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OCNI Newsletter
MARCH 2021| Issue 3
Member Spotlight
New Member Meet & Greet Virtual Event
In true OCNI fashion, everyone knows we love to assist in building relationships and help leverage opportunities for our members. As OCNI continues to grow and we welcome new companies to the OCNI family, we will be hosting a Meet & Greet session where we can facilitate introductions and conversations, identify upcoming opportunities and events and generally chat about what we love most…Nuclear! Stay tuned for further details and registration information.

Microsoft Teams meeting
Join on your computer or mobile app
Or call in (audio only)
+1 647-794-5676,,110117282# Canada, Toronto
Phone Conference ID: 110 117 282# 
News You Can Use
Nuclear Cyber Security Week 
Date: April 26-30, 2021

Join us for the first OCNI Nuclear Cyber Security (NCS) Week!
This five-day virtual event will feature various local and international cybersecurity experts who will introduce fundamental intelligence concepts, identify nuclear customer cybersecurity threats, highlight innovative manufacturing technologies, and provide cybersecurity regulatory insight.
NCS Week 2021 invites participants from all sectors, including government personnel, utility representatives, cybersecurity experts, unions, academics, researchers, and technical experts, to join us in exchanging ideas, reviewing current methodologies, and discovering new technologies in the interest of Nuclear Cyber Security. 
For more information and registration, click here
Partnerships Start with Conversations

Date: March 9 & 10, 2021
Decision makers in the Canadian and Romanian nuclear industry come together for an actionable conversation on future collaboration between the two countries on March 2 & 3, 2021. After the conference ends companies will be able to participate in pre-scheduled B2B meetings through the MyBusinessMatches platform scheduled for March 9 & 10, 2021. Interested OCNI and ROMATOM members can apply today and start scheduling meetings with interested parties.
Bad Actors Coming to a 'Screen' Near You 

Date: May 5 & 6, 2021
Utilities must continue to purchase spare and replacement items required to support operations and maintenance of nuclear power plants, while recognizing that many of these items and the materials used to fabricate them may not originate from the original manufacturer. In today’s global marketplace, the rapid spread of manufacturing technology to new companies and regions has enabled quick and easy creation of counterfeit products that are difficult to distinguish from the genuine products. Significant vigilance must be expended to prevent inadvertent introduction of CFSI at any point of the nuclear supply chain procurement process - whether from suppliers or sub-suppliers. The situation may be acerbated by pressures to keep equipment and component replacement costs as low as possible.

This two (half-day) workshop will provide a forum for discussion, knowledge exchange and best practices on how the supply chain can combat "Bad Actors". ​Register for the event today
Contact Sarina Harrison at sarina.harrison@ocni.ca if you are interested in speaking or sponsoring this event.
Announcing: OCNI Youth Shadow Council
We are excited to introduce our new program, OCNI’s Youth Shadow Council (OYSC) that has been designed to connect youth and industry experts who want to shape the future of the Canadian nuclear industry. We believe that attracting young talent to the nuclear industry will provide a positive impact on its growth and community connections.

The OYSC would function as a volunteer youth advisory group collaborating with the OCNI team to promote youth leadership development and engagement on key issues in the Canadian nuclear energy sector. The OYSC’s commitment would be from September 2021 to April 2022.

Eligibility Requirements:

OCNI would aim to create a council with a minimum of one member from each province who are:

1.     Canadian Citizens or permanents residents of Canada
2.     Between the ages of 18 – 29 years old
3.    Students or recent graduates - Individuals are encouraged to apply regardless of academic major, discipline, or field of specialization

OCNI is committed to employment equity, and encourages applications from Indigenous people, persons with disabilities, members of visible minority groups and women.

Applications will be accepted until April 23, 2021.

We would like to invite you to share this exciting new opportunity with your faculty and students and encourage anyone interested to contact us at hello@ocni.ca

Read the full program description or download the OYSC Flyer for more information
Grey-Bruce Virtual Job Fair 

Grey & Bruce Counties are hosting a Virtual Job Fair on Wednesday March 10th, 2021 from 10am-2pm on a Brazen platform and they are wanting to let you know about the opportunity available to your company to have a virtual booth allowing you to meet qualified candidates should you be hiring. Some of you may have participated in this job fair in years past…it is the same event that usually takes place at the Bayshore Centre in Owen Sound and has always been a success.

Booth Spaces are Limited! Register Here
Supplier Culture of Excellence (SCOE) Virtual Training Courses

Location: Virtual

As you may have heard the first session (Cohort #1) of the four module Supplier Culture of Excellence (SCOE) Virtual Training Course was a resounding success with an overall satisfaction rating amongst the participants of 95%.

We had strong endorsement from all of our COG member utilities of our Human Performance Metrics initiative which includes the offered four-module training course. They all see Human Performance training as a cornerstone of CANDU industry’s move towards best in class performance in terms of safety, reliability and economics.
The May session is still expected to proceed (see below for dates). We encourage you to review the course information provided below along with the attached course brochure and register for the course.
May Session:
Module 1: May 12 -- 9:30 -11:30AM
Module 2: May 14 -- 9:30 -11:30AM
Module 3: May 18 -- 9:30 -11:30AM
Module 4: May 20 -- 9:30 -11:30AM
Instructions to register:
The link below will lead you to the Configio registration page for the course. If you have not used COG’s Configio registration system before, you will need to create an account. You can do so by clicking “Register for a Configio Account” and then filling in the required information.
Your registration will include all 4 modules on the session dates you select.
Once you have chosen to register for the May 12th module, the subsequent 3 modules will be added to your cart automatically – no need to select them.
The participation in each session will be limited to 20 to ensure effective engagement through the use of interactive elements such as polling, testing, breakout sessions, and DLAs (Dynamic Learning Activities). Please note that registration for each session will close upon reaching the 20 participant limit. If a participant misses a module due to schedule conflict with work activities, it will be possible to make-up during subsequent offerings of the training course without any additional charges. 
Elevate Your Membership
Membership Value-Adds
Are you searching for new ways to connect with the Canadian Nuclear Supply Chain?

Whether you want to optimize your digital presence, put a face to your brand, or provide education for partner and customers. We can help you create a lasting impression with our 240+ members and network of over 1800!

We have a variety of event sponsorship, digital content, and member advertising options available to promote your business or initiative.

View the OCNI Digital Sponsorship Prospectus for opportunities
Event Recap
Mental Health Strategies: It's OK not to be OK.
OCNI took a moment to breathe, look inward with Dr. Michelle Marlborough, MD, FRCPC. We discussed how organizations are reacting to this unprecedented emergency that is affecting employees' levels of anxiety and stress. We were able learn more about the mental health ramifications of COVID 19, including how to recognize signs and symptoms of mental distress, and how that might present in the workplace environment.

The Leaders Series: Stephanie Smith (COG)
OCNI sat down with Stephanie Smith, President and CEO, CANDU Owners Group on Friday, February 5. In an hour we covered everything from best advice a mum can give her daughter to the 2021 and beyond plans for COG. Stephanie was praised by many attendees for being a leader who provides a human touch, and it was evident in her reflective and forward thinking plans for COG.

Cybersecurity 101
On February 9, 2021, ATP hosted an introductory session to cybersecurity. From exploits to social engineering, and everything in between, this session provided a thorough overview of the current threat environment, and industry leading best practices to better secure the nuclear supply chain. 
Expert panelists included:
  • Hamaad Shah, Cyber Security Practice Lead, Alithya
  • Todd Warnell, PMP, Chief Information Officer, Bruce Power
  • Bill Dunnion, Director, Cyber and Security Solutions, Calian Ltd
  • Kelly Curtis, IT Specialist, CANDU Owners Group Inc.
  • William Gross, Director, Incident Preparedness: Facility Security Officer, Nuclear Energy Institute (NEI)
  • Somayaji Ayalasomayajula, Product Visionary, Nuclear Promise X

Prescription for Successful Hiring with LHH Knightsbridge
What makes a good leader? What goes into hiring a good leader? How do you assess fit? All questions asked and answered during this session with our speakers from LHH Knightsbridge. One underlying theme stuck out during this session and that was if you take the time at the start of the process to assess needs of the organization you wont spend more time trying to fix or remove an ill fit. Truly insightful. If you would like more information on the session or how to better hire for leadership roles please feel free to reach out to Stephen Hime or Laura Machan of LHH Knightsbridge.

Bruce Power Suppliers Day
OCNI’s Bruce Power Virtual Suppliers Day was a total success topping over 300 attendees! We were fortunate to have many informative presentations and discussions from a variety Bruce Power and Industry folks. In addition, the two day Speed Pitch Sessions that took place allowed our members to have one on one discussions with supply chain and other decision making folks with the Bruce Power space. From what hear, both days were top notch! 
NRCAN Roundtables
Thank you to the over 60 participants who attended the Feb 17 and 18th RadWaste round tables with NRCan. Both days had robust dialogues on areas that will shape the content of the policy. For those who were unable to attend the live discussions, your input can still make an impact:
ATP.edu Codes & Standards - Meet the CNSC
On February 23, 2021, ATP hosted representatives from the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC) the provided an overview the organization, explained the CNSC’s role in the establishment of nuclear industry regulations, codes, and standards, and the future of nuclear regulation in Canada. 
 Panelists included:
  • Kevin Lee, Senior Regulatory Policy Officer, Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC)
  • Nhan Tran, Strategic Program Advisor, Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC)
Walker Roundtable
Late in the afternoon of February 23, 2021 a select group of OCNI member companies sat down for a discussion with Associate Minister Bill Walker to discuss the impacts of COVID-19 on the nuclear sector, what the future holds for the sector and much more.
The Summit (OPG)
The Summit presented by OPG attracted over 300 registrants to hear from multiple stakeholders on the future of SMRs in Ontario. OCNI would like to thank all the speakers for taking the time to be a part of the first Summit, and to the participants for actively engaging throughout the morning.