CNA and CNS Congratulate 2018 Canadian Nuclear Achievement Award Winners

May 28, 2018

SASKATOON (May 28, 2018) – The Canadian Nuclear Association (CNA) and the Canadian Nuclear Society (CNS) would like to congratulate the winners of the 2018 Canadian Nuclear Achievement Awards.

The awards, presented jointly by the CNA and the CNS, are to honour those who have made exceptional contributions, technical and non-technical, to the field of nuclear science and technology.

This year, the award winners are:

Ian McRae Award (to honour an individual for substantive contributions, other than scientific, to the advancement of nuclear energy in Canada):

  • Joanne M. Ball, for leadership and contributions in the areas of nuclear reactor safety, nuclear fuels, and environmental protection.

Harold A. Smith Outstanding Contribution Award (to recognize Canadian-based individuals, organizations or parts of organizations that have made significant contributions in the nuclear field, either technical or non-technical):

  • Current and Past NRU Operations and Support Staff, for outstanding contributions to Canadian and international nuclear science and technology research, development, education, and health, and to the economic and environmental fields.
  • Engin Özberk, for outstanding contributions to nuclear research, development, and education in Western Canada and the mining sector.
  • Jovica R. Riznic, for outstanding contributions to nuclear-engineering research and education in the fields of heat transfer and reactor thermalhydraulics, reliability, safety, and fitness for service.
  • Richard Didsbury, for outstanding contributions to CANDU build-project engineering-tool development, and for preparing Canadian Nuclear Laboratories’ R&D organization for the transition to the GoCo model.
  • Aamir Husain, for outstanding contributions to the nuclear industry in the fields of radiation protection, radioactive waste management, and decommissioning.

Education and Communication Award (to recognize individuals for significant efforts in improving understanding of nuclear science and technology among educators, students and the public):

  • Jo-Ann Facella, for accomplishments in the field of social engagement and acceptance of long-term management of used nuclear fuel.
  • Neil Alexander, for passion and commitment to public education and outreach related to various aspects of nuclear science, medicine, and technology.
  • Matthew T. J. Dalzell, for passion and commitment to public education and outreach related to various aspects of nuclear science, medicine, and technology.

John S. Hewitt Team Achievement Award (to recognize recipients for outstanding team achievements in the introduction or implementation of new concepts or the attainment of difficult goals in the nuclear field in Canada):

  • Bruce B Cobalt Harvest Team, in recognition of its achievements in safely and efficiently implementing a new radionuclide harvesting process using High Specific Activity Cobalt Rods at Bruce Power.
  • CNL Physics and Economics of Thorium-Based Fuel Research Team, in recognition of its scientific and technical achievements in the fields of reactor-physics behaviour and modelling, fuel-cycle characteristics, and economic characteristics of thorium-based fuels.

Fellow of the Canadian Nuclear Society (appointed to individuals for extensive contributions to the Society and meritorious service to the nuclear field in Canada):

  • Blair P. Bromley, for extensive contributions to the CNS, as chair of the Fusion Science and Technology Division, and as organizer of conferences, technical meetings and courses.
  • Mohamed Younis, for extensive contributions to the CNS as Treasurer, chair of various CNS committees, and member of numerous conference organizing committees.

The awards will be presented on June 5th, during the CNS Annual Conference in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, June 3-6, 2018.

For more information about the awards, visit

About the CNA:

Since 1960, the Canadian Nuclear Association (CNA) has been the national voice of the Canadian nuclear industry. Working alongside our members and all communities of interest, the CNA promotes the industry nationally and internationally, works with governments on policies affecting the sector and works to increase awareness and understanding of the value nuclear technology brings to the environment, economy and the daily life of Canadians. Our members are actively involved and are leaders in Canada’s production of uranium and nuclear power and are taking leadership roles in the research, design, construction, operation and support to nuclear facilities and technologies.

About the CNS:

The Canadian Nuclear Society (CNS) was established in 1979 as “The technical society of the Canadian Nuclear Association”. In 1998, the CNS was incorporated independently as a federal, not-for-profit corporation. The CNS promotes the exchange of information on all aspects of nuclear science and technology and its applications. This includes nuclear power generation, fuel production, uranium mining and refining, management of radioactive wastes and used fuel. Other topics include medical and industrial uses of radionuclides, occupational and environmental radiation protection, the science and technology of nuclear fusion, and associated activities in research and development.

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