CNA2012 Update – Program Confirmed!

November 4, 2011


The agenda for the
2012 Canadian Nuclear Association Conference
and Trade Show is complete!

View, download and print the detailed agenda HERE (pdf) and see below for highlights of this exciting event, coming to Ottawa, February 22-24, 2012.

Seize this opportunity to hear and learn from some of the nuclear industry’s top representatives and field experts.

Take advantage of early-bird pricing and REGISTER NOW.




  • 08:30 – 16:00 National Education Symposium & Student Chalk River Facility Tour
    The Chalk River Tour is open to students attending the Conference who express interest and meet selection criteria. Inquiries welcome!


  • 08:30 – 13:30 CNA Board of Directors Meeting
  • 08:30 – 16:00 Canadian Association of Nuclear Host Communities Meeting
  • 12:00 – 20:30 Conference and Trade Show Registration
  • 13:00 – 17:00 CNA Regulatory Affairs Workshop
    To provide an update on some of the new Federal and Provincial regulatory developments affecting Canada’s nuclear industry.  The workshop will include presentations by representatives of key Federal and Provincial agencies.
  • 15:00 – 17:00 CNA Communications Workshop
    To focus primarily on Risk Communications on Critical Science Topics and our updated communications strategy through the TalkNuclear brand.
  • 14:00 – 15:00 CEO Student Briefing & Career Assistance Program
    An hour-long panel discussion chaired by the President of the CNA which includes executive representatives some of our members.
  • 15:00 – 20:30 Opening of CNA Trade Show Area and Career Fair
  • 18:00 – 21:00 Welcome Reception
    Featuring opening remarks from the CNA President and the award reception for the 2012 Ian McRae Award. The Welcome Reception operates as a networking opportunity for conference attendees.


  • 07:30 – 08:30 Breakfast and Introductory Remarks, in Confederation I and Provinces Rooms
    Wayne Robbins, Chairman, Canadian Nuclear Association, Chief Nuclear Officer, Ontario Power Generation
  • 08:30 – 09:15 Keynote Presentation – Science in Popular Media, in Confederation Rooms II and III
    Jay Ingram, Science broadcaster, writer, and co-host of Discovery Channel’s science show, Daily Planet.
  • 09:30 – 10:00 WANO Update from Fukushima Response Commission, in Confederation Rooms II and III
    Tom Mitchell, President and Chief Executive Officer, Ontario Power Generation, Chair, World Association of Nuclear Operators (WANO) Fukushima Response Commission
  • 10:00 – 10:30 Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission 2012 Update, in Confederation Rooms II and III
    Michael Binder, President and Chief Executive Officer, Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission
  • 10:30 – 10:45 Refreshment Break
  • 10:45 – 12:15 Panel: Innovative Methods of Communicating Science, in Confederation Rooms II and III
    Chair: Jay Ingram; Panellists: Ted Hartwell – Desert Research Institute, Toby Heaps – Corporate Knights Magazine (invited), Up to two more panellists to be determined.
  • 12:15 – 14:15 Lunch – Keynote Address from Natural Resources Canada, Confederation I and Provinces Rooms
    The Honourable Joe Oliver, Minister, Natural Resources Canada
  • 14:30 – 15:00 Stimulating Innovation and its Role in the Nuclear Renaissance, Confederation Rooms II and III
    Dr. Kate Jackson, Senior Vice President and Chief Technical Officer, Westinghouse
  • 15:00 – 15:20 Refreshment Break, Foyer & Governor General’s Ballroom
  • 15:20 – 17:00 Nuclear Innovation: Bright Ideas to Keep the Lights On, in Confederation Rooms II and III
    Chair: TBA; Panellists: Doug Richardson – General Fusion, Mike Lees – Babcock & Wilcox, Dr. Kate Jackson – Westinghouse
  • 17:15 – 19:30 Trade Show Reception, Foyer & Governor General’s Ballroom


  • 07:45 – 08:30 Breakfast
  • 08:30 – 09:30 Why People Believe Strange Things, Dr. Michael Shermer, Confederation I and Provinces Rooms
    Dr. Michael Shermer, founding Publisher of Skeptic magazine, the Executive Director of the Skeptics Society, and a monthly columnist for Scientific American
  • 09:45 – 10:15 Innovation and the Next 10 Years of Nuclear Medicine, in Confederation Rooms II and III
    Steve West, Chief Executive Officer, Nordion
  • 10:15 – 10:45 Changing the Culture in Canadian Research and Innovation, in Confederation Rooms II and III
    John McDougall, President, National Research Council
  • 10:45 – 11:00 Refreshment Break, Foyer & Governor General’s Ballroom
  • 11:00 – 11:30 SNC-Lavalin and the Future of Canadian Nuclear Technology, in Confederation Rooms II and III
    Patrick Lamarre, President, SNC-Lavalin Nuclear
  • 11:30 – 12:30 Closing Remarks, in Confederation Rooms II and III
    Denise Carpenter, President and Chief Executive Officer, Canadian Nuclear Association


Early-bird registration is open until December 15. Register now to reserve your spot.


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See you in February!

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