Board of Directors
John R. MacQuarrie is President of the Nuclear Power Group segment of BWX Technologies, Inc., (BWXT) which includes BWXT Canada Ltd., (BWXT Canada), its subsidiaries BWXT Nuclear Energy Canada Inc., BWXT Precision Manufacturing Inc., and Intech International Inc. as well as BWXT Canada’s affiliate, BWXT Medical Ltd. (BWXT Medical). BWXT Canada and BWXT ITG are subsidiaries of BWXT. BWXT is headquartered in Lynchburg, Virginia.
BWXT’s Nuclear Power Group serves the global commercial nuclear power industry with engineering, critical components, services and fuel, and it serves the nuclear medicine industry with medical isotopes and radiopharmaceuticals. With 28 years of nuclear industry experience, Mr. MacQuarrie’s career includes over 21 years with the Company. Previously, Mr. MacQuarrie served as Vice President, Business Development & Marketing for the Company’s commercial nuclear energy operating group. Prior to that he was the Vice President of Nuclear Services for the Company where he was responsible for global services delivery. He assumed this role after several years as the General Manager of Nuclear Services and Equipment for the Company’s Canadian operations. John holds a bachelor’s degree and master’s degrees of applied science in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Toronto and is a licensed professional engineer in the province of Ontario. John is also the Chair of the Board of Directors for the Canadian Nuclear Association, is a board member with the Nuclear Innovation Institute and sits on an Advisory Committee for Women in Nuclear.
As OPG’s Senior Vice President – Corporate Affairs, Heather Ferguson is responsible for all stakeholder, public and media outreach, government relations, Indigenous relations, and branding activities in support of OPG business goals.
Heather has more than twenty years’ experience in the resource development, energy and electricity sectors, which includes OPG’s VP of New Business Ventures & Electrification, VP of Environment, and Director of the Hydro Business Development Group. In these roles, she was instrumental in creating OPG’s electrification development group as well as assembling the company’s new nuclear team working to advance small modular nuclear reactors. As the hydro business development lead, Heather and her team successfully built northern power projects in partnership with Indigenous communities. She also worked previously in the Calgary office of Golder Associates supporting clients from the mining and oil & gas sectors.
Heather currently also serves as a Director on the Boards of Atura Power and the Council of Great Lakes Region. She holds an undergraduate and Master’s degree in Science from Queen’s University, as well as an MBA from the Rotman School of Management.
Accomplished Senior Nuclear General Manager with 30 years of experience and a proven track in all areas of nuclear power generation. Known in the industry for driving business results and maximizing profitability through project management, prudent management of people, technology and processes.
- Managed technology development and implementation for plant life extension and reactor maintenance and inspection programs in excess of $100m
- Establishing strategies and plans for large nuclear programs
- Expertise in new builds, operations, outage management and decommissioning.
- Developed nuclear business and account management strategies internationally
- Selling nuclear
Narinder Graduated from Warwick University MSc. Manufacturing Systems.
In 1987 Narinder joined Atomic Energy of Canada Ltd. as a Robotics engineer and implemented automated for nuclear inspection and maintenance. In 1990 he joined SPAR Aerospace as a senior engineer and worked on the design and configuration of multi- degree of freedom programmable manipulators to service the Space Station Freedom.
Narinder re-joined AECL in 1992 and became the manager of the development and test services and in 1996 Narinder was promoted to the position of Director of Inspection and Maintenance services group. During this time he was responsible for major projects at almost every Candu site in the world. In 2005 Narinder, as the Director, Retube Systems, was responsible for developing all the automated tooling from concept to commissioning for the refurbishing of the Candu 6 nuclear reactors.
In 2008 Narinder along with four partners created Promation Nuclear Ltd. and established Promation as a key nuclear supplier to the Canadian utilities.
In 2012 Narinder joined ATS Automation as the General Manager, Nuclear. ATS are now a leader in developing refurbishment and reactor inspection and maintenance tooling. Narinder is responsible for leading the nuclear division and continues to develop ATS as a world class nuclear services company.
David Campbell is the Senior Vice President of Veolia Nuclear Solutions’ federal services business, where he leads business development activities for Veolia’s integrated nuclear services offering. David has more than 25 years of experience developing, managing and implementing government, corporate and commercial business development programs. He most recently served as vice president for marketing and business development at Bechtel Nuclear, Security and Environmental, following senior executive roles at Weston Solutions Inc. and the U.S. National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA).
Milt Caplan is President of MZConsulting Inc., providing services based on more than 30 years’ experience in the nuclear industry developing new-build nuclear projects from conception to project completion around the globe.
Experience includes overall project development, strategy formulation, business model development, economic assessment, costing and pricing, strategic partnering, project financing and contract negotiation. He has managed numerous new plant proposals under sole source and competitive situations in Canada, the USA, Europe and Asia; developing the strategies for risk allocation and pricing. Milt also has a strong focus on energy economics with emphasis on demonstrating the economic viability of electricity supply options and driving the development of next generation products to meet cost targets.
He is the current chair of the World Nuclear Association Economics Working Group and is on the faculty of the World Nuclear University where he teaches nuclear economics and nuclear plant structuring and financing.
Milt obtained his Bachelor of Engineering in Nuclear Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, New York, USA, and a MBA from the University of Toronto.
David Cates is a Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA, CA) and holds Master of Accounting (MAcc) and Honours Bachelor of Arts (BA) degrees from the University of Waterloo. Prior to his appointment as President and Chief Executive Officer, Mr. Cates served as Denison’s Vice President Finance, Tax and Chief Financial Officer. As Chief Financial Officer, Mr. Cates played a key role in the Company’s mergers and acquisitions activities – leading the acquisition of Rockgate Capital Corp. and International Enexco Ltd. Mr. Cates joined Denison in 2008 and held the position of Director, Taxation prior to his appointment as Chief Financial Officer. Prior to joining the Company, Mr. Cates held positions at Kinross Gold Corp. and PwC LLP with a focus on the resource industry.
Dr. Douglas Chambers was a founder, Executive Vice President and Director of Risk and Radioactivity at SENES Consultants (SENES) from 1980 through 2013. He has more than 40 years of consulting experience with industry, all levels of government, and various national and international agencies. SENES was acquired by Arcadis, a large international design and consultancy firm in March 2013. He is currently a Vice President at Arcadis Canada and Technical Knowledge and Innovation (TKI) Discipline Lead for Radioactivity Services.
Dr Chambers provides strategic advice to industry and governments in Canada, the USA and internationally concerning radioactivity, human health and environmental risk; facility risk; regulatory affairs; environmental assessment; and licencing. He has presented at numerous hearings, public meetings and served as expert advisor and witness. His work is recognized in Canada, the USA and internationally.
He is a member of the Canadian Standards Association (CSA) N288 Committee on Environmental Radiation Protection (since 1977); he was a member of the Canadian Atomic Energy Control Board’s (former) Advisory Committee on Radiological Protection and a member of the US NCRP Committee 85 on radon. He was a member of the Canadian delegation to UNSCEAR from 1998 through 2011 during which period he prepared two UNSCEAR Annexes and was a major contributor to two others on tritium and uranium. He was also a member of ICRP Committee 2 (dosimetry) and continues to be a member of technical working groups.
He has been an a number of industry groups, among them, the CNA, the National Mining Association and The Fertilizer Institute. He has particpated in a number of International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) expert working groups, a member of the USEPA’s Radiation Advisory Committee (RAC), and past President of the Environment and Radon Section of the US Health Physics Society. Dr. Chambers was the recipient of the 1997 W.B. Lewis award of the Canadian Nuclear Society for his achievements in environmental radioactivity. In February 2002, Dr. Chambers was the Morgan lecturer for the Health Physics mid-year symposium in Orlando.
Michael assumed responsibility for L3Harris’ Power Systems and Simulation business’ sales some 25 years ago. He and his team grew sales and market presence, establishing the company as the world leader in the delivery of nuclear power plant simulators. The globally envied Orchid® brand—the software that drives L3Harris’ power plant simulators—was also developed under Michael’s leadership.
He is supported by sales professionals, a proposal development team and sales representatives globally. As the head of business development, he is often involved with defining the company’s technological needs/innovations.
Prior to his roles in marketing and business development, Michael held various positions in project management implementing both energy management and power plant simulator projects.
Michael holds a Bachelor of Engineering (Mechanical) degree from Concordia University in Montreal, Canada.
L3Harris Technologies’ solutions in the power sector unlock value in training and engineering with its classroom training technology, plant systems trainers, simulation assisted engineering solutions, 3D visualization and immersion and full scope operator training simulators. L3Harris provides advanced defense and commercial technologies across air, land, sea, space and cyber domains.
Thomas Clochard is Senior Vice President and Executive Lead, Nuclear, responsible for leading Aecon’s nuclear group with a focus on driving improved project performance while building strong client-focused relationships and exploring opportunities for the future growth of Aecon’s nuclear business.
Mr. Clochard brings global experience in major project management, leading and restructuring businesses, civil works design, engineering and construction, project controls, contracts and claims management.
Prior to joining Aecon, Mr. Clochard held leadership roles at Eiffage Canada, including Director of Operations, and most recently served as Chief Executive Officer where he was responsible for defining and implementing a long-term Canadian strategy including the diversification and growth trajectory of the organization. Mr. Clochard also held progressively senior roles at Vinci, beginning as Design-Build Project Engineer/Section Manager in France, before becoming Bid Director in the United Kingdom, followed by Deputy Project Manager for a major multi-purpose sports complex project in Russia, and Contracts and Project Controls Manager for an Infrastructure P3 project in the United States.
Mr. Clochard holds a Masters of Engineering degree from École Nationale des Ponts et Chaussees in France and holds three other Masters degrees in Physics and Applied Mathematics, Microeconomics and International Relations. He is a member of the Board of Directors for the Canadian Nuclear Association.
Katherine Moshonas Cole is a nuclear industry executive with over 34 years in the Canadian Nuclear Industry. She has a long-established reputation for her leadership and strategic thinking. She has led teams of people to thrive, bringing out the best in people of diverse interests, perspectives, and abilities. Katherine is excited about innovations in the nuclear industry that advance sustainable development and environmental and social responsibility. In early 2020 she took on the role of X-energy’s Canada Country Manager, to lead the company’s strategy and commercial development activities in Canada.
Throughout her career, Katherine has been a strong advocate for the nuclear industry, taking an active interest in the issues that affect our industry. Katherine has provided leadership and strategic support in a broad range of areas. She held several key executive positions in the industry, including General Manager at Kinectrics, Managing Director and VP Business Development for Candesco, and Managing Director of ITER Canada, during Canada’s early efforts to support nuclear fusion research and commercialization.
Katherine is a member of Professional Engineers Ontario and has a Bachelor of Applied Science in Engineering Science from the University of Toronto.
Pat Dalzell is the Head of Corporate Affair at Bruce Power, a role primarily focused on the development and growth of the corporate identity through government and stakeholder engagement; corporate and community communications; and promoting areas of energy innovation and the use of nuclear isotopes in the fight against cancer. Previous to this, he held the role of Director of Government and Stakeholder relations coordinating partnerships with all levels of government along with key member associations, economic development groups, the electricity system operator and labour representatives.
Pat started his career at Bruce Power in 2011 as a Senior Financial Trader where he worked on the Geographic Diversification Initiative to develop new trading strategies and optimize regional diversification. In 2015, he embarked on a new position with Bruce Power working alongside the Chief Investment Officer helping to oversee the investment and risk management of Bruce Power’s defined benefit pension plan. Prior to working for Bruce Power, Patrick worked as a hedge fund derivatives trader at Aquilon Power.
Pat holds a Bachelor of Commerce Degree in Finance from Concordia University. He is a charter holder of the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) program and completed the Leading the Business Program at the IVEY Academy at Western University.
As Senior Vice-President, Project Delivery, Julianne den Decker is responsible for all Canadian Nuclear Major EPC Projects and New Reactors. In this capacity, she is responsible for SNC-Lavalin’s role in the Ontario refurbishment projects at Bruce Power and Ontario Power Generation as well as all new reactor design and delivery including new builds and SMR development support. She leads the Nuclear Sector’s Center of Excellence for Major Project Delivery, and is functionally responsible for all of Nuclear Canada’s project managers and project controls personnel.
Before joining SNC-Lavalin in 2019, Julianne was a Project Director at Aecon supporting the major Ontario Refurbishment Programs. From 2009-2016, Julianne worked for Chicago Bridge & Iron (CB&I) as the Engineering Manager responsible for the AP1000 BOP standard plant design for projects at VC Summer and Vogtle. Prior to that, Julianne spent nine years with Areva/Framatome performing Steam Generator replacements at 13 different nuclear facilities in the USA and working briefly on the EPR plant design.
Julianne is a licenced Professional Civil Engineer in North Carolina and has participated in the Aecon Next Generation Leaders Program, CB&I’s Advanced Leadership Program and Shaw’s Developing Leaders Program. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from Princeton University. Julianne is also the Chair of SNC-Lavalin’s Ontario chapter of the Equality, Diversity and Inclusion network. She has three young boys and spends a lot of time with them shooting pucks and losing basketball games.
Nigel Fonseca has been actively involved in the Nuclear industry for over 30 years. As Senior Vice President at Alithya, he is responsible for strategic growth within Ontario and Western Canada. A key part of that includes Alithya’s Engineering and Digital Transformation practices within the nuclear industry. Prior to its acquisition by Alithya, Nigel was CEO of SWI, where his deep technical knowledge, and expert leadership played a key role in establishing SWI as a leader in software engineering for the nuclear industry.
Since 2015, Nigel has been an active and engaged member of the Board of the CNA participating on the Finance Committee since 2016 and the Executive Committee this past year. He has also served as a Board member for another member-based organization, TechConnex, since 2014 including the role of Chair. As a Director and Officer of Alithya and predecessor company SWI for the past 15 years, Nigel is very familiar with the responsibilities of the Board and takes his Board commitments seriously.
Nigel brings a unique perspective to the Industry and the Board having worked on both the engineering and IT side of the business including new and innovative technologies. His experience spans working in the oil and gas (refining) industry for 15 years, the financial industry, IT, and digital technology. As the nuclear industry evolves, CNA member companies will be well served by having someone with his diverse experience on the Board and Executive.
Spencer Fox is the President of E.S. Fox Ltd based in Niagara Falls, Ontario. Established 1934, E.S. Fox Ltd. is an Industrial Mechanical Electrical Contractor and Fabricator with 10 locations throughout the province of Ontario. E.S. Fox Ltd’s success has been achieved by maintaining an exemplary safety record with over 2 million annual manhours while working to stringent quality standards such as ASME “S”, “U”, “PP” and “R” Stamps for both shop and field, ISO 9001, ISO 14,000 & 18,000, CSA Z299.2/.3/.4 programs, CWB Certification, and CSA N286.1/.3 and N285.0 Classes 1, 2, 3, 4 & 6 Nuclear designations among many others.
Spencer Fox is the third generation owner of E.S. Fox Ltd and has over 20 direct years of experience in industrial construction and fabrication with special emphasis on the nuclear industry. Spencer Fox is a registered Professional Engineer in the province of Ontario and obtained his Master of Engineering from McMaster University and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Toronto.
Ross Galbraith joined the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) in 1992 when he started work in the Health Physics department of NB Power’s Point Lepreau Nuclear Generating Station (PLNGS). He subsequently started working full-time for his IBEW local in 1996 and was the Business Manager of IBEW Local 37, between 2006 and 2021. Local 37 is a utility local with 2,500 members, including 900 employed at PLNGS. In April 2021 he stepped down from the role of Business Manager in order to accept a role as International Representative with the IBEW.
Throughout his career he’s been a strong and effective advocate for nuclear power and for a robust and reliable electrical system in the province of New Brunswick.
Known as a skilled communicator, he led an extensive (and successful) IBEW public and media relations campaign to gain support for the refurbishment of PLNGS. He is frequently sought out by the media to comment on energy and labour issues, and is often a guest lecturer about unions and labour relations at university level courses.
He is very active in his community and has served on many volunteer boards and committees at the municipal, provincial, national and international levels. Ross currently serves on the Executive Committee of the Canadian Nuclear Workers Council, the Board of Saint John Energy and is the Vice-Chair of the New Brunswick Public Service Pension Plan. He was Canada’s representative on the IBEW International Executive Council from 2013 until April 2021.
Ross is a graduate of the New Brunswick Community College Chemical Technology program, and lives in Saint John, New Brunswick, with his wife Krista and two sons, James and John.
Simi Gujral is the Director of Quality & Performance Improvements within the Power Division of Tetra Tech Canada. Tetra Tech is a global consulting, engineering, and construction management firm with 2020 annual revenues of $3 Billion USO, staff of 20,000 (4,000 in Canada) located in 350 offices in over 100 countries.
Simi has over 18 years of experience working in engineering, project management, business development, quality & training roles within the energy industry. Simi is currently responsible for strategic initiatives for business performance across Tetra Tech’s power generation business.
She has extensive experience in development and implementation of Nuclear Quality Management Systems, training programs and improvement & work optimization strategies.
Prior to this role, Simi led projects where she gained extensive experience in design and installation of modifications at nuclear power plants and facilities. She has managed implementation of complex modifications in critical path schedules associated with on-line and outage work programs.
Her formal education includes a degree in Chemical Engineering in Applied Sdence from the University of Toronto, along with a number of continuing education programs involving Leadership, Business Design Fundamentals, & use of Al Technologies for business design. Simi is a licensed professional engineer with the province of Ontario
Prior to becoming the union’s President on May 3, 2021, Michelle Johnston served as the Secretary- Treasurer from 2018-2021 and prior to that the Executive Vice President of Policy from 2013 to 2018. Ms. Johnston also serves in a number of other leadership capacities on various committees, including as a director of Electricity Human Resources Canada, the United Way Greater Toronto Community Impact Committee, the Society of United Professionals’ Women’s Committee, and, as a proud Métis woman, she is the executive sponsor of the Society’s Indigenous Relations Committee. She actively participates on the Canadian Labour Congress’ Human Rights Advisory Committee and their Indigenous Rights Working Group. For the past 34 years, Ms. Johnston has been involved in the electricity industry in Ontario.
In her capacity as Secretary-Treasurer, Ms. Johnston was responsible for providing leadership in all matters related to finance, administration, facilities management and organizing portfolios. In her role as President, Michelle builds on her past experience in lobbying the government as she assumes responsibility for the Society Government Relations and Regulatory Affairs programs. She has also taken the lead on strategic planning and governance oversight for the Society of United Professionals.
Ms. Johnston has an Honours BA in Psychology with a double minor in Sociology and Social Work from Laurentian University in Sudbury, Ontario. In her spare time Ms. Johnston dedicates her efforts to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society of Canada and CIBC Run for the Cure.
Stephane Leduc is an accomplished executive leading CCN one of the most experienced and innovative firms in Quebec offering solutions to the nuclear industry. He is a graduate in Electrical Engineering with a solid trajectory directing multidisciplinary project teams and managing Engineering companies in the Industrial and Nuclear Sectors. From 2000 to 2008, he was an associate at Hatch, where he coordinated the engineering of all the projects executed at the seven Alcoa’s Northeast region plants, leading a team of 150 engineers and technicians, and managing a budget of over $ 100 million. In 2008, he joined the Engineering firm Cegertec, where he successively held the positions of Vice President Development and then CEO. In 2010 he started a nuclear division within Cegertec with the perspective to first support the Gentilly 2 refurbishment program and then expand it to the Canadian nuclear market.
As a result of the success of the nuclear division, Mr. Leduc managed the spinoff of the nuclear division to create CCNuclear, known today has CCN. The creation of CCN allowed to shape the business to provide not only engineering services but to offer complete solutions, from design, fabrication, build and operation for customers. CCN is now considered an important player in the Canadian nuclear industry with a strong expertise in waste management and decommissioning.
Matthew Mairinger is the North American Young Generation in Nuclear (NAYGN) Canadian Operating Officer. NAYGN was founded in 1999 and currently has over 100 chapters across North America. NAYGN provides opportunities for a young generation of nuclear enthusiasts to develop strong leadership and professional skills, create life-long connections, engage and inform the public, and inspire today’s nuclear technology professionals to meet the challenges of the 21st century.
Matthew was awarded the NAYGN individual achievement award and during his role as president the NAYGN Durham chapter won the best NAYGN chapter in Canada. He is also a Young Energy Professional member with the Energy Council of Canada is currently a member of: Canadian Nuclear Society, CANDU Owners Group (COG) Environmental Qualification (EQ) working group, Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) External Flooding Technical Advisory Group, Society of United Professionals, and Women in Nuclear (WiN).
Matthew is a Professional Engineer in the province of Ontario and received his Bachelor of Engineering in Nuclear Engineering degree from University of Ontario Institute of Technology (UOIT). He has over seven years of experience working at Ontario Power Generation at both the Darlington and Pickering nuclear generating stations.
Mike Marsh was appointed President and Chief Executive Officer in April 2015. He joined SaskPower in 1991, following 12 years in the construction industry in Alberta and Saskatchewan.
At SaskPower, Mr. Marsh began his career at Boundary Dam Power Station in engineering and maintenance. He went on to various positions in the company, notably as Manager of Business and Financial Planning and Vice-President of Transmission and Distribution. In 2012, he became Vice-President of Operations and Chief Operations Officer, responsible for all operational areas including Power Production, Transmission Services and Distribution Services.
Mr. Marsh attended the University of Saskatchewan, where he earned a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering. He later studied at Queen’s School of Business and obtained a Master of Business Administration. He is a member of the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Saskatchewan (APEGS).
He is a Board member of the Canadian Electricity Association (CEA), and is Past Chair of the CEA Transmission Council. He has also held positions on the CEA Distribution Council and Occupational Health and Safety Task Group.
Mr. Marsh received the 2016 Industry Leader of the Year Award from Electricity Human Resources Canada. He is also a Past President of Canadian Progress Club – Regina Centre Chapter. This service organization offers financial assistance to charities supporting children and wellness. In 2017, he joined the Board of Directors for the Shock Trauma Air Rescue Service (STARS), who are dedicated to providing a safe, rapid, highly specialized emergency medical transport system for the critically ill and injured.
Joseph (Joe) McBrearty is an accomplished senior executive with over 35 years of experience in the nuclear industry. Holding executive-level roles at complex nuclear installations in both the United States and Canada, Mr. McBrearty’s expertise includes nuclear reactor and high hazard nuclear facility operations, maintenance, training and oversight. As President and CEO at CNL, Mr. McBrearty oversees the operations of Canada’s national nuclear laboratory complex, and is enacting transformational change to improve the company’s research program, safety performance, security posture, capital program, and waste management activities. Included in Joe’s mandate is the operation of Canada’s national nuclear research program, the delivery of major environmental remediation projects and the modernization of CNL’s Chalk River campus, a $1.2 billion project that will revitalize essential infrastructure, decommission aging buildings and construct new world-class facilities. Before assuming the role of President and CEO, Mr. McBrearty oversaw internal operations at CNL as its Chief Operating Officer (COO).
Prior to joining CNL, Joe served as Deputy Director for Field Operations with the Office of Science at the U.S. Department
of Energy (DOE), where he led operations for 10 U.S. national laboratories and over 25,000 contract and federal staff. In
this role, Mr. McBrearty realized major improvements in nuclear operations, led strategic planning, management,
oversight, and coordination of laboratory operations, and spearheaded infrastructure and management policy changes
in support of the U.S. DOE’s research and development program.
Mr. McBrearty also served in the U.S. Navy with extended tours of duty on board four nuclear submarines, including
command of USS DALLAS (SSN-700). Ashore, he served in various high-profile positions, including the Nuclear Propulsion
Examining Board, command of the TRIDENT Refit Facility (TRF), King’s Bay and the U.S. Navy’s Officer Training Command.
Mr. McBrearty also has extensive experience in community and stakeholder relations, leading the revitalization of the
American Museum of Science and Energy in Oak Ridge, Tennessee; in trades and education, guiding the reestablishment
of an Apprenticeship Training Program at TRF; and in site revitalization, working to lay the foundation for the U.S. DOE to
develop strategic plans to assess, fund, and ultimately upgrade their general purpose infrastructure.
Mr. McBrearty holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry from the University of Maryland and a Master’s Degree
from the U.S. Naval War College.
Lisa is the Country Leader, Small Modular Reactors for GE Hitachi’s Nuclear Products Division. In her role, Lisa is responsible for leading the collaboration with customers, stakeholders, and suppliers to deploy the BWRX-300 SMR in Canada, targeting to be the world’s first operational grid-scale SMR before 2028.
Lisa McBride is also the President of Women in Nuclear (WiN) Canada. In this role, Lisa provides vision, strategic direction, and oversight of the day-to-day operations of WiN Canada, an organization comprised of over 3,000 members across Canada. In addition to her role with WiN Canada, Lisa holds a seat on the WiN Global Board of Directors. She is also the Chair of the Women for STEM Council at Ontario Tech University.
Lisa has over 18 years’ experience in the nuclear industry, starting her career with Ontario Power Generation. Her drive and commitment have propelled her into several key leadership roles, including leading Nuclear Security Operations for Pickering Nuclear Generating Station, Senior Manager of Enterprise Emergency Management, Manager, Labour Relations, Senior Manager of Organization Design and Manager, Stakeholder Relations for the Nuclear Regulatory Affairs group at Ontario Power Generation. Lisa’s diverse experiences have positioned her to engage in several critical initiatives, where her experience across the business has resulted in her leadership of several multi-disciplinary teams. Lisa holds a Master of Arts Degree in Leadership from the University of Guelph.
Brett Plummer was appointed Vice President Nuclear and Chief Nuclear Officer at NB Power’s Point Lepreau Nuclear Generating Station (PLNGS) in November 2015. As a member of the Executive, he is accountable for leading the Point Lepreau Nuclear Generating Station’s strategic direction, has taken the lead in pursuing Small Modular Reactors for New Brunswick and played an active role in developing the SMR Roadmap for Canada.
Brett’s extensive background includes over 40 years’ experience in nuclear power Operations, Senior Leadership and Project Management roles.
Brett is a Past Chair and active member of the Chief Nuclear Officers Forum (CNOF), a COG Voting Member, and is a member of the Institute of Nuclear Power Operations (INPO) Executive Advisory Group.
He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Technical Business from New Hampshire College, as well as an Associate Science degree in Nuclear Engineering Technology from the University of New York. He attended the Naval Nuclear Power School and the Naval Electronics Technician School. Additionally, Brett has completed the INPO Senior Nuclear Plant Management Course.
Azeem M. Qureshi founded Grasshopper Energy in 2007. As President & CEO, he has transformed Grasshopper into one of North America’s
leading clean energy companies, focused on the acquisition, development, EPC and long-term ownership of clean energy projects.
Since inception, he has spearheaded over $1B in funding to further drive the expansion of its asset base. With his on-going commitment to accelerating advancements in sustainability; this forward-thinking entrepreneur has taken the company beyond Canadian borders to the U.S., Japan, Australia, South America, Middle East and Europe.
Grasshopper has been the recipient of multiple national industry awards including Solar Innovator of the Year, Project Finance Innovator of the Year and Solar Developer of the Year.
Azeem is a sought-after expert in the renewable energy sector, primarily as a senior advisor on policy and regulatory matters. He is also on the board of United Nations intergovernmental organization Be Energy IGO and Racer Machinery International.
Before Grasshopper, he managed a consulting business that helped Fortune 500 companies streamline operations. Today, he continues to thrive on creative thinking, innovative ideas and the ability to change lives by providing access to sustainable energy.
Azeem graduated from the University of Guelph with an Honours B.Sc. in Systems and Computer Engineering, with a specialty in Mechatronics. Before Grasshopper, he managed a consulting business that helped Fortune 500 companies streamline operations. Today, he continues to thrive on creative thinking, innovative ideas and the ability to change lives by providing access to sustainable energy.
Jeremy Rasmussen is the Chief Technology Officer of PTAG, a capital projects consulting firm servicing the global Power & Transmission, Nuclear, Oil & Gas, Mining and Heavy Infrastructure industries. PTAG provides best practice advisory services to clients seeking to improve capital and sustaining project outcomes.
As part of an integrated project delivery team, PTAG’s services compliment and support our clients with Project and Construction Management, Project Controls, Risk, Engineering, Document Management, Procurement, Supply Chain, Quality, Inspection, Regulatory and Safety expertise.
We are committed to delivering best practices to improve safety and project efficiency in every engagement with our clients. We are proud members of the Construction Industry Institute (CII) and are globally recognized as implementers and trainers of their fully researched and field tested best practices.
In 2017, PTAG has merged with Industrial Audit Corporation, the company Mr. Rasmussen founded in 2006. As the leading provider of field data management and project data integration software solutions, PTAG believes that project data should be captured and reported on in a consistent, standard and efficient system that provides a ‘single source of truth’ across all projects and departments. Our flagship software platform, Field Management (FM), is a web-based Software-as-a-Service application that provides integrated project data structures, mobile data capture, reporting, dashboards, and mapping for visualization.
Mr. Rasmussen currently serves on several industry and community board positions and is one of Canada’s leading thinkers in information and communications technology (ICT), mobile software, and open source intelligence. Mr. Rasmussen is a serial entrepreneur and has been a pioneer in the information technology industry since the first personal computer. With both strategic and hands-on experience ranging from technology product management & marketing to software development architecture and networking system design, Mr. Rasmussen is consistently on the leading edge of the role of technology in business and has both authored and been featured in numerous articles including the Washington Post, New York Times, and Wired. Mr. Rasmussen is active within the Construction Industry Institute (CII) capital project regulatory and technology committees, and enjoys being a industry practitioner of CII best practices.
With 7 technology patents and a thriving business, Jeremy finds balance in his life by enjoying time with his wife and son. When he truly wants to be offline he ventures north with his family and friends to their wilderness retreat located off the grid in Ontario.
Amanda Rivers is the Treasurer of Women in Nuclear (WiN) Canada. In her role, Amanda provides financial oversight of the operations of WiN Canada and its chapters, an organization comprised of over 3,000 members across Canada. WiN Canada seeks to address three challenging goals. First, to engage and educate the public regarding the safe use and application of nuclear and radiation technologies. Second is to provide professional development opportunities for WiN Canada members. The third is to promote career interest in nuclear among women and young people. Amanda is also a member of the Diversity & Inclusion team within Kinectrics.
In her day job, Amanda Rivers is the Director of Business Development at Kinectrics, responsible for the account with Ontario Power Generation. In her role, Amanda is responsible for developing strategic growth plans for each of Kinectrics pillars of engineering services, negotiating contracts and managing relationships with one of Kinectrics’ primary accounts in the nuclear industry.
Amanda has over 17 years experience in the nuclear industry at Kinectrics Inc. Her passion for learning and tackling new challenges has driven her to take on various roles throughout the organization starting as a project leader in the Nuclear Engineering Services team, the Service Line Leader and Lead Trainer for Commercial Grade Dedication, Manager of Projects in the Probabilistic Risk Assessment team as well as a role in the finance department as the Business Analyst for Kinectrics’ International Companies. Amanda’s diverse experiences, combined with a Bachelor of Applied Science in Mechanical Engineering from Queen’s University and an MBA from Schulich School of Business, have provided a strong foundation for business development and strategic planning. Amanda is also a Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA) which complements her skill set by providing the analytical skills needed to make informed, insightful decisions.
Eddie Saab was appointed president of Westinghouse Electric Canada on June 1, 2018. Mr. Saab will be focused on building the Westinghouse’s commercial and operational footprint across Canada through a balanced approach of investments in technology and talent development, the formation of collaborative organizational partnerships, and ensuring that customers’ needs are supported in a safe, transparent and timely manner.
With over 16 years of nuclear experience, Mr. Saab has been leading dedicated teams focused on the Canadian nuclear industry, supporting key producers, researchers, engineers and developers such as Bruce Power, Candu Energy, Canadian Nuclear Laboratories, Nordion, NB Power, and Ontario Power Generation. A dedicated advocate for the advancement of clean, safe and reliable nuclear power, he believes that nuclear will need to play a greater role in the battle against climate change.
Prior to joining Westinghouse, Mr. Saab was the vice president of Business Development & Innovation at NA Engineering Associates, Inc. There he led the firm’s sales and marketing efforts with a targeted focus on the Canadian nuclear industry, and oversaw innovation throughout the organization and the expansion of its engineering capabilities portfolio. He also held leadership roles at Lakeside Process Controls, where he led the Nuclear, Commercial & Renewable Power business and served as the business unit manager for valves and power water systems.
Mr. Saab attended the University of Waterloo, completing his Bachelor of Applied Science in Mechanical Engineering/Management Science. He is a member of the Professional Engineers of Ontario (PEO) and Canadian Nuclear Society (CNS), and represents Westinghouse at the Organization of Canadian Nuclear Industries (OCNI). Mr. Saab is actively involved on the CNA Public Affairs Advisory Committee and the Nuclear Leadership Forum.
A native of Toronto, Eddie, his wife and their three children now reside in Richmond Hill, Ontario.
Howard Lincoln Shearer is the Chief Executive Canada, Hitachi Canada, and most recently served in the position of Chairman of Hitachi Power Systems Canada Ltd (April,2012- December 21st, 2013).
After joining Hitachi Canada Ltd. in 1984, he rose through the ranks to the position of President and Chief Executive Officer of Hitachi Canada Ltd. (2001-2012) and also served as a member of the board of directors of Hitachi Canada Ltd, a position to which he was appointed in 1999.
Prior to this, he served as Vice-President & General Manager of HCL’s Semiconductor division. His career spans over 37 years in both the high Tech and energy sectors having been employed by Texas Instruments as well as Murata Erie.
Mr. Shearer holds a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario
He currently serves on the following boards:
GE-Hitachi Canada Ltd
Canadian Nurses Foundation.
Canadian Nuclear Association
Energy Council of Canada
University of Toronto Governing Council.
He has previously served as a member of the Board of Directors of the Independent Electricity System Operator (IESO), Ontario and the Responsible Gambling Council as well as McMaster University Board of Governors.
He currently serves on the Special Advisory Council to the League for Human Rights, B’naiBrith,Canada.
Vik Tathe is Vice President of Business Development for EnergySolutions Canada. Vik joined EnergySolutions in 2008 as Operations and Logistics Manager responsible for operations of the ESWO facility. During his management of ESWO, Vik was responsible for delivering the largest EnergySolutions Canada project to date.
Vik has worked in the nuclear industry for nearly 20 years and began his career as a Radiation Technician with Monserco, Ltd, acquired by EnergySolutions in 2008. Currently Vik is responsible for business development, strategic market growth initiatives and client relations in Canada.
Additional Management responsibilities for Vik include Operations & Logistics Manager, Business Development Manager and head of radiological operations. His strengths include an ability to identify opportunities for business development, negotiating contracts, operating managing project teams and overseeing the delivery of large projects.
Vik currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Canadian Nuclear Association. He attended the Canadian Forces Nuclear Biological and Chemical School (CFNBCS) for advanced nuclear response training. Vik has completed Human Performance Practitioner training from the University of Idaho.
Kamal Verma is currently Chief Nuclear Engineer with Canadian Nuclear Partners SA and Executive Advisor with Laurentis Energy Partners (subsidiaries of Ontario Power Generation). Prior to this, he was Vice President – CANDU 6 Fleet Engineering with Candu Energy Inc., a division of SNC-Lavalin Nuclear. He has a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Punjab University (India) and a master’s degree in mechanical engineering from Tuskegee University, Alabama, USA. He is a Registered Professional Engineer in Ontario and New Brunswick.
He is the current 1st Vice President and incoming President of the Canadian Nuclear Society and the immediate past President of the Pacific Nuclear Council (PNC). He has over forty years of experience having previously worked with Ebasco Services, Canatom Inc., Atomic Energy of Canada Ltd and Candu Energy covering design, construction, and commissioning of four CANDU 6 nuclear power plants worldwide. He has held positions of increasing responsibilities in systems engineering, project management, engineering, operations/maintenance support and preparations for retubing/refurbishment of CANDU 6 plants in Canada, China, Romania, South Korea, and Argentina. More than thirty years of his experience involve being part of the CANDU 6 Nuclear Power Plants site organizations in Canada (Point Lepreau), China (Qinshan) and Romania (Cernavoda) in senior management and senior technical advisory level positions to improve plants safety, reliability, productivity and efficiency.
He is a strong advocate of the use of nuclear power for peaceful purposes and is very much willing to outreach the public and students to promote benefits of nuclear power and its clean image message to address climate change concerns.
Julie West is the Vice President of Nuclear Safety and Licensing at Kinectrics, leading a team of over 120 scientists and engineers. The Kinectrics NS&L team has a strong history as a centre of excellence for safety and licensing services for the Canadian Nuclear Industry. Prior to her current appointment, Julie served as Licensing Director, Decommissioning and Waste Management for Canadian Nuclear Laboratories, overseeing nuclear analysis and licensing across multiple CNL sites.
Julie has held diverse technical and management positions with increasing levels of responsibility for more than 25 years. With Kinectrics since 2001, she has provided industry leadership in the areas of licensing and safety case development for novel applications across a broad variety of technologies including reactors, tritium processing, hot cells and waste facilities.
Julie is known for being an advocate for continuous improvement and excellence, actively supporting professional development and innovation to add value to both individuals and organizations.
Julie also serves as a voting member of the CSA Nuclear Strategic Steering Committee.
Julie is a licensed professional engineer in the province of Ontario and is a graduate of Chemical Engineering from the University of New Brunswick.
Alice serves as Senior Vice-President and Chief Corporate Officer at Cameco, one of the largest global providers of the fuel needed to energize a clean-air world. She has held diverse and increasingly senior leadership roles at the company for more than 30 years. In her current role, she provides executive oversight for human resources, safety, health, environment, quality, regulatory relations, business technology services, supply chain management, internal audit and corporate ethics.
She has been integral in Cameco’s position as a leading industrial employer of Indigenous peoples in Canada. She also provided leadership for ground-breaking collaboration agreements with Cameco’s home communities in the north – focusing on workforce development, business development, environmental stewardship, community engagement and community investment.
She has guided Cameco’s multiple Canadian operations through complex regulatory/licensing systems and upheld safety and environmental performance at the highest level, resulting in longer license terms for Cameco’s operations.
Alice also serves on the boards of SaskEnergy, Mining Association of Canada and Saskatchewan Mining Association.
She holds a Master of Arts (Economics) and Bachelor of Commerce, from the University of Saskatchewan, as well as, a Corporate Directors Designation (ICD.D).