Joseph (Joe) McBrearty is an accomplished senior executive with over 35 years of experience in the nuclear industry. Holding executive-level roles at complex nuclear installations in both the United States and Canada, Mr. McBrearty’s expertise includes nuclear reactor and high hazard nuclear facility operations, maintenance, training and oversight. As President and CEO at CNL, Mr. McBrearty oversees the operations of Canada’s national nuclear laboratory complex, and is enacting transformational change to improve the company’s research program, safety performance, security posture, capital program, and waste management activities. Included in Joe’s mandate is the operation of Canada’s national nuclear research program, the delivery of major environmental remediation projects and the modernization of CNL’s Chalk River campus, a $1.2 billion project that will revitalize essential infrastructure, decommission aging buildings and construct new world-class facilities. Before assuming the role of President and CEO, Mr. McBrearty oversaw internal operations at CNL as its Chief Operating Officer (COO).
Prior to joining CNL, Joe served as Deputy Director for Field Operations with the Office of Science at the U.S. Department
of Energy (DOE), where he led operations for 10 U.S. national laboratories and over 25,000 contract and federal staff. In
this role, Mr. McBrearty realized major improvements in nuclear operations, led strategic planning, management,
oversight, and coordination of laboratory operations, and spearheaded infrastructure and management policy changes
in support of the U.S. DOE’s research and development program.
Mr. McBrearty also served in the U.S. Navy with extended tours of duty on board four nuclear submarines, including
command of USS DALLAS (SSN-700). Ashore, he served in various high-profile positions, including the Nuclear Propulsion
Examining Board, command of the TRIDENT Refit Facility (TRF), King’s Bay and the U.S. Navy’s Officer Training Command.
Mr. McBrearty also has extensive experience in community and stakeholder relations, leading the revitalization of the
American Museum of Science and Energy in Oak Ridge, Tennessee; in trades and education, guiding the reestablishment
of an Apprenticeship Training Program at TRF; and in site revitalization, working to lay the foundation for the U.S. DOE to
develop strategic plans to assess, fund, and ultimately upgrade their general purpose infrastructure.
Mr. McBrearty holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry from the University of Maryland and a Master’s Degree
from the U.S. Naval War College.