Canada's Nuclear Community Sees Bright Future

OTTAWA, Feb. 25 /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 this 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 renaissance."

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."

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 Ibbitson.

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 Economist.

Conference highlights, including links to videos from speaker sessions, can be found on Twitter @talknuclear.


For further information:

Kathleen Olson
Manager, Communications and Media Relations
Canadian Nuclear Association

Jen Stewart
CNA Communications
613 401 1097

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