OTTAWA, Feb. 28 /CNW/ - Canada's nuclear industry is poised for growth
and change in the coming years, according to discussions at the
Canadian Nuclear Association's (CNA) Annual Conference and Trade Show
held last week in Ottawa.
"Nuclear is here to stay," said Denise Carpenter, President and CEO,
CNA. "Over the past few days we've heard about the global nuclear
energy expansion and as a Canadian industry, our members have the
competitive edge and opportunity to play a key role in this worldwide
More than 700 delegates from over 15 countries gathered at the CNA
Conference, themed "Competing in World Markets - Strategies for Growth"
to discuss the future of nuclear in Canada and abroad.
"There are exciting developments in Canadian nuclear research, and
important commitments going forward such as Ontario's plans for new
nuclear and refurbishments at OPG's Darlington Station. These
initiatives along with new and emerging markets for Canada's uranium
will continue to provide highly-skilled positions and Canadian know-how
of the more than 70,000 people in our industry," said Carpenter.
During a keynote speech, Globe and Mail Ottawa Bureau Chief John
Ibbitson said that ignoring the benefits of nuclear would be a costly
mistake to both the health of Canadians and our economy as the
Government of Canada proceeds with the restructuring of Atomic Energy
of Canada Limited.
"There is a baby in there with the bathwater, and throwing out all the
healthy, encouraging, high potential parts of Canada's nuclear industry
because one facet of the industry has encountered problems is not only
counterproductive, it's foolish and it puts tens of thousands of jobs
and a large part of our national R&D infrastructure at risk," said
A CEO Panel discussion was also a key highlight for delegates as it
encouraged the sharing of best practices and lessons learned among key
companies that will contribute to continuous improvements and
efficiencies within the industry.
Other key speakers included Tom Mitchell, President and CEO of Ontario
Power Generation, Ontario Progressive Conservative Leader Tim Hudak,
Lyn Heward, former President and Chief Operating Officer of Cirque du
Soleil and Vijay Vaitheeswaran, award-winning correspondent for The
Conference highlights, including links to videos from speaker sessions,
can be found on Twitter @talknuclear.
SOURCE CANADIAN NUCLEAR ASSOCIATION
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