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President's Report, Jerry Hopwood

Iceberg analogies come to mind as UNENE paddles hard under the water

From a new website and learning portal under production to new partnerships culminating in a fully-realized collaboration hub, there are exciting changes coming to UNENE. Read Jerry’s report from the March 2021 newsletter.

UNENE updates
Paul Spekkens headshot "New RAC Chair"

CANDU industry leader and long-time UNENE board member to chair Research Advisory Committee

Paul Spekkens, who has spent nearly 45 years in leadership, research and consulting roles in the Canadian nuclear industry and helped establish UNENE, will help steer the UNENE research agenda.

Headshots of Jared Smith, Roger Newman and Suraj Persaud

UNENE-member professors honoured for best corrosion research paper

An article published in CORROSION: The Journal of Science and Engineering and jointly written by three UNENE member researchers, from University of Toronto, Queen’s University and CNL, has won the 2021 Best Corrosion Paper Award.

Mike Draymond on video call

UNENE R&D Workshop opens a window to the future of nuclear in Canada

The show must go on and so it did. The COVID-19 pandemic didn’t stop UNENE’s annual R&D Workshop, a cornerstone of the organization’s work in connecting academia with industry and government. In fact, the online format provided opportunities to bring new voices to to the discussion.

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University network
Helius: Research, Develop, Deliver. A world-class campus for innovation in clean energy.

UNENE universities partner in new Kinectrics’ innovation campus

Kinectrics’ recently announced Helius facility will collaborate with UNENE network universities, small modular reactor (SMR) developers and other sector stakeholders to test and support new clean energy technologies like SMRs and hydrogen production.

Dr. George Bereznai retires after 50 years in nuclear education

Goodbye Dr. Bereznai: Longtime educator contributed much over a half century

Professor George Bereznai, who founded Ontario Tech’s nuclear programs, will begin a new chapter at the end of June, after a half-century spent in nuclear training and education across both industry and academia in Ontario and internationally.

Students with assorted Pride flags

UNENE members celebrate Pride Month

UNENE network universities host festivities throughout June, in support of equal rights and inclusion for LGBTQ2S+ individuals.

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Industry trends
Dr. Michael Stephens headshot

Remembering Michael Stephens

Michael Stephens, who spent years working on waste management and decommissioning at Whiteshell and Chalk River Laboratories passed away on June 23.

COGnizant Magazine cover

Stories of innovation in CANDU and beyond featured in COG’s latest issue of COGnizant

CANDU Owners Group released its latest issue of COGnizant Magazine featuring innovation and achievement across its membership and the nuclear industry.

Moltex Energy Stable Salt Reactor - Wasteburner (SSR-W)

University of New Brunswick among several partners working with OPG, Moltex on clean energy solutions

The UNENE-member will contribute research and testing capacity to support Ontario Power Generation, Moltex and others, in turning used CANDU fuel into next generation nuclear power.

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Policy Matters
IAEA Net Zero Challenge

IAEA invites students and young adults to bring their ideas on the future of nuclear in clean energy systems

The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) is calling on students and young professionals to have their voices heard in two essay contests on nuclear policy that offer the winners a chance to be right in the action at the IAEA and at the COP26 in Glasgow.

Woman in hardhat, wind turbines, hydrogen production facility

Government of Canada launches $1.5-billion Clean Fuels Fund with call for proposals

Fund supports building or expanding clean fuel production facilities, including hydrogen, synthetic fuels and sustainable aviation fuel. Projects must be completed and operational by March 31, 2026.

Fred Dermarkar headshot inset over photo of the Earth in a field of grass

AECL president says Canada needs diversity of energy options to meet climate change goals

In The Hill Times, Fred Dermarkar, President & CEO, Atomic Energy of Canada Limited highlights nuclear energy’s critical role in production of emission-free electricity.

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