Category Archives: CNA2014


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.


Ministers Jason Kenney and Bob Chiarelli Confirmed for CNA2014

By Romeo St-Martin
Digital Media Officer
Canadian Nuclear Association

Great news – not only have we confirmed that Minister Jason Kenney will be our closing speaker, but we’ve also added Ontario Energy Minister Bob Chiarelli to the program too!

These additions mean that instead of ending at 12:00PM on Friday, February 28, our program will now end at 12:30PM instead, with Minister Kenney as the closing speaker. Please modify your travel arrangements if necessary to ensure you can see both of these terrific additions!

For the complete program or to register for CNA2014, please visit us online.

Be sure to follow CNA2014 updates on Twitter with the #CNA2014 hashtag. We hope to see you there!


Physics Wunderkind Taylor Wilson to Speak at CNA2014

By Romeo St-Martin
Digital Media Officer
Canadian Nuclear Association

Time Magazine calls him “The Next Einstein.”

Taylor Wilson is a 19-year-old nuclear physicist who was born in Texarkana, Arkansas and raised in Nevada.

As a child, Wilson was initially interested in rocketry and space science, before entering the field of nuclear science at age 10.

Interest in space led to an interest in nuclear propulsion and then nuclear science and fusion.

“I was obsessed with space and I was really excited about being an astronaut and designing a rocket,” he said. “I think there is something really poetic about using nuclear power to propel us to the stars because the stars are giant fusion reactors. They are giant nuclear cauldrons in the sky.”

During high school, Wilson attended both the Davidson Academy of Nevada and the University of Nevada, Reno where he was given a laboratory to conduct his fusion research.

He astounded the science world and gained notoriety when, at age 14, he became the youngest person in history to produce fusion.

A lot of his work was done on a small budget in his garage.

“I make yellowcake in my garage, so my nuclear program is as advanced as the Iranians,” he quipped.

In 2012, Wilson’s dreams received a boost when he became a recipient of the $100,000 Thiel Prize.

Wilson now intends revolutionize the way we produce energy, fight cancer, and combat terrorism using nuclear technology.

His homeland-security research earned him the opportunity to meet with U.S. President Barak Obama.

“In about seven years of doing nuclear research, I started out with a dream to make a star in a jar, a star in my garage and I ended up meeting the president and developing things I think can change the world,” he said in 2012.

And 2013 was a big year for him as well. In May, he graduated high school and in December he was named one of Time Magazine’s 30 Under 30 World Changers.

Taylor Wilson will be speaking at CNA2014 this month.

CNA2014 Environment

Don’t Miss Gwyneth Cravens at CNA2014

By Romeo St-Martin
Digital Media Officer
Canadian Nuclear Association

Gwyneth Cravens is an American writer, environmentalist, and recent co-star of Pandora’s Promise.

To date, she has published five novels and has written for The New Yorker, Harper’s Magazine, The New York Times and The Washington Post.

She grew up in 1950s New Mexico having atom-bomb nightmares.

She became a sometime anti-nuclear activist, who supported initiatives to prevent the Shoreham nuclear power plant from being completed on Long Island, where she lives.

About 10 years ago, Cravens changed her views on nuclear power after discussions with Dr. D. Richard (“Rip”) Anderson, a chemist, oceanographer, and international expert in nuclear risk assessment.

“I began to think about the risks of our energy sources more clearly and to examine my own prejudices that had led me to oppose the only large-scale source that we can expand in this country – nuclear power,” she said.

“I had certain impressions and prejudices, some of them fostered by activists at Greenpeace, and I just assumed that nuclear power had to be the deadliest form of energy production. That was my assumption, that was my prejudice and I began to learn differently.

“One of the problems in supporting these prejudices is getting information from sources that are not science-based. That are not reliable. That are ideologically-based.”

The Wall street Journal called her latest book, The Power to Save the World: The Truth About Nuclear Energy, “as good a book as we’re likely to get on a subject mired in political incorrectness, general unfathomability and essentially limitless gut fears.”

Released in October 2007, it argues for nuclear power as a safe energy source and an essential preventive of global warming.

“If we don’t have more nuclear power we are going to have more greenhouse gases. That’s just how it is,” said Cravens.

Gwyneth Cravens will be speaking at CNA2014 this month.