2016 Canadian Nuclear Association Conference and Trade Show


Tuesday, February 21, 2017

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

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 22, 2017

12:00 – 20:30 Conference and Trade Show Registration

Registration 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 Regulatory Affairs Workshop

2016 has proven to be a year of significant change within the nuclear regulatory world. The federal government has launched formal reviews of the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act, the Fisheries Act and the Navigable Waters Act. In addition, the CNSC has continued to pursue efforts to update its regulatory framework. Please join us for the 2017 Regulatory Affairs Workshop where we will hear from a range of guest speakers on the latest regulatory developments impacting our industry.
13:00 – 16:00 Public Affairs Workshop

Participants of the public affairs workshop will hear from Michele Austin, Senior Advisor at Summa Strategies, about how to communicate effectively with the Trudeau government and the Trump administration, as well as how to leverage the power of social media. Following, participants will engage in government-style roundtable discussions around honing the Canadian nuclear industry’s key messaging on the issues of:

* Climate & the environment
* Waste & decommissioning
* Safety & security
* Innovation & new tech
* Jobs & the economy

13:30 – 15:30 Starting your nuclear career (Student Event)

This career information seminar is open to student delegates, and will feature recruitment professionals and a resume review, from some of Canada’s leading nuclear companies. The session will also focus on ‘communicating science’ and what that entails for the students future careers in the industry.
14:00 – 16:00 Bruce Power Supplier Forum

Bruce Power will be holding its Supplier Forum at the Canadian Nuclear Association (CNA) Conference and Trade Show on February 22 at the Westin Hotel in Ottawa. The Supplier Forum details are now as follows:

Timing: Time 14:00 – 16:00, February 22, 2017
Location: Confederation Ballroom, Westin Hotel Ottawa

Suppliers already registered for the CNA2017 will have access to the Bruce Power Supplier Forum which will take place prior to the Conference opening reception. Suppliers not registered for CNA2017 can purchase a one-day registration package at a nominal fee of $225 at the CNA2017 registration site, here. The one-day registration will provide access to the Bruce Power Supplier Forum, and the CNA2017 Opening Reception and Trade Show access on Wednesday, February 22, only.

15:30 – 20:30 Opening of CNA Trade Show Area and Career Fair

At 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 puzzle 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

Consider this the official opening ceremony of the 2017 CNA Conference and Trade Show. The welcome reception is the first major networking event. Make sure to come hungry!


Thursday, February 23, 2017

07:30 – 08:30 Breakfast and Introductory Remarks

In our opening remarks for CNA2017, CNA President Dr. John Barrett and Chairman of the Board, Mr. Glenn Jager, will welcome out delegates and briefly describe the importance of our 2017 theme, Mission Possible: Innovation for a Cleantech Future.
08:45 – 09:15 The Future of Bruce Power Nuclear

Mr. Mike Rencheck, President and CEO, Bruce Power delivers a keynote presentation.
09:15 – 09:30 The Honourable Jim Carr, Minister of Natural Resources
09:30 – 10:00 Interview with Kirsty Gogan: New Environmentalism

This discussion with Ms. Kirsty Gogan, Co-Founder and Global Director, Energy for Humanity will focus on deep decarbonization and the intersection of environmentalism and nuclear technology.
10:00 – 10:30 Refreshment Break

Please join us in the Governor General Ballroom for our “Innovation Incubator”.
Presentation by: Orgamin Technology.
10:30 – 11:00 SNC-Lavalin: Innovation at Home and Abroad, Preston Swafford

Innovation is one of the keys to success at SNC-Lavalin. Mr. Swafford will discuss advances in tooling innovation in life extension and in the company’s continued development of the Advanced Fuel CANDU reactor (AFCR™). He’ll talk about new working relationships and the need to think out of the box to ensure the future of the nuclear industry in Canada and around the world.
11:00 – 11:30 From Concept to Commercialization: CNL's Role in Bringing SMR Technology to Market

Mr. Mark Lesinski, President and CEO, Canadian Nuclear Laboratories (CNL), will deliver a presentation about the promise of vSMRs for Canada’s northern and remote communities, mining and oil sands extractions, as well as the CNL’s plan for siting and licensing vSMRs by 2026.
11:30 – 12:00 Mr. Jeff Lyash, President and CEO, Ontario Power Generation

Mr. Jeff Lyash, President and CEO, Ontario Power Generation delivers a keynote presentation.
12:00 – 14:00 Lunch and Keynote Presentation

Dr. Laura Dawson, Director, Canada Institute, Woodrow Wilson International Centre for Scholars will deliver a keynote presentation titled: Course Corrections – Challenges and opportunities for Canada’s clean energy sector in a new era of U.S.-Canada relations.
14:00 – 15:00 Panel: Social Values and Energy Policy

In recent decades, opposition to individual energy projects has blurred into opposition to the conventional regulatory frameworks within which those projects were discussed, including legal action against regulators. The frameworks themselves have become less efficient and their legitimacy has suffered. This panel will look for insights into why this has happened and to what extent the conventional regulatory model can be restored and strengthened, versus finding new approaches to social licence.

Monica Gattinger, Director, University of Ottawa’s Institute for Science, Society and Policy
Jatin Nathwani, Executive Director, Waterloo Institute for Sustainable Energy
Alan Young, Director, Materials Efficiency Research Group

15:00 – 15:30 Refreshment Break

Please join us in the Governor General Ballroom for our “Innovation Incubator”.
Presentation By: Best Finish Epoxy Solutions
15:30 – 17:00 Cleantech: Politics and Perceptions Panel

This panel of distinguished journalists will discuss the challenges and opportunities for nuclear as a clean technology to help achieve climate goals within the context of of the political landscape and public perceptions.

Joel-Denis Bellavance, Ottawa bureau Chief, La Presse
Susan Delacourt, Senior Writer,Toronto Star
Timothy Powers, Vice-Chairman, Summa Strategies Canada

17:00 – 19:30 Trade Show Reception and Prize Draws

This reception will be held among the exhibitors area of the trade show. Snacks will be served at many stations, and CNA prize draws will be held promptly at 6:15PM.

From 17:10 – 17:25, we invite you to attend our final “Innovation Incubator” in the Governor General Ballroom. This final presentation will feature McMaster University students, showcasing their Neudose satellite. Check out their website by clicking here.


Friday, February 24, 2017

07:30 – 08:00 Breakfast
08:00 – 09:00 Breakfast Keynote: Mr. Drew Dudley, Founder, Day One Leadership

Mr. Drew Dudley, Founder, Day One Leadership, presents a keynote presentation titled: Creating Cultures of Leadership and the Power of “Lollipop Moments”.

Drew has spoken to over 250,000 people on 5 continents, been featured on The Huffington Post, Radio America, Forbes.com, and TED.com, where his “TED talk” has been voted “one of the 15 most inspirational TED talks of all time” and named by TIME as one of its “seven speeches that will make you a better leader”.

09:00 – 09:30 Electrification of Canada's Energy Systems

Ms. Mary Hemmingsen, National Sector Leader of Power and Utilities, KPMG

An economy-wide transition from current energy end use fuel mix to one dominated by electricity is seen as a viable option to satisfy future energy demands, while achieving deep greenhouse gas emissions reductions. Such a transition requires changing the existing infrastructure stock across all sectors of the economy. Furthermore, it requires much larger electricity generation and transmission infrastructure than today. That would inevitably have significant economic impacts resulting from new investments, stranded assets, and changes to energy markets. This will have both challenges and opportunities for the nuclear energy sector.

09:30 – 10:00 Dr. Michael Binder, President and CEO, Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission

Dr. Michael Binder, President and CEO of the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission, will discuss the current state of nuclear safety regulation in an interview with moderator, Mark Sutcliffe.
10:00 – 10:30 Refreshment Break
10:30 – 11:30 Small Modular Reactors (SMRs) - What are the challenges for deployment?

Canada has a developed nuclear regulatory infrastructure capable of embracing innovation, it has challenging emissions targets and an experienced nuclear industry. It is recognised as a tremendous potential host for an emerging SMR industry. This panel will investigate the challenges for demonstration, manufacture and deployment in Canada and what needs to be done to ensure a successful outcome.

Neil Alexander Principal Consultant, Bucephalus Consulting
Rory O’Sullivan, Chief Operating Officer, Moltex Energy
Hugh MacDiarmid, Chairman of the Board, Terrestrial Energy
Sean Donnelly, Amec Foster Wheeler (U-Battery Representative)

11:30 – 12:00 Ontario Minister of Energy, The Honourable Glenn Thibeault
12:00 – 12:30 Lunch


Note: Program is subject to change without notice.