UNENE speaks up at the Canadian Nuclear Association Conference

Panel of five people in conversation
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APRIL 20, 2022 – Last week, the CNA (Canadian Nuclear Association) held its annual conference in Ottawa again, after a two-year gap. The nuclear community was able to meet in person again, recognize the extraordinary progress being made, and discuss the nuclear path to a clean energy future – net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050.

UNENE and our members were widely represented across our partnership, in panel sessions and in many networking discussions. As UNENE President, I participated in the conference-opening panel, on the “Future of Jobs”. I thoroughly enjoyed the lively exchange covering the growth of the nuclear sector, the importance of addressing EDI (Equity, Diversity and Inclusion) issues, the recognition of lifelong learning, and the need for nuclear professionals to lean into social outreach and leadership. I learned a lot from our other panelists, and from many valuable conversations with colleagues.

I think that everyone left the conference with renewed optimism about nuclear’s place in Canada’s clean energy future.

– Jerry Hopwood