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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.

Wednesday, February 22, 2023
  • 12:00 - 20:30
    Conference and Trade Show Registration

    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.

  • 13:00 - 14:30
    Communications Seminar

    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.

  • 13:00 - 17:00
    Regulatory and Policy Affairs Seminar

    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.

  • 13:00 - 16:30
    Indigenous Inclusion Seminar

    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 - 17:30
    Student Program Sessions

    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

  • 15:00 - 16:30
    Government Affairs Seminar

    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.

  • 15:00 - 20:30
    Opening of the CNA Trade Show

    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!

  • 15:30 - 17:30
    Bruce Power Supplier Forum

    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.

  • 18:00 - 20:30
    Welcome Reception

    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!

Thursday, February 23, 2023
  • 07:30 - 08:30
    Breakfast and Introductory Remarks
  • 08:30 - 08:50
    SpiritWolf Singers and Opening Prayer

    SpiritWolf Signers followed by the Opening Prayer by Wendy Jocko, Chief of the Algonquins of Pikwakanagan First Nation.

  • 08:50 - 09:05
    Welcome Remarks from CNA Board Chair and CNA President and CEO

    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.

  • 09:05 - 09:15
    Remarks by Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Natural Resources and the Minister of Environment and Climate Change

    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.

  • 09:15 - 10:00
    Panel: Leading the Transition: Opportunities for Utilities

    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

  • 10:00 - 10:30
    Refreshment Break
  • 10:30 - 11:15
    Panel: Beyond the Bare Minimum: Indigenous Participation in the Nuclear Energy Sector

    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

  • 11:15 - 12:00
    Panel: Canada as a Global Leader: From Beginning to the End of the Life Cycle

    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

  • 12:00 - 14:00
    Lunch and Keynote Speaker

    Fireside Chat with The Honourable Lisa Raitt and John Gorman.

  • 14:00 - 15:00
    Panel: The Role of the Nuclear Sector in Supporting Global Energy Security

    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

  • 15:00 - 15:30
    Fireside Chat: What's Next? The Future of Nuclear Amid Global Challenges

    Jacquie Hoornweg, Executive Director, Ontario Tech University, Brilliant Energy Institute, in discussion with Patrick Fragman, President and CEO, Westinghouse.

  • 15:30 -16:00
    Refreshment Break
  • 16:00 - 16:45
    Panel: Nuclear as an Infrastructure Solution for Industry

    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

  • 16:45 - 17:30
    Panel: International Collaboration for Nuclear Fuels and Fuel Supply Chain

    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

  • 17:30 - 19:30
    Trade Show Reception and Prize Draw

    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!

Friday, February 24, 2023
  • 07:30 - 08:30
  • 08:45 - 09:00
    Remarks from Mark Sutcliffe, Mayor of Ottawa
  • 09:00 - 09:45
    Panel: Human Resources in Nuclear: Challenges and Opportunities

    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

  • 09:45 - 10:15
    Global Leadership in Regulatory Readiness: Remarks from President Velshi

    Rumina Velshi, President and CEO, Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission

  • 10:15 - 10:45
    Refreshment Break
  • 10:45 - 11:30
    Panel: Practical Solutions for Financing New Nuclear

    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

  • 11:30-12:00
    Provincial Ministers Panel

    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


  • 12:00 - 13:00


Registration for this event is now closed.


Patrick Fragman

President & Chief Executive Officer, Westinghouse Electric Company

Brian Agnew

Director, Sales and Marketing

Jill Baker

Vice-President, Operations, Canadian Nuclear Association

David Dal Bello

Managing Director, Global Co-Head Power, Utilities and Infrastructure, RBC Capital Markets

Michelle Branigan

Chief Executive Officer, Electricity Human Resources Canada (EHRC)

George Christidis

Vice President, Government Relations, Canadian Nuclear Association

Rachna Clavero

President and CEO, CANDU Owners Group

Catherine Cobden

President and CEO, Canadian Steel Producers Association

Jim Corman

President and CEO, Orano Canada Inc.

Julianne den Decker

Senior Vice President, Major Projects, SNC-Lavalin

Fred Dermarkar

President and CEO, Atomic Energy of Canada

His Excellency Witold Dzielski

Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Poland to Canada

Mike Ford

Chief Financial Officer & Chief Information Officer, GE Hitachi

Tim Gitzel

President and CEO, Cameco

John Gorman

President and CEO, Canadian Nuclear Association

Tom Greatrex

Chief Executive, NIA

Sashen Guneratna

Managing Director, Canada Infrastructure Bank

Dale Hansen

Dean, MacPhail School of Energy, SAIT

Ken Hartwick

President and CEO, Ontario Power Generation

Honourable Mike Holland

Minister of Natural Resources and Energy Development

Jacquie Hoornweg

Executive Director, Brilliant Energy Institute, Ontario Tech University

Bronwyn Hyland

SMR Team Lead, Pathways Alliance

Chief Wendy Jocko

Chief of the Algonquins of Pikwakanagan First Nation

Amar Jolly

Global Director Nuclear, Hatch

Adam Kahgee

Director, Indigenous Relations and Business Partnerships, Bruce Power

John MacQuarrie

Chair, CNA Board

Joe McBrearty

President and Chief Executive Officer, Canadian Nuclear Laboratories

Honourable Don Morgan

Minister Responsible for all major Crown Corporations

Dr. Steven Murphy

President and Vice-Chancellor, Ontario Tech University

Samuel Myers

Senior Vice President, Brookfield Asset Management

Rory O’Sullivan

Chief Executive Officer, Moltex

Rupen Pandya

President and Chief Executive Officer, SaskPower

Jessica Perritt

Director of Indigenous Innovation, Turtle Island Institute 

Sonia Qureshi

P. Eng – Director, Joint Projects & Services

Mike Rencheck

President and CEO, Bruce Power

Honourable Todd Smith

Minister of Energy

Laurie Swami

President and CEO, Nuclear Waste Management Organization

Rumina Velshi

President and CEO, Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission

Ivette Vera-Perez

President & CEO, The Canadian Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Association

James (Jim) P. Ward

General Manager, NSMDC

Chief Emeritus Emily Whetung

Kreshka Young

North America Business Director for Energy and Climate


Thank you to all our CNA2023 sponsors and exhibitors!


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