Plenary Sessions

  • Plenary Session 1 – Canada’s Nuclear Advantage in Deploying Gen IV & SMRs, International Collaborations Nov 7: 8 am – 10 am

  • diane
    Diane Cameron, Director, Nuclear Energy Division, Natural Resources Canada
    Pan- Canadian SMR Roadmap Project Results and Next Steps

  • shannon
    Dr. Shannon Quinn, VP, Science, Technology and Commercial Oversight Atomic Energy of Canada
    Canada’s Nuclear Advantage in Nuclear Science & Technologies, Prospect of SMR Collaborations

  • peter_e
    Peter Elder, A/VP, Chief Science Officer, Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission
    SMR Vendor Design Reviews, Licencing Framework for SMR Deployment

  • kathy-mccarthy
    Dr. Kathryn McCarthy, VP, Research & Development Canadian Nuclear Laboratories (CNL)
    SMR Demonstrations at Canadian Nuclear Laboratories

  • jeff_lehman
    Jeff Lehman, VP, New Nuclear Development, Ontario Power Generation [Bio]
    Chair, Small Modular Reactors Technology Forum ( SMRTF)

  • Darmarkar
    Fred Dermarkar, President & CEO, CANDU Owners Group (COG) [Bio] [Abstract]
    Joint Presentation : COG Small and Medium Sized Reactor Technology Forum

  • stephen_bushby
    Dr. Stephen Bushby, Senior Director, Science & Technology at AECL

  • Plenary Session 2 – Prominent Showcases in Gen IV Advanced Reactors & SMR Development Nov. 7: 10:30am – 12:30pm

  • LeBlancHeadShot
    David LeBlanc, President, Chief Technology Officer, Director [Bio]
    Terrestrial Energy Inc.

  • joe_h
    Joe Howieson, Chief Executive Officer, Global First Power Ltd.
    High Temperature Gas Cooled Micro Modular Reactor (MMR)

  • jose_reyes
    Dr. Jose Reyes, Chief Technology Officer & Co-founder, NuScale Power
    NuScale Power – SMR Nuclear Technology

  • Rita
    Dr. Rita Baranwal
    GAIN (Gateway for Accelerated Innovation in Nuclear)
    Idaho National Laboratory, USA

  • Plenary Session 3 – International Landscape in Advanced Reactors Deployment – Challenges, Market, Export Strategies Nov. 8: 13:30 - 15:15

  • john_gilleland
    Dr. John Gilleland, Chief Technology Officer & Co-founder, Terra Power LLC
    Travelling Wave Reactor (TWR)

  • carlos_l_g
    Carlos Leipner-Gomes – VP, Canada & Latin America
    Westinghouse Electric Company
    eVINCI Micro Modular Reactor (MMR) & Nuclear Innovations [Bio]

  • preston_s
    Preston Swafford, Chief Nuclear Officer, President & CEO
    Candu Energy
    Advanced CANDU Fuel Reactor (AFCR)

  • stefano_monti
    Dr. Stefano Monti, Head of Nuclear Power Technology Section
    International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)
    Advanced Reactors and SMR Programs at the IAEA

  • rob w
    Dr. Rob Whittleston
    VP Global Insight
    National Nuclear Laboratory, United Kingdom [Bio]

  • Plenary Session 4 – Policy Levers to Enable SMR Deployment Nov. 8
    Keynote Speaker – 15:45 - 16:15

  • Can Nuclear Energy Thrive in a Carbon-Constrained World?
    - Findings from a new MIT study -

  • jacopo-keynote
    Dr. Jacopo Buongiorno
    TEPCO Professor and Associate Department Head, Nuclear Science and Engineering
    Director, Center for Advanced Nuclear Energy Systems (CANES)
    Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) [Bio]
  • With ∼60 new reactors under construction worldwide, the nuclear industry is currently experiencing moderate growth, mostly concentrated in Asia. However, a much greater expansion is needed if nuclear is to play a significant role in combating climate change. The challenges hindering further growth of nuclear energy utilization include: (i) the high capital cost (3-5 billion dollars per 1000 MWe of installed capacity) and long lead time (5-7 years) required to build new plants; (ii) the negative perception about safety of nuclear plants in the public and governments of some countries; (iii) the economic and regulatory challenges of developing advanced nuclear technologies; (iv) a scarcity of sites suitable for new nuclear plants (NIMBY syndrome); (v) an inherent inability of nuclear plants to adapt to changes in market conditions (merchant vs. regulated) and/or mode of operation (load follow vs. baseload); and (vi) the concerns about disposal of nuclear spent fuel.

    If these challenges are properly addressed, there are major opportunities for nuclear to reduce carbon emissions worldwide and conquer new markets. For example, replacement of all coal-fired power plants in the U.S. would require about 200 GWe of baseload nuclear electricity. Moreover, the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) has estimated that 150-200 GWe would be needed to generate enough electricity to enable conversion of the whole fleet of passenger cars and light trucks in the U.S. to plug-in hybrids, thus effectively ridding the U.S. of its dependence on oil, and drastically reducing the emissions of greenhouse gases into the atmosphere. Similar figures (properly scaled) apply to most other major industrial and developing countries worldwide.

    MIT has recently completed a multi-disciplinary study, to assess the prospects for new nuclear technologies, policies, business models, and regulatory governance to accelerate the transition to a lower-carbon global energy system in the U.S. and around the world. Here we present a set of findings from the MIT study that are focused on (a) cost competitiveness of nuclear in various markets with and without carbon constraints, (b) technology innovations that could substantially reduce the capital cost of new nuclear plants, and (c) regulatory pathways to accelerate the deployment of advanced reactors.


  • International Panel Discussion – 16:15 - 17:30
    Policy Levers to Enable SMR Deployment
    Five Panel Speakers

  • diane
    Diane Cameron, Director,
    Nuclear Energy Division,
    Natural Resources Canada

  • rob-w
    Dr. Rob Whittleston
    VP Global Insight
    National Nuclear Laboratory, United Kingdom [Bio

  • jacopo
    Dr. Jacopo Buongiorno
    TEPCO Professor and Associate Department Head,
    Nuclear Science and Engineering
    Director, Center for Advanced Nuclear Energy Systems (CANES)
    Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) [Bio]

  • Co-Chairs for Panel Discussion
  • ron_oberth
    Dr. Ron Oberth
    Organization of Canadian Nuclear Industries (OCNI) [Bio]

  • wilson
    Wilson Lam
    G4SR-1 International Conference Co-Chair
    CNS Division Chair – Generation IV and Small Reactor
    Senior Advisor, Nuclear Technology
    Ontario Ministry of Energy [Bio]

Technical Session

Invited Distinguished Speakers Presentation Topic/Content (Subject to Change) Technical Program Track
Dr. Igor Pioro
PhD, Doctor of Technical Sciences, P.Eng., Fellow of ASME, CSME & EIC Professor [Bio] [Abstract]
Founding Editor of the ASME Journal of Nuclear Engineering & Radiation Science Faculty of Energy Systems and Nuclear Science, UOIT
Current Status of Nuclear Power Industry in the World and Future Development International Development of SMR
David Newland, Director General
Directorate of Assessment and Analysis
Technical Support Branch
Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission ( CNSC)
The Changing Landscape of Research – A Regulatory Perspective R & D Support for Advanced Reactors
To be determined Invited Speaker Accident Tolerant Fuel
Derek Wilson
Chief Engineer & Vice President
Nuclear Waste Management Organization (NWMO)
Requirement issues, and approaches to include future waste streams from new technologies such as SMR deployment under the current long term nuclear waste management policy Waste Management for SMR
Jerry Hopwood
President, UNENE [Bio]
Development of High Quality Skills For SMR Deployment in Canada Skill Management Strategy
Frank Saunders, VP
Nuclear Oversight & Regulatory Oversight
Bruce Power [Bio]
Applying Bruce Power’s Experience in Public-Private Partnership for SMR Deployment Public-Private Partnership
(Pending Confirmation) Victor Pakalnis, President,
Mirarco Mining Innovations
SMR Deployment for Mining Sector Off- Grid SMR Considerations
Dr. Michaela Ovanes
International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)
Nuclear Knowledge Management for SMR Skill Management Strategy
Dr. Bronwyn Hyland, Physicist &
SMR Program Manager
Canadian Nuclear Laboratories

Paul Thompson
Senior Strategic Advisor
Deputy Chief Nuclear Officer
New Brunswick Power
Pan Canadian SMR Roadmap - Technology Working Group Report R & D Support for Advanced Reactors and SMRs
Nicolle Butcher, Vice President
Strategy & Acquisitions
Ontario Power Generation (OPG)
Pan Canadian SMR Roadmap - Economic and Finance Working Group Report SMR Economics
George Christidis
Director, Federal Affairs
Ontario Power Generation (OPG)
Pan Canadian SMR Roadmap - Indigenous & Public Engagement Working Group Report Social License & Societal Impact
Paul McClelland, Director
Waste Management
Atomic Energy of Canada Limited (AECL)

Lise Morton, Vice President
Nuclear Waste Management Division
Ontario Power Generation (OPG)
Pan Canadian SMR Roadmap - Waste Working Group Report Waste Management for SMR
Robin Manley
Robin Manley, VP, Regulatory Affairs, OPG [Bio]

Maury Burton,
Manager, Bruce Power
Pan Canadian SMR Roadmap - Regulatory Readiness Working Group Report Safety, Risk Assessment & Licensing
Rachna Clavero, Director
CANDU Owners Group [Bio] [Abstract]
COG’s SMR Technology Forum (SMRTF) Activities Safety, Risk Assessment & Licensing
(Pending Confirmation)
Dr. Spencer Pitcher, Division Head
Remote Handling & Radioactive Materials
International Thermonuclear Experiment Reactor (ITER)
Status of ITER Fusion Project in France, and Opportunities for Canadian companies Gen IV and SMR First-of-a kind Prototype Testing
Jeff Lehman, Vice President Nuclear New Build
Ontario Power Generation (OPG) [Bio]
Fleet Operator’s Perspectives on SMR Operational Requirements Operation of FOAK SMR

15 Technical Program Sessions

Approximately 80 Technical Presentations distributed over 15 Technical Program Sessions, to be held in four parallel break-out rooms, in the afternoon of Nov. 7 & 8.

15 Technical Program SessionsNumber of Presentations & Papers

Conference Information

Canadian Nuclear Society (CNS), and Canadian Nuclear Laboratories (CNL) are hosting the 1st International Conference on Generation IV and Small Reactors.
Building on the momentum of increasing interest in partnership in SMR development in Canada, in both governments and the private sector, this International Conference’s theme is about “Meeting the Challenges to Deploy Next Generation Advanced Reactors and SMRs” in fostering low-carbon energy innovation for Canada and the world. As such, this conference is an international forum for the industry and stakeholders to work together to identify obstacles and opportunities, and seek solutions through dialogue, engagement and collaboration. It will cover the topics of interest to designers, operators, researchers, analysts, policy makers involved in the design, development and deployment of Generation IV and small reactors for research and power generation purposes.


  • Workshops:
    • Integrated Safety Assessment Methodology, and;
    • Canadian Regulatory Challenges of Generation IV and SMRs

  • Four Plenary Sessions
  1. Canada’s Nuclear Advantage in Deploying Gen IV & SMR and International Collaborations;
  2. Prominent Showcases in Gen IV Advanced Reactors & SMR Development; 
  3. International Landscape in Advanced Reactors Deployment – Challenges, Market and Export Strategies;
  4. Policy Levers to Enable SMR Deployment
  • 15 technical and policy sessions in four parallel tracks

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 100 Kent Street, Ottawa, ON, K1P 5R7, Canada
 Phone:+1 613-238-1122


Conference Registration Fees include:

  • 13% Harmonized Sales Tax (HST);
  • Participation in 4 Plenary Sessions and all 12 Technical Program Tracks;
  • Participation in all networking and social events: 2 receptions, 2 continental breakfasts, 2 lunches, coffee breaks and Banquet;
  • Access to the online Conference Proceedings.

Click here to access the online registration form and to pay the Conference Registration fee.

  Early Bird Regular (after Sept. 3, 2018)
CNS Member $780 $880
Non CNS Member $885 $985
CNS Retiree Member $330 $380
Full-Time Student (CNS Member) $340 $390

*To qualify for the student registration rate you must be a CNS Student Member in good standing. CNS membership is complimentary for students in full-time attendance at recognized Canadian institutions.Visit the CNS membership page for details on how to become a CNS Student Member.

Registration Cancellation and Refund Policy

Cancellation of registration must be submitted in writing to the Conference Registrar no later than September 30, 2018. Refunds, less a $150 processing fee will be issued after the Conference. No refunds will be provided for cancellation of paid registrations after September 30, 2018.


If you are not already a member of the CNS, consider joining in order to obtain the reduced conference registration rate as well as the many other membership benefits. For details about membership, go to the CNS membership page.


Important Dates

Abstract Submission deadline has been extended to March 23, 2018, due to some abstract submissions requiring longer lead time for approval. The Revised key dates are : 
Abstract Submission extended March 23, 2018 
Acceptance of Abstractsextended April 6, 2018 
Draft Paper Submission May 18, 2018 
Final Paper Submission July 20, 2018


Information For Authors

Please submit your Abstracts and Full Papers  to:  Abstracts should follow the attached Abstract Template. For Full-Paper template click here.


Preliminary Program

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 100 Kent Street, Ottawa, ON, K1P 5R7, Canada
 Phone:+1 613-238-1122

A block of rooms at CAD$209 per night (+ tax) is available in the Conference hotel, the Ottawa Marriott. Space is limited and the deadline for reserving within the block is 2018 Oct. 7. Please reserve early to avoid disappointment! Click here to reserve your room.


Conference Themes

Daniel Gammage

Dear Colleagues,
It is my great pleasure to inform you that The Canadian Nuclear Society (CNS), and Canadian Nuclear Laboratories (CNL) are hosting the 1st International Conference on Generation IV and Small Reactors in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada on November 6-8, 2018 at the Ottawa Marriott Hotel.

I would like to invite you to participate in this exciting conference, whose theme is "Meeting the Challenges to Deploy next Generation Advanced Reactors and SMRs".

Generation IV and SMRs can play an important role in addressing the energy, health, safety, security and climate-change goals of the world. Generation IV small reactors have advanced passive safety features, are resistant to nuclear proliferation, have no greenhouse gas emissions, and are promoted as being economically competitive by lowering cost from mass production. They are suitable for niche and off-grid applications, as well as a connection to the electric grid as a supply option to provide incremental capacity as needed to match incremental energy demand. The Conference will have distinguished speakers. In addition, there will be exhibits and booths to showcase your reactor design, products or services.

Since George C. Laurence designed one of the world’s first nuclear reactors at the National Research Council (NRC) in Ottawa in 1941, Canada has built a comprehensive, mature, world-renowned nuclear science & technology (S & T) ecosystem in mosaic capabilities serving broad research needs, within both academia and industry, and that span across the country and across Canada’s industrial sectors.

Please join us in this exciting conference to explore Canadian nuclear S & T capabilities and to participate in discussions on international collaborations, and to keep up-to-date with the latest research in tackling the challenges to deploy next generation advanced reactors and SMRs.

Yours sincerely,
Daniel Gammage, 
President, Canadian Nuclear Society.


CNL is excited to co-host this, the first, Generation-IV and Small Reactor (G4SR) Conference. We would like to extend an invitation to colleagues, partners, developers and all others interested in the next generation of nuclear technology to join us in Ottawa for the 2018 event. Though it is the first G4SR, it builds off the strength of technical meetings we have supported for the past several years. Like Canadian Nuclear Laboratories, this event is transforming and revisiting the interests and needs of its core customers, and the programming is evolving to address these shifts.

Earlier this year, we declared small modular reactors, commonly referred to as SMRs, as one of seven strategic initiatives the company intends to pursue as part of its Long-Term Strategy, with the specific goal of siting an SMR on one of our sites by 2026. We believe in the commercial viability of SMRs, and it is our vision to serve as a global leader in SMR demonstration, testing and technology development support. Success in achieving this goal requires the critical connections that will be formed through the dialogue at events such as G4SR.

The conference promises an engaging, and productive two-full days exploring topics critical to the design, development and deployment of Generation IV and small reactors. It brings together world leaders in technical and non-technical aspects of deployment for discussions relevant not just to Canada but globally. I invite you to join in the conversation.

Dr. Kathy McCarthy
Vice-President, Research & Development, Canadian Nuclear Laboratories


Wilson Lam, P.Eng. (Ont), Charter Eng. (UK)
CNS Division Chair – Generation IV and Small Reactor
Technology Senior Advisor, Nuclear Technology Ontario Ministry of Energy

Canadian Nuclear Society (CNS) and Canadian Nuclear Laboratories (CNL) are hosting the 1st International Conference on Generation IV and Small Reactors. It is our privilege as the Conference Co-Chairs to present to you our exciting Preliminary Conference Program.

The six advanced reactor designs selected for development by the International Generation IV Forum (GIF) are: Gas-cooled Fast Reactor (GFR); Lead-cooled Fast Reactor (LFR); Molten Salt Reactor (MSR); Supercritical Water-cooled Reactor (SCWR); Sodium-cooled Fast Reactor (SFR); and Very High Temperature Reactor (VHTR).

Several Small Modular Reactor technology developers (whose designs belong to some of the above Generation IV design categories) have recently established themselves in Canada and initiated dialogue with the regulator, suppliers, utilities, governments and potential customers, for potential development and deployment in Canada. Currently, seven SMR technology developers have applied for pre-licensing vendor design review (VDR) process with the regulator, to gain an early assessment of their SMR design.

Building on the momentum of increasing interest in partnership in SMR development in Canada, in both governments and the private sector, the theme of this International Conference is “Meeting the Challenges to Deploy Next Generation Advanced Reactors and SMRs” in fostering low-carbon energy innovation for Canada and the world. As such, it will cover the topics of interest to designers, operators, researchers, analysts, policy makers involved in the design, development and deployment of Generation IV and small reactors for research and power generation purposes.

To start off on Nov. 6, 2018, there will be two timely workshops on hot topics: Integrated Safety Assessment Methodology for SMRs, and Canadian Regulatory Challenges of Gen IV and SMRs,

Dr. Bronwyn Hyland
Program Manager,
Small Modular Reactors

Canadian Nuclear Laboratories delivered by domain experts. The conference (Nov. 7 – 8, 2018) will have four important plenary sessions delivered in sequence by distinguished Canadian and international speakers, plus 12 Technical Program Tracks conducted in parallel over the two days, covering wide spectrum of advanced SMR research and policy topics.

A technical tour of the Chalk River Laboratories, hosted by CNL, will be offered to interested attendees on Friday November 9, 2018.

Advanced SMRs are potential game changing technological innovations which can meet the goals for Generation IV nuclear energy systems on sustainability, economics, safety and reliability, proliferation resistant and physical protection. For the benefits of the society at large, the SMR innovations can lead to potential large-scale production of hydrogen, a potential future low-carbon energy source that can provide energy sustainability for the world in replacing gasoline for transportation or natural gas for heating or industrial processes. Just as importantly, Generation IV advanced reactors can potentially lead to technological innovations on reprocessing or recycling of used nuclear fuel or the use of thorium to power nuclear reactors. As SMR vendors and the industry stakeholders work to advance the SMR technologies from the design concept to laboratory testing, licensing and on through to deployment, there will be challenges; G4SR-1 is an international forum for the industry and stakeholders to work together to identify obstacles and opportunities, and seek solutions through dialogue, engagement and collaboration.

The exciting moment to explore the SMR technological innovations has come. We invite you to submit your research papers, join the important discussion with your peers at the conference, and explore the international collaborations in meeting the challenges for future SMR deployments.


Sponsorship Opportunities



Opening Evening Reception $3,000
Conference Banquet $5,000
Breakfast Sponsor (2 available) $2,000
Luncheon Sponsor (2 available) $4,000
Refreshment Breaks (4 available) $1,000
Exhibits – Table top $2,000
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Canadian Nuclear Laboratories

Banquet Sponsor:

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Chalk River Laboratories (CRL) Tour

Chalk River Laboratories (CRL) Tour hosted by Canadian Nuclear Laboratories:

Date: Nov 9 (Friday), 2018 Fees: A fee of $30 will be charged to cover transportation costs for the tour, you can select the CRL tour option here in the online registration form.



Dr. Nithy Thambiayah, Manager, Nuclear Safety Experiments Branch, Canadian Nuclear Laboratories [bio]


Nithy provides scientific and technical leadership to scientists, engineers, and technologist on nuclear-power-reactor severe accidents, fuel-channel heat transfer, fuel behaviour under accident conditions, fission-product release, containment behaviour, and finite-element analysis of structural thermo-mechanical behaviour.

Internationally cited ASME Journal Paper includes:

Benchmarking Severe Accident Computer Codes for Heavy Water Reactor Applications

ASME J of Nuclear Rad Sci 3(2), 020903 (Mar 01, 2017) (11 pages)
Paper No: NERS-16-1084; doi: 10.1115/1.4035726


IAEA Presentation: Introduction of GIF ISAM for Gen IV Reactor Systems 

Workshop Content:

The Generation IV Risk and Safety Working Group (RSWG) developed an Integrated Safety Assessment Methodology (ISAM) [1] to support the concept that safety is “built in” the Gen IV reactor design processes rather than “added on”. ISAM accomplishes this by assimilating safety requirements as reactor systems are conceptualised and designed. The methodology is useful not only for the Gen IV technology development cycle but also for the Small Modular Reactor (SMR) concept and design development.

There are five main tools in ISAM, namely, (1) Qualitative Safety Features Review (QSR), (2) Phenomena Identification and Ranking Table (PIRT), (3) Objective Provision Tree (OPT), (4) Deterministic and Phenomenological Analyses (DPA), and (5) Probabilistic Safety Analysis (PSA). Each tool is intended to be used in answering specific safety-related questions in diverse degrees of detail and during different stages of design maturity. The ISAM tools is expected to be used throughout the concept development and design phases to derive insights to influence the course of the design evolution. The application of these tools would yield an objective understanding of risk contributors, effectiveness of safety-related design provisions, sources and impacts of uncertainties, and other safety-related issues that are important for a successful design. The tools also present a measure of design maturity, in terms of the level of safety and risk associated with the conceptual design relative to safety objectives.

The workshop on Integrated Safety Assessment Methodology will introduce ISAM concept, provide examples of Gen IV advanced reactors applications, and list some relevant literature for further reading.

Reference: 1. An Integrated Safety Assessment Methodology (ISAM) for Generation IV Nuclear Systems, Risk and Safety Working Group (RSWG), GIF/RSGW/ISAM Report Version 1, 18 June 2010.



Dr. Margot Hurlbert, Professor, CSIP Johnson Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy, University of Regina

  • Ph.D., University of Amsterdam (2016)
  • LL.M., Osgoode Hall Law School (2004)
  • LL.B., Osgoode Hall Law School (1987)
  • B. Admin., Great Distinction, University of Regina (1984)

Margot is the Lead, Science, Technology and Innovation Research Cluster, Johnson Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy, Regina, Saskatchewan, Coordinating Lead Author of Chapter 7, “Risk Management and Decision Making in Relation to Sustainable Development” of the IPCC Special Report on Land and Climate. After practising law for 18 years (the final years in the capacity of Assistant General Counsel at SaskPower) she has many publications and research projects relating to public acceptance, public engagement and nuclear energy.

Key nuclear projects include:

  • (2016-2018) Steering/Advisory Committee – Siting Small Modular Nuclear Reactors - multidisciplinary project funded by Sylvia Fedoruk Canadian Centre for Nuclear Innovation aimed at developing expertise in engineering, geological, regulatory and economic factors of building a small modular nuclear reactor in a place that has not previously used nuclear power, using Saskatchewan as a case study.
  • (2015) Co-Researcher. “SSHRC Small Nuclear Innovation Policy Partnership.” with partners of the Canadian Nuclear Association and Cameco Corporation to develop scholarly understanding of the challenges facing deployment of small nuclear reactors, identifying and assessing best practices for governance, regulation and commercialization.

She is a member of Canadian Nuclear Society’s Generation IV and Small Reactor Division - Regulatory frameworks, ownership models and business cases for SMRs working on “Accelerating Licensing of Advanced Nuclear through International Coordination – Exploring Potential Pathways” project.

Workshop Content:

Discussions are well underway surrounding the appropriateness of Canada’s current regulatory framework and regulatory program and changes that might be required due to differences relating to Generation IV and SMR technology.

Licensing uncertainties exist including: whether a gap analysis must be performed for foreign codes/standards and Canadian, if special licensing will be needed for a demonstration reactor, and what a ‘phased in’ or step wise approach might look like in relation to licensing approvals. Outstanding legal issues include:

  • Transportation and waste storage in relation to sealed cores or modules;
  • Liability issues, safety and emergency response requirements;
  • Human, machine interfaces, and site security.

Perhaps one of the biggest looming regulatory challenges is the degree of stakeholder support from nearby communities, aboriginal groups and other stakeholders. Consultations will be required and there is uncertainty how this will coincide with regulatory approval.

This workshop will focus on adequately identifying uncertainties, building strategies and opportunities to reduce uncertainty, how uncertainty interfaces with public acceptance and approval and how this can all occur while protecting the environment, maintaining safety, and building on public engagement.

This workshop will engage participants in break-out discussion groups with understanding the regulatory approval issues, the identification of uncertainties, and the public engagement process providing examples of novel communications, engagement mechanisms, and public interface models.

References: Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission – DIS-16-04 Small Modular Reactors: Regulatory Strategy, Approaches and Challenges Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission - What we Heard Report – DIS-16-04 Canadian Nuclear Laboratories, Perspectives on Canada’s SMR Opportunity, Summary Report


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