Conference Organizing Committee

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Rudy Cronk Conference Co-Chair PLC Fire Safety Engineering (PLC)


Mr. Cronk currently serves in the role of VP of Business Development at PLC Fire Safety Engineering. Mr. Cronk is an experienced Senior Fire Officer with an extensive background in industrial and municipal Fire Protection. He has held Chief Officer positions at multiple organizations and municipalities. Mr. Cronk is a member in good standing on the CSA N393 committee and is presently a member of the CNS council.

Shahina Kurien Conference Co-Chair Bruce Power


Shahina has 19 years of experience in Nuclear Fire Protection Program and holds a Master’s Degree in Fire Protection Engineering from University of Maryland with GPA 4.0. She is currently employed at Bruce Power in Emergency & Protective Services as Fire Protection Program Manager. Previously Shahina was employed as Fire Protection Program Authority for AECL(now known as CNL), leading Fire Protection Engineers/Specialists and Fire Prevention sections, responsible fire risk mitigation, fire protection assessments (FSSA/FHA/CCR), Fire Protection Clauses of Operating License, And compliance to Codes & Standards (NBCC, NFCC, NFPAs & CSA N293/393) for AECL’s Canadian sites.

Shahina was a recipient of AECL’s Award of Excellence in 2014 for her leadership in developing and implementing a comprehensive Fire Protection program at AECL.

Shahina chairs CANDU Owners Group’s Fire Protection Semi-annual Workshops, Co-chairs WANO’s International Fire Protection Industry Working Group, holds the vice chair positions for CSA-N293 & N393 Technical Committees. and was a founding member of this conference: CNS FSEP in 2015.

Mohit Gogna Communications Chair PLC Fire Safety Engineering (PLC)


Mohit Gogna is an honours graduate from the Sheridan Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning in the Project Management Program and has a BA from the University of Toronto. Currently, he is working as Marketing Manager for PLC Fire Safety Engineering.

Paul Amendola Website Tap Report


Paul has over 15 years of experience in the fire and life safety industry. He is the Co-Founder of Tap Report, a Toronto based tech company that creates safer workplaces through software. Paul considers himself to be a continuous learner and holds a Business Administration Certificate and Marketing Certificate from George Brown College, a Pre-Service Firefighter certificate from Durham College and many other courses in health and safety. Paul is an active mentor in the Toronto startup ecosystem and has been an NFPA, BOMA, IFMA and TBMOA member for over 10 years.

Dr. Abderrazzaq (Zaq) Bounagui Technical Program Chair - Fire Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC)


Currently, Dr. Bounagui is the acting director of the Engineering Design Assessment Division at CNSC. He has been a technical specialist at the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission for over 16 years. He assessed compliance at nuclear facilities, conducting technical reviews for various topics including fire hazard analysis, fire shutdown analysis, code compliance review analysis, fire modelling and design review for fire protection systems, performing inspections, etc. He contributed to the development of various regulatory documents and IAEA guides. He has led various task forces to support the development of CSA N293 and CSA N393 standards. He has been the technical authority for several OECD-NEA fire joint international research projects.

Prior to joining the CNSC, he had worked with the National Research Council of Canada as a research officer. My research activities included fire risk analysis for various infrastructures, analysis of fire statistics, investigation of experimental fire tests, and verification and validation of fire modelling tools.

He has authored and co-authored more than 30 publications in the area of fire safety engineering. He holds a Ph.D. degree in Mechanical Engineering—Energy Conversion and a master’s degree in Computer Science..

Steve Thompson Technical Program Chair - EmP Bruce Power


Steve Thompson has worked in the nuclear industry since 1983. Steve is currently the Emergency Management Department Manager at Bruce Power – the largest operating nuclear power plant in the world.

Steve has held many different roles in the his career in the nuclear industry including Licensed Shift Manager, Operations Manager, Maintenance Corporate Functional Area Manager.

Steve Has an MBA from the University Of Northumbria in the UK.

Amer Al-Merabi Lead Technical Session Chair Jensen Hughes


Amer Al Merabi, Nuclear Market Leader for Canada at Jensen Hughes, is a licensed fire protection engineer in Ontario with eight years of experience in Canada. Amer has had the privilege of working for the Canadian regulator (CNSC), private consulting firms, and as well a Canadian nuclear utility (OPG). Amer holds a Bachelors and Masters degree in Civil Engineering with a concentration in fire safety from Carleton University. His involvement in the industry also includes participation in several fire protection technical committees such as CSA (for N293 & N393), SFPE Performance Based Design Standard, and multiple ULC committees as well. In addition, Amer has been an instructor at Carleton University since 2019 teaching fire protection courses at the graduate level.

Amer has also been involved in many projects over the years including working on Fire Hazard Assessments, Fire Safe Shutdown Analyses, Performance-Based Designs, Fire Modeling, Audits, and Training at the majority of the Canadian Nuclear sites.

Cindy Leber Venue Chair Building Reports Canada


Cindy Leber is the Founder and President of Building Reports Canada (BRC). BRC provides tools for the tracking and documenting of fire and life safety inspections. BRC also provides compliance tracking to the Canadian market, including the nuclear industry. Cindy’s experience across the fire & life safety industry and design/ implementation of various workflow and management software projects, provides members with a unique perspective. Her skills as a registered Mediator and trained Negotiator contribute to her volunteer efforts, including memberships such as the ULC STP/TC: 500F1 committee (Installation, Inspection and Verification of Fire Alarm Systems) and NFPA 909/914 (Codes for the Protection of Cultural Resources and Historic Structures).

Brian Scott Warden Delegates Co-Chair Point Lepreau Nuclear Generating Station


Scott Worden has been in the fire service industry for over 24 years including his role in the Emergency Response Team at the Point Lepreau Nuclear Generating Station(PLNGS). Scott held numerous positions at PLNGS including the role of Lieutenant, Platoon Chief ( Response Team leader),Drill Director, Equipment Officer, Deputy Chief and to current position of Fire Chief. Scott is President of the New Brunswick Industrial Fire Chief’s Association and Chair of the WANO- Fire Protection International Working Group, Equipment Related Fire Sub-Committee.

Katie Ketchum Delegates Co-Chair Point Lepreau Nuclear Generating Station


Katie has 17 years experience working in nuclear including positions in Human Resources, Training, Radiation Protection and Emergency Preparedness at the Point Lepreau Nuclear Generating Station (PLNGS). She has a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of New Brunswick and a Bachelor of Technology with a major in Emergency Management from the University of Cape Breton. Katie is a member of the PLNGS Joint Health and Safety Committee and is currently working as the Supervisor of Emergency Preparedness at PLNGS.

Brian Bernard Member at Large Cameco


Brian Bernard is a skilled Fire Protection/Security professional with a demonstrated history of excellence in the nuclear industry for the past 21 years.

Throughout Brian’s career at Cameco’s Port Hope Conversion Facility (PHCF), he has conducted countless facility fire inspections, completed training on the Maintenance & Inspection of Fire Protection Systems, and had a key role on the Fire Response Needs Analysis and Fire Hazard Analysis teams. Brian also participated as a vital resource for the successful Fire Systems Upgrades project completed at the facility as required by the CNSC.

In addition to his work at Cameco, Brian is a District Chief and Trainer for Port Hope Fire and Emergency Services (PHFES) . Over the last 20 years he has completed his certification in NFPA 472 Hazmat Technician and Tank Car Specialist, NFPA 1006 Rescue Technician, Water, high angle, confined space, NFPA 1001 Firefighter II, NFPA 1041 Fire Service Instructor Level II, NFPA 1021 Fire Officer Level II and NFPA 921 Fire and Explosion Investigations.

Additional skills include Emergency Management, Crisis Management, Threat Vulnerability Assessments, Physical Security, and Self Defense.

Jason Rowland Member at Large Troy Life & Fire Safety


Jason Rowland has over 20 years of experience in the fire protection industry. He has a Fire Protection Technology diploma from Seneca College and a Bachelor of Arts from Wilfrid Laurier University. Jason currently works for Troy Life & Fire Safety Ltd. as the Central District Manager.

Mark Peters Member at Large Westinghouse


Mark has over 30 years of experience in the fire protection industry in equipment manufacturing, systems design, installation and commissioning, regulatory compliance, and code development & application. In his current role as Global Director of Fire Protection, Mark serves a global team of fire protection professionals who provide fire protection and life safety engineering, consulting and field support services to nuclear generating stations and manufacturing facilities around the world. Mark currently serves on the technical committee for CSA N293, as well as UL STP/TC 2684, developing the First Edition of Video and Thermal Image Detectors for Fire Alarm Systems.

Don Trylinski Sponsorship & Exhibit Sales Chair Honorary Conference Chair


Currently working at the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission as a Licencee Emergency Management Officer.

Held the position of Senior Consultant / Regional Technical Manager for EPM -Engineering Planning and Management Canada ULC inc. Don has been in the Nuclear business for over 40. He has had the opportunity to work at all Canadian Nuclear Facilities in various roles including General Manager- Emergency & Protective Services and Projects, Program Authority for Fire Protection, Emergency Preparedness, Fire Protection Engineering Design, Fire Protection Systems, Training Technician, Section Manager – Wesleyville Fire & Rescue Academy, Senior Manager Fire Protection Programs and Training, and Mechanical Maintainer.

Don is a member in good standing on several committees including CSA N293 (Fire protection for Nuclear Power Plants) CSA N393 (Fire Protection for facilities that process, handle, or store nuclear substances) CSA N 1600 (General requirements for Nuclear Emergency Management Programs). He has participated in several WANO audits around the world and held a position on the six-member team at the IAEA (international Atomic Energy Agency) in Vienna Austria that authored the Fire Protection Standard for Nuclear Power Plants. Seconded from OPG (Ontario Power Generation) to the Office of the Fire Marshal and Emergency Management to assist with the revision of Ontario’s Provincial Nuclear Emergency response Plan and 5 implementation plans.


CMM III (Certified Municipal Manager Executive Level)
Fire Service Executive
Fire Suppression Professional
Fire Training Professional
Incident Commander EOC (Emergency Operations Centre)
Graduate Fire Protection Technology (Ontario Fire College)
Mechanical Maintainer
Training Technician

Sue Galley Student Poster Chair Bruce Power


Sue Galley has worked in the nuclear industry for over 15 years. During her tenure with Bruce Power, Sue has worked in Human Resources, Site Services, and Emergency & Protective Services. Sue is currently the Emergency & Protective Services, Senior Strategist providing Emergency Management, Fire Protection, and Nuclear Security Program Oversight at Bruce Power. Sue is currently a member of the CSA N1600 TC - General Requirements for Nuclear Emergency Management Programs group.

Adrian Bilton Member at Large Canadian Nuclear Laboratories


Adrian is currently the Director, Corporate Fire & Emergency Preparedness at Canadian Nuclear Laboratories. Adrian is and experienced Emergency Manager with over 16 years of experience in a variety of organizations including the past 10 within the nuclear industry. His role at CNL expanded to include Fire Operations, Prevention, Systems and Technical Services in 2020.

Farzad Danesh Member at Large Ontario Power Generation


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Walter Hew Member at Large Ontario Power Generation


Walter has been working in the nuclear industry for 15+ years and has been working with Nuclear fire for 12+ years. During his time at OPG he has lead several fire protection projects and supported development and maintenance of the OPG Fire protection Program. Through these experiences coupled with many fire specific courses, programs, workshops and seminars he has attained a great deal of knowledge and experience.

Walter is a CSA N293 team contributor, COG fire group OPG committee member and is experienced with Codes and Standards (e.g. NBCC, NFCC, CSA N293 and various NFPAs), Fire safe shutdown assessments, fire hazard assessments, fire safety plans, code compliance reviews, alternate compliances, Etc

Jesse Fraser Member at Large Ontario Power Generation


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The conference is about sharing the latest work and information in the important areas of fire safety and emergency preparedness and emergency management and response mechanisms that support enhanced interoperability.