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2022 Fuel Conference

August 21 @ 12:00 am August 24 @ 12:00 am


Following the success of the 14th conference held in Mississauga, Ontario in 2019, the 15th International Conference on CANDU Fuel to be held in Ajax, Ontario on August 21-24, 2022, will once again bring together international nuclear fuel industry experts involved in research, design, fabrication, operations, fuel modelling, safety analysis and regulation. Under the theme of “Advanced Fuel Manufacturing and SMR Initiatives for a Clean Energy Future”, the technical sessions will cover topics on design, development, modelling, qualification and manufacturing including CANDU and Small Modular Reactors (SMR) fuels. A session focused on experiences and lessons learned from non-CANDU fuel types has been added.  The sessions will be composed of: 

A. Advanced Fuel Manufacturing: Fuel manufacturer experience, advances in manufacturing & inspection technologies, additive manufacturing, blending RU and DU, fuel manufacturing challenges and improvements.

B. SMR Fuel: Design, development, modelling, fabrication/synthesis and supply-chain.

C. Fuel Performance:  Fuel behaviour (normal operating conditions and extended burnup), station experience and Hot Cell work & capabilities.  Common causes of fuel failure from other reactor designs are also welcome.

D.  Fuel Safety:  Performance improvements, Licensing issues, accident studies, fission gas release, fuel behaviour, LOCA initiatives and experimental simulation, fuel acceptance criteria, fuel deformation and dryout.

E.  Fuel Design & Development:  Modifications to fuel designs and quality assurance in fuel design and development, MOX, inert matrices, DUPIC, slightly enriched uranium (SEU), recovered uranium (RU), Thoria fuel cycle, Gen IV Fuel Types, economical and societal implications of fuel cycles.

F.  Fuel Code Development:  Predictive capability on thermal, mechanical, irradiation and fission-gas release behaviour under normal operating and accident conditions and predicting aerosol behaviour.   Advanced code/model development, which may include radiation protection/ shielding.

G.  Fuel Management:  Fuel management schemes, load following, fuel physics analysis and specific operational challenges.

H.  Fuel Bundle Thermal Hydraulics:  Critical Heat Flux assessment, Computational Fluid Dynamics modelling, reactor aging, pressure tube performance and fuel simulation and testing.

I.  Used Fuel Management:  Fuel handling technology, spent fuel storage, and in-storage fuel behaviour.

J. Advanced Fuel Modelling and Code Development:  Models that are being developed to further support fuel performance and safety assessment. Multi-physics/multi-scale simulation.


The following are important deadlines for paper submissions, Awards and Registrations. Late submissions may not be accepted.

  • February 15, 2022      On-line submission of Abstracts
  • February 28, 2022      Notification of the Acceptance of Abstracts
  • April 30, 2022             On-line Submission of final version of paper
  • April 30, 2022             Fuel Technology Awards Nomination  
  • May 30, 2022              Notification of acceptance of full papers
  • June 15, 2022              Early Bird Registration Deadline


Abstract and full paper must be prepared and submitted in MS Word to https://www.xcdsystem.com/cns/abstract/index.cfm?ID=b9v4aBI according to guidelines on the conference website.   


The abstract is to be no more than 100 words. You can submit your abstract here.
On-line submission of Abstracts is due February 15, 2022.

Full Paper

The required full paper is to be submitted in Microsoft Word, and shall use this provided template. Final papers should be submitted directly here using the pass code that each author received previously upon submission of the abstract.

On-line submission of final version of papers is due April 30, 2022. 

Should you have any issues submitting, please contact, Dr. Paul K. Chan at Paul.Chan@rmc.ca


Please see Full Conference Program Coming Soon.


Note: All fees in CAN$
Note: To register as a CNS member, your membership must be in good standing for 2022)
All prices include HST (#870488889 RT).


On or before June 15

After June 15

CNS Member



Non CNS Member



CNS Retiree Member



Full-Time Student (CNS Member)



Registration includes one ticket to the Conference Banquet and fun night (details to be announced later) at the conference venue. If you would like to join us for the Conference dinner and fun night and need additional ticket, please request it through the link above.


As always, we are also accepting nominations for the CNS Fuel Technology award to recognize senior or retired individuals who have contributed greatly to the field of Nuclear Fuel.

Please send your nomination letters to Dr. Brent Lewis at lewis-b@rmc.ca / Dr. Paul K. Chan at Paul.Chan@rmc.ca by April 30, 2022.

Please provide your full name and address, the full name of the nominee with a one page summary stating:

i) the significance or impact of the contribution

ii) their reputation or standing of the recipient in the domestic and international fuel community

iii) their mentorship of junior scientists and engineers

iv) the length of career in the nuclear industry

If you would like more information pertaining to this award, please contact Dr. Brent Lewis at lewis-b@rmc.ca / Dr. Paul K. Chan at Paul.Chan@rmc.ca


The conference will take place at the Ajax Convention Centre with accommodations available at two luxurious hotels, The Hilton Garden Inn Ajax and The Homewood Suites by Hilton, conveniently located just off Highway 401 at the Salem Road exit.

These facilities provide excellent service in a convenient location. The Ajax Convention Centre is situated between two excellent accommodations and are just 45 Km from downtown Toronto and 55 Km from the Toronto Pearson International Airport.


Room rate in the CNS Block: $159/night + tax, single/double.
This rate will be available until the earlier of:

  • the cutoff date of July 7, 2022, or
  • the date when the CNS block is full.

So, we recommend early guestroom reservation to avoid disappointment.
Reservations can be made by:

  • Directly using this Registration Link OR
  • Telephone: Please call the hotel directly at (905) 686-9400 or toll free at 1-800-596-3985 and quoting the CNS Group ID Code.


Reservations can be made by:

  • Directly using the Registration link OR
  • Telephone: Please call the hotel directly at (905) 686-9400 or toll free at 1-800-596-3985 and quoting the CNS Group ID Code, with a reference to CNS Group ID Code.


Proposed Organizing Committees:

Conference Chair

Doug Jensen (Cameco)

IAEA Collaboration

Paul Chan (RMC)

Technical Program Coordinators

Paul Chan (RMC), Mingjun Chen (NPP), Raheel Hameed (Cameco), Markus Piro (Ont. Tech. University), Mukesh Tayal (CNS), Wei Shen (COG)

Awards Committee

Brent Lewis / Paul Chan (RMC)


Elmir Lekovic (CNS)

Facilities and Tour Coordinator

John Studzinski (Cameco)/Raheel Hameed (Cameco)

Communication Coordinator

Sara Forsey (Cameco)


Lane Bannerman (Cameco)/Sara Forsey (Cameco)/Paul Chan (RMC)

Hotel Coordinator

Sara Forsey (Cameco)/Raheel Hameed (Cameco)


Adam McFarland (Cameco)/Chris Knox (Cameco)

Secretary & Reception

Michelle Webb (Cameco)/Keely Jacox (Cameco)


Mohamed Younis (CNS) / Mohinder Grover (CNS) 


M Kommy Farahani (RMC)/Doug Jensen (Cameco)/Sara Forsey (Cameco)


Sara Forsey (Cameco)/Michelle Webb (Cameco)/Keely Jacox (Cameco)

Technical / IT Services    

Elmir Lekovic (CNS)


Conference Chair:

Doug Jensen

General Manager Cameco Fuel Manufacturing,

Fuel Services Division, Cameco.

200 Dorset Street East, Port Hope, Ontario

Canada. L1A 3V4

Tel./Tél.: +1 905 800 2201

Mobile: +1 289-251-3718

Email/Courriel: Doug_Jensen@cameco.com


Technical Program Co-Chair:

Dr. Paul K. Chan

Royal Military College of Canada

P.O. Box 17000, Station Forces

Kingston, Ontario, K7K 7B4A

Tel./Tél.: 1-613-541-6000 x6145

Email/Courriel: Paul.Chan@rmc.ca



Elmir Lekovic

CNS Office Manager,

998 Bloor St W., #501
Toronto, ON
M6H 1L0

Tel./Tél.: (416) 977-7620





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