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Minister of Natural Resources Seamus O’Regan to open CNA2020

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Minister of Natural Resources Seamus O’Regan

Seamus O’Regan, the recently appointed minister of natural resources, will be the opening guest speaker for CNA2020 on Thursday, February 27.

In 1999, Maclean’s magazine named O’Regan, then 28, as one of the 100 Young Canadians to Watch. He is best known for his 10 years as co-host of CTV’s Canada AM. In 2007, he became the first journalist to be named to Canada’s Top 40 Under 40. He also has two Gemini nominations.

O’Regan was first elected as the member of parliament for his home riding of St. John’s South—Mount Pearl in 2015. During his first term, he served as minister of Veteran Affairs, associate minister of National Defence, vice-chair of the Reconciliation Cabinet Committee and minister of Indigenous Services. After being re-elected in October, he was named minister of Natural Resources in November.

In his December mandate letter to the Minister of Nature Resources, the Prime Minister stated that O’Regan’s work would ensure that the natural resources and energy sectors would remain sources of good, middle-class jobs across the country.

“Building on the work completed in the Government’s first term, work with partners to implement, as appropriate, the recommendations of the Generation Energy Council Report [Canada’s Energy Transition: Getting to Our Energy Future, Together], including wasting less energy, switching to clean power, using more renewable fuels, and producing cleaner oil and gas, including in the offshore,” the mandate letter states.

The Prime Minister also instructed O’Regan to “[w]ork with the Minister of Infrastructure and Communities and the Minister of Indigenous Services to support the transition of Indigenous communities from reliance on diesel-fueled power to clean, renewable and reliable energy by 2030.”

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

To register for the conference, visit https://cna.ca/cna2020/registration/.


CNA2020 Pre-conference Seminar Focuses on SMR Progress in New Brunswick

logo for NB PowerSmall modular reactors (SMRs) are a clean energy option for Canada’s provinces and northern territories. This year’s pre-conference SMR seminar will showcase SMR developments in New Brunswick as NB Power celebrates its 100th anniversary.

In 2018, New Brunswick Energy Solutions Corporation, a provincial Crown corporation, committed $10 million toward establishing an SMR research cluster in New Brunswick. Advanced Reactor Concepts (ARC) Nuclear and Moltex Energy also invested $5 million each to advance research and development of their technologies. The two companies are working with the University of New Brunswick (UNB) to establish curriculum as well as plans for research and development at UNB and the Centre for Nuclear Energy Research. Both vendors are active in the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission’s (CNSC) vendor design review process and one partner has successfully completed Phase 1.

Utility Plan for SMR Development and Deployment

Ontario Power Generation Vice-President of Nuclear Regulatory Affairs and Stakeholder Relations and Regulatory Readiness Working Group Co-Chair Robin Manley will kick off the seminar. He will describe the pan-Canadian approach and how the work in New Brunswick fits within this approach. To move to commercial demonstration, ARC and Moltex would need to have each of their technologies successfully complete Phase 2 of the CNSC vendor design review, and their financial and project planning predictions would need to continue to show promise. If these conditions are met, then NB Power envisions commercial demonstrations of both reactor types at the Point Lepreau site with an in-service date of about 2030.

Manley’s presentation will be followed by four panel presentations.

Vision for New Brunswick

Chair: Assistant Deputy Minister Energy and Mines, New Brunswick Department of Natural Resources and Energy Development, Bill Breckinridge


  • NB Power Senior Strategic Officer Paul Thompson
  • ARC Nuclear Canada President and CEO Norman Sawyer
  • Moltex Energy Chief Executive, North American Rory O’Sullivan,

Economic Development and Supply Chain

Chair: Atlantica Centre for Energy President Colleen D’Entremont


  • NB Power Senior Strategic Advisor, SMR Project Planning Wayne Woodworth
  • ARC Nuclear Canada President and CEO Norman Sawyer
  • Moltex Energy Chief Executive, North American Rory O’Sullivan
  • Organization of Canadian Nuclear Industries President and CEO Ron Oberth
  • Canadian Manufacturers and Exporters, Divisional Vice President Ron Marcolin

Importance of Engagement

Chair: CANDU Owners Group Director, Nuclear Safety and Environmental Affairs Program Rachna Clavero


  • Atlantica Centre for Energy President Colleen D’Entremont
  • NB Power Senior Strategic Advisor, Advanced Reactor Technology Team, Claire Harris
  • NB Power Manager of Community Affairs and Nuclear Regulatory Protocol Kathleen Duguay

R&D and Educational Capacity Building

Chair: NB Power Senior Strategic Advisor, Small Modular Reactors Dean Taylor


  • ARC Nuclear Canada President and CEO Norman Sawyer
  • Moltex Energy Vice-President of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs, North American, Kun Chen
  • UNB Chemical Engineering Professor William Cook
  • Canadian Nuclear Laboratories Director of the Energy Program Gina Strati
  • University Network of Excellence in Nuclear Engineering President Jerry Hopwood

With so much to cover, the SMR pre-conference seminar will run from 13:00 to 17:00 on February 26.


Registration is required for all pre-conference seminars and is not included in regular conference registration. Please see the registration terms and conditions at https://www.cna.ca/register for more information and to register.


CNA Sponsor Spotlight: GE Hitachi

GE Hitachi Nuclear Energy (GEH) is a world-leading provider of advanced reactors, nuclear fuel and services. GEH is the Diamond Sponsor of CNA2020.

GE and Hitachi have been at the forefront of nuclear technology for decades. For more than 60 years, they have designed for, fueled and serviced the nuclear industry. In 2007, GEH established an alliance to serve the global nuclear industry. The nuclear alliance executes a single, strategic vision to create a broader portfolio of solutions, expanding its capabilities for new reactor, fuel and service opportunities. The alliance offers customers around the world the technological leadership needed to effectively enhance reactor performance, power output and safety.

In May 2019, GEH started the vendor design review of its BWRX-300 small modular reactor (SMR) with the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC). The review is an optional service to provide early feedback during the design process. The objective is to verify, at a high level, whether the plant design meets nuclear regulatory requirements and expectations. The combined Phase 1 and 2 review focuses on identifying issues that could hamper the licensing process for a new build project while assuring that a resolution path exists for any issues that may be identified.

The BWRX-300 is a 300 MWe water-cooled reactor. As the 10th evolution of the boiling water reactor (BWR), the BWRX-300 is the simplest, yet most innovative BWR design since GE began commercializing nuclear reactors in 1955. The BWRX-300 uses the design and licensing basis of the U.S. NRC-certified ESBWR. Through dramatic design simplification, GEH projects the BWRX-300 will need significantly less capital per megawatt than other water-cooled SMR designs or existing large nuclear reactor designs.

GEH also partners with GE Steam Power to serve the industry. GE’s Steam Power has installed 30 per cent of the world’s steam turbine capacity, 50 per cent of the world’s steam turbines for nuclear power plants and 30 per cent of the world’s boilers, as well as provided 1,500 steam turbine module retrofits.

GEH is sponsoring the Thursday Trade Show Reception, being held from 17:00 to 19:30 in the exhibitors’ area. Snacks will be served at many stations, and the CNA2020 prize draw will be held at 18:15. Find the complete CNA2020 schedule at https://cna.ca/cna2020/program/.

To register for the conference, visit https://cna.ca/cna2020/registration/.


Getting to Net-Zero Emissions Using Nuclear: Canada’s low-carbon future

Ever wonder how Canada is going to reach net-zero emissions? Join this panel at CNA2020 as Ontario Power Generation (OPG) Senior Vice-President of Corporate Affairs Heather Ferguson, SaskPower President and CEO Mike Marsh, Bruce Power President and CEO Mike Rencheck, and NB Power CEO Gaëtan Thomas discuss how Canada can reach its low-carbon future with nuclear power.

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OPG Senior VP of Corporate Affairs Heather Ferguson

With over 20 years of experience in the resource development, energy and electricity sectors, Ferguson was previously the OPG’s VP of New Business Ventures, VP of Environment, and Director of Hydroelectric Business Development Group. She has a Master’s degree in Science from Queen’s University and an MBA from the Rotman School of Management.

SaskPower CEO and President Mike Marsh

President and CEO since 2015, Marsh first joined SaskPower in 1991 as an engineering supervisor before joining the corporate and financial services leadership team in 2001. In 2012, he became vice-president of operations and chief operations officer. Marsh holds a Bachelor of Science degree in mechanical engineering and an MBA.

Bruce Power President and CEO Mike Rencheck

Rencheck joined Bruce Power as president and CEO in 2016. He was the deputy chief operating officer for AREVA Group (international) after being president and CEO of AREVA Inc. in North America. Before joining AREVA, he was senior vice-president and chief nuclear officer at American Electric Power. He is a professional engineer and certified senior reactor operator.

NB Power CEO Gaëtan Thomas

Serving as CEO of NB Power since 2010, Thomas is a loyal and lifelong employee of the utility. He has worked in all aspects of the business, including as vice-president of the nuclear, distribution and customer service divisions. Thomas earned a degree in electrical engineering from the University of New Brunswick.

The CEO panel will be held Thursday, February 27, from 14:00 to 15:00. Find the complete schedule at https://cna.ca/cna2020/program/.

To register for the conference, visit https://cna.ca/cna2020/registration/.


CNA Sponsor Spotlight: Ontario Power Generation

Ontario Power Generation (OPG) is proud to be one of the largest, most diverse clean power producers in North America. OPG is the largest electricity generator in the province, providing almost half the power Ontarians rely on every day. It is also one of the most diverse generators in North America with expertise in nuclear, hydro, biomass, solar and gas.

OPG also has expertise in isotopes. In November, it signed an agreement with Nordion (Canada) Inc. to expand the production of cobalt-60 to the Darlington Nuclear Generating Station. Implementing cobalt-60 production at the Darlington station will replace the capacity lost when the Pickering station ceases operations, and provide increased production to meet global demand.

OPG invests millions of dollars in local economies and employs thousands of people to maintain a modern, sophisticated energy fleet. It partners with local, environmental and Indigenous groups to improve the well-being of the communities in which it has sites.

Here are a few of the impressive numbers from OPG nuclear:

  • 5,728 MW in-service nuclear generating capacity (Sept. 30, 2019)
  • 2 stations, Pickering has 6 units and Darlington has 4 units
  • 34% of Ontario’s electricity supply comes from Pickering (14%) and Darlington (20%)
  • 50 years of experience safely operating nuclear facilities in Ontario
  • $89.9 billion into Ontario’s GDP just from the Darlington refurbishment project
  • 2024 end of commercial electricity generation at Pickering
  • 2055 Darlington operations after refurbishment

The Canadian Nuclear Association is proud to shine a spotlight on its CNA2020 Platinum-level sponsor, Ontario Power Generation.

OPG is the sponsor for the Thursday lunch and keynote speaker. Find the complete schedule at https://cna.ca/cna2020/program/.

To register for the conference, visit https://cna.ca/cna2020/registration/.


CNA sponsor spotlight: Bruce Power

The Canadian Nuclear Association is proud to shine a spotlight on its CNA2020 Uranium-level sponsor, Bruce Power.

Formed in 2001 and based in Bruce County on Lake Huron, Bruce Power was Canada’s first private nuclear generator. The company is a partnership among TC Engery, OMERS Infrastructure Management Inc. (a trust established by the Ontario Municipal Employees Retirement System), The Power Workers’ Union and The Society of Energy Professionals. It operates the Bruce Nuclear Generating Station under a lease with Ontario Power Generation, which owns the site.

The Bruce station has been delivering power to the Ontario electricity grid since 1976. Now, the eight-unit station is one of the largest in the world, operating at 6,288 MWe. In 2018, Bruce generated 48.4 billion kWh, enough to power 5 million Ontario households. That’s more than 30 per cent of Ontario’s electricity.

The utility’s refurbishment of four nuclear units brought 3,000 MW of reliable, low-cost and carbon-free electricity back to the grid. That provided 70 per cent of the electricity needed for the province to phase out coal-fired generation in 2014.

Bruce Power is investing about $13 billion in private money into Units 3 to 8, which are still owned by Ontario taxpayers. The life extension began in 2016 and will continue through 2053, allowing Bruce Power’s units to operate safely through to 2064.

For more than 30 years, the four reactors at Bruce Power’s Bruce B have been a reliable source of cobalt-60 for Nordion. Sterilization cobalt-60 is the first and most widely used type of cobalt-60. It sterilizes 40 per cent of the world’s single-use medical devices, such as sutures, syringes, gowns, gloves and masks. Medical-grade cobalt-60 is used worldwide for radiation-based cancer treatments and for the treatment of complex brain conditions. Bruce Power has recently begun producing this new source of cobalt, which will ensure doctors and their patients have treatments when they need them.

The utility injects billions of dollars into Ontario’s economy annually, providing over 4,000 full-time, direct jobs to highly skilled employees, and thousands more indirectly.

Bruce Power is the sponsor of the CNA2020 welcome reception, the conference’s premier networking event. The reception will be held Wednesday, February 26, from 18:00 to 20:30. They will also host the Bruce Power Suppliers Forum from 14:00 to 16:00. Find the complete schedule at https://cna.ca/cna2020/program/.

Suppliers already registered for CNA2020 will have access to the Bruce Power Supplier Forum. Suppliers not registered can purchase a one-day package that provides access to the forum, and the CNA2020 Trade Show Opening and Welcome Reception. To register, visit https://cna.ca/cna2020/registration/.