Media Advisory - Canadian Nuclear Society meeting in Saint John June 4-6

    SAINT JOHN, NB, June 4 /CNW/ - The Canadian Nuclear Society will hold its
annual conference at the Saint John Trade and Convention Centre, Monday to
Wednesday, June 4-6, 2007. The keynote speaker at the Wednesday Luncheon is
the Hon. Shawn Graham, Premier of New Brunswick, speaking on "New Brunswick
Becoming an Energy Leader".
    "Embracing the Future: Canada's Nuclear Renewal and Growth" is the theme
for this year's gathering of nuclear industry experts from across Canada and
around the world. This theme reflects the global renaissance of interest in
nuclear technology, strongly evident here in Canada through plant
refurbishments (underway and planned), new-build planning, renewal and
expansion of the nuclear workforce, and growth in public support for
environmentally sustainable technology. It is fitting that this year's
conference is held in New Brunswick, as the Point Lepreau Generating Station
prepares for a major refurbishment (2008-2009, with preparations begun in
2005) that will renew this environmentally sustainable energy resource for
another 25-30 years.
    Topics for discussion at this conference will include: the nuclear
renaissance in Canada and around the world, recent developments at Canadian
utilities, status of plant refurbishment and new build plans, and uranium
supply issues. For business, energy, and science reporters this conference
offers an insight into major nuclear projects and an opportunity to meet
leaders in the nuclear sector.
    A few of the many conference highlights (plenary presentations) are
listed below, to which accredited members of the media are invited.
Journalists should report to the Conference front desk with appropriate ID,
and receive a Conference media pass before entering.

    Monday, June 4

    09:00          "Building the Energy Infrastructure in Atlantic Canada",
                   T. Curry (Atlantica Centre for Energy)
    09:25          "Team CANDU",
                   J. Howieson (Atomic Energy of Canada Ltd.)
    09:50          "Meeting the Challenge of Regulating an Expanding Nuclear
                   I. Grant (Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission)
    10:45          Panel: Status of Projects and Stations:
                   "OPG 's Operations: It's All About Performance",
                   G. Smith (Ontario Power Generation)
                   "Gentilly-2 Refurbishment Project - Radiological Dose
                    Reduction Program",
                   C. Drouin (Hydro-Québec)
                   "Point Lepreau Generating Station Refurbishment Project -
                    Update and Status",
                   R. Eagles (NB Power)
                   "AECL: Generating Synergies from Renewal and Growth",
                   J. Hopwood (Atomic Energy of Canada Ltd.)
                   "Bruce A Units 1 & 2 Restart: Project Achievements and
                   A. Johnson (Bruce Power)

    Tuesday, June 5

    13:30          "Success Criteria for the Evolving Business Environment",
                   S. Hamilton (AREVA)
    13:55          "Risk-Informed Regulation and Decision Making"
                   R. Bradley (NEI)
    14:20          Panel: Local Business Community Perspective
                   "Workers' Perspective",
                   R. Galbraith (IBEW)
                   "Conservationist's Perspective",
                   P. Corbyn (NBCC)
                   "Public Consumer Perspective",
                   C. Wight (Omnifacts)
                   "Major Power User's Perspective",
                   M. Mosher (J.D. Irving)
    15:30          "Canada's National Generation IV Program",
                   M. Preville (NRCan)
    15:55          "Increasing the Opportunities for UK - Canadian
                   J.W. Roberts (Sheffield University-UK)
    16:20          "Leveraging Canada's Nuclear Infrastructure for Medical
                   G. Malkoske (MDS Nordion)
    16:45          "21st World Energy Congress, Montreal 2010",
                   M. Stewart (World Energy Congress)

    Wednesday, June 6

    08:00          "Pursuing Operational Excellence,
                   G. Thomas (NB Power Nuclear)
    08:25          "Strategies and Best Practices for Staff Renewal",
                   C. Cottingham (Electricity Sector Council)
    09:20          "WiN: Strengthening Our Talent Base",
                   D. Gillis (Catalyst Canada)
    10:15          Panel: Transferring the Technology:
                   "Organizational Learning",
                   B. Barker Scott (Queen's University)
                   "Training the New Staff",
                   S. Alikhan (ACI)
                   "Educating the New Recruits",
                   G. Kealey (University of New Brunswick)
                   "Professional Development",
                   E. McAndrew-Benavides (North American Young Generation
    11:10          "The Role of "Defences" and "Networks" in the Nuclear
                   J. Froats (CANDU Owners Group)
    11:35          "Education and Training for the Next Generation",
                   P. Spekkens (Ontario Power Generation)

    12:00 - 14:00  Keynote speaker during Wednesday Luncheon, (speech during
                   "New Brunswick Becoming an Energy Leader",
                   The Hon. Shawn Graham, Premier of New Brunswick

    A media room is available for interviews on Wednesday.

For further information:

For further information: Jeremy Whitlock, cell phone: (613) 639-5261,

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