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Nuclear Power in Society: Finding the Balance

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 three 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.

Photo of Glen Wright
GLEN WRIGHT, Chair, Council for Clean & Reliable Energy
Photo of Jatin Nathwani
JATIN NATHWANI, Conference Co-Chair, Executive Direcor, WISE
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JAN CARR, Conference Co-Chair
Nuclear Power in Society: Finding the Balance; Sunday, October 25 to Monday, October 26, 2009
  • Keynote Address:
  • Keynote Address:
    • Duncan Hawthorne, President & CEO Bruce Power
  • Session 1: Introduction
  • Session 2: Cost and Schedule Experience
  • Session 3: Safety
  • Session 4: Waste Management
    • Canada's Waste Management Plan - Ken Nash, President and CEO, Nuclear Waste Management Organization
    • Social Acceptance and Siting - David Cameron, Chair and Professor, Department of Political Science, University of Toronto
    • Yucca Mountain and the US Waste Management Program - Tom Isaacs, Consulting Professor, Stanford University & Director of Policy, Planning and Special Studies, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, California
  • Session 5: Future Directions for Canada
    • Moderator: David McFadden
    • Participants:
      • Hugh MacDiarmid, President & CEO Atomic Energy Canada Ltd.
      • Duncan Hawthorne, President & CEO, Bruce Power
      • Al Kupcis, former CEO Ontario Hydro, former Chair Canadian Nuclear Association
      • Trevor Findlay, Professor and Director, Canadian Centre for Treaty Compliance, Carleton University
      • Sean Conway, Director, Institute of Intergovernmental Relations, Queen's University

Event Sponsors

GE | Hitachi Power Workers' Union AECON PrinterOn Ontario Centres of Excellence Ontario Centre for Engineering and Public Policy Building & Construction Trades Council of Ontario Ontario Power Generation National Post Building-Construction Trades Dept. Bruce Power Bridgepoint Group AECL - EACL WISE - Waterloo Institute for Sustainable Energy

CCRE Partners

Richard Ivey School of Business - The University of Western Ontario WISE - Waterloo Institute for Sustainable Energy, University of Waterloo Power Workers' Union