CNSC Guest Speakers 2016

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The Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC) hosts guest speakers on topics of interest to CNSC staff. These sessions take place on a regular basis throughout the year. The Guest Speaker Series is open to all CNSC staff and members of the public.

The CNSC does not, by publishing the information in this section, indicate its endorsement of any of the authors' opinions or conclusions.

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November 17, 2016

Makiko Orita: Strategy for communicating radiation risk in Kawauchi village, Fukushima Prefecture, Japan

Ms. Makiko Orita graduated with a Ph.D. in biomedical sciences from Nagasaki University and is currently Assistant Professor in the Department of Global Health, Medicine and Welfare (Atomic Bomb Disease Institute) at Nagasaki University, Japan. Ms. Orita’s presentation addressed risk communication strategies in Fukushima, Japan that take into account the residents’ perception of risks and present them with scientific evidence in a clear and simple manner.

September 19, 2016

The Honourable Kevin G. Lynch: A Transforming “Macro” Environment: Implications for Effective Risk Management

The Honourable Kevin G. Lynch, P.C., O.C., PH.D, LL.D, is Vice Chairman of BMO Financial Group and a distinguished former public servant with 33 years of service with the Government of Canada. The presentation focused on how important it is to understand “macro” risk in our hyper-connected and rapidly changing world. Dr. Lynch examined the changing nature of risk and risk management, presenting the case that organizations can benefit from actively balancing risk and opportunity in our very dynamic world.

August 3, 2016

William Magwood: “Nuclear Lessons and Challenges”

William Magwood, Director General of the Nuclear Energy Agency (NEA), shared his perspective on nuclear regulatory independence, the importance of scientific and technical fact-based regulation making, as well as current and future nuclear energy issues and trends. The NEA, which is an intergovernmental agency under the framework of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, facilitates cooperation among countries with advanced nuclear technology infrastructures to seek excellence in nuclear safety, technology, science, environment, and law.

August 3, 2016

Jacques Regaldo: “This is WANO” and “Nuclear Safety in a Global Context”

Jacques Regaldo, Chairman of the World Association of Nuclear Operators (WANO), shared his perspective on the operational safety and reliability of nuclear power plants. WANO is an international group of nuclear power plant operators, dedicated to nuclear safety, whose mission is to maximize the safety and reliability of nuclear power plants worldwide by working together to assess, benchmark and improve performance through mutual support, exchange of information and emulation of best practice.

July 28, 2016

Henry-Jacques Neau: “Radioactive and Nuclear Material Transports: How to address the Challenges?”

Henry-Jacques Neau, Secretary General, World Nuclear Transport Institute (WNTI), shared his perspective on the secure packaging and transport of nuclear substances and radioactive materials. The WNTI was founded in 1989 to represent the collective interests of the radioactive materials transport sector, and those who rely on safe, effective and reliable transport.

July 27, 2016

Laura Rockwood: “The Nuclear Non-Proliferation Regime and IAEA Safeguards”

Laura Rockwood, Executive Director, Vienna Center for Disarmament and Non-Proliferation (VCDNP), shared her insights on International Atomic Energy Agency safeguards in relation to global nuclear non-proliferation efforts, and what this means to safety regulators. The VCDNP is an international non-governmental organization established in 2010 whose mission is to promote international peace and security by providing a platform for independent analysis and dialogue in the field of nuclear disarmament and non-proliferation.

July 26, 2016

Masahito Yoshimura: “The Prospects of Nuclear Development in the Future”

Masahito Yoshimura, Senior Vice President, Hitachi-GE Nuclear Energy, shared his perspective and expertise as one of the nuclear industry’s principle vendors. Hitachi-GE Nuclear Energy (HGNE) was founded on July 1, 2007 as a strategic global alliance by Hitachi, Ltd. and General Electric Co. Its US counterpart is GE Hitachi Nuclear Energy (GHNE). HGNE offers internationally renowned services in nuclear power plant construction and maintenance in cooperation with GHNE.

July 19, 2016

Abel González: “The Conundrum of Regulating Low-Dose Radiation Exposure: Retrospective Attribution of Radiation Health Effects Vis-à-Vis Prospective Inference of Radiation Health Risks”

Abel González, an argentine academician and expert on radiation protection, and nuclear safety and security, shared his perspective on the conundrum of regulating low-dose radiation exposure.

July 18, 2016

Naohiro Masuda: “Current Status of the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station and Lessons Learned from Experiences of the Great East Japan Earthquake at Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station”

Naohiro Masuda, Chief Decommissioning Officer for the Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO), shared his experiences on the direct response following the Fukushima Daiichi accident. TEPCO is the owner and operator of three nuclear power plants in Japan, including the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station.

May 25, 2016

ICRP: Science, Values and Experience (PDF)
Mr. Clement presented on the International Commission on Radiological Protection (ICRP). ICRP and the International System of Radiological Protection have evolved over nearly ninety years to adapt to fundamental changes in our understanding of radiation, the need to apply more sophisticated ethical principles, and social and technological progress. Mr. Clement’s presentation traced some of the key developments over the years and the central concepts that underlie modern radiological protection.

April 15, 2016

Devin McCarthy: "Taking Action on Climate Change: An Electricity Sector Perspective" (PDF)
Mr. McCarthy provided the electricity sector’s perspective on taking action on climate change, and provided details on how the discussion is being framed and by whom. He asserted that electricity is central to Canada's climate performance and ambitions and, offered several process, policy and investment recommendations that will help Canada move towards a more sustainable future.

February 19, 2016

Jeffrey Simpson
Mr. Simpson provided his thoughts and opinions on the future of nuclear energy in the context of Canada's new climate-change policy. He discussed how nuclear energy should be part of this strategy, but will probably not be included.