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President’s Report

Jerry Hopwood
UNENE President

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.

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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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UNENE brings the nuclear university network to students through programs geared to working professionals

For almost 20 years, UNENE has been helping people take the next step in their nuclear education and in their careers. 

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UNENE joins International Atomic Energy Agency’s “Network of Networks”

A new agreement between a number of global universities with a nuclear focus will help strengthen connections between Canadian institutions and those abroad. 

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University network
Dave Tucker, McMaster's first Assistant Vice-President Research, Nuclear

New AVP will build on McMaster’s excellence in nuclear research

McMaster University alumnus and former International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Radiation Safety Head, Dave Tucker, returns to Canada in new nuclear-focused leadership role.

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Université de Moncton partners with New Brunswick Power to launch a Centre for Artificial Intelligence

With a $1.7 million investment from the utility and other funders, the research facility will provide artificial intelligence applied R&D to strengthen efficiency and reliability at New Brunswick’s publicly-owned utility.

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University of New Brunswick among three organizations in the province to receive SMR development funds from Government of Canada

The University of New Brunswick has received nearly $562,000 as part of a funding announcement that included $50.5 million for Moltex Energy Canada, a small modular reactor (SMR) vendor with plans to build its technology at New Brunswick Power’s (NB Power) Point Lepreau site by the early 2030s.

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Industry trends
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Be part of Canadian Nuclear Society leadership: Nominations now open

The Canadian Nuclear Society (CNS) is inviting nominees to form the next CNS council and executive: Deadline is May 6.

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Terrestrial Energy-Aecon announce small modular reactor construction and engineering agreement

New agreement will support construction planning of Terrestrial’s Integral Molten Salt Reactor (IMSR), Generation IV advanced nuclear power plant.

Canadian Radioactive Waste Summit

Canadian Radioactive Waste Summit welcomes diverse perspectives

Hosted by Nuclear Waste Management Organization, March 30-April 1, the virtual event will ask young Canadians, Indigenous peoples, academics and other interested groups to help inform development of a long-term waste strategy for Canada.

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Policy matters
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Timeline extended for input to radioactive waste management consultation process

Ministry of Natural Resources has extended deadline to May 31 with UNENE serving as secretariat for university input to Canada’s policy modernization effort.

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UNENE coordinates university response to waste management policy review

Universities participated in a virtual roundtable, Feb. 16, to share their perspectives as part of NRCan’s radioactive waste management policy consultation. UNENE serves as the secretariat for university input.

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Canada positions itself for clean energy future

Over the past several years, the nuclear academic community has participated in the development of Canada’s plans for a low-carbon, clean energy future. Plans released by the federal government in the past six months resulting from this work, cover areas ranging from an overarching approach to climate change to hydrogen and small modular reactors (SMRs).

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