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New partnerships mean more medical isotope production

Image of Westinghouse and Nordion executives signing a letter of intent.
Westinghouse and Nordion signed a letter of intent to develop innovative isotope production technology that will allow cobalt-60 to be produced in pressurized water reactors.

According to the Canadian Nuclear Isotope Council, the global isotope market was estimated to be US$9.6 billion. It is projected to grow to more than US$17.1 billion by 2023. Canada’s position in that market recently got stronger with two new partnership agreements.

Framatome and Kinectrics Launch Joint Venture to Produce Medical Isotopes for Lifesaving Cancer Treatment

At CNA2020 on Feb. 28, Framatome and Kinectrics announced the launch of Isogen. The joint venture will provide and support isotope production systems for Bruce Power’s nuclear reactors to begin the production of lutetium-177.

Lutetium-177 is used as a gamma emitter for imaging. It is also a beta emitter used for targeted radiotherapy for the treatment of a growing number of cancers, including prostate cancer, neuroendocrine tumours and bone metastases.

“We are proud to have established a new Ontario-based company, Isogen, with our partner, Framatome,” said David Harris, Kinectrics president and CEO. “Together, we will work with Bruce Power to produce life-saving medical isotopes, specifically lutetium-177, which will help to advance the global fight against cancer.”

“Partnering with Kinectrics to launch Isogen marks our commitment to advance isotope development as we continue to work with the team at Bruce Power in the fight against cancer,” said Bernard Fontana, CEO at Framatome. “Together, we are working with Bruce Power to maximize existing infrastructure, already known for producing reliable, low-carbon electricity, and making important, life-saving medical treatments available to patients around the world.”

The partnership will leverage the scale, redundancy and longevity of the eight-unit facility to anchor a new, global supply of isotopes. Following regulatory and other approvals, the plan is to begin isotope production in 2022. The goal is to allow scaling based on demands for lutetium-177 and other isotopes.

“As home to Ontario’s largest private-sector infrastructure project, we are not only extending our assets to provide low-cost, clean electricity for our families and business but are also ensuring that we are playing a leadership role in providing the global health community with access to isotopes that are critical to a modern health-care system and in the fight against cancer,” said Michael Rencheck, president and CEO of Bruce Power.

Westinghouse Partners with Nordion to Increase Future Supply of Life-Saving Cobalt-60

Two days before the Isogen announcement, Westinghouse Electric Company and Nordion (Canada) Inc. announced they signed a letter of intent to develop innovative isotope production technology that will allow cobalt-60 to be produced in pressurized water reactors (PWRs).

Cobalt-60 is the most common radioisotope used in radiation therapy. Hospitals also use cobalt-60 to sterilize medical equipment, such as gowns, gloves, masks, syringes and implants.

“Westinghouse, a leader in nuclear technology throughout the world, brings a strong set of operational experience, engineering skills and a robust safety culture to this collaboration. We look forward to contributing to the health and well-being of people around the world,” said Patrick Fragman, president and CEO of Westinghouse.

“This partnership will substantially expand future supply options for life-saving cobalt-60,” said Kevin Brooks, president of Nordion, a leading supplier of cobalt-60 globally. “Cobalt-60 is critical to our mission of Safeguarding Global Health, and we continue to invest heavily in maintaining a reliable, long-term supply.”

According to the World Nuclear Association, almost all the world’s supply of the radioisotope is produced in Candu reactors, mostly in Canada.

Expanding production to PWRs — of which there are nearly 100 in North America alone — will strengthen the diversity of the global supply chain.

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SMRs AS DISRUPTIVE TECHNOLOGY

Small modular reactors (SMRs) are to large nuclear plants as desktop personal computers were to room-sized mainframe computers. SMRs have the potential to disrupt our world in ways we cannot imagine. Join this panel presentation as the panellists talk about what the future might hold for this new technology.

Mark Lesinski was appointed President and Chief Executive Officer of Canadian Nuclear Laboratories (CNL) in 2015. CNL is Canada’s premier nuclear science and technology laboratory, managed by the Canadian National Energy Alliance. Lesinski has a distinguished career in nuclear science, operations, projects and decommissioning. His 38 years of experience spans commercial and government nuclear facilities, including power reactor operations, major retrofit projects, and management of decontamination and decommissioning.

Ken Canavan was appointed Chief Technology Officer of Westinghouse Electric Company in 2018. He leads Westinghouse’s efforts to drive next-generation technology and innovation solutions that align with the company’s global business strategy. Previously Canavan was Director of Engineering for the Electric Power Research Institute. There he was responsible for turning industry needs into compelling research and development plans, which improved the safety and performance of the global nuclear fleet. He has more than 30 years of experience in key engineering and risk management roles.

A visiting lecturer at the University of Manchester, Kirk Atkinson joined the Faculty of Energy Systems and Nuclear Science at Ontario Tech University as an Associate Professor in 2019. An expert on SMRs in the marine context, he served on the Physics Working Group and Science Support Network for the United Kingdom’s Naval Nuclear Propulsion Program. He was also part of the team assessing nuclear power options for future Royal Navy submarines. As naval reactors are the original SMRs, Atkinson is perhaps the only Canadian academic with real-world experience working in a successful program encompassing the design, manufacture, operation and disposal of small pressurized water reactors.

Join the discussion at this panel presentation on Friday morning.

You can find the full CNA2020 program at https://cna.ca/cna2020/program/.

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ONE LUNCH WITH TWO GUEST SPEAKERS

After enjoying a delicious lunch on Thursday, CNA2020 delegates will be treated to not one but two keynote speakers.

Portrait of Laurie SwamiLaurie Swami is the President and CEO of the Nuclear Waste Management Association. Appointed in 2016, she is responsible for implementing Canada’s plan for the long-term management of used nuclear fuel.

Swami previously served as Senior Vice-President of Decommissioning and Nuclear Waste Management at Ontario Power Generation (OPG). She oversaw the operation of OPG’s nuclear waste management facilities. Swami was responsible for strategic projects, such as OPG’s low- and intermediate-level waste deep geologic repository, Pickering Nuclear Generating Station’s Safe Storage project and Post Pickering End of Commercial Operations strategy. She began her career at OPG in 1986.

Portrait of John GormanJohn Gorman is the President and CEO of the Canadian Nuclear Association. Appointed in 2019, he oversees all the organization’s activities, including government affairs, research, communications and industry leadership.

Previously Gorman was the President and CEO of the Canadian Solar Industries Association, the national trade association for Canada’s solar energy industries. Before that, he was the Senior-Vice President of Empower Energies, an innovative, global integrator of energy systems.

Gorman serves as Canada’s Designate to the International Energy Agency and sits on the Executive Council of the Canadian Council on Renewable Energy. He has served as a director on the boards of numerous community and corporate organizations, including one of the nation’s largest electric utilities.

If you’re attending CNA2020, join them for lunch on Thursday, February 27 from 12:00 to 14:00.

To see the full conference schedule, visit https://cna.ca/cna2020/program/.

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THE HERLE BURLY TALKS ABOUT THE NUCLEAR INDUSTRY

Don’t miss out as CNA2020 will host a live recording of The Herle Burly political podcast with Jenni Byrne and Scott Reid, hosted by David Herle. The Herle Burly is Canada’s must-listen-to political podcast for insiders, activists and voters who want a deep-dive into the big issues impacting our country. Join us for a commotion of insights, arguments, opinions and a loud laugh or two.

“I’m really looking forward to this. I get to talk politics with Scott and Jenni, and support the nuclear industry’s efforts to decarbonize our society and fight climate change,” Herle tweeted.

He is a Canadian political consultant and principal partner at leading polling and research firm, The Gandalf Group. Herle has been around Liberal politics since the early 1980s in Saskatchewan organizing ridings for provincial leader Ralph Goodale. Since then, he has worked on campaigns with Paul Martin, Kathleen Wynne and many others. For 10 years, he was a regular commentator on CBC’s The National. He is known for strategic thinking, blunt talk, lifelong passions and occasionally saying something he wished he could take back.

“An impossible and endless supply of political powered-opinions. We’re the podcast equivalent of cold fusion,” Reid tweeted. “We’re gonna split atoms, talk politics and have a lot of fun!”

Reid served in a series of senior roles in provincial and federal governments, most notably as Senior Advisor and Director of Communications to Prime Minister Paul Martin from 2003 to 2006. Reid is best known as a political commentator, having regularly contributed to the National Post, Toronto Star, The Globe and Mail and others. He is a past co-anchor of CTV’s National Affairs and was a featured columnist in the Ottawa Citizen from 2012 to 2017. Currently, he serves as an on-air political analyst for CTV News while writing for CBC.ca, iPolitics and Maclean’s.

“Looking forward to Thursday because Scott, David and I will be discussing so many hot takes on Canadian politics that they will power a nuclear reactor!” Byrne said.

Byrne was the Director of Issues Management for Prime Minister Stephen Harper and his Deputy Chief of Staff. In 2011 and 2015, she was the Conservative Party National Campaign Manager. With that 2011 campaign, she became the first woman in Canadian history to manage a winning national, majority election campaign. Byrne was a key player on the Doug Ford 2018 campaign, and served as his Principal Secretary in the Premier’s Office and on the Ontario Energy Board. The private-sector consultant recently cofounded the J&M Leadership Network to help companies recruit qualified, talented women to serve on their boards.

NOTE: You must be registered for CNA2020 to attend this live recording. Registration is now closed as the conference is sold out.

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Provincial perspectives on small modular reactors

Two provincial cabinet members will take the CNA2020 mainstage to offer their perspectives of small modular reactors (SMRs) in their respective provinces.

Portrait of Dustin DuncanDustin Duncan has been the member of the Saskatchewan Legislative Assembly for Weyburn-Big Muddy since 2006. A member of the Saskatchewan Party, he currently serves as the Minister of Environment, Minister responsible for SaskPower and Minister responsible for the Water Security Agency. Previously, he managed various portfolios, including Energy and Resources, SaskEnergy.

Portrait of Greg RickfordIn 2018, Greg Rickford was elected as the member of Ontario Legislature for Kenora—Rainy River. A member of the Progressive Conservative Party, he is the Ministry of Energy, Northern Development and Mines and the Minister of Indigenous Affairs. Previously, Rickford was the member of Parliament for the riding of Kenora since 2008. Federally, he served as Minister of State (Science and Technology, and Federal Economic Development Initiative for Northern Ontario), Minister of Natural Resources and other portfolios.

In December, the premiers of Saskatchewan, Ontario and New Brunswick signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to advance the development and deployment of SMRs. To address climate change, regional energy demand and economic development, the MOU commits the provinces to work cooperatively to:

  • address key issues for SMR deployment, such as technological readiness, regulatory frameworks, financing, waste management, and public and Indigenous engagement;
  • develop support for the SMR Roadmap and as requested by the CEOs of SaskPower, Ontario Power Generation, Bruce Power and NB Power;
  • work with all levels of government to promote nuclear as clean energy;
  • influence the federal government to make the necessary changes to facilitate the introduction of SMRs;
  • engage with other interested provinces and territories to explore the potential for SMR deployment in their jurisdictions; and
  • inform the public about the economic and environmental benefits of nuclear energy and SMRs.

Join this CNA2020 plenary session on Thursday, February 27 from 11:00 to 12:00.

Find the complete CNA2020 schedule at https://cna.ca/cna2020/program/.