Advisory Councils

The successful work of the CNA depends on regular and direct engagement with our members and partners, primarily through advisory councils, including the Indigenous Advisory Council, Waste Council, Public Affairs Advisory Council, and Regulatory Affairs Advisory Council.

If you are a CNA member and are interested in participating in the work of the association, please get in touch at membership@cna.ca

Indigenous Relations Council

The mandate of the Indigenous Relations Council (IRC) is to provide advice to the CNA staff and Board of Directors on matters related to the relationship between Indigenous peoples, the nuclear sector and their various industry activities. The purpose is to help the CNA, and the nuclear sector overall, develop and build relationships with Indigenous peoples across Canada, improve the association and sector’s understanding of Indigenous perspectives as they relate to various nuclear issues and developments, and help the CNA and its members advance their reconciliation journeys.

Council Members

Jesse McCormick Photo
Chairperson
Jesse McCormick
Senior VP, Research, Innovation & Legal Affairs
First Nations Major Projects Coalition
Christine John Photo
Member
Christine John
Senior Manager, Indigenous Relations
Ontario Power Generation
Michelle Johnston Photo
Member
Michelle Johnston
President
The Society of Energy Professionals
Emily Whetung-MacInnes Photo
Member
Emily Whetung-MacInnes
Director, Indigenous Partnerships & Business Development
Ontario Power Generation
Dakota Kochie Photo
Member
Dakota Kochie
Director, Government and External Relations
Nuclear Waste Management Organization (NWMO)
Jesse Perley Photo
Member
Jesse Perley
Director, First Nations Affairs and Indigenous Relations
Énergie NB Power
Adam Kahgee Photo
Member
Adam Kahgee
Director, Indigenous Relations and Business Partnerships
Bruce Power
Gary Merasty Photo
Member
Gary Merasty
CEO
Peter Ballantyne Group of Companies (PBGOC)
Terri-Lynn Woods Photo
Member
Terri-Lynn Woods
Manager, Indigenous Engagement and Special Projects
Organization of Canadian Nuclear Industries (OCNI)
Jennifer Campeau Photo
Member
Jennifer Campeau
VP, Indigenous Relations
Aecon Group Inc.

Waste Council

The Nuclear Waste Council’s initial mandate is the coordination and collaboration of the nuclear industry’s public affairs and communications approach to waste. This is a critical topic of discussion and can pose a major challenge to the sector if there is misalignment. The Council’s purpose is to facilitate discussion and dialogue amongst industry Senior Executives and to gather outputs and deliverables from other waste working groups that will help develop and drive the industry’s overall strategy

Council Members

Laurie Swami Photo
Chairperson
Laurie Swami
President and CEO
Nuclear Waste Management Organization (NWMO)
Joe McBrearty Photo
Chairperson
Joe McBrearty
President & Chief Executive Officer
Canadian Nuclear Laboratories Ltd.
Jennifer Edey Photo
Member
Jennifer Edey
Senior Vice President, Operational Services and Business Development
Bruce Power
Lori Clark Photo
Member
Lori Clark
President and CEO
Énergie NB Power
Rachna Clavero Photo
Member
Rachna Clavero
President and CEO
CANDU Owners Group (COG)
Bill Walker Photo
Member
Bill Walker
President & CEO
Organization of Canadian Nuclear Industries (OCNI)
Mel Hogg Photo
Member
Mel Hogg
Chief Administrative Officer (CAO)
Ontario Power Generation (OPG)
Fred Dermarkar Photo
Member
Fred Dermarkar
Vice-President, Indigenous and Stakeholder Relations
Atomic Energy of Canada Limited (AECL)
Patrick Vigneault Photo
Member
Patrick Vigneault
Senior Director, Technical Services
Hydro Québec
Doddy Kastanya Photo
Member
Doddy Kastanya
President
Canadian Nuclear Society (CNS)
John Gorman Photo
Member
John Gorman
President & Chief Executive Officer

Public Affairs Advisory Council

The PAAC works to advise the CNA on communications, messaging, policy, government relations, and related strategies to be pursued by the Association. This includes monitoring and identifying emerging issues of importance to the industry and advise on the effectiveness of strategies developed to address those issues and providing advice and guidance on CNA efforts to assure a systematic and coordinated flow of information, and exchange of effective policy, government relations and communications strategies and techniques, within the nuclear industry.

Council Members

Jason Cameron Photo
Chairperson
Jason Cameron
Vice President, Indigenous and Stakeholder Relations
AECL
Agata Leszkiewicz Photo
Member
Agata Leszkiewicz
Manager eVinci Programs and Partnerships
Westinghouse
Katherine Ward Photo
Member
Katherine Ward
Vice-President, Global Nuclear Communications
AtkinsRéalis
Patrick Dalzell Photo
Member
Patrick Dalzell
Head Of Corporate Affairs
Bruce Power
Kevin Gaudet Photo
Member
Kevin Gaudet
Consultant
Power Workers Union
Claire Harris Photo
Member
Claire Harris
Senior Advisor
NB Power
Monifa Miller Photo
Member
Monifa Miller
Senior Director, Corporate Affairs
BWXT Canada
Ryan Clarke Photo
Member
Ryan Clarke
Director Corporate and Commercial Affairs, Government Sector
Canadian Nuclear Laboratories
Dale Austin Photo
Member
Dale Austin
Head, Government Relations
Cameco
Jennifer Knox Photo
Member
Jennifer Knox
Director, Stakeholder Relations
Ontario Power Generation
Milton Caplan Photo
Member
Milton Caplan
President 
MZConsulting Inc.
Pat Quinn Photo
Member
Pat Quinn
Director, Corporate Communications
Canadian Nuclear Laboratories
Dakota Kochie Photo
Member
Dakota Kochie
Director, Government and External Relations
Nuclear Waste Management Organization (NWMO)
Kathleen Duguay Photo
Member
Kathleen Duguay
Manager Community Affairs and Nuclear Regulatory Protocol
NB Power
Derek Vanstone Photo
Member
Derek Vanstone
Global Director, Government And Regulatory Affairs
Hatch
Lou Riccoboni Photo
Member
Lou Riccoboni
Vice-President, Corporate Affairs
Canadian Nuclear Laboratories

Regulatory Affairs Advisory Council

The Regulatory Affairs Advisory Committee (RAAC) is responsible for advising CNA management on regulatory affairs issues that are of concern to CNA members and to the nuclear industry in general. The RAAC works to identify and prioritize regulatory affairs issues that are of concern to the industry, develop industry positions and provide guidance on their solution; and facilitate the dissemination of the information to CNA member and governmental policy makers on regulatory affairs issues of concern to the nuclear industry.

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