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CNA2012 Nuclear Education Nuclear Outreach

Send Your Questions for CNA2012 Panel – Innovative Methods of Communicating Science

Ever wonder about all the misinformation circulating about nuclear technology – especially in the last year or so? It’s one thing to know the science behind nuclear technology but knowing how to communicate that knowledge to the general public is another thing entirely. So, how do you get it right?

At this year’s CNA Conference and Trade Show, we have three experts ready and waiting for your questions on what it takes to deliver a “science-y” message in an accurate and intelligible way.

What’s the biggest hurdle you’ve faced in trying to explain the complex nature of all things nuclear related or science-based? Interested in trips and tricks from our experts? Have a burning question to ask?

We’ll ask your question of our panelists at the 2012 CNA Conference and Trade Show on February 23rd during the panel on Innovative Methods of Communicating Science.

Three ways to send in your questions:

  1. Leave a comment on this post
  2. Post your question on our TalkNUclear Facebook page
  3. Tweet at @TalkNUclear using the #CNASciComm hashtag.

Can’t attend but curious? Follow the panel #hashtag on Twitter – #CNASciComm

Learn more about our moderator and panelists:

Moderator – Jay Ingram


Jay Ingram is a popular science broadcaster and the co‐host of Discovery Channel’s science show, Daily Planet. He has written nine books, three of which have won Canadian Science Writers’ Awards.


Panelist: Susan Brissette

Susan Brissette who has held a variety of senior communication, change leadership and nuclear oversight positions throughout her 20 year career. She is currently responsible for the Bruce Power Management System including Change Management, Quality Assurance, Corporate Assessment and Benchmarking processes. A Canadian, Ms. Brissette began her career in the nuclear industry in the UK in 1992, and returned to Canada in the late 1990s as part of the team that created Bruce Power where she was accountable for reputation management.

Ms. Brissette is an Executive Board member of Women in Nuclear Global and Chair of their Communications Committee. She chaired the Organizing Committee for the highly successful 14th Annual WiN-Global Conference hosted by Canada in late May 2006, which saw some 350 delegates from almost 40 countries come together to showcase the nuclear industry in a unique way – by highlighting the women who are making a unique contribution to the leadership and advancement of nuclear and radiation technologies around the world.

Panelist – Ted Hartwell

Ted Hartwell is the Program Manager for Desert Research Institute’s Community Environmental Monitoring Program, a program that directly involves members of the public in the operation of a network of radiation and weather monitoring stations located in communities surrounding and downwind of the Nevada National Security Site. He is presently serving as Deputy Director of the Division of Earth and Ecosystem Sciences.

Mr. Hartwell’s archaeological research has focused on three geographic regions: the southern Great Basin, the southern Great Plains, and the pampas of Argentina. Specific interests include hunter-gatherer lithic technology, caching behavior, quarrying behavior, and soil formation processes.

Mr.Hartwell has recently studied how popular culture can affect the public perception of science, most recently speaking as an invited participant at a workshop on “Comet and Asteroid Impacts and Human Society”. He also has produced a publication for the general public that discusses archaeological research at Yucca Mountain on the Nevada National Security Site.

Panelist – Toby Heaps


Toby Heaps is the co-founder and president of Corporate Knights Inc. the magazine for clean capitalism.  Their mission is to humanize the marketplace, making it easier for people to know the environmental and social impacts of their marketplace decisions and to showcase leaders and innovators.  Before founding Corporate Knights, Toby was the managing editor of the Mutual Fund Review magazine and Planning for Profits magazine.   He worked for Conflict Resolution Catalysts in Bosnia, and for several international publications and social organizations in the former Yugoslavia including B-92 in Belgrade.  He has written for the Financial Times, Toronto Star, Globe and Mail and Investors Digest.

Mr. Heaps has experience working on political campaigns, including in 2006 as campaign manager for City of Toronto Councillor Adrian Heaps.  On a side note, in 1998, Mr. Heaps played centre field for Yugoslavia’s National Baseball Team.


CNA2012 Update: Leading Life-Saving Innovations

Did you know nuclear medicine got its start in Canada?
Harold E. Johns (University of Saskatchewan) and Roy Errington (Eldorado Mining and Refining Ltd.) led teams to build the world’s first radiation treatment machine using Cobalt-60. Errington’s design was used in 1951 for the world’s first radiation treatment.

Learn more about the contributions of nuclear medicine at the
2012 Canadian Nuclear Association Conference and Trade Show
Leadership Through Innovation






Friday, February 24
9:15 – 9:45 AM
Dr. Terry Ruddy will discuss how a joint collaboration between the Hearth Institute
and Nordion is leading to alternate isotopes for use in patient imaging and research
into therapies for heart disease. Also how the Institute, in partnership with AECL,
is learning more about the effects of low-dose radiation for nuclear workers and in
medical applications. These are just two examples of innovation currently leading
nuclear medicine to the next level.

Download the complete 2012 Conference Agenda HERE.

Click here to learn more about the daily benefits of nuclear technology.








Thank you to our SPONSORS.
See you in February!


CNA2012 Update – Exclusive Workshops

Wednesday Workshops at the
2012 CNA Conference and Trade Show

Kick off your Conference experience with a Wednesday Workshop! Choose an invaluable update on the most relevant regulatory and legislative changes on the horizon, or equip yourself with the tools you need to have a meaningful dialogue with stakeholders about real and perceived risks about Radiation.

Space is limited. Register for either workshop today.

 Come for the Workshop, Stay for the Conference


 CNA Regulatory Affairs Workshop – 2012
Feb 22, 13:00 – 17:00
Westin Hotel (Oak Room)

The purpose of this year’s Regulatory Affairs Workshop will be to share information on new regulatory developments pertaining to the protection of the environment and, in particular, the protection of water.

Guest speakers will include federal and provincial regulatory officials whose mandate includes the protection of water.  Dr. Patsy Thompson will be discussing proposed improvements to the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission’s regulatory framework for environmental protection under the Nuclear Safety and Control Act.  Beverley Thorpe, of the Credit Valley, Toronto and Region and Central Lake Ontario Source Protection Committee, will be discussing new policy direction for source water protection under Ontario’s Clean Water Act.  Heather McCready will be discussing how Environment Canada’s Environmental Enforcement Directorate is working to minimize threats to the natural environment under the Fisheries Act.

Workshop participants will be provided with an overview of the mandate and legislation that govern these activities and the opportunity to ask questions about the new, and existing, regulatory requirements.

Max. 40 participants

Register Now



Talking about Radiation: “Are We Safe? Can We Trust You?”     
Feb 22, 12:00 – 17:00
Westin Hotel (Quebec Room)

This workshop, facilitated by Decision Partners, will provide participants with an understanding of radiation science at a lay level, and the principles of strategic risk communications for communicating about this complex topic.  Understanding Risk Communications and explaining health risks associated Radiation was identified as a key learning following events at Fukushima. The workshop will enhance the preparedness of the participants – including industry workers, stakeholders and governments – in explaining types of radiation to people from outside the nuclear industry.

Workshop participants will also hear from Mr. John Roberts and Ms. Andrea Marshall from Aurora Energy Ltd., who will share a case study based on their company’s experience communicating with people in Labrador about radiation and uranium mining.  Participants will leave the workshop with a toolkit of tested communications messages and a better understanding of best practices for engaging stakeholders in a community dialogue.

Max. 40 participants

Working lunch provided

Register Now


Download the entire Conference Agenda HERE (now includes #hashtags!)

What the #hashtag?
The # symbol, called a hashtag, is used to mark keywords or topics in a Tweet. It was created organically by Twitter users as a way to categorize messages.

Join the conversation on Twitter. Tweet using #cnagm2012 or the session #hashtag found on the Agenda.

Meet the Speakers












Thank you to our SPONSORS

See you in February!


Sponsor Spotlight

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CNA2012 Update – Honoring Jerry Grandey for Advancing Nuclear Energy


Who negotiated a deal which led to the dismantlement of 20,000 nuclear warheads, helped establish his company as a dominant nuclear energy company, and shaped its mission of bringing the many benefits of nuclear energy to the world?

The Canadian Nuclear Association (CNA), in partnership with the Canadian Nuclear Society (CNS), is pleased to present the CNS/CNA Ian McRae Award, given annually to honour an individual who has made substantive contributions to the advancement of nuclear energy in Canada.

Join us in honoring former Cameco Corporation CEO,
Mr. Gerald (Jerry) Grandey!
2012 CNS/CNA Ian McRae Award recipient

The 2012 CNS/CNA Ian McRae Award will be presented in a special
ceremony as part of the Welcome Reception for the
2012 CNA Conference and Trade Show – Leadership Through Innovation

Wednesday February 22, 2012
Westin Hotel, Main Ballroom, 11 Colonel By Drive, Ottawa

18:00 Welcome Reception Begins
18:30-19:30 Award Ceremony
21:00 Welcome Reception Concludes

Come for the Award, stay for the Conference!

Throughout his distinguished career in Canada’s nuclear industry, Mr. Grandey earned the reputation as a well-respected, influential leader who helped shape nuclear advancement on a global scale. He is being recognized for raising the nuclear profile to a higher level along with Canada’s reputation as a world leader in nuclear safety. He has been a strong supporter and vocal advocate for the industry through the dedication of his personal time and resources at Cameco Corporation to support the national efforts of the Canadian Nuclear Association.



The 2012 CNA Conference and Trade Show continues on February 23-24 with informative and entertaining speakers and panels discussing all the top issues afftecting your business and the nuclear industry, both in Canada and globally.

Download the entire 2012 CNA Conference program HERE.

REGISTER for the 2012 CNA Conference HERE.

Thank you to our SPONSORS!

See you in February!

Sponsor Spotlight

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Durham Economic Development Partnership


CNA2012 Update – The Future of Nuclear is Here

The future of nuclear technology and innovation in Canada is HERE!

2012 Canadian Nuclear Association Conference and Trade Show
Leadership Through Innovation

February 22-24, 2012, in Ottawa.

Patrick Lamarre, President, SNC-Lavalin

Get the inside track on SNC-Lavalin’s acquisition of AECL’s commercial reactor business and what it means for nuclear innovation in Canada. SNC-Lavalin President, Patrick Lamarre speaks on Friday February 24 at the 2012 CNA Conference.

Join hundreds of your colleagues and contemporaries for our three-day networking and professional development conference.

Click here to REGISTER NOW

Steve West, CEO, Nordion

Nuclear medicine was pioneered in Canada. Find out how innovations being made today at Nordion will take nuclear medicine to the next level over the coming decade. Nordion CEO, Steve West, speaks on Friday February 24 at the 2012 CNA Conference.

The full 2012 CNA Conference program includes keynote speakers, panels, Canadian and global nuclear industry updates and more!

Download the 2012 CNA Conference Agenda here

Click here to REGISTER NOW

See you in February!

Thank you to our 2012 SPONSORS


CNA2012 Update – Network with Industry Leaders + Exciting Workshops

If you have already registered for the 2012 Canadian Nuclear Association Conference and Trade Show, you will be in the company of industry leaders and innovators for three days of learning, networking and celebration of this great industry.

If you haven’t registered yet, don’t delay!

CLICK HERE to register for the 2012 Canadian Nuclear Association Conference and Trade Show NOW!

Download the complete 2012 CNA Conference and Trade Show AGENDA here.

Workshops at the 2012 Conference

Don’t miss your chance to sign up for one of two optional workshops. Seating is limited – Sign up now.

Wednesday February 22

13:00 – 17:00

CNA Regulatory Affairs Workshop

To provide an update on some of the new Federal and Provincial regulatory developments affecting Canada’s nuclear industry.  The workshop will include presentations by representatives of key Federal and Provincial agencies.
Max. 40 participants. $50 additional cost to participate.

Wednesday February 22

12:00 – 17:00

Talking about Radiation: “Are We Safe? Can We Trust You?”

The workshop will give participants an understanding of key challenges in communicating about radiation, radioactivity and associated environmental and human health risks; and enhance preparedness to address these challenges effectively through applied leading practice strategic risk communications methods, combined with relevant on-the-ground experience.
(Working lunch to be provided)
Max. 40 participants. $50 additional cost to participate.

The full Conference program includes keynote speakers, panels, Canadian and global nuclear industry updates and more. Download the Conference agenda here.

See you in February!