OTTAWA, Feb. 24, 2012 /CNW/ - Canada's nuclear industry is poised for
future growth and prosperity, according to discussions at the Canadian
Nuclear Association (CNA) Annual Conference and Trade Show in Ottawa.
"Canada's nuclear industry is as strong as ever," said Denise Carpenter,
President and Chief Executive Officer, CNA. "Over the past few days, we
have had great discussions on how our industry is leveraging lessons
learned from Fukushima and how innovations in research and technology
can improve and grow nuclear in Canada and abroad."
More than 650 delegates from the nuclear community attended the
conference, themed 'Leadership Through Innovation.'
Tom Mitchell, President and Chief Executive Officer, Ontario Power
Generation (OPG), provided an overview of the progress made by the
World Association of Nuclear Operators Fukushima Response Commission
and discussed groundbreaking methods of communicating risk and nuclear
"We are not ignoring the lessons we learned from Fukushima," said
Mitchell. "Safety, despite our industry's excellent track record, can
never be taken for granted."
OPG has almost a dozen Fukushima-related projects underway or planned
for implementation between now and the end of 2016.
Underscoring the industry's growth, the Honourable Rob Norris,
Saskatchewan's Minister Responsible for Innovation, announced a
multi-year agreement to provide funding for the new $30 million
Canadian Centre for Nuclear Innovation.
Other conference highlights included a keynote speech by Patrick Lamarre
on the future opportunities for SNC‐Lavalin Nuclear following their
recent acquisition of the CANDU Reactor Division of Atomic Energy of
Canada Limited, and the presentation of the annual Ian McRae Award to
Mr. Gerald (Jerry) Grandey, former chief executive officer of Cameco
Conference highlights, including links to videos from speaker sessions,
can be found on Twitter @talkNUclear and #cnagm2012
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