CNA2023: Canada’s Global Leadership
Strengthening Canada’s role as a global leader in nuclear technology and innovation
The Canadian nuclear industry is enjoying momentum that hasn’t been seen in over a decade. New projects are being announced and financed, public support for nuclear is growing, and governments at all levels that are increasingly coming to understand the promise of nuclear for not only meeting Canada’s energy and climate goals, but also market opportunities overseas.
Maintaining this momentum and ensuring Canada remains competitive will require industry to coordinate more than ever. At CNA2023, we will highlight the significant opportunities available for the Canadian nuclear industry, both domestic and international, but also focus in on the barriers that could prevent Canada from realizing the full economic and climate benefits of nuclear power.
Program subject to change.
Here you will pick up your name badge, which is required for entry and your conference kit. In an effort to reduce registration lines, registration will open on Tuesday, February 21 from 15:00 – 20:00.
The Communication Seminar will bring together thought leaders from industry and civil society to discuss differing approaches to communicating on and promoting Canada’s nuclear sector. The session will be run as a friendly debate, with a series of propositions provided by the moderator to panelists and seminar participants. These propositions are intended to drive discussion, force participants to question assumptions, and highlight new ideas and approaches to how the industry can better and more effectively communicate on both positive and challenging issues.
Join this seminar to learn about the CNA Nuclear for Net-Zero project that examines the potential for the nuclear sector to contribute to Canada’s net-zero 2050, energy security and economic goals, the criteria for success and what needs to be done to realise this potential. The regulatory component of the program will focus key regulatory and federal legislative opportunities and challenges, including the Impact Assessment Act, key standards and regulations and CNSC priorities.
Indigenous Inclusion for a Cleaner Energy Future
Join representatives from NB Power, Global First Power, and Sask Power, and their Indigenous Partners for a discussion on intentional Indigenous Inclusion for new nuclear development. The representatives and partners will talk about what is working and talk about the challenges encountered when working together toward reconciliation.
This seminar will run for two hours, followed by a 30 minute break. Following the seminar, will be the CNA’s Indigenous Relations Council Meeting which participants are welcome to stay and observe.
This seminar is complimentary but will have limited available spaces, due to room capacity. Thank you for understanding.
14:00 – 15:30 SPP2023: Talent Collider Session
15:30 – 15:45 Break
15:45 – 16:30 SPP2023 Panel: Starting your nuclear career
16:30 – 16:45 Break
16:45 – 17:15 SPP2023: Human resourcing for next generation nuclear
2022 represented a significant shift in the Canadian government’s stance on nuclear energy. Growing concerns around energy security and climate change have emphasized the important role that nuclear plays.
The first half of the Government Affairs Seminar will focus on providing a Federal update. This will include the 2002 Federal budget, the Fall Economic Statement, CIB’s 1-billion-dollar announcement, and other key initiatives taken on by the Liberal government. During the second half of the seminar, we will hear from the World Nuclear Association’s Director General, Sama Bilbao y Leon, who will provide a global update. The focus will be on global momentum and the political challenges of nuclear development.
The Trade Show will officially be open and we invite delegates to start visiting our valued exhibitors right away. We will be hosting a prize draw contest using the CNA2023 mobile app game on your devices. Don’t waste time, the draw takes place Wednesday night at 6:15 PM sharp! Have your CNA2023 mobile app ready!
Location: Confederation Ballroom at the Westin Hotel Ottawa.
N.B. Suppliers already registered for CNA2023 will have access to the Bruce Power Supplier Forum which will take place prior to the Conference Welcome Reception. Suppliers not registered for CNA2023 can purchase a one-day registration package on the registration site. The one-day registration will provide access to the Bruce Power Supplier Forum, and the Welcome Reception and Trade Show for Wednesday, February 22 only.
Consider this the official opening of the 2023 CNA Conference and Trade Show. The welcome reception, sponsored by Bruce Power, is the first major networking event. Make sure to come hungry!
SpiritWolf Signers followed by the Opening Prayer by Wendy Jocko, Chief of the Algonquins of Pikwakanagan First Nation.
In our CNA2023 opening remarks, CNA President John Gorman and Chair of the CNA Board, will welcome our delegates and briefly describe the importance of our 2023 theme.
Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Natural Resources and Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Environment and Climate Change, Julie Dabrusin will address CNA2023 attendees.
The future of nuclear in Canada will be realized through the efforts of the provincial utilities, built on a foundation of decades of expertise in new builds, refurbishments, and policy and technology innovations. In this panel, leaders from some of Canada’s major utilities will discuss the opportunities ahead for expanding the role of nuclear energy in our domestic energy system.
Lori Clark, Acting President and CEO, NB Power
Ken Hartwick, President and CEO, Ontario Power Generation
Rupen Pandya, President and CEO, SaskPower
Mike Rencheck, President and CEO, Bruce Power
Moderated by: Julianne Den Decker, SVP Project Delivery Nuclear Canada, SNC-Lavalin
Across the energy sector in Canada, consultation and dialogue with Indigenous communities is slowly giving way to partnerships and collaboration agreements, ensuring that local communities not only consent to the development of energy infrastructure, but are active supporters and beneficiaries. In this panel, representatives from Indigenous communities and the nuclear sector will discuss how to ensure mutually beneficial partnerships to advance the clean energy transition together.
Brian Agnew, Director of Sales, Canada, Framatome Canada
Ken Hartwick, President and CEO, Ontario Power Generation
Jessica Perritt, Director of Indigenous Innovation, Turtle Island Institute
Jim Ward, General Manager, North Shore Mi’kmaq District Council
Moderated by: Chief Emeritus Emily Whetung-MacInnes
Fred Dermarkar, President and CEO, Atomic Energy of Canada
Joe McBrearty, President and CEO, Canadian Nuclear Laboratories
Laurie Swami, President and CEO, Nuclear Waste Management Organization
Moderator: Rachna Clavero, CEO and President, Candu Owners Group
Fireside Chat with The Honourable Lisa Raitt and John Gorman.
The Global Energy Crisis exposed inherent weaknesses in domestic energy security for countries not only in Europe, but around the world. The possibility that fuel supplies can be cut off without warning has led countries to re-examine their energy systems and ask how they can be made more affordable, sustainable, and secure. In this context, many countries are either returning to nuclear, looking to build out an existing nuclear sector, or examining the possibility of building their first reactor. This panel will highlight the positive and sustainable role that nuclear power can play in supporting energy security around the globe.
Sama Bilbao y Leon, Director General, World Nuclear Association
Witold Dzielski, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Poland to Canada
Maria Korsnick, President and CEO, Nuclear Energy Institute
Tom Greatrex, Chief Executive, Nuclear Industry Association
Moderated by: George Christidis, Vice President, Government Relations and International Affairs, Canadian Nuclear Association
Jacquie Hoornweg, Executive Director, Ontario Tech University, Brilliant Energy Institute, in discussion with Patrick Fragman, President and CEO, Westinghouse.
For Canada to meet its net zero emissions goals, the decarbonization of industry must be accelerated without negatively impacting productivity or employment in key sectors of the Canadian economy. Nuclear power can play a critical role in providing the reliable electricity and high-temperature heat needed in many industries, including mining, oil and gas, and cement and steel production. This panel will provide perspectives from industry sector representatives who are looking for practical and affordable solutions to addressing this challenge.
Catherine Cobden, President, Canadian Steel Producers Association
Bronwyn Hyland, SMR Team Lead, Pathways Alliance
Ivette Vera-Perez, President and CEO, Canadian Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Association
Kreshka Young, North America Business Director, Energy & Climate, Dow Chemicals
Moderated by: Rory O’Sullivan, Chief Executive Officer, Moltex Energy
The Global Energy Crisis has had far reaching consequences on energy security not only in Europe but around the world. While the nuclear sector, for the most part, has been spared any immediate impact, the future supply of nuclear fuel is not guaranteed. Emerging fuel-related challenges and opportunities include ensuring a supply of fuel for new SMR builds, managing the political implications of enrichment and enriched fuel imports and exports, and ultimately the need to fully decouple from Russia fuel supply dependence. This panel will discuss how international collaboration between allies can ensure a healthy, robust, and sustainable nuclear fuel supply chain.
Jim Corman, President and CEO, Orano Canada
Tim Gitzel, President and CEO, Cameco
Daniel B. Poneman, CEO, Centrus Energy Corp. (USA)
Moderated by: Rosemary Yeremian, VP Business Development, Canada, USNC
This reception will be held among the exhibitors area of the trade show. Food will be served at many stations throughout the floor with the CNA2023 prize draw will be held promptly at 6:15 PM. Have your CNA2023 mobile app ready!
If the nuclear power sector is to deliver on ambitious goals to play an even greater role in Canada’s clean energy mix, it will require rapid but sustainable expansion of the workforce in order to fill the job vacancies created by new builds, refurbishments, fuel production, mining, and regulatory support. Addressing this need will need to involve a broad range of partners, from academia and unions to trade associations and government. This session will explore these challenges and discuss opportunities for near and long-term solutions to ensure the continued health of the Canadian nuclear workforce.
Adam Kahgee, Director, Indigenous Relations & Business Partnerships Corporate Affairs Division, Bruce Power
Dale Hansen, Dean, MacPhail School of Energy, Southern Alberta Institute of Technology
Stephen Murphy, President and Vice-Chancellor, Ontario Tech University
Sonia Qureshi, Director, Joint Projects and Services, Candu Owners Group
Moderated by: Michelle Branigan, President and CEO, Electricity Human Resources Canada
Rumina Velshi, President and CEO, Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission
New nuclear is capital intensive, and with long lead times for regulatory approvals and construction, obtaining financing presents a range of challenges. Building upon lessons learned from last year’s Financing Nuclear Summit held in Ottawa, this panel will explore innovative but practical solutions for how new nuclear can secure necessary financing.
David dal Bello, Managing Director & Global Co-Head of Power, Utilities and Infrastructure, RBC Capital Markets
Mike Ford, Chief Financial Officer, GE Hitachi
Sashen Guneratna, Managing Director, CIB
Samuel Meyers, Vice President, Brookfield Asset Management
Moderated by: Amar Jolly, Global Director Nuclear, Hatch
Honourable Todd Smith, Minister of Energy, Government of Ontario
Honourable Mike Holland, Minister of Natural Resources and Energy Development, Government of New Brunswick
Honourable Don Morgan, Minister responsible for all major Crown corporations, Government of Saskatchewan
Registration for this event is now closed.
President & Chief Executive Officer, Westinghouse Electric Company
Director, Sales and Marketing
Vice-President, Operations, Canadian Nuclear Association
Managing Director, Global Co-Head Power, Utilities and Infrastructure, RBC Capital Markets
Chief Executive Ofﬁcer, Electricity Human Resources Canada (EHRC)
Vice President, Government Relations, Canadian Nuclear Association
President and CEO, CANDU Owners Group
President and CEO, Canadian Steel Producers Association
President and CEO, Orano Canada Inc.
Senior Vice President, Major Projects, SNC-Lavalin
President and CEO, Atomic Energy of Canada
Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Poland to Canada
Chief Financial Officer & Chief Information Officer, GE Hitachi
President and CEO, Cameco
President and CEO, Canadian Nuclear Association
Chief Executive, NIA
Managing Director, Canada Infrastructure Bank
Dean, MacPhail School of Energy, SAIT
President and CEO, Ontario Power Generation
Minister of Natural Resources and Energy Development
Executive Director, Brilliant Energy Institute, Ontario Tech University
SMR Team Lead, Pathways Alliance
Chief of the Algonquins of Pikwakanagan First Nation
Global Director Nuclear, Hatch
Director, Indigenous Relations and Business Partnerships, Bruce Power
Chair, CNA Board
President and Chief Executive Officer, Canadian Nuclear Laboratories
Minister Responsible for all major Crown Corporations
President and Vice-Chancellor, Ontario Tech University
Senior Vice President, Brookfield Asset Management
Chief Executive Officer, Moltex
President and Chief Executive Officer, SaskPower
Director of Indigenous Innovation, Turtle Island Institute
P. Eng – Director, Joint Projects & Services
President and CEO, Bruce Power
Minister of Energy
President and CEO, Nuclear Waste Management Organization
President and CEO, Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission
President & CEO, The Canadian Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Association
General Manager, NSMDC
North America Business Director for Energy and Climate
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