Opening Remarks By

Peter Elder Vice-President and Chief Science Officer Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC)


Peter Elder has been working for the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission for over 20 years in various regulatory roles covering the entire nuclear fuel cycle. He started as a technical specialist in 1996 as a fuel performance and safety analyst, and moved on to become a project manager in power reactor licensing. He has also occupied a variety of management roles throughout his career at the CNSC. He has experience in all areas of the organization’s mandate: safety, security, safeguards and environmental protection. He has also served as a nuclear counsellor at the Permanent Mission to the International Organizations in Vienna. In this role, he advised the Canadian government on International Atomic Energy Agency activities in nuclear safety and security, emergency management and technical cooperation.

Before joining the CNSC, he worked for AECL as a section head and research scientist in the area of high-temperature fuel behaviour and fission product release. He co-authored a number of scientific papers during this period on fuel behavior under accident conditions, and was involved in several international collaborations in this area.

He completed a Master's in Materials Engineering from Queen’s University following his undergraduate degree in Engineering Science (Physics Option) from the University of Toronto.

He was appointed as the Chief Science Officer and Vice-President of the CNSC’s Technical Support Branch in April 2017


Plenary Speakers

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Jennifer Edey Senior Vice President, Operational Services & Business Development Bruce Power


Jennifer Edey is the Senior Vice President of Operational Services and Business Development at Bruce Power. She oversees the operation of key services that directly support the safe operation of Bruce Power’s nuclear fleet. These services include Information Technology and Digital Transformation, the operations and maintenance of all facilities and infrastructure, the document management system for Bruce Power, Radiological Waste Management and Health Physics. She also leads Emergency and Protective Services which consists of Nuclear Security, Fire Response and Prevention, and Emergency Management.

She has most recently added Business Development to her portfolio where she oversees isotope development, new nuclear initiatives and innovative technology and project opportunities to support our Net Zero Strategy.

Jennifer started her career with Suncor in Calgary where she was at the leading edge of renewable energy development in Canada. She developed wind farms across Canada and eventually co-ran a successful wind development company in Ontario.

She studied Chemical Engineering at the University of Waterloo and completed her Executive MBA through Queens University while working for Suncor in Calgary.


Dr. James A. Milke, P.E Professor and Chair, Department of Fire Protection Engineering University of Maryland


Dr. James A. Milke, P.E., is Professor and Chair of the Department of Fire Protection Engineering at the University of Maryland. He received his PhD in Aerospace Engineering, MS degree in Mechanical Engineering and BS degree in Fire Protection Engineering from the University of Maryland. In addition, he has a BS degree in Physics from Ursinus College. Dr. Milke has served as the Fire Protection Engineer for Fairfax County, Virginia and as a Research Fire Prevention Engineer at NIST. Dr. Milke is a Fellow and past president of SFPE.

He is a past member of the NFPA Standards Council and is a past chair of the NFPA committee on Smoke Management Systems. He has received awards for teaching, communications and service from the University of Maryland, NFPA, SFPE and Automatic Fire Alarm Association..

Derek Mullin Superintendent, Safety Analysis

New Brunswick Power


Derek Mullin, P. Eng, is Superintendent of Safety Analysis in the Reactor Safety Department at Point Lepreau Nuclear Generating Station and holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of New Brunswick. He was worked for more than 30 years in the nuclear industry in the areas of reliability, safety system engineering, probabilistic safety assessment, regulatory affairs, deterministic safety analysis, and uses that experience in support of emergency preparedness including severe accident management. He led the development of the first full-scope Level 1 and Level 2 Probabilistic Safety Assessment for the Point Lepreau Nuclear Generating Station, has been heavily involved in strategies for improving nuclear safety and emergency response both at the regional and national level; and, led the reassessment of tsunamis and earthquakes affecting southern New Brunswick using state-of-the-art methods and current knowledge base.

Mr. Mullin is the current chair of the New Brunswick branch of the Canadian Nuclear Society.

Dr. Abderrazzaq (Zaq) Bounagui Acting Director Engineering Design Assessment Division Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission


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 hold a Ph.D. degree in Mechanical Engineering—Energy Conversion and a master’s degree in Computer Science.

Dr. Marina Röwekamp Senior Chief Expert, Bereich Anlagensicherheit / Plant Safety Division Gesellschaft für Anlagen und Reaktorsicherheit mbH


Diploma degree in experimental physics from “Rheinische Fredrich Wilhelms University” of Bonn (Germany)

PhD (Dr. rer. nat.) in Physical Chemistry, from “Rheinische Fredrich Wilhelms University” of Bonn (Germany)

Senior Chief Expert and Head for Hazards (with a specific focus on fire) and PSA at Gesellschaft für Anlagen- und Reaktorsicherheit (GRS) gGmbH)– the Federal German nuclear Technical Safety Organization (TSO) – for more than 34 years

Chair of the OECD/NEA FIRE (Fire Incidents Records Exchange) Database Project Management Board

Program Review Group (PRG) Chair of the former OECD/NEA PRISME 1 - 3 experimental projects

German Member of the OECD/NEA HEAF and HEAF 2 experimental projects

Chair of the German nuclear expert group for nuclear standards on fire safety KTA 2101

Member of various IAEA expert groups, mainly on internal hazards and PSA

Member of the German PSA Expert Panel for more than 17 years

OECD/NEA/CSNI Working Group on Risk Assessment (WGRISK), Chair from 2013 to 2020, actually Vice Chair (2020 to 2026)

German Member and Senior Expert for the WENRA and ENSREG second Topical Peer Review (TPR 2) on “Fire Protection” (ongoing activity until end-2024)

Dr Diego Fernandez Lisbona Principal Inspector and ONR’s acting Professional Lead for Internal Hazards and Site Safety Office of Nuclear Regulation, UK


Dr Diego Fernandez Lisbona is a Principal Inspector and ONR’s acting Professional Lead for Internal Hazards and Site Safety. A Chemical Engineer by training and with a Doctorate in Chemical Engineering by the University of Nottingham (2009), Diego joined ONR in 2016 following roles as a Major Hazards specialist at the Fire and Process Safety Unit of the UK’s Health and Safety Laboratory/ Health and Safety Executive (2008-2012) and as a Principal Consultant in both the UK nuclear new build and non-nuclear, major hazards sectors (2012-2016). Once in ONR, Diego worked as an internal hazards specialist in the New Reactors and the Sellafield Decommissioning Fuel and Waste (SDFW) divisions, assessing fire and internal hazards safety cases. Diego was also ONR’s Delivery Management Group Lead (DMG) for Advanced Nuclear Technologies (ANTs) and, from 2017 to 2021, he led the capability development work that enabled ONR to deliver its commitments, laid out in the 2018 Nuclear Sector Deal, to provide advice to the UK Government on innovative reactor designs. This involved the development and implementation of ONR’s knowledge management approach for ANTs, the ANTs international engagement plan and the regulatory process for early assessment of 7 advanced fission reactor proposals taking part in the Advanced Modular Reactors (AMR) Feasibility and Development (F&D) project. In 2020, Diego returned to ONR’s Technical Division as Deputy Professional Lead for Internal Hazards. He is currently the ONR project lead coordinating the UK’s contribution to the European Nuclear Safety Regulators Group (ENSREG) Topical Peer Review 2, which will cover Fire Protection from 2022 through to 2024.

Lovell Gilbert Deterministic Safety Analysis Manager

Bruce Power


Lovell is an experienced Nuclear Safety Manager with a demonstrated history of working in the utilities and currently manages the Deterministic Safety Analysis section at Bruce Power. He is highly skilled in Nuclear Safety Analysis, Severe Accident Management, Environmental Qualification and Safe Operating Envelope Limits & Conditions.

Lovell has a Bachelor of Engineering (B. Eng.) Mechanical and Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.) focused in Physics.

Lovell is a World Nuclear Association - World Nuclear University Summer institute Fellow.

Lovell currently chairs the COG Beyond Design Basis Accident (BDBA) Management Task Team.

Lovell currently chairs the CSA N1600 General Requirements for Nuclear Emergency Management Programs Technical Committee and is a past Vice Chair for CSA N290B Technical Committee on Reactor Safety and Risk Management. He has also been on several CSA standards technical subcommittees.

Lovell is also an expert consultant for the IAEA in the area of Accident Management and Equipment Environmental Qualification and has contributed to the preparation of Safety Reports, Specific Safety Guides and Technical Documents in these areas.

Lovell was the proud recipient of Chretien Global Nuclear Leadership award in 2017 for his extensive work in reactor safety on the international scene.


Andy Owen Vice President, Emergency Services and Training

Ontario Power Generation


Andy Owen is the Vice President of Emergency Services and Training for Ontario Power Generation (OPG). He is responsible for Fire Protection and Training for OPG’s nuclear fleet consisting of 2 stations and 10 nuclear units. He is also responsible for Emergency Management and Security for all of OPG’s facilities across Ontario.

Andy has worked in the Nuclear Power industry for over 30 years, all with Ontario Power Generation/Ontario Hydro at both the Darlington and Pickering Nuclear Generating Stations. He brings expertise in areas such as operational focus, training, emergency preparedness, and leadership.

He started his career in Operations at Pickering Nuclear, where he became a certified Shift Manager. He has held various operationally focused positions, such as Assistant Operations Manager and Senior Fuel Handling Manager. Prior to his current position, Andy spent three years as the Director of Operations Training for Pickering and Darlington Nuclear.

Andy is a graduate of the University of Toronto with an H.B.Sc in Physics and an M.Sc. in Physics and Astrophysics.

Andy is married and has 2 children. He enjoys playing guitar and games of all types.



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