Commission members

The Nuclear Safety and Control Act provides for the appointment of not more than seven permanent Commission members by Order in Council and of temporary members. One permanent member of the Commission is designated as the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission's (CNSC's) President and Chief Executive Officer.

The current Commission membership is as follows:

Permanent members:

Temporary members:

Permanent members

Dr. Michael Binder

Michael Binder

Dr. Michael Binder is the President and Chief Executive Officer of the CNSC. He was appointed to this position in January 2008 and reappointed for a second five-year term, effective May 2013.

As CNSC President, Dr. Binder leads and manages the Commission in order to protect the health, safety and security of Canadians and the environment; to implement Canada's international commitments on the peaceful use of nuclear energy; and to disseminate objective scientific, technical and regulatory information to the public. His avowed mission is to ensure that Canadian nuclear facilities and activities are the safest and most secure in the world.

Throughout an extensive career in the federal public service, Dr. Binder has held senior positions at Industry Canada, the Department of Communications, the Office of the Comptroller General of Canada, Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation, the Ministry of State for Urban Affairs and the Defence Research Board.

During his tenure as Industry Canada’s Assistant Deputy Minister of Spectrum, Information Technologies and Telecommunications, Dr. Binder oversaw Canada’s transition to a network economy. He also managed the regulation of telecommunication industries, promotion of electronic commerce, and development and use of world-class information and communications technologies for the economic, social and cultural benefit of Canadians.

Dr. Binder holds a Ph.D. in physics from the University of Alberta.

Dr. Sandor Demeter

Sandor Demeter

Dr. Sandor Demeter was appointed on February 17, 2017 as a permanent, part-time Commission member of the CNSC on an interim basis for a term of one year.

A resident of Winnipeg, MB, Dr. Demeter holds a Doctor of Medicine (MD) degree from the University of Saskatchewan. He is certified by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada in Community Medicine (Public Health) as well as Nuclear Medicine. He has post-graduate degrees from the University of Toronto (Masters of Health Science in Community Health and Epidemiology), the University of Edmonton (MSc focusing on health technology assessment and health economics), and the Illinois Institute of Technology in Chicago (Masters of Health Physics).

Dr. Demeter has extensive consulting experience, including as a Physician Advisor to the CNSC since 2012, during which he attended select Commission hearings and advised the Commission on issues related to radiation and human health, at both individual and population levels. He has received several research awards, reviewed numerous publications, and authored or co-authored approximately 40 scientific papers, posters and abstracts. He has also been a member of several associations, including the International Committee on Radiation Protection, Canada Safe Imaging, and was the President-Elect of the Canadian Society of Nuclear Medicine.

After a decade of providing public health services in various jurisdictions across Canada, he moved to Winnipeg in 2002 to start a diagnostic and therapeutic nuclear medicine practice. He is currently a staff nuclear medicine physician and Nuclear Medicine Section Head at Health Sciences Centre of the WRHA; Co-Director of the WRHA PET/CT Program; and Medical Director, WRHA Central Radiopharmacy. He is also an Associate Professor in the departments of Radiology and Community Health Sciences, Faculty of Health Sciences, College of Medicine, and an Adjunct Professor, Department of Physics, University of Winnipeg. From 2009 to 2012, he was the WRHA Medical Director of Diagnostic Imaging, the HSC Site Medical Manager of Diagnostic Imaging, and the University of Manitoba Department Chair, Radiology.

Dr. Alexander McEwan

Dr. Alexander McEwan

Dr. Alexander (Sandy) McEwan was appointed as Commission member of the CNSC on March 7, 2013.

A resident of Edmonton, Dr. McEwan holds a medical degree and a Master of Science in Nuclear Medicine from the University of London in the UK. He obtained his FRCP(C) certification in 1986 and has been a practising nuclear medicine physician at the Cross Cancer Institute since July of that year. He is currently a professor and immediate past chair of the Department of Oncology at the University of Alberta, and is a past Chair of the Department of Radiology at the same University.

His clinical and research interests are in the clinically effective and safe uses of radiation for the diagnosis and treatment of disease, particularly in patients with cancer. He is an internationally recognized expert in the role of radiopharmaceuticals in the management of patients with neuroendocrine cancers and has established the largest treatment program in Canada. Dr. McEwan has over 100 peer-reviewed publications and has been awarded more than 20 million dollars in peer-reviewed grants.

He is a past president of the Canadian Association of Nuclear Medicine and from 2007–08 was president of the Society of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging in the United States. Dr. McEwan is also a member of the Society of Nuclear Medicine Clinical Trials Network. In these roles, he represented the discipline at many venues, including discussions with the U.S. and Canadian federal governments, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), industry and other medical specialty societies. He was Special Advisor on medical isotopes to the Canadian Federal Minister of Health from 2009 to 2011, and he sits on the Nuclear Energy Agency's High-level Group on the Security of Supply of Medical Radioisotopes. He is a member of the European Association of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging.

Mr. Rob Seeley

Dr. Alexander McEwan

Mr. Rob Seeley was appointed on February 17, 2017 as a permanent, part-time Commission member of the CNSC on an interim basis for a term of one year.

A resident of Fernie, BC, Mr. Seeley holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Chemical Engineering from Queen’s University in Kingston, ON. In 2003, he completed the Executive Leadership Program at the University of Western Ontario’s Ivey School of Business. He has held several senior managerial positions at Shell Canada Limited in Montréal, Calgary, Edmonton and Vancouver. When working in Vancouver, he was responsible for the strategy, leadership, and implementation of sustainable development programs for the proposed liquefied natural gas facility in Kitimat, BC. In Calgary, among other duties, he was responsible for the strategy, leadership and implementation of environmental programs for Shell Oil Sands, and for the leadership and execution of the development phase of the Quest Carbon Capture and Sequestration Project. He is currently the President of E3Merge Consulting, a firm that provides strategic advice on greenhouse gas management, policy and regulations to the emerging liquefied natural gas (LNG) sector in British Columbia.

His work experience has enabled him to gain extensive knowledge in regulatory affairs through the successful application and permitting of LNG facilities, oil sands mining and upgrading, oil and gas pipelines, hydrogen manufacturing, and natural gas power facilities. During these application processes, he held leadership roles in federal/provincial public hearings. Mr. Seeley also has experience with legislative processes, including working with the Government of Canada and the Government of Alberta on the creation of the First Nations Commercial Industrial Development Act. He has built and maintained relationships with communities, Indigenous groups and other stakeholders related to energy project development in Alberta (oil sands mining and upgrading) and British Columbia (LNG facilities).

Mr. Seeley was previously a full member of the Association of Professional Engineers, Geologists and Geophysicists of Alberta and the Canadian Society for Chemical Engineering.

Dr. Soliman A. Soliman

Soliman A. Soliman

Dr. Soliman Abdelfattah Soliman was appointed on February 17, 2017 as a permanent, part-time Commission member of the CNSC on an interim basis for a term of one year.

A resident of Mississauga, ON, Dr. Soliman holds a B.Sc. in Mechanical Engineering from Cairo University in Egypt. He also obtained an M.A.Sc. and a Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Waterloo. He has been a member of Professional Engineers Ontario (PEO) for more than 32 years, and is a holder of a Certificate of Authorization from PEO. He recently retired from Amec Foster Wheeler after more than 35 years of continuous work in the Canadian nuclear industry.

During his career, Dr. Soliman worked for more than 21 years in various technical and managerial roles at Atomic Energy of Canada Limited (AECL), in addition to countless executive and consulting roles for other organizations. Through these experiences, he has gained an intimate familiarity with both the technical and commercial realities of the Canadian nuclear industry. His technical experience included the position of Section Head of Design and Reactor Structure Stress Analysis at AECL, where he led a group of highly qualified professional engineers for the stress and deformation analysis of reactor structure components, fuelling machines, fuel channels and reactor control units. He was also Operation Manager for CANDU 6, where he led a group of professional engineers and technicians for the worldwide operations of CANDU 6 reactors. Furthermore, Dr. Soliman worked as a contractor with the CNSC and Bruce Power.

Most recently, he was a Senior Technical Expert at AMEC Foster Wheeler. Among other technical duties he performed in that role, he also served as a project manager for multi-million dollar projects in support of nuclear systems and safety issues. He has extensive knowledge of the nuclear regulatory regime and standards, including CNSC governance and nuclear safety technical systems regulations. Dr. Soliman is the lead author of more than 200 reports and papers on various aspects of nuclear technology systems and design.

Ms. Rumina Velshi

Ms. Rumina Velshi

Ms. Rumina Velshi was appointed as a Commission member of the CNSC on December 15, 2011.

Ms. Velshi holds a Bachelor of Applied Science (Civil Engineering), Master of Engineering (Chemical Engineering) and a Master of Business Administration, all from the University of Toronto. From June 2010 to December 2011, Ms. Velshi served as a Chairperson of the Board of Referees (Ontario Regional Division), an administrative tribunal responsible for conducting hearings and making decisions on appeals filed pursuant to the Employment Insurance Act. Previously, between 1978 and 2009, she worked in various capacities at Ontario Hydro and Ontario Power Generation (OPG). Most recently, she was Director, Planning and Control, for the Darlington New Nuclear Project. In that role, she was OPG's commercial lead for the procurement of new nuclear reactors for the Darlington site as well as responsible for developing and implementing the project management infrastructure. The Darlington New Nuclear Project is one of the largest mega capital projects in Canada.

Throughout her career, Ms. Velshi has worked relentlessly on promoting careers in science and engineering, especially for women. She is the founding member of Women in Science and Engineering (Canada), has served on the Board of Directors of Women in Nuclear (WiN) (Canada), and is a member of the Board of Directors of Scientists in School – an organization with the mandate of inspiring an excitement for science and technology in children of all ages. She is the recipient of the 2011 WiN Canada Leadership Award.

Ms. Velshi is also very active in international development activities. She is the founding member of Focus Humanitarian Assistance Canada, which has since become an internationally recognized humanitarian assistance agency. Ms Velshi currently serves as the Aga Khan Foundation Canada's City Chair for Toronto for the World Partnership Events, Canada's largest annual event dedicated to increasing awareness and raising funds to fight global poverty.

Temporary members

Dr. James F. Archibald

Dr. James F. Archibald

Temporary member, currently appointed to the Deep Geologic Repository for Low and Intermediate Level Radioactive Waste Joint Review Panel

Dr. James F. Archibald is a professor in the Robert M. Buchan Department of Mining, Queen's University at Kingston. He has knowledge and direct experience of both the federal and provincial environmental assessment processes, having been an appointed member of the federal-provincial review panel for new uranium mine developments in the Province of Saskatchewan. Dr. Archibald was also a technical advisor to the federal review panel that assessed nuclear fuel waste disposal concepts.

Dr. Archibald's current research interests include assessment of innovative forms of backfill media, development of rapidly deployable spray-on lining supports for underground hard rock mines and the use of similar spray liner agents for acid mine drainage control.

He is a member of the Canadian Institute of Mining, Metallurgy and Petroleum (CIM), Chairman of the Rock Engineering Society of CIM, Past Chairman of the Canadian Rock Mechanics Association, a member of the American Institute of Mining Engineers, and pursues an active career as a Professional Engineer in the Province of Ontario.

Dr. Gunter Muecke

Dr. Gunter Muecke

Temporary member, currently appointed to the Deep Geologic Repository for Low and Intermediate Level Radioactive Waste Joint Review Panel

Dr. Muecke graduated from the University of Alberta with a B.Sc. in Geology in 1963 and a Masters Degree in Structural Geology in 1964. In 1969, he received a D.Phil. in Geochemistry from Oxford University. Dr. Muecke started his career as a field geologist for Shell Canada (1960–1963) and became a lecturer in Mineralogy at Oxford University (1968–1970). He then pursued a teaching career at Dalhousie University, in the Department of Geology and Earth Sciences (1970–1985) and at the School of Resource and Environmental Studies (1985–1998). From 1998 to 2006, he assumed post-retirement appointments as Associate Research Professor at the School of Resource and Environmental Studies and at the Faculty of Science (Geographic Information Systems).

Dr. Muecke holds additional professional experience as a consultant both at the international level (Hahn-Meitner Institute of Nuclear Studies, Berlin, Germany) and at the national level (underground thermal energy storage, Environment Canada). He has knowledge and direct experience of both the federal and provincial environmental assessment processes having been an appointed member of the federal-provincial review panel for the Whites Point Quarry and Marine Terminal Project (2004) and as a member of the review panel for the Kelly's Mountain Coastal Superquarry Project (1991).

Dr. Muecke is the author or co-author of research papers on geology, geochemistry, petrogenesis, geochronology and stratigraphic and magmatic evolution. He was an active member of departmental and faculty committees, such as the Postdoctoral Fellowship Committee, Department of Earth Sciences Curriculum Committee (chair) and Dalhousie Northern Studies Committee (chair). He was a member of international interdisciplinary technical journals, such as the editorial board of Lanthanide and Actinide Research.

Dr. Muecke has received numerous awards throughout his career, such as the University of Alberta Gold Medal in Geology (1963), Woodrow Wilson Fellowship (1964), Alexander von Humboldt Foundation Research Fellowship (1977, 1978, 1983) and the University of Alberta Endowment Fund for the Future (1982).

Dr. Stella Swanson

Dr. Stella Swanson

Temporary member, currently Chair of the Deep Geologic Repository for Low and Intermediate Level Radioactive Waste Joint Review Panel

Dr. Stella Swanson was born and raised on a farm near Rockglen, Saskatchewan. She received her BSc (Hons) in Biology from the University of Regina and her PhD in Limnology at the University of Saskatchewan. She completed a Post-doctoral Fellowship in Radiation Ecology at the Saskatchewan Research Council.

Dr. Swanson's 30-year career has included management of the Aquatic Biology Group at the Saskatchewan Research Council, and consulting positions with SENTAR Consultants (now Stantec) and Golder Associates Ltd. She now owns and operates Swanson Environmental Strategies Ltd. in Calgary, Alberta.

Dr. Swanson's experience spans work for a wide range of industries as well as federal, provincial and territorial governments and non-governmental organizations. She has assessed the impacts of the nuclear fuel cycle on human health and the environment, including uranium mining and milling, nuclear power plants and nuclear waste storage. She has conducted human health and ecological risk assessments of contaminated sites, operating industrial facilities and proposed future developments. Her recent projects focus on strategic environmental planning, public consultation and expert review. Dr. Swanson has maintained her connection with the research community through supervision of graduate students, participation in academic research projects and membership on review committees for the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council and the Toxic Substances Research Initiative. She served on the Scientific Review Group advising the federal review panel on High Level Nuclear Waste Disposal in Canada (Seaborn Panel).

Dr. Swanson's recent experience has included serving as Chair of the Strategic Advisory Panel on Selenium Management; this independent Panel has published a strategic plan for the management of selenium discharges from Teck Coal operations. Dr. Swanson is a member of the Alberta Society of Professional Biologists, the Society for Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry, the Society for Mining, Metallurgy and Exploration, and the Canadian Association on Water Quality.

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