The aim of this conference was to foster a constructive dialogue on the role that nuclear may play in a national and global strategy in helping us adapt to the challenge of meeting society’s energy needs while reducing our reliance on fossil fuels.
What role will nuclear play? Will it be a pivotal role in reshaping the national and global energy system? or, will its own limitations reduce the role to a marginal contribution in the supply mix and final share of energy consumption?
The conference examined in depth tour major nuclear themes: cost, safety, and waste management, and focus on future directions for Canada. Geopolitical aspects of nuclear development, novel uses, international trade and impacts on the Canadian economy, employment and investment was explored through a panel discussion of energy thought leaders in business, industry, and government.
The energy choices that face Canada over the coming years are extremely important and we welcome your review of the Summary Report and presentations from the conference.
Agenda and Presenters
Conference Summary Report
Challenges of a Sustainable Energy Future: Prof. Jatin Nathwani, Executive Director, Waterloo Institute for Sustainable Energy (PDF)
Practical Foundations for Energy Policy: Jan Carr, former CEO, Ontario Power Authority, former Vice Chair, Ontario Energy Board (PDF)
Cost and Schedule Experience
Anatomy of Darlington: Elgin Horton, former Vice President of Nuclear Operations and Chief Nuclear Officer, Ontario Hydro (PDF)
Contracting for Major Infrastructure: Patrick Lamarre, Executive Vice-President, Global Power, SNC-Lavalin Group Inc., and President, SNC-Lavalin-Nuclear Inc. (PDF)
Business Case Necessities for Nuclear Projects: Alexander Pourbaix, President, Energy and Executive Vice-President, Corporate Development, TransCanada Corporation (PDF)
International Standards: Michael Binder, President and CEO, Nuclear Safety Commission (PDF)
Safety and Reliability in Nuclear Reactor Operations: Ronald D. Crawford, Deputy Director, Regional Centre, Atlanta, World Association of Nuclear Operators (PDF)
Social Acceptance and Siting: David Cameron, Chair and Professor, Department of Political Science, University of Toronto (PDF)
Yucca Mountain and US Waste Management Program: Tom Isaacs, Consulting Professor, Stanford University and Director of Policy, Planning and Special Studies, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, California (PDF)
Notice of Conference: Nuclear Power in Society: Finding the Balance, October 25-26, 2009 (PDF)
Media Reminder: Nuclear Power in Society: Finding the Balance, October 25-26, 2009 (PDF)
Financial Post: Editorial Article, October 25-26, 2009 (PDF)
National Post: Co-operating with Washington on Clean Energy, Editorial Article, Hon. Jim Prentice, Federal Minister of the Environment, October 28, 2009 (PDF)
Toronto Star: Credible solution on isotopes greeted with silence from Ottawa, Editorial Article: Jatin Nathwani, Executive Director, WISE, February 11, 2010 (PDF)
APPrO Magazine: Council aims to improve understanding of energy issues, September 2009 (PDF)
The Financial Times: The Future of Canada’s Nuclear Power Business, Vanessa Kortekaas, September 15, 2020 (PDF)