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                                                                            Canadian Nuclear Society

                                                                            Société Nucléaire Canadienne   Section d’Ottawa

                         CNS Ottawa Branch Meeting         


The Canadian Nuclear Society View from the Top

A conversation with Dr. Peter Ozemoyah CNS President

Date:              Tuesday 21st February 2017

Location:      The Royal Canadian Air Force Officers' Mess 158 Gloucester St., Ottawa (between Bank and O’Connor)

 

Time:             6:30 pm         Mix & mingle (with refreshments provided by the branch)

                       7:00 pm          Talk starts


On Tuesday February 21, the Ottawa Branch of the Canadian Nuclear Society (CNS) is pleased to host Dr. Peter Ozemoyah, current President of the CNS.  The Canadian Nuclear Society is Canada’s principal learned society and forum for the exchange of ideas and information on nuclear Science & Technology.  Dr. Ozemoyah will reflect upon the origins of the Society, and outline how its programs serve the public, the school systems, university students, industry, and all sectors of the nuclear community across Canada.  He will also outline the many opportunities and benefits that accrue to those who are members (and would-be members) of the Society. Finally, in a look to the future, Dr. Ozemoyah will describe the many new program activities currently underway in the Society, and where he sees these taking the organization in the years ahead.   He will then open a conversation with all those attending.  

So please be sure to join us at this fine venue, meet and share views with the President, greet new and former colleagues, and participate in what will undoubtedly be an interesting discussion period.   Both CNS members and non-members are welcome (there is no fee for admission). Long term members are especially invited to discuss the new programs underway.

For more information on this event please contact Wei Shen ( wei.shen@canada.ca ).


Peter Ozemoyah, President, Canadian Nuclear Society

 

Dr. Peter Ozemoyah has a Master’s Degree in Chemical Engineering from the Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT Chicago), and PhD in the same field from the University of Benin. Part of his work was the study of the Effect of Reducing Gases on Polarization of Electrodes.

In February 2011, Peter joined Tyne Engineering as Process Engineer and Project Manager. He quickly rose to become the Manager of Projects Department of the Company, and later, Head of the Process Systems Division.  Currently, Peter Heads the Business Services Division of Tyne Engineering. Before joining Tyne Engineering, Peter had worked as a Professor at several Universities and Colleges in North America and in Africa.

Peter has served and is currently serving as Board member and as chairman of several other professional, not-for-profit organizations, including being president of a Rotary Club, and the chairman of Parents Support Committee of the Royal Canadian Army Cadets of Brampton, Ontario. Peter is also an Executive member of the Toronto Section of the Chemical Institute of Canada (CIC)






                                                                            Canadian Nuclear Society

                                                                            Société Nucléaire Canadienne   Section d’Ottawa

                       CNS Ottawa Branch Meeting         


Update on Small Modular Reactors – Development, Deployment and Regulation

Mr. Marcel De Vos, Senior Project Officer

Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission

 

Date:              Monday 30th January 2017

Location:      The Royal Canadian Air Force Officers' Mess 158 Gloucester St., Ottawa (between Bank and O’Connor)

 

Time:             6:30 pm         Cash bar opens for mix & mingle

                       7:00 pm          Talk starts

On Monday 30th January, the Ottawa Branch of the Canadian Nuclear Society is pleased to host a presentation by Mr. Marcel De Vos, Senior Project Officer, New Major Facilities Licensing Division at the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission.  Mr. De Vos’ biography is attached.

Over the past several years, many technology developers have expressed interest in the construction and operation of SMRs in Canada. Consequently, the CNSC has been looking into the nuclear regulatory and licensing implications challenges for SMR-related activities.  In 2016, the CNSC invited comments on a discussion paper DIS-16-04, “Small Modular Reactors: Regulatory Strategy, Approaches and Challenges”. Mr. De Vos will provide an overview of the CNSC SMR discussion paper, the Vendor Pre-Project Design Review projects at the CNSC, some key international SMR activities, and paths forward and future follow-ups to the Commission.

Join us at this fine venue, greet former colleagues you have not seen for some time, and join in what will undoubtedly be an interesting discussion period. 

Both CNS members and members of the public are welcome.

For more information on this event please contact Wei Shen ( wei.shen@canada.ca ).

                                                               

 

 Marcel DeVos

 

Mr. Marcel de Vos

New Major Facilities Licensing Division

Directorate of Regulatory Improvement and Major Projects Management

Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission

 

 

  • Marcel has been with the regulator for over a decade performing and managing special projects around new build initiatives including:
    • o Regulatory document work across a number of technical areas
    • o Pre-licensing engagement with vendors and potential licensees
    • o International cooperative efforts such the IAEA SMR Regulators’ Forum
  • Marcel is leading the CNSC’s SMR Working Group which is ensuring we have the tools in place to regulate activities that would use SMRs.
  • Marcel has more than a decade of Canadian nuclear power plant experience in plant system reliability testing.

 

 

 

 

 

                                                                                 

CNS Ottawa Branch 

CNSC-CNS co-sponsored event

“ICRP: Science, Values, and Experience”

by Mr. Christopher H. Clement, the Scientific Secretary of the International Commission on Radiological Protection (ICRP).

 

Date:              Wednesday 25th May 2016

Location:      The CNSC Ottawa office

 On Wednesday 25th May, the Ottawa Branch of the Canadian Nuclear Society co-hosted  a CNSC Guest Speaker Series presentation by Mr. Christopher H. Clement, the Scientific Secretary of the International Commission on Radiological Protection (ICRP).  Mr. Clement gave a talk entitled “ICRP: Science, Values, and Experience”.  The ICRP is dedicated to developing the system of radiological protection, shaping standards, legislation, and practice of radiological protection (radiation safety) world-wide. This system is based on three pillars: scientific knowledge, ethical values, and practical experience. ICRP and the system of radiological protection have evolved over nearly ninety years to adapt to fundamental changes in our understanding of radiation, the need to apply more sophisticated ethical principles, and social and technological progress. The presentation traced some of the key developments over the years and the central concepts that underlie modern radiological protection.  The presentation was very well attended and received and generated a good Q & A discussion.  Light refreshments were provided by the CNS Ottawa Branch.

 

 

 

 

 

 

                                                                            Canadian Nuclear Society

                                                                            Société Nucléaire Canadienne   Section d’Ottawa

                                 

                                                                                 

CNS Ottawa Branch Meeting

Lessons Learned from the Point Lepreau Generating Station Refurbishment

Mr. Paul Thompson, NB Power President, Canadian Nuclear Society

 

Date:              Wednesday 16th March 2016

Location:      The Royal Canadian Air Force Officers' Mess 158 Gloucester St., Ottawa (between Bank and O’Connor)

 

Time:                         6:30 pm         Cash bar opens for mix & mingle

                                    7:30 pm          Talk starts promptly  

On Wednesday 16th March, the Ottawa Branch of the Canadian Nuclear Society is pleased to host a presentation by Paul Thompson of NB Power, and current President of the Canadian Nuclear Society. Mr. Thompson’s biography is attached.

With a number of CANDU reactor refurbishments both in Canada and abroad on the horizon, it is important that the industry reflect on the lessons learned from past projects. This talk discusses the major lessons learned from the Refurbishment of the Point Lepreau Generating Station. Post refurbishment performance is also discussed along with the NB Power’s plan to return the unit to world class performance.

Join us at this fine venue, greet former colleagues you have not seen for some time, and join in what will undoubtedly be an interesting discussion period.

Both CNS members and members of the public are welcome.

For more information on this event please contact Wei Shen ( wei.shen@canada.ca ) or Fred Boyd ( fboyd@sympatico.ca ).

                                                                

 

 

Paul Thompson, NB Power

President, Canadian Nuclear Society

 

Paul is the President of the Canadian Nuclear Society, a role he also held previously in 1998/1999. He has been involved in the organization of several conferences and has previously held chairman positions for the New Brunswick chapter, the Nuclear Science and Engineering Division, and the Program committee. Paul is a fellow of the Canadian Nuclear Society.

Paul is the NB Power Senior Strategic Advisor at the Point Lepreau Generating Station (PLGS). He is currently leading a team to develop the long term strategic plan for PLGS. He sits as the NB Power representative on the Board of Directors for the Candu Owners Group, on the advisory board for the Centre of Nuclear Energy Research, and is an alternate station director at PLGS.

Paul has spent more than 36 years in the Nuclear Power industry, working in various technical and managerial roles at AECL and New Brunswick Power. He has had a long involvement on various industry technical and steering committees as well as special projects, including heading up a team of Safety & Licensing specialists that developed the licensing framework for the PLGS Refurbishment & life extension project, and was responsible for the regulatory aspects of the return to service. Paul graduated from the Engineering Mathematics program at Queen's University specializing in the fields of Thermal Sciences and Nuclear Engineering.

 

 

 

 

 

 

CNS Ottawa Branch Meeting

A Billion Curies and Counting

50 Years of Canadian

Nuclear Innovation in Healthcare

Mr. Richard Wiens, Nordion Inc.

 

Date:              Monday 1st February 2016

Location:      The Army Officers’ Mess

149 Somerset West (about 100 metres east of Elgin)  

 

Time:                         6:30 pm         Cash bar opens for mix & mingle

                                    7:30 pm         Talk starts promptly  

On Monday 1st February, the Ottawa Branch of the Canadian Nuclear Society is pleased to host a presentation by Mr. Richard Wiens, Director of Strategic Supply at Nordion Inc.. Mr. Wiens biography is attached.

Nordion, located in Kanata Ontario, has been a leader in the production of medical isotopes, most notably Cobalt-60 and Molybednum-99, used for diagnosis, prevention and treatment of disease, since the inception of the technology in the early 1950s. These products have become critical components of healthcare, impacting the daily lives of millions of people around the world.

A continuously changing isotope production landscape and regulatory environment and the ever-increasing complexities of the global isotope market have necessitated ongoing innovation in the technology and processes used to produce, refine, package and transport these isotopes. This presentation will provide an overview of current technologies, highlight present challenges, and provide examples of innovative solutions in the medical isotope world.

Join us at this fine venue, greet former colleagues you have not seen for some time, and join in what will undoubtedly be an interesting discussion period. Non-members welcomed.

For more information on this event please contact Wei Shen ( wei.shen@canada.ca ) or Fred Boyd (fboyd@sympatico.ca). 

                                                     

 

 

   Richard A. Wiens, P.Eng, CPIM

Richard Wiens is the Director of Strategic Supply at Nordion Inc., a global specialty health science company that provides market-leading products used for the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of disease

In his current role, he is focused on developing and implementing long-term strategies for the supply of isotopes used in applications such as medical device sterilization, diagnostic imaging and cancer treatment. Richard’s combination of business and technical acumen, coupled with experience in complex markets, provide a solid basis for building these highly-specialized supply chains.

Richard has over 20 years’ experience in product management, manufacturing and supply chain, in industries ranging from commercial aircraft production to software development. He holds a Bachelor of Applied Science degree in Mechanical Engineering with a Management Science specialization from the University of Waterloo, and is a licensed Professional Engineer, as well as being Certified in Production and Inventory Management (CPIM) from the American Production and Inventory Control Society.

 

CNS Ottawa Branch Affairs Report for November 2015

By Ken Kirkhope

 On Wednesday 18th November, the Ottawa Branch held a meeting with special guest Mr. Frank Saunders, Vice President of Nuclear Oversight and Regulatory Affairs at Bruce Power. Mr. Saunders gave a very interesting and well received presentation entitled “The Bruce Site 2001 – 2015” where he described the many challenges and accomplishments of Bruce Power in redeveloping the 8 unit Bruce station since taking it over in 2001. Frank has been at the station since that time, during which Bruce Power has refurbished all four units at its Bruce A station, returning 3,000 megawatts of low-cost, reliable electricity to Ontario consumers. Combined with its Bruce B units, it is currently the world’s largest operating nuclear site with eight units that have the ability to produce 6,300 megawatts – about a third of Ontario’s energy. The meeting hosted by Mike Taylor was well attended. A very lively question & answer session followed, and at the conclusion of the session, branch executive member Ron Thomas thanked Frank for a most interesting presentation. A copy of Frank’s presentation can be found via the blue links on this web page and on the past events page.

 The branch executive lining up other events for the new year. Branch executive member Laurence Robitaille has updated our branch web pages restored our our Facebook /Twitter accounts.

 

CNS Ottawa Branch Meeting

The Bruce Site - 2001 to 2015

Mr. Frank Saunders, Vice President, Bruce Power

 

On Wednesday 18th November, the Ottawa Branch of the Canadian Nuclear Society is pleased to host a presentation by Mr. Frank Saunders, Vice President of Nuclear Oversight and Regulatory Affairs at Bruce Power.  Mr. Saunders biography is attached.

Bruce Power’s 2,300-acre site on the shores of Lake Huron houses the Bruce A and B generating stations, which each hold four CANDU reactors.  Over the past decade, Bruce Power has refurbished all four units at its Bruce A station, returning 3,000 megawatts of low-cost, reliable electricity to Ontario consumers. Combined with its Bruce B units, it is the world’s largest operating nuclear site with eight units that have the ability to produce 6,300 megawatts annually – about a third of Ontario’s energy.  Frank will share some of his insights on the Bruce site and the Canadian nuclear program.

Join us at this fine venue, greet former colleagues you have not seen for some time, and join in what will undoubtedly be an interesting discussion period.

Non-members welcomed.

For more information on this event please contact Wei Shen ( wei.shen@canada.ca ) or Fred Boyd ( fboyd@sympatico.ca ).

Biography 

Frank Saunders

Vice President, Nuclear Oversight and Regulatory Affairs
Bruce Power

 

Frank began his career in the nuclear industry with Ontario Hydro, where he held a variety of management positions. This included experience in a number of disciplines including engineering, operations, quality assurance, safety and inspection. He completed his time with Ontario Hydro Nuclear with four years of organizing and performing nuclear plant safety evaluations on behalf of Ontario Hydro and the Institute of Nuclear Power Operations (INPO). In this role, he performed inspections of North American and international plants. 

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, regulatory relations and oversight.  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 25 years in the nuclear industry, Frank served 12 years in the Canadian Armed Forces as a Land Ordnance Engineer. Currently, Frank holds the position of Vice President of Nuclear Oversight and Regulatory Affairs with Bruce Power.

 

 

 

CNS Ottawa Branch News Report for June 2015

By Ken Kirkhope

On 11th June 2015, the Branch held a special dinner event to celebrate branch member Ron Thomas’s recent appointment to “Fellow of the Society”.   Ron received this award, at the 35th Annual Conference held in Saint John, in recognition of his many achievements in nuclear safety regulation over a most interesting career as well as for his contributions to the CNS. The dinner was held at a local Greek Restaurant with plenty of good food and cheer, culminating in a rousing rendition of “For He’s a Jolly Good fellow” led by the waitress. We were also most pleased that past branch member Ian Grant, current ‎Director of Nuclear Safety at the Federal Authority for Nuclear Regulation in the United Arab Emirates, was able to attend.

CNS Ottawa branch executive members Fred Boyd, Wei Shen and Ron Thomas, attended the 35th Annual Conference and Meeting in Saint John. Ron and Wei were both appointed to serve on the CNS council, while Fred Boyd will also continue on the council.

Video LINK: Ron thanking Branch members at special dinner.

 

 

 

 

CNS Ottawa Branch Affairs Annual Report for CNS AGM 17 (May 2015)

 

Ken Kirkhope

 The branch executive would also like to gratefully acknowledge the assistance provided by Jovica Riznic.

The Branch continues to operate effectively, with close to 100 members and the membership level steady. The Ottawa Branch was also pleased to see several new student members joining from the University.

 

Meetings

During the year, the Ottawa Branch was pleased to present the following events:

 

  • April 7, 2015: Mr. Jacques Plourde, CNS President.Jacques gave a very interesting and engaging presentation covering his 40 years in the nuclear field in Canada, beginning as an attached student in the Reactor Control Branch of the Chalk River Nuclear Laboratories, through his 32 years in numerous roles at  Ontario Hydro/Ontario Power Generation (OPG), through to his present role as a risk control consultant specializing in nuclear safety culture at the Nuclear Insurance Association of Canada (NIAC).  Jacques also spoke of his vision of the CNS and coordination with the other nuclear societies and associations in Canada.  His talk was very well received.

 

Ken Kirkhope with Jacques Plourde

 

Education:

Ottawa Branch was pleased to be a sponsor and Fred Boyd participated as a judge at the Ottawa Regional Science Fair, on March 28, 2015. The CNS Ottawa Branch Special Award of $150 was presented to Helen Engelhardt of Broadview Public School for her project titled “Residential Radon Reduction”.

 

  • 4th December 2014, the Ottawa Branch hosted a special dinner event featuring a keynote speaker presentation by Dr. Jeremy Whitlock of Canadian Nuclear Laboratories (CNL) to mark “75 Years Of Fission!”. In his presentation, Dr. Whitlock .summarized the key events that led to the publication in February 1939 by Lise Meitner and Otto Frisch, explaining to the world how the uranium atom had been split.   Some Canadian connections were also highlighted, including the subsequent French experiments with heavy water that led eventually to Canada's nuclear program and the advent of nuclear medicine and cancer radiotherapy.  This event was very successful with nearly 50 people in attendance.  Branch Chair Ken Kirkhope thanked Jeremy for a most interesting presentation.

 Link : Dr. Jeremy Whitlock of Canadian Nuclear Laboratories (CNL) to mark “75 Years Of Fission!”.

 

  • 6th November 2014, Dr. Neil Alexander of the Sylvia Fedoruk Canadian Centre for Nuclear Innovation (Fedoruk Centre).  Located on the University of Saskatchewan campus in Saskatoon, the Fedoruk Centre is a not-for-profit corporation whose mission is to place Saskatchewan among global leaders in nuclear research, development and training through investment in partnerships with academia and industry.  Dr. Alexander’s presentation provided an overview of the work of the Fedoruk Centre and described some of its key activities. Neil discussed how Small Modular Reactors (SMRs) could lead Canada into a second era of Nuclear Leadership and the reasons why the Fedoruk Centre is interested in investigating the impacts that new nuclear technologies could have on small jurisdictions.  The other primary interest of the Fedoruk Centre is nuclear imaging and medicine. Neil talked about progress with the 24MeV cyclotron and the research that will be carried out when the radioisotopes, radiochemicals and radiopharmaceuticals it will produce obtain their respective approvals.  A very lively question & answer session followed, and at the conclusion of the session, Branch Chair Ken Kirkhope thanked Dr. Alexander for his excellent presentation.

 Link : Dr. Neil Alexander of the Sylvia Fedoruk Canadian Centre for Nuclear Innovation (Fedoruk Centre).

 

  • 25th September 2014, Mr. Garry Schwarz, of the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC) on “Cernavoda NPP - The EU Stress Test”.  The presentation began with a brief history of the Cernavoda CANDU® Nuclear Power Plant (NPP) project in Romania. This included a description of unique features of the site and the major phases of the project, from construction until the present time. The presentation then described the European Union (EU) stress test process that took place in Europe following the accident at Fukushima, with particular emphasis on Cernavoda NPP. Examples of actions taken by European NPPs in response to Fukushima were discussed, and a brief comparison made with the Canadian nuclear industry response to Fukushima. A very lively question & answer session followed, and at the conclusion of the session, Branch Chair Ken Kirkhope thanked Garry for a most interesting presentation.

 Link : Mr. Garry Schwarz, of the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC) on “Cernavoda NPP - The EU Stress Test”.

 

April 1, 2014 The CNS Ottawa Branch held its Annual Dinner Event, with Branch Member and CNS Fellow Fred Boyd speaking on 'Peaceful Nuclear Explosions (PNEs): A Historical Perspective'. Ron Thomas, ex-officio Executive Member at the Branch, began the evening's proceedings with a brief Introduction, which recalled Fred's long career in the Canadian Nuclear Industry, and his long service to the Canadian Nuclear Society. In his talk, Fred surveyed the development of the peaceful nuclear explosion concept over the period 1955-75, beginning with programs in the USA and USSR. He then talked about the interest in PNEs in Canada, and briefly laid out the interest in excavations and civil engineering, in mineral recovery and mining engineering, and in underground storage cavities, oil and gas recovery, & scientific and special applications. Rounding out his talk, Fred presented examples of specific proposals made for a second Panama Canal, and proposed projects for canals in Thailand, Egypt and the USSR, as well as an Australian proposal for a deeper harbour. He discussed US & USSR proposals for oil and gas recovery, and several actual applications of PNEs in the USSR, which resulted in the extinguishing of gas field fires. Finally, he discussed a proposal for a PNE in Canada to enhance oil recovery in the Alberta Tar Sands, originally made in 1958. Proposed for a well site near Fort McMurray, it called for a 9 kilotonne device at a depth of 400 m, approximately 30 m below the base of the 70 m thick oil sands. A very lively question & answer session followed, and at the conclusion of the session, Branch Chair Ken Kirkhope thanked Fred Boyd for his talk and his long service to the Branch and the Society. As a token of appreciation Ken presented Fred a small inscribed plaque.

 Ken Kirkhope presents Fred Boyd a Plaque of Appreciation from CNS Ottawa Branch

 April 6, 2013 The CNS Ottawa Branch participated in the Ottawa Regional Science Fair 2013.  The CNS Ottawa Special Prize was awarded to Jennifer McTaggart and Autumn Wild of the Lisgar Collegiate Institute for their project 'Target Zero: Can a Human Society Live Carbon Free?'.

April 4, 2009 The CNS Ottawa Branch participated in the Ottawa Regional Science Fair held on the campus of Carleton University April 3-4, 2009.

February 25-27, 2009 The CNS Ottawa Branch provided volunteers to staff the Canadian Nuclear Society booth at the Canadian Nuclear Association (CNA) annual meeting in Ottawa February 25-27, 2009.

February 13, 2009 Mike Taylor (Branch President) and Fred Boyd (Branch Treasurer) on represented the CNS Ottawa Branch at the Ottawa Science Teachers' Professional Development Day held at the Bell High School, Nepean Ontario.

October 1, 2008 Branch Chair Mike Taylor and CNS President Jim Harvie attended a Seminar organized by the Nuclear Waste Management Organization (NWMO) in Ottawa to seek input from stakeholders (including the general public and professional experts) on the site selection process for spent nuclear fuel disposal.

 

This Ottawa Branch page was developed from an earlier version created by Sonia Jendoubi

 

Updated Feb, 2017