Expanding nuclear industry offers opportunities for Windsor-Essex

    AECL chair outlines opportunities for area manufacturers and skilled

    WINDSOR, ON, May 12 /CNW/ - Windsor-Essex Region has the skills,
experience, and intellectual resources to become integral players in Canada's
expanding nuclear industry, says Atomic Energy of Canada Limited's (AECL)
chair Glenna Carr.
    Speaking at the Windsor-Essex Chamber of Commerce, Ms. Carr described the
enormous opportunity for the region which she said has a well-educated and
skilled workforce, and a keen interest in the jobs of the future - valuable
assets that could help drive the area's recovery from recent economic
    "Canada's nuclear industry has the potential to create thousands of new
jobs, and generate billions of dollars in revenue," said Ms. Carr. "There are
now plans to build more than 230 nuclear reactors around the world
representing an investment of more than one trillion dollars in the next 20
years. Winning just a fraction of the world nuclear new build market
represents enormous opportunity for AECL, its suppliers and all Canadians."
    Ms. Carr referenced a recent Conference Board of Canada study that
estimates if AECL and its Team CANDU partners were to build four twin Advanced
CANDU Reactors - or ACR-1000s - in Canada, and eight twin reactors
internationally, it would generate 500,000 person-years of employment for
    Ms. Carr also suggested ways for Windsor-Essex to help get its workers
into the nuclear industry. "Creating partnerships between government,
educational institutions and the private sector can create career prospects
for college and university students while enhancing Canada's nuclear
capabilities," said Ms. Carr. "We are going to need people in key trades such
as welders, mechanical technicians and precision metal cutters, as well as
engineers and leaders in human resources and safety management. To fill these
roles, we need to raise awareness in schools and the community at large about
the opportunities for work in the nuclear sector."
    Ms. Carr said the nuclear industry and Windsor-Essex schools and colleges
need to work together to help people transition into nuclear. "St. Clair
College provides transitional learning so that Windsor-area residents can be
hired in positions to support the growing nuclear industry, and take advantage
of employment opportunities," she said.

    About AECL

    Atomic Energy of Canada Limited is a full-service nuclear technology
company providing services to nuclear utilities around the world. Established
in 1952, AECL is the designer and builder of CANDU technology, including the
CANDU 6, one of the world's top performing reactors. AECL's 5,000 employees
deliver cutting edge nuclear services, R&D support, design and engineering,
construction management, specialized technology, refurbishment, waste
management and decommissioning in support of CANDU reactor products.

    Are you CANDU qualified? Suppliers interested in becoming CANDU qualified
can do so at www.aecl.ca

For further information:

For further information: Dale Coffin, Director, Corporate
Communications, AECL, (905) 403-7457

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