2015 Canadian Nuclear Association Conference and Trade Show


Tuesday, February 23 2016

08:30 – 16:00 Chalk River Facility Tour (Student Event)
CNL Laboratories Tour

The Chalk River Laboratories are Canada’s premier research and development site for the advancement of nuclear technologies. This tour is an opportunity for students and educators to experience this unique facility and witness firsthand what it’s like to work as an innovator in this industry.


Wednesday, February 24 2016

12:00 – 20:30 Conference and Trade Show Registration
Conference and Trade Show RegistrationRegistration will be open at the top of the fourth floor escalator at the Ottawa Westin. Here you will pick up your name badge, which is required for entry, and your conference kit including all printed information and CNA products.

13:00 – 16:00 CNA Regulatory Affairs Workshop
CNA Regulatory Affairs Workshop

Please join us for the 2016 Regulatory Affairs workshop as we hear from an assembled collection of guest speakers from several regulatory agencies. This is your opportunity to hear about the latest developments concerning the oversite of our industry. Guest speakers will include staff from the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission, Environment Canada and Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada (now known as Global Affairs Canada).

13:00 – 16:00 CNA Public Affairs Workshop
CNA Policy & Communications Workshop

The election of a new more activist federal government provides a unique opportunity for the nuclear industry to review and rejuvenate its key messages and approach to government relations. Already the government has shown a more collaborative approach not only with provincial and First Nations stakeholders but also within the federal family itself. The government has also signaled its intent to deal with a number of issues of importance to members, including climate change, environmental assessments, innovation and First Nations.

The Public Affairs Workshop will bring together key communications and government-relations experts to provide workshop participants with an insider’s view of how best to approach the new government.

13:30 – 15:30 How I Started My Career in Nuclear (Student Event)
How I Started My Career in NuclearThis career information seminar is open to student delegates, and will feature recruitment professionals from some of Canada’s leading nuclear companies. The panel will discuss strategies and success stories of taking expertise from the classroom into the workplace and kickstarting an exciting career.

14:00 – 16:00 Bruce Power Supplier Forum — Maintaining Momentum
Bruce Power Supplier Forum

Bruce Power will be holding its Supplier Forum at the Canadian Nuclear Association (CNA) Conference and Trade Show on February, 24th at the Westin Hotel in Ottawa. The purpose of this event is to learn what the new IESO deal means for Bruce Power and its key suppliers, and the opportunities that exist moving forward.

The Supplier Forum details are now as follows:
Timing: 2:00 – 4:00pm, February 24th, 2016
Location: Plenary Room, 4th Floor, Westin Hotel Ottawa


  • Duncan Hawthorne, President and CEO – Opening Remarks
  • Kevin Kelly, CFO and Executive Vice-President Finance and Commercial Services – Making the Numbers Work
  • Jeff Phelps, Vice President Major Projects, MCR Program – Getting it right
  • Richard Horrobin, Vice President Commercial Services – Getting to 2064

Suppliers already registered for the CNA2016 will have access to the Bruce Power Supplier Forum which will take place prior to the Conference opening reception. Suppliers not registered for CNA2016 can purchase a one-day registration package at a nominal fee of $210 at the CNA2016 registration site, here. The one-day registration will provide access to the Bruce Power Supplier Forum, and the CNA2016 Opening Reception and Trade Show access on Wednesday, February 24 only..

15:30 – 20:30 Opening of CNA Trade Show Area and Career Fair
Opening of CNA Trade Show Area and Career FairAt 3:30PM, the trade show will officially be open, and we invite delegates to start visiting our valued exhibitors right away! As in previous years, we will be hosting a prize draw based on a “passport”-style contest which you will receive at registration. Don’t waste your time, the draw takes place Thursday night at 6:15PM sharp!

18:00 – 20:30 Welcome Reception
Welcome ReceptionConsider this the official opening ceremony of the 2016 CNA Conference and Trade Show. The welcome reception is the first major networking event. Make sure to come hungry!


Thursday, February 25 2016

07:30 – 08:30 Breakfast and Introductory Remarks
In our opening remarks for CNA2016, CNA President Dr. John Barrett and Chairman of the Board, Mr. Duncan Hawthorne, will welcome our delegates and briefly describe the importance of our 2016 theme, The Core of Canada’s Low-Carbon Future and what it means to the future of our industry.

08:45 – 09:15 MP Kim Rudd, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Natural Resources
Kim Rudd has been a lifelong entrepreneur and an advocate on the federal and provincial levels for small businesses, child care, and post-secondary education. In 2011, she was named RBC’s Canadian Woman Entrepreneur of the Year, and served as Vice-Chair of the Ontario TCAF Secretariat. Additionally, Rudd was Founding Executive Director of the Association of Private Colleges and Vice-President of the Ontario Association of Career Colleges. Rudd has also been a lifelong volunteer in organizations ranging from the United Way to Kinark Child and Family Services, heading the Regional Physician Recruitment and Retention Committee and serving as President of the Northumberland Central Chamber of Commerce.
Rudd was elected as Member of Parliament for Northumberland—Peterborough South in 2015, and was appointed Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Natural Resources.

09:15 – 10:00 Mr. Paul Wells - How Does the New Government Impact Nuclear in Canada?
As Senior Columnist for Maclean’s magazine, Paul Wells is one of Canada’s foremost political commentators. Fresh, funny and authoritative, Wells speaks in both official languages on all of the matters of the day, from Canada’s position in the global economy, to the inside scoop on what’s really happening inside the Parliament buildings.

10:00 – 10:30 Mr. Jeffrey Lyash - The Role of Nuclear in a Low-Carbon Future
With more than three decades of energy industry experience, OPG’s new President and CEO, Jeff Lyash will speak about the role of nuclear power in a low-carbon future and why refurbishing Darlington is an investment in Ontario.

10:30 – 11:00 Refreshment Break
11:00 – 12:00 Panel: Enabling Competitive Advantage through Affordable Power
Mr. James Scongack, Vice-President, Corporate Affairs, Bruce Power
Ms. Sarah Goldfeder, Principal, Earnscliffe Strategy Group
Mr. George Pessione, Director, Resource Integration, IESO

12:00 – 14:00 Lunch & Keynote Presentation from Mr. David Herle
David Herle is one of Canada’s most sought after public affairs and corporate strategists, having helped CEOs manage crises, union leaders shape their public appeals and directing winning campaigns for both prime ministers and premiers.
With more than 20 years of experience in research and communications analysis, David has built a reputation as a source of smart, strategic and strong counsel. David’s strategic and political acumen can be seen on CBC’s The National, where he provides biweekly commentary on “The Insiders” panel.
Download Mr. Herle’s slides.

14:00 – 14:45 Panel: Electrifying Canadian Transportation
This panel will feature experts in the emergence of electric vehicles, its demands on the electricity sector, and the potential for clean energy to reach outside its sector to enhance the national carbon mitigation.
Ms. Cara Clairman, President & CEO, Plug n’ Drive – Download Ms. Clairman’s slides.
Ms. Neetika Sathe, Vice President, Corporate Development, PowerStream Inc.

14:45 – 15:30 Mr. Ben Heard - How Nuclear Must Respond to Climate Change
Mr. Ben Heard serves as Principal of Australian-based consultancy, ThinkClimate Consulting, and popular analyst and commentator through Decarbonise SA, where he provides research, analysis, and strategy development in sustainability and climate change to the private sector. Mr. Heard has advised large corporations on a range of climate, sustainability and stakeholder consultation challenges.
Download Mr. Heard’s slides.

15:30 – 16:00 Refreshment Break
16:00 – 17:00 Expert Series: Communicating Nuclear
Mr. Greg Lyle, President, Innovative Research Group
Greg Lyle is the founder and President of Innovative Research Group Inc. (INNOVATIVE). As a former Principal Secretary, Greg has built a career at the intersection of public policy, communications and public opinion. When he left his position as Manitoba’s Principal Secretary in 1991, Greg went to work as a Vice President of both Decima Research and Hill and Knowlton as both a researcher and a communications strategist. It was his job to help clients bridge the gap between research insights and communications action and this has remained the core of his practice ever since.
Greg has worked extensively in Canada’s energy sector in almost every province, and has monitored Canada’s nuclear opinion for many years.
Mr. Malcolm Grimston, Senior Research Fellow, Imperial College
Mr. Malcolm Grimston is a regular media contributor on energy and nuclear matters, notably during the 2011 crisis at Fukushima. Among his publications are two books co-written with the late Peter Beck: Double or Quits – the global future of civil nuclear energy and Civil nuclear energy – fuel of the future or relic of the past? Recent major papers include Electricity – social service or market commodity (2010); Have we been here before – nuclear power after Fukushima (2012); The full costs of electricity (2014); The siting of nuclear power installations (2014). Mr. Grimston is known for his unique views on communicating nuclear issues, and is sure to generate some conversation going into the evening.
Download Mr. Grimston’s slides.

17:00 – 19:30 Trade Show Reception and Prize Draws
Trade Show Reception and Prize DrawThis reception will be held among the exhibitors area of the trade show. Snacks will be served at many stations, and CNA Passport prize draws will be held promptly at 18:15.


Friday, February 26 2016

07:30 – 08:00 Breakfast
08:00 – 09:00 Mr. George Kourounis, Host of Angry Planet - On the Front Lines of Climate Change
George Kourounis is a storm-chaser and the host of Angry Planet, his own adventure TV program which has been broadcast in over 100 countries. With his camera rolling, he dives into weather that most people run away from. Kourounis is a member of the Explorers Club, the Royal Canadian Geographic Society, the Canadian Council for Geographic Education, and was nominated for a Gemini award for his work on Angry Planet.

09:00 – 09:30 Dr. Michael Binder - The Regulator's Perspective
Dr. Michael Binder, President and CEO of the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission, will discuss the current state of nuclear safety regulation.

09:30 – 10:00 Mr. Preston Swafford - A new chapter in Nuclear for SNC-Lavalin
Mr. Preston Swafford, Executive Vice-President & Chief Nuclear Officer, SNC-Lavalin will be provide an update on SNC-Lavalin’s ongoing and future plans in nuclear in Canada and abroad. Further details to be announced shortly.
Download Mr. Swafford’s slides.

10:00 – 10:30 Mr. Mark Lesinski - Vision 2026: Building for the Future, President & CEO, Canadian Nuclear Laboratories
Mr. Mark Lesinski, President & CEO of Canadian Nuclear Laboratories will deliver a presentation on CNL’s vision for the next decade of Canadian nuclear research activities.

10:30 – 10:45 Refreshment Break
10:45 – 11:30 Panel: Enabling Innovation in Science & Technology
This panel features experts describing the impact of strong national nuclear capabilities on enabling world-class science & technology innovation in the public and private sectors.

Mr. Tim Reedman, Director, Commercial Systems, MDA
Dr. Desmond Chan, Manager of Technology, Bechtel
Mr. Eme Onuoha, Vice President, Global Public Affairs, Xerox

11:30 – 12:00 In Conversation With... The Honourable Bob Chiarelli and The Honourable Reza Moridi
CNA President Dr. John Barrett will be joined on stage by the esteemed Ontario Ministers, The Honourable Bob Chiarelli (Minister of Energy) and The Honourable Reza Moridi (Minister of Research and Innovation, and Minister of Training, Colleges and Universities), to discuss research and innovation in Ontario’s power sector, and well as its role in fostering technological and environmental progress in Ontario.
The Honourable Bob Chiarelli, Ontario Minister of Energy
A well known figure in Ottawa, Bob Chiarelli was elected to the Legislative Assembly of Ontario on March 4, 2010 in a byelection in the riding of Ottawa West-Nepean. Bob was previously MPP for the riding of Ottawa West from 1987 to 1997, and he served as the parliamentary assistant to the Chair of the Management Board in 1987-88. Bob was appointed Minister of Transportation in October 2011, in addition to the role of Minister of Infrastructure which he held since August 2010. MPP Chiarelli currently serves as Ontario’s Minister of Energy.
The Honourable Reza Moridi, Ontario Minister of Research and Innovation and Minister of Training, Colleges and Universities
Reza Moridi was elected into the Ontario Parliament in 2007 and re-elected in 2011 and 2014 to represent the riding of Richmond Hill. He serves as Minister of Research and Innovation, as well as Minister of Training, Colleges and Universities. He is the Chair of the Cabinet Committee on Education, Skills and Economy Policy and he sits on the Priorities and Planning Cabinet Committee.

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12:00 – 12:30 Lunch
Note: Program is subject to change without notice.