UNENE, through its IRCs and research programs, has created a pool of scientific experts available for consultation by government and industry on matters related to public policy and industry related aspects.
Following the Japan earthquake/Tsunami event in March 2011 and the extensive coverage of the Fukushima events, many TV and media interviews were held with UNENE`s Industrial Research Chairs and their Associates. These public communications were effective in addressing public concerns with the impact of the events on public health and the environmental fallout. This event has reaffirmed to the Board of Directors and industry at large the important role these respected pool of experts provide as independent scientific experts in addressing the issue at hand in an objective and knowledgeable manner.
Publications documenting research outcomes enabled a wider exposure of the role of Canadian nuclear research internationally. This enables an increase in international research collaborations on many technology subjects. Industry consultation continued through industry interactions and technical exchanges with industry. In the last two years over 90 consultations have been reported by all UNENE universities. Most of these were on COG technical committees, industry technical panels, review teams, as well as with various federal and provincial departments and panels.