Media Alert - The Canadian Nuclear Society will hold its 35th annual conference at the Hilton Saint John and Saint John Trade and Convention Centre, Sunday to Wednesday, May 31 - June 3, 2015.

May 29, 2015, 07:00 ET from Canadian Nuclear Society

SAINT JOHN, May 29, 2015 /CNW/ - "Nuclear Innovation Through Collaboration" is the theme for this year's gathering of nuclear industry experts from across Canada and around the world, co-hosted by NB Power.

This theme reflects the team effort within the Canadian nuclear science and technology community which will ensure safe and cost-effective operation, and develop 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, licensing issues for new nuclear technology development, plans for plant refurbishment, and nuclear waste management.  Special sessions on Canada's plan for used fuel management will be held, as well as special events and display booths featuring suppliers and other members of the Canadian nuclear industry.

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: Jacques Plourde, CNS President


Honorary Conference Chair Address: Gaëtan Thomas, President & CEO, NB Power

08:15 -10:00

Plenary Session: Nuclear Power – Utility Collaborations to Improve Lifetime Performance

"Strategic Importance of Collaboration and Examples", Keith Miller (NBP)

"Collaboration Between CNP & NBP", Pierre Tremblay (CNP )

"Developing Technical Exchanges with C-6 Utilities", Hong Tan (CNNO)

"Achieving CANDU Excellence Through Collaboration", Fred Dermarkar (CANDU Owners' Group)

10:00 Break

10:30 – 12:00

Panel Discussion: Performance Improvement Programs: Goals and Experience

Frank Guglielmi (CNP/PL)

Steve Ramjist (OPG)

Paul Boucher (Bruce Power)

Neil Mitchell (OPG)

Hong Tan (TQNCP)


Luncheon & Harold A. Smith Lecture: Guest Speaker Pierre Tremblay, Canadian Nuclear Partners


08:00 - 09:40

Panel Discussion:  Int'l Developments in Used Nuclear Fuel Repository Programs


Conference Luncheon  and Honours & Awards Ceremony

14:00 – 15:30

Plenary Session: Enterprise Risk Management

"Enterprise Risk Management", Chris Eaton (Enbridge)

"Managing Risk for a Nuclear Generator", Christine Cosby (Bruce Power)

"The Importance of Leadership", Gaëtan Thomas (NBP)

"Technical Conscience", Paul Freeman (INPO)

"Risk Control and Nuclear Liability", Colleen DeMerchant (NIAC)

15:30 Break


Panel Session: Vendor Role in a Continuously Improving Industry

Sean Sarkar (Sartrex Inc.)

Keith Scott (WorleyParsons)

Vince Robinson (Tyne Engineering)

Brian Thorne (NB Power)

Scott Malcolm (SNC-Lavalin)


08:00 – 09:45

Plenary Session: Waste Management and Decommissioning

"Implementing Canada's Plan for the Long-Term Management of Used Nuclear Fuel", Derek Wilson (NWMO)

"Shutdown of Pickering Station", Laurie Swami (OPG)

"Managing the Legacy Waste", Joan Miller (CNL)

"Regulatory Oversight of Nuclear Waste and Decommissioning", Ramzi Jammal (CNSC)

"Int'l Overview on Status and Future Developments in Decommissioning of NPP", Michael Siemann (NEA)



10:15 – 12:00

Plenary Session: Developing Technologies and Resources

"R&D at the Universities", Basma Shalaby (UNENE)

"Developing Technologies and Resources", Robert Walker (CNL)

"Professional Development and Extension Programs", George Bereznai (UOIT)

"The Importance of Industrial R&D and Collaboration", Robert Whalen (SNC-Lavalin)

"Nuclear Innovation in Saskatchewan", Neil Alexander (Sylvia Fedoruk Canadian Centre for Nuclear Innovation)


Conference Luncheon: Guest Speaker Dr. John Hilborn, AECL Retired, "70th Anniversary of ZEEP and Controlled Fission in Canada"


Panel Discussion: Transportation of Used Nuclear Fuel

SOURCE Canadian Nuclear Society