Second annual OCI trade show welcomes over 50 nuclear vendors to the
CHALK RIVER, ON, Sept. 14, 2012 /CNW/ - Atomic Energy of Canada Limited
(AECL) and the Organization of CANDU Industries (OCI) are pleased to
announce that the OCI Suppliers Day was once again held at the Chalk
River Laboratories yesterday, welcoming over 50 nuclear vendors to the
Ottawa Valley. The second annual fall trade show offered AECL employees
the opportunity to network with representatives from the Canadian
nuclear supply chain and to explore new commercial and technology
While the trade show was a clear success for OCI members, with vendor
booths buzzing from start to finish, AECL also took the opportunity to
showcase its own innovative technologies through displays and
demonstrations. As a result, both organizations walked away with a
better understanding of each other's technologies and capabilities, and
of ways in which they could collaborate in using innovation to
strengthen the Canadian nuclear supply chain.
In addition to the annual trade show, a joint workshop was hosted by OCI
and AECL on September 11 to discuss innovation in Canada's nuclear
supply chain. Among other issues, the workshop examined ways in which
AECL can stimulate business innovation in the nuclear supply chain, and
reviewed case studies involving successful AECL collaborations and
commercial ventures. In addition to OCI and AECL representatives, a
number of local elected officials and economic development
professionals also attended to discuss economic opportunities in
Renfrew County, including Cheryl Gallant, MP for
"As Canada's premiere nuclear science and technology organization, it's
critical that we have a strong and mutually beneficial relationship
with our supply chain," said Richard Coté, AECL's Vice-President of
Commercial. "OCI Suppliers Day provides AECL with a great opportunity
to strengthen our ties with our vendors, and to discover new ways in
which we can work together to improve our industry."
"Ultimately, the OCI Suppliers Day and the joint workshop on 'Innovation
in the Canadian nuclear supply chain' are about relationship building,"
said Ron Oberth, President of OCI. "It's an opportunity for our members
to show off the great work that they do with key partners, and to
discuss ways in which we can collectively drive our industry forward.
The enthusiastic participation of more than 50 private sector Canadian
suppliers in these two sessions demonstrate the important role that
AECL plays in underpinning the Canadian nuclear industry."
"From a commercial perspective, this event greatly benefited both
organizations as well as the local community, and I'd like to extend my
sincere thanks to OCI and our vendors for making the trip to AECL,"
added Coté. "OCI performs a vital service to the Canadian nuclear
industry, and their AECL Suppliers Day is a clear example of the
benefits they offer our sector. I hope we'll be welcoming them back to
the Ottawa Valley again next year."
Organization of CANDU Industries is an association of more than 170
leading Canadian suppliers to the nuclear industry in Canada and
offshore. OCI members companies employ collectively around 30,000
highly skilled and specialized people who manufacture major equipment
and components and provide engineering services and support for the 20
CANDU nuclear power plants in Canada as well as for CANDU and other
nuclear plants in offshore markets. OCI is the leading voice of the
Canadian nuclear supply chain and actively promotes the production of
safe, clean and reliable nuclear base load electricity as a key part of
a balanced electricity generation portfolio in Ontario.
For more information on OCI can be found at www.oci-aic.org.
Atomic Energy of Canada Limited (AECL) is Canada's premiere nuclear
science and technology organization. For 60 years, AECL has been a
world leader in developing peaceful and innovative applications from
nuclear technology through its expertise in physics, metallurgy,
chemistry, biology and engineering. Over 3,000 highly skilled employees
deliver a range of nuclear services - ranging from research and
development, design and engineering to specialized technology, waste
management and decommissioning.
Today, AECL continues its commitment to ensure that Canadians and the
world receive energy, health, environmental and economic benefits from
nuclear science and technology with confidence that nuclear safety and
security are assured.
More information on AECL can be found at www.aecl.ca.
SOURCE: Organization of CANDU Industries
For further information:
Director, Corporate Communications
Atomic Energy of Canada Limited
Manager, Member Services & Communications
Organization of CANDU Industries