2017 in Niagara Falls, Ontario.

Nominations may be submitted for any of the following Awards:

  • W. B. Lewis Medal
  • Ian McRae Award
  • Harold A. Smith Outstanding Contribution Award
  • Innovative Achievement Award
  • John S. Hewitt Team Achievement Award
  • Education and Communication Award
  • George C. Laurence Award for Nuclear Safety
  • Fellow of the Canadian Nuclear Society
  • R. E. Jervis Award

For detailed information on the nomination package, Awards criteria, and how to submit the nomination, see the linked brochure or visit: The nomination package shall include a completed and signed nomination checklist.

If you have any additional questions, please do not hesitate to contact Ruxandra Dranga.


It’s Not Too Late to Register for a Workshop at CNA2017!

In addition to a full conference and trade show, the CNA is holding two separate workshops on Wednesday, February 22, from 1-4 pm.

Workshop #1: Public Affairs

Participants of the public affairs workshop will hear from Michele Austin, Senior Advisor at Summa Strategies, about how to communicate effectively with the Trudeau government and the Trump administration, as well as how to leverage the power of social media.

Following, participants will engage in government-style roundtable discussions around honing the Canadian nuclear industry’s key messaging on the issues of:

  • Climate change & the environment
  • Waste management & decommissioning
  • Safety & security
  • Innovation & new technology
  • Jobs & the economy

Workshop #2: Regulatory Affairs

Participants of the regulatory affairs workshop will hear from a range of guest speakers on the latest regulatory developments impacting the nuclear industry, including:

  • The Canadian Environmental Assessment Act
  • The Fisheries Act
  • The Navigable Waters Act
  • Regulatory framework updates by the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC)

Adding a workshop to your CNA2017 registration is easy!

If you’ve already registered for CNA2017, locate your confirmation email (“CNA2017 Registration Confirmation”) and follow the link to edit your registration as seen in the image below.

If you haven’t already registered for CNA2017, this is your opportunity to kill two birds with one stone! Visit for pricing information and the registration form. Hurry, though, because late fees apply as of January 28!


Social Values and Energy Policy Panel at CNA2017

Join Monica Gattinger, Jatin Nathwani and Alan Young at CNA2017 as they debate social values and energy policy on Thursday, February 23, at 2pm.

Monica Gattinger is the Director of the University of Ottawa’s Institute for Science, Society and Policy (ISSP). She is an internationally sought-after speaker, author and researcher with extensive expertise in interdisciplinary research and teaching, notably in the areas of energy, culture, policy and governance.

Jatin Nathwani is the founding Executive Director of the Waterloo Institute for Sustainable Energy (WISE) and holds the prestigious Ontario Research Chair in Public Policy for Sustainable Energy at the University of Waterloo. He is also the Co-Director of the consortium “Affordable Energy for Humanity (AE4H): A Global Change Initiative” that comprises 130+ leading energy access researchers and practitioners from 30 institutions and 16 countries.

Alan Young is the Co-Director of the Materials Efficiency Research Group, which works with international governments, companies, First Nations and civil societies to develop effective strategies and strong governance. He is a facilitator, mediator, strategist and activist seeking to advance sustainable development concepts and initiatives.

For more information about CNA2017 visit


The 2017 Canadian Nuclear Factbook is Available NOW!

The latest edition of the Canadian Nuclear Factbook is available now!

Published regularly since 2004, the Factbook has become a highly regarded reference on nuclear technology in Canada and around the world. Its distribution spans several countries, and we were thrilled that the 2015 edition reached over 25,000 individuals physically and thousands more online.

With the 2017 Factbook, we are building on our success with a sleek new look, colour-coded sections and rugged half-Canadian binding. The new edition also features additional information on nuclear refurbishment, uranium mining, radioactive waste and transportation.

Interested in ordering free copies? Simply email us at! (Shipping charges may apply on international orders.)

You can also download a PDF version on the CNA website.


Rewarding Bright Leadership

Elyse Allan, second from the right, at the GE Peterborough manufacturing plant.

She is one of the most powerful women in Canada and as President and CEO of GE Canada; Elyse Allan is helping to chart Canada’s energy future. In an industry primarily dominated by men, as documented by Statistics Canada, her ascent to the top is nothing short of remarkable.

A dual background in environment and business, Allan is one of the most influential leaders in the energy world. She has been a leading voice in advancing technology development initiatives with Canada’s Oil Sands Innovation Alliance (COSIA), and further leads efforts in driving innovation and competitiveness as a board member for MaRS and the Conference Board of Canada amongst others. For this leader of GE Canada, her passion for energy and innovation goes back to childhood.

“For as long as I can remember, I’ve had this natural curiosity for the sciences,” she says. “Discovering how science and technology come together to solve global challenges, particularly in the energy space fascinates me.”

This fascination for problem solving has led her to be chosen as the 2016 Canadian Energy Person of the Year by the Energy Council of Canada. Formed almost 100 years ago, in 1923, the Energy Council of Canada is a founding member of the World Energy Council (WEC); a UN-accredited global energy body which covers all energy sectors in Canada. Since 2011 the organization has recognized Canadian leaders who make international contributions to the field of energy.

Allan’s contributions include a partnership between GE and Actua, providing more than 200,000 kids from across Canada with opportunities to gain hands-on experience through science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) programs.  She has played an active role in engaging government and policy makers to bring energy possibilities to more remote communities in Canada. Mrs. Allan was also part of a 10-member panel to advise Alberta Premier Rachel Notley on economic diversification.

Looking ahead, Mrs. Allan’s professional aspirations include stretching the boundaries of technology to meet the ever changing needs of Canada’s energy industry through advances in digital capabilities.

“In our businesses, we need to embrace new technologies, and expose our workforce to leading trends,” states Allan. “As leaders, whether executives or on boards, we need to be sure that we are creating the right conditions for new technologies.”

Under the leadership of Allan the GE Innovation Center in Calgary  is working on data based solutions to change the way energy companies operate in the field. The future of innovation at GE includes using advances in material sciences, 3-D printing, improved software, data analytics and sensors, providing necessary tools to deliver a brighter, more sustainable and prosperous energy future.


Nuclear Technology Brings Hope to Patients

MEDICALISOTOPESSaskatchewan cancer patients have been given a new reason to be hopeful thanks to nuclear technology.

The Royal University Hospital in Saskatoon is now receiving on-site medical isotopes thanks to the Fedoruk Centre, a cyclotron and a funding partnership between the province and the feds.

A cyclotron is a particle accelerator and it uses power to make particles radioactive. When these particles collide isotopes are created.

Medical isotopes are safe radioactive particles used to diagnose health conditions.

In total, the nuclear medicine community relies on a wide suite of medical isotopes. There are approximately 200 isotopes available for use. Each isotope has its own characteristics and the ability to provide doctors with a window into what is happening inside the body.

The isotope used to help detect medical issues such as cancer and Parkinson’s through a positron emission tomography (PET)/computerized tomography (CT) scan (PET-CT).

An isotope known as fluorine-18 is attached to a tracer to make a radiopharmaceutical. It is then injected into the patient where it moves throughout the body depending on the tracer.  In Canada, PET/CT scans use the radiopharmaceutical flurodeoxyglucose (FDG).  Approximately 60 minutes after injection, the scanning part of the procedure begins.

“FDG is a sugar and the sugar is burned up by different parts of the body at different rates,” according to Dr. Neil Alexander, executive director of the Fedoruk Centre. “In nuclear medicine, particularly in diagnostics, if you have a sugar it goes around the body and anything burning up the sugar at a great rate lights up on the scan.  As one example, cancer cells burn up sugar at a greater rate than healthy cells, allowing physicians to detect cancers and see how the disease responds to treatment.”

PET/CT scans provide doctors with vital information on the location and extent of cancer within the body. The test also allows doctors to assess the success of treatments; providing patients with a better chance at survival.

Parkinson’s disease diagnosis and research is one of the newest areas for medical isotopes and PET/CT. Early diagnosis in the case of Parkinson’s is an important step to increasing knowledge on how the disease progresses and responds to therapy.  In the case of Parkinson’s patients the scan is looking for a decrease in proteins used in the synapses, or the junctions between nerve cells, in the brain.

Until the cyclotron started producing isotopes, patients requiring a scan in Saskatchewan needed isotopes flown in from Ontario and because the radioactivity is short-lived, meaning FDG cannot be stored, daily shipments were required. The challenges of early morning production added to air transportation often led to delayed starts and cancellations, providing unreliability for patients in need of medical diagnoses.

“Up until now, all of it was coming in from Hamilton and a lot of the material had decayed so they couldn’t process as many patients,” says Alexander.

Producing locally means more reliable health care for patients, cutting wait times and diagnosing more patients sooner. It also means that Saskatchewan medical researchers have a supply readily available to expand their research programs.