Media Alert - The Canadian Nuclear Society will hold its 36th annual conference at the Marriott Toronto Eaton Centre Hotel, Sunday to Wednesday, June 19-22, 2016

TORONTO, June 17, 2016 /CNW/ -  "Nuclear in the 21st Century: Global Directions and Canada's Role" is the theme for this year's gathering of nuclear industry experts from across Canada and around the world.

This theme reflects the national focus and team effort embraced by the Canadian nuclear science and technology community as it develops innovative solutions to meet society's needs in the 21st century. 

Topics for discussion at this conference will include: the status of nuclear science and technology in Canada and around the world, recent developments at Canadian utilities and laboratories, issues facing new nuclear technology development, plans for plant refurbishment, nuclear medicine, public engagement and outreach, and nuclear waste management. 

A trade show featuring suppliers and other members of the Canadian nuclear industry will run concurrently.  Also concurrent is the 40th CNS/CNA Student Conference.

On Monday, June 20, recent Nobel laureate, Dr. Art McDonald (Queen's University) will deliver the prestigious "W.B. Lewis" lecture.  The title of his presentation is "The Sudbury Neutrino Observatory: A Nobel Use for Heavy Water".

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 are listed below (more details at

Media passes are available to accredited journalists at the conference registration desk (access to luncheons does not include meals).




Welcoming Remarks & Opening of Conference: Paul Thompson (CNS President)


Honorary Conference Chair Address: John Mackinnon (President & CEO, AMEC Foster Wheeler)


Plenary 1A: Panel Discussion by Countries Developing Nuclear Power:

"Convention on Nuclear Safety" (Barclay Howden, Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission)

"Challenge of Nuclear-Energy Program in Indonesia" (Djarot Wisnubroto, Indonesia)

"Core Conversion of the SLOWPOKE-2 Reactor in Kingston, Jamaica" (Charles Grant, Jamaica)


W.B. Lewis Lecture: "The Sudbury Neutrino Observatory: A Nobel Use for Heavy Water" (Nobel Laureate Prof. Art McDonald, Queen's University)




Plenary 1B: Sustainability of Canada's Nuclear Generation:

"The Role of Nuclear in a Low-Carbon Future" (John Barrett, Canadian Nuclear Association)

"Canadian Nuclear Laboratories' Role in Supporting the Low-Carbon Economy, Mark Lesinski (CNL)

"The Advanced Fuel CANDU Reactor and its Contribution to a Sustainable Fuel Cycle, Preston Swafford (SNC Lavalin Nuclear)

"Importance of a Healthy Nuclear Safety Culture" (Ian Rowley, Bruce Power)

"Key Challenges in the Coming Decade for Long-Term Sustainability of the CANDU Fleet" (Fred Dermarkar, CANDU Owners' Group)


Conference Luncheon



Conference Luncheon Honours & Awards Ceremony


Plenary 2A: Innovation in Health and Nuclear Medicine:

"Clinical Use of Medical Isotopes Today and Beyond: The Future is Scintillating" (Andrew Ross, Canadian Association of Nuclear Medicine)

"Game Changer: Will Canadian Innovators Succeed in Changing the Tc-99m Medical Isotope Global Supply Chain?" (François Couillard, Canadian Association of Medical Radiation Technologists) 

"Innovations in Isotope Production: How Canadian Technology Can Play a Role in the Future of a Global Isotope Supply" (Paul Schaffer, TRIUMF)

"Producing Mo-99 Without Using Fission" (Mark De Jong, Canadian Isotope Innovations)

"Selective Gas Extraction: A Transformational Production Technology" (Joanne Grozelle, Nordion)




Plenary 2B: Public Engagement – How Can We Better Communicate the Risks and Benefits of Nuclear Technology?:

"The CNSC's Approach to Communications" (Jason Cameron, Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission)

"Public Engagement on Canada's Plan for the Long-Term Management of Used Nuclear Fuel" (Robert Watts, Nuclear Waste Management Organization)

"Catching the Wave: Taking Advantage of Carbon Awareness After COP21" (Katherine Ward, SNC-Lavalin)

"Women in Nuclear Canada: Extending our Reach" (Heather Kleb, Women in Nuclear Canada)



Plenary 3A: Advanced Reactor Technology – SMR Applications and Challenges:

"SMRs and a Nuclear Technology Roadmap for Canada" (Robert Walker, CNL - Retired)

"Challenges of Power Generation in the Canadian North" (Peter Lang, Dunedin Energy Systems)

"Policy Landscape for Nuclear Energy in Ontario" (Adrian Nalasco (Ontario Ministry of Energy)

"Placing Innovative Nuclear Reactors into Communities" (Neil Alexander, Sylvia Fedoruk Canadian Centre for Nuclear Innovation)

"The Emissions-Free Energy Working Group – The Power of One" (Roger Humphries, Amec Foster Wheeler)




Plenary 3B: Nuclear Opportunities, International:

"Opportunities in China" (Jun Tang, BWXT Canada Ltd.)

"Opportunities in Eastern Europe/South Africa" (Ron Moleschi, Hatch Ltd.)

"Opportunities in UK/USA" (Antony Morris, SNC-Lavalin Inc.)

"Opportunities in India" (Husain Mehdi, Kinectrics Inc.)

"Opportunities in Russia" (Ahab Abdel-Aziz, Gowlings)

"Opportunities in Russia" (Andrey Chubarov, JSC Rusatom Overseas)

"Opportunities in South America" (Michael Chatlani, L-3 MAPPS)


Conference Luncheon: "Refurbishment of the Darlington Nuclear Station"; Guest Speaker Neil Mitchell (V-P Refurbishment Engineering, OPG)


Conference Closing Remarks P. Ozemoyah (Chair)


SOURCE Canadian Nuclear Society

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