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Canadian Nuclear Association welcomes six new directors to its board

June 9, 2021

OTTAWA (June 9, 2021) – The Canadian Nuclear Association (CNA) welcomes Julianne den Decker, Simi Gujral, Stephane Leduc, Michelle Johnston, Amanda Rivers, and Kamal Verma to its board of directors, effective June 8, 2021.

The CNA board is instrumental in providing diverse viewpoints and skillsets that help guide the organization as it builds on the significant potential of clean and reliable nuclear energy and nuclear medicine in Canada and abroad.

Joining the board are:

Julianne den Decker, Senior Vice President, Project Delivery Nuclear Canada, Candu Energy (Member of the SNC-Lavalin Group)

Simi Gujral, Director of Quality & Performance Improvements, Tetra Tech Canada

Stephane Leduc, General Manager, CCNuclear Inc.

Michelle Johnston, President, The Society of United Professionals

Kamal Verma, President, Canadian Nuclear Society

Amanda Rivers, Treasurer, Women in Nuclear

“I am pleased to welcome this group of new board members who showcase the strength, depth and talent of our industry,” said John MacQuarrie, CNA Board Chair. “Canada’s nuclear industry’s ecosystem and supply chain are strong with the ongoing refurbishments at Bruce and Darlington nuclear generating stations and progress on small modular reactors. With these new members, the board will provide the CNA the leadership it needs moving forward as our industry continues to provide reliable electricity, crucial medical isotopes, and lead the way with new technologies to help Canada meet its net-zero by 2050 emission target.”

The CNA is addressing the issue of gender diversity and establishing a structure and governance that drives a more inclusive and representative board and association. Fully two-thirds of the CNA’s newly elected/appointed board members are women. Overall, 25 per cent of the CNA’s 2021 board are women compared to 14 per cent in 2020.

Re-elected members:

We also want to congratulate the re-elected members of our board:

Alice Wong, Senior Vice-President & Chief Corporate Officer, Cameco Corporation

Mike Marsh, President and Chief Executive Officer, SaskPower

Brett Plummer, Vice President Nuclear & Chief Nuclear Officer, NB Power Corporation

Eddie Saab, President, Westinghouse Electric Company

Spencer Fox, President, E.S. Fox

Thomas Clochard, Executive Lead, Senior Vice President, Nuclear, Aecon Industrial

Rory O’Sullivan, Chief Executive Officer, North America, Moltex Energy

Julie West, Vice President, Nuclear Safety & Licensing, Kinectrics

Lisa McBride, Country Leader, Small Modular Reactors, GE Hitachi Nuclear Energy

Katherine Moshonas Cole, Canada Country Manager, X-Energy

Michael Chatlani, Vice President, Business Development – Power Systems and Simulation, L3 Harris

Bradley Michell, Program Manager, IMI Critical Engineering

Howard Shearer, Chief Executive, Canada, Hitachi Canada Limited

Narinder Bains, General Manager, Nuclear, ATS Automation Tooling Systems Inc.

Milton Caplan, President, MZ Consulting Inc.

Doug Chambers, Vice President and Technical Knowledge and Innovation for Radiological Sciences, Arcadis Canada Inc.

Azeem Qureshi, Chief Executive Officer, Grasshopper Energy

Bob Walker, Advisor to the President, Power Workers’ Union

Matthew Mairinger, Canadian Operating Officer, North American Young Generation Nuclear (NAYGN)

Ross Galbraith, IBEW 37 Business Manager, Canadian Nuclear Workers Council (CNWC)

For a complete list of the CNA’s 36-person board of directors visit our website.

Outgoing directors:

The CNA is grateful to our five outgoing board members — Bill Fox, Sanjay Krishnan, Pierre Tremblay, Scott Travers, and Dr. Aman Usmani — for their commitment and service to the board.  

About the Canadian Nuclear Association (CNA)

Every year in Canada, nuclear technology helps avoid 80 million tonnes of CO2 emissions by displacing fossil fuels and supplies 70 per cent of the global supply of cobalt-60, radioisotopes that are used to treat cancer and sterilize medical equipment, among other things. It generates more than $6 billion in revenue and creates more than 76,000 direct and indirect, well-paying jobs. Canada stands to solidify its leading position in the world’s nuclear industry with the introduction of next-generation technologies in the form of small nuclear reactors.

The Canadian Nuclear Association (CNA) has been the national voice of the Canadian nuclear industry since 1960. Working with our members and all communities of interest, the CNA promotes the industry nationally and internationally, works with governments on policies affecting the sector and endeavours to increase awareness and understanding of the value nuclear technology brings to the environment, economy and daily lives of Canadians.

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Christopher Gully
Vice President, Communications & Member Engagement
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