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Canadian Minister of Natural Resources Joe Oliver to Deliver Keynote Address at CNA2014

By Romeo St-Martin
Digital Media Officer
Canadian Nuclear Association

Born and raised in Montreal, Quebec, Natural Resources Minister Joe Oliver entered politics with an impressive academic and investment banking resume.

He obtained both his Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Civil Law at McGill University and later graduated with an MBA from the Harvard Graduate School of Business.

He began his investment banking career at Merrill Lynch, and served in senior positions at other investment dealers and as Executive Director of the Ontario Securities Commission. He was then appointed President and CEO of the Investment Dealers Association of Canada and played a prominent role as Chair of the Advisory Committee of the International Council of Securities Associations and as Chair of the Consultative Committee of the International Association of Securities Commissions.

He ran in a Toronto-area riding in the 2008 federal election, but lost in a close race to the Liberal incumbent, Joe Volpe. In a subsequent election in 2011, he defeated Volpe to win the seat. On May 18, 2011, Oliver was sworn in as the Minister of Natural Resources.

While Oliver is one of the most high-profile cabinet ministers in the Conservative government due in large part to his advocacy for construction of the Keystone XL pipeline, he still understands the importance of Canada’s nuclear sector.

“Nuclear continues to be a key part of Canada’s energy mix and a major contributor to our status as a world leader of clean energy,” he told last year’s CNA conference.

“We all take pride in Canadians’ roles in developing nuclear technology for peaceful purposes. Canadians continue to play a leading role in demonstrating the safe and effective use of nuclear energy.

“Our commitment is to ensure Canada’s tradition of excellence and leadership in nuclear science and technology will continue in support of the needs of Canada and Canadian business and in respect for the Canadian taxpayer,” he said.

The Honourable Joe Oliver will be speaking at CNA2014 this month.


CNA2013 Video: The Honourable Joe Oliver, Minister of Natural Resources

It’s been a few weeks since the 2013 edition of our annual conference. We’ve uploaded videos of speaking sessions to our TalkNuclear YouTube channel and we’ll feature videos on this blog.

Today’s conference video features the Keynote address by the Honourable Joe Oliver, Canada’s Minister of Natural Resources. Minister Oliver spoke on Canada’s nuclear sector.

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Express your Interest in AECL

On February 9, Canada’s Minister of Natural Resources launched a process inviting Expressions of Interest in the activities of Atomic Energy of Canada Limited’s (AECL’s) Nuclear Laboratories.  This process will allow the Government to benefit from the experiences of organizations, domestic or international, involved in the management or restructuring of nuclear science and technology or radioactive waste management.

The government indicated that information gathered through this process will help inform the AECL restructuring process.  The deadline for submissions is April 2.

This is obviously an important opportunity for our member organizations to present their views to the Government on this key issue.

This is your opportunity to have a say in the future of our nuclear science and technology industry. As a member of Canada’s nuclear community, you have valuable experience and knowledge to share towards informing the process that will determine the future of the labs. If you do nothing more than express your confidence in the future of Canada’s nuclear science and technology industry, you will have played an important part in this process.

You can write to the Honourable Minister Joe Oliver at:

Honourable Joe Oliver, P.C., M.P.
Minister of Natural Resources
162 Confederation Building
House of Commons
Ottawa, Ontario, K1A 0A6
Email: joe.oliver@parl.gc.ca

We at TalkNUclear are always interested in hearing your views on this and other issues of collective interest to our industry. Will you make a submission?

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Minister Calls for New Regulatory Processes

A guest blog from our friends at AREVA.

Minister Calls for New Regulatory Processes

Joe Oliver, Canada’s minister for natural resources, said that new, more efficient regulatory processes are needed or the nation could miss out on vital economic opportunities. This issue is of major significance for Saskatchewan’s natural resources industry, which includes uranium mining. Saskatchewan is home to the world’s best uranium deposits and responsible for 17% of the world production.

“No one will stand around and wait for Canada to get its act together, and I doubt I’ll get much argument about that from this audience,” said Oliver before about 50 people at the Ramada Hotel and Convention Centre on Tuesday in Regina. Oliver’s 20-minute presentation was hosted jointly by the Saskatchewan Chamber of Commerce and the Saskatchewan Mining Association.

Oliver noted that Saskatchewan stands to benefit from exporting uranium to countries such as China which are building new nuclear power plants. But, he noted, that under the current regulatory structure the country is at a disadvantage.

Click here to read the full article.

What TalkNUclear thinks:

A more efficient regulatory process has the potential to bring many benefits to Canada. The benefits are economic and social, but also environmental. We made this point when the CNA presented to the House of Commons Standing Committee on Environment and Sustainable Development when they were looking at how to improve the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act (CEAA). Environmental Assessments (EA), under the Act, are very important in our industry; they are a valuable planning tool. We think it’s important to remove process steps that add little or no value to the environment, and have the potential to draw attention away from what really matters.

Read more about our thoughts on regulatory reform, specifically the CEAA review:

Canadian Nuclear Association Encourages Government to Give Full Consideration to CEAA Report Recommendations, March 2012

Speech on the 7-Year Review of the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act, Nov 2011

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Natural Resources Minister Joe Oliver Addresses the CNS 2011 Conference

On Sunday evening, at the Opening Reception of the Canadian Nuclear Society 2011 Conference in Niagara Falls, Natural Resources Minister Joe Oliver addressed the crowd of mostly engineers and scientists who are the “backbone of this industry,” as Mr. Oliver said.

The Minister acknowledged the key role that nuclear has played in Canada’s energy mix for over 40 years, as well as the value the industry brings by way of direct and indirect jobs and billions of dollars in economic activity. He said the new Conservative government is committed to managing the nuclear file and addressing key issues such as legacy waste management and the restructuring of AECL; he says AECL must be “repositioned for success,” starting with the CANDU Reactor Division, then turning attention to AECL’s nuclear laboratories. AECL will be more competitive and benefit Canadian taxpayers.

The AECL labs are huge in Canada’s nuclear history – and really where it all began. Mr. Oliver reminded the CNS conference audience that the labs are where Nobel Prize-winning neutron scattering technology was pioneered, where Canada advanced medical isotope technology and where CANDU technology was created. Mr. Oliver said the Government of Canada recognizes nuclear technology’s contributions in meeting our energy, environmental, and health care needs. He said the Government supports AECL’s work to re-license the NRU at Chalk River to 2016 to ensure the supply of medical isotopes. In fact, you’ll recall the government committed $35 million over two years towards research and development of non-reactor based technologies for isotope production, specifically technetium-99m.

In addressing nuclear safety, the Minister offered words to those affected by the events of March 11 in Japan. He said the effects of the earthquakes and tsunami on the Fukushima nuclear plant are a reminder of the importance of maintaining and constantly improving the industry’s safety culture. The events certainly have strengthened our commitment to the health, safety and security of Canadians and our environment, the Minister said.

Canadian nuclear safety is paramount. From the independent regulator (the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission), to Canada’s highly-trained skilled operators, to the robust design of Canada’s reactors, proven to be among the safest in the world – Canadian nuclear means safety!

The Minister of Natural Resources is also tasked with overseeing the Nuclear Waste Management Organization (NWMO), which is currently in the process of selecting a site for a long-term management facility. Responsible waste management is part of the Government’s commitment to a strong nuclear industry, which is why the government supports the Nuclear Legacy Liabilities Program which addresses accumulated waste from the early years of research and development conducted on behalf of the Canadian Government, as well as the Port Hope Initiative to secure the low-level waste in that community.

In closing Minister Oliver reaffirmed the Government’s commitment to ensuring an industry that is competitive, strong and safe, as a foundation for high-paying jobs and growth. We’re with you, Mr. Oliver!


Federal Cabinet Announcement

Prime Minister Stephen Harper has announced the new Cabinet of his majority government in the 41st Parliament. The Cabinet is now composed of 39 members including the Prime Minister. A total of 31 Ministers were re-appointed.

Ministers who will keep their existing portfolios include Peter Kent, Minister of the Environment; Jim Flaherty, Minister of Finance; Bev Oda, Minister of International Cooperation; and Jason Kenny, Minister of Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism.

Three newly-elected Members of Parliament were promoted directly into Cabinet including Joe Oliver from Toronto (Eglinton–Lawrence), as the new Minister of Natural Resources. His bio is copied below.

Ministers who were assigned new duties include Tony Clement as the President of Treasury Board, and Christian Paradis as Industry Minister and Minister of State for Agriculture.

The Cabinet’s regional composition is as follows:

  • 15 from Ontario
  • 14 from western Canada – including the Prime Minister.
  • 4 from Quebec
  • 5 from Atlantic Canada
  • 1 from Nunavut

Given the Government’s majority status, the role of caucuses and regional Ministers should increase in importance in policy and legislative development.

Prime Minister Harper also announced the membership of the Cabinet Committees (PDF). There are eight Cabinet Committees in total including the Treasury Board Sub-Committee on Strategic and Operating Review. These Committees provide the necessary planning and support for Cabinet decision-making.  The Committees which are the most relevant are: Priorities and Planning, Operations Treasury Board, and Economic Prosperity and Sustainable Growth.

The Prime Minister will continue to chair the Cabinet Committee on Priorities and Planning which provides the strategic direction on Government priorities and expenditure management. Mr. Clement will preside over the Treasury Board Committee and Christian Paradis will Chair the Cabinet committee on Economic Prosperity and Sustainable Growth.

Minister Jason Kenny has been promoted within the Cabinet Committee process as Chair of the influential Cabinet Committee on Operations. This committee was previously chaired by Jim Prentice, and provides the day-to-day coordination of the Government’s agenda, including issues management, house-planning and communications.  It should be noted that Minister Kenny now sits on four Cabinet Committees which increases his influence in the Government’s decision-making processes.

The Minister of Natural Resources, Joe Oliver, is a member of the Treasury Board Sub- Committee on Strategic and Operational Review, and the Cabinet Committee on Economic Prosperity and Sustainable Growth.

The full listing of the Cabinet Ministers and their biographies.


Joe Oliver, Minister of Natural Resources
Eglinton–Lawrence (Ontario)

Joe Oliver was elected to the House of Commons for the first time in May 2011.

Mr. Oliver began his investment banking career at Merrill Lynch, and served in senior positions at other investment dealers and as Executive Director of the Ontario Securities Commission. He was then appointed President and Chief Executive Officer of the Investment Dealers Association of Canada. He also played a prominent role as Chair of the Advisory Committee of the International Council of Securities Associations and as Chair of the Consultative Committee of the International Association of Securities Commissions. A graduate of the Directors Education Program at the Rotman School of Management, he was also a member of the Canadian Institute of Chartered Business Valuators and sat on the board of the Canadian Securities Institute Research Foundation.

Mr. Oliver is an active member of his community and volunteers for various charities in Canada and abroad. He served as Chair of the Prostate Cancer Research Foundation of Canada for four years and continues to be an active volunteer at Mount Sinai Hospital.

Mr. Oliver obtained both his Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Civil Law at McGill University. He was called to the Quebec Bar and later graduated with an MBA from the Harvard Graduate School of Business.