Frank Saunders - Canadian Nuclear Association

Frank Saunders

NII Board / New Technology
Ontario Nuclear Innovation Institute

Frank began his career in the nuclear industry with Ontario Hydro where he held management positions in a number of disciplines including engineering, operations, quality assurance, safety and inspection.  Frank considers his time as a licensed control room shift supervisor and his last four years organizing and carrying out plant safety evaluations as the highlights of his time with Ontario Hydro.  These independent oversight inspections included North American and international plants and a two year assignment with the Institute of Nuclear Power Operations (INPO).

After 13 years with Ontario Hydro Nuclear, Frank moved to McMaster University as Manager, McMaster Nuclear Reactor. Subsequently, he took up the position of Director of Nuclear Operations and Facilities where, as senior nuclear operating authority, he oversaw operations at McMaster’s Nuclear Reactor, Accelerator Facility, Nuclear Research Building Laboratories and support facilities.

In 2001, Frank returned to the Bruce site with the launch of Bruce Power as Vice President Safety and Environment. Since 2001, he has held senior positions in a variety of areas including Safety & Environment, Security, Emergency Response, and most recently Nuclear Oversight & Regulatory Affairs.  Frank is particularly proud of Bruce Power’s strong reputation in these areas and the opportunity he had to play a role in this.

Prior to his more than 35 years in the nuclear industry, Frank served 12 years in the Canadian Armed Forces as a Land Ordnance Engineer.

In 2019 Frank launched the Nuclear Innovation Institute, where he began leading it’s establishment as an international centre of excellence for applied research and training.  Scheduled to become operational in 2020, the Institute will serve as the centre that brings together technology leaders to share collective expertise and knowledge, while identifying opportunities to advance nuclear technologies as well as people skills through training.

Currently, Frank is serving on the NII Board and is representing the NII and Bruce Power in New Technology.