The Canadian Nuclear Society will hold its 31st annual conference at the
Hilton Bonaventure in Montreal, Tuesday to Thursday, May 25-27, 2010

MONTREAL, May 18 /CNW/ - "Atoms for Power, Health and the Environment" is the theme for this year's gathering of nuclear industry experts from across Canada and around the world. This theme reflects a growing recognition of nuclear technology's many roles in supporting economic growth, medical advances, and environmental protection. It also reflects the exciting advancements taking place within Canada's nuclear science and technology community in order to meet these needs.

Topics for discussion at this conference will include: the nuclear renaissance in Canada and around the world, recent developments at Canadian utilities, plans for plant refurbishment and new build, and medical isotope 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 are listed below (more details at

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

        Tuesday, May 25:

Plenary IA: "New-Build & Refurbishment Program"

Session Chairs: R. Hafiz (SNC-Lavalin Nuclear), K. Scott (Atlantic Nuclear Services Limited)

08:10 Tony De Vuono, Senior Vice-President and Chief Technology Officer, AECL)

08:35 Tom Mitchell (President & CEO, Ontario Power Generation)

09:00 Gaetan Thomas (President and CEO (Acting), New Brunswick Power)

09:25 Break

09:55 The Complete Nuclear Cycle - Uranium to Recycling: Mike Ruysseveldt (Director, Business Development, AREVA NP Canada)

10:20 Nuclear Situation in the UK: John Roberts (University of Manchester)

10:45 Claude Drouin (Directeur adjoint, Projet réfection Gentilly 2, Hydro-Québec)

11:45 Conference Luncheon & W.B. Lewis Lecture - Speaker: Dr. Dan Meneley (Former Chief Engineer & Engineer Emeritus, AECL): "Nuclear Energy in This Century - A Bird in the Hand: the Need, the Challenges and the Way Forward"

        Wednesday, May 26:

Plenary II: Performance & Environmental Improvement

Session Chair R. Eagles (New Brunswick Power)

14:00 Patrice Desbiens (Technical Manager, Hydro-Québec)

14:25 Jill Doucett (Director, Business Excellence Processes, Point Lepreau)

14:50 William H. Cooper (Senior Project Manager, AREVA NP Canada)

15:15 Chun Zeng (Deputy Director, Technology Department, TQNPC, China)

15:40 John Froats (President, CANDU Owners' Group): "Enhancing Performance Through Collaboration"

        Thursday, May 27:

14:00 Plenary III: Nuclear Science & Technology and Health (Session Chair J. Froats, CANDU Owners' Group)

14:00 Jean-Luc Urbain, MD (President, Canadian Association of Nuclear Medicine): Medical Isotopes and Emerging Nuclear Medicine Technologies

14:25 Michael Binder (President, Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission): "Ensuring Nuclear Safety in Research and Health"

14:50 William Pilkington (Sr. VP and Chief Nuclear Officer, AECL): NRU Restart

15:15 Rick Jones (Emeritus Physicist, AECL): History of ZED-2

SOURCE Canadian Nuclear Society

For further information: For further information: Media contact/spokesperson: Dr. Jeremy Whitlock, cell: (613) 639-5261, email:

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