MAY 2021
Application deadline has been extended! May is the last month to submit OCNI's Youth Shadow Council (OYSC) applications. OYSC will be behind a new exciting initiative called the "Glow Up Series" - Stayed tuned this month as we find our council representatives!
Last month, we launched our member portal job board - new jobs have been posted and have already found required industry talent. In five easy steps post your job ads to our job board in the member portal! Be sure to check out this member portal feature.
OCNI & the Canadian Nuclear Isotope Council
 released the Canadian Medical Isotope Ecosystem Directory. The directory demonstrates the capabilities of the isotope sector, their expertise and the potential export growth the sector is primed to capitalize on.
Meet OCNI's Newest Staff

Terri-Lynn Woods will be joining the Organization of Canadian Nuclear Industries (OCNI) on May 3, 2021 as Manager, Indigenous Engagement and Special Projects. Terri-Lynn will lead our Indigenous Engagement and Communications program as well as other OCNI initiatives in recruiting, training, and placing young people in STEM and skilled trades positions across the nuclear industry.

Terri-Lynn will support Bruce Power’s Indigenous Relations Suppliers Network (IRSN) and OPG’s Indigenous Opportunities Network (ION) programs and will manage OCNI’s partnerships with the Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business (CCAB) and the First Nations Power Authority (FNPA). She will also support OCNI members working toward various levels of their Progressive Aboriginal Relations (PAR) certifications.

Terri-Lynn is of Metis descent and brings a passion for effective and meaningful nuclear industry engagement with Indigenous communities to this role, combined with 16 years of supply chain and utility experience.

One of Terri-Lynn’s first assignments with OCNI will be to provide project management services to the OCNI/FNPA Skills Development Fund project with the Ministry of Labor, Training, and Skills Development (MLTSD) to recruit, train and place Indigenous people and women in skilled trades positions in Ontario’s nuclear sector. 

CNS Annual Virtual Conference June 6-9, 2021
Convene with a global audience of professionals, engineers, scientists, and students, and explore ground breaking research from industry, academia, and major labs, virtually at the 40th Annual Conference hosted by The Canadian Nuclear Society.

New insights into N95's COVID-19 filter efficiency
When COVID-19 was declared a pandemic in March 2020, Oak Ridge National Laboratory's Parans Paranthaman suddenly found himself working from home like millions of others.

Paranthaman's research results on the N95 filter media, recently published in ACS Applied Polymer Materials, outline the science behind what led to ORNL's successful production of material on the CFTF's precursor production line. The technology was later transitioned under user agreements to two industry partners—Cummins and DemeTECH—for commercial use, leading to the supply of millions of masks throughout the U.S., as well as adding thousands of jobs.

The Gran Fondo Lake Huron
Virtual Change a Life Challenge
Presented by Bruce Power

This year fundraising is more important than ever. All participants are encouraged to raise funds which will be used to purchase a new piece of medical equipment for the hospital in Saugeen Shores (equipment details to be confirmed in the coming weeks).

The fundraising prizes this year could help “change your life” while the fundraising dollars you raise will help “change or save a life”. Sign up and participate today!

BWRX-300 video series launch
GE Hitachi is releasing a number of videos about how they are innovating to provide reliable carbon-free power to the world.

This is the first in the series that highlights how their small modular reactor (SMR) can help countries, utilities and stakeholders meet their decarbonization goals this decade.

Please watch the video, share with your networks and join in the conversation for our carbon-free future with #NetZeroNeedsNuclear and #NuclearforClimate.

OVSC hosts vaccine safety event

In partnership with the Ontario Chamber of Commerce’s Vaccination Support Council (OVSC), Bruce Power will host a virtual discussion with Dr. Ben Chan on the global health pandemic response, vaccine safety, and reflections from the frontlines. The live virtual event will be held on Monday, May 3, at 2 p.m.
Dr. Ben Chan will be joined by Rocco Rossi, President & CEO of the Ontario Chamber of Commerce, James Scongack, Bruce Power’s Executive Vice-President of Corporate Affairs & Operational Services, and Garrick Tiplady, Managing Director at Facebook Canada. Scongack and Tiplady serve as co-chairs of the OVSC.
The public can register here.
Following the event, a recording will be available at
WNE Paris from November 30 to December 2, 2021
The next edition of WNE, your leading event for the global civil nuclear industry, will be held from November 30 to December 2, 2021 at the Paris Nord Villepinte Exhibition Center, Hall 7.

The organizers' priority remains to preserve the key principles that have made WNE successful in the past and have constituted its DNA since 2014: the quality of its International audience, the business leads generation and the promotion of nuclear expertise and innovation.  

If you are interested in attending, please complete this short survey below and a representative will reach out to you!
 Modernizing Canada's Radioactive Waste Policy
In November 2020, the Minister of Natural Resources Canada launched an inclusive engagement process to modernize Canada’s policy for the management of radioactive waste. Natural Resources Canada (NRCan) officials are leading the engagement process with the support of other federal government departments with responsibilities for the management of radioactive waste. NRCan’s goal is to inform a modernized policy that continues to reflect international practices in the area of radioactive waste management, the best available science, and the values and principles of Canadians, including Indigenous Peoples.
To ensure that all interested Canadians have an opportunity to share their views and perspectives, the timeline for comments on the discussion papers has been extended to May 31, 2021. Engagement on the radioactive waste policy will not end there. Following engagement on the discussion papers, a “What We Heard” report and draft policy will be released for public comment. NRCan will work to ensure there is sufficient time, following the release of the report, for further meaningful feedback.
For more details on how to participate, please visit the Modernizing Canada’s Radioactive Waste Policy website, where we recently added a “Subscribe” button to receive updates and stay informed. NRCan encourages you to participate in the online forums or to send a written submission by email to

We're Watching for Bad Actors

Date: May 5-6, 2021

No industry is excluded from the infiltration of counterfeit, fraudulent, and suspect items (CFSIs); however, the impact of CFSIs’ consequences can vary. It may be tempting to buy a lookalike product for a fraction of the price, but is it worth it? The presence of CFSIs in the nuclear supply chain have detrimental consequences for not only the industry but those who are handling the product, the public, and the overall environment. It is imperative that we all play a part in the prevention of CFSIs from entering our industry. 

Together, OCNI and COG are presenting Bad Actors: The 2021 CFSI Workshop, May 5 – 6, 2021. This workshop will take place over two half-days and focuses on identifying, preventing, and examining the lessons learned from the use of CFSIs. The CFSI Workshop will equip your business with the tools and knowledge to meet both industry and regulatory expectations with confidence.  If you are interested in speaking at the event, contact Rachel Roberts for details on how to participate.

It is because of our generous sponsors, we are able to offer this Workshop at no cost. Thank you to our event sponsors, Bruce Power, OARO and NB Power.

Date: May 18, 2021

OCNI and OPG Supplier Day 2021 is fast approaching and we couldn’t be more excited! This day is intended to maintain momentum from previous years and provide the industry with insight to OPG's work and activities.
Who should attend? Supply chain organizations looking to gain an understanding about OPG's program of work and activities, as well as anyone wanting to gain information, insight and provide visibility to OPG's capabilities and capacity.
What: The OPG Supplier Day will be a full-day event that kicks off with presentations from across the OPG portfolio (Pickering, Darlington, CCNS, GFP) and will continue with showcasing the ongoing plans and what lies ahead for OPG.

Presentation Access Only: Members: $49 | Non-Member: $99
Presentations and Networking Room Access: Members: $79 | Non-Member: $129

Thank you to our event sponsors, Framatome and Kinectrics!

The Fusion Energy Council of Canada (FECC) and OCNI are pleased to announce a special debriefing on a milestone report regarding fusion energy.

Presenters from the US NASEM committee:
R. J. Hawryluk, Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory
K. McCarthy, Oak Ridge National Lab, Director US-ITER
D. Whyte, MIT, Director Plasma Science & Fusion Center
and joining the discussion
M. Campbell, U. Rochester, Director Laboratory for Laser Energetics

In 2020 the US National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (NASEM) assembled a committee to provide guidance to the U.S. Department of Energy, and others, that are aligned with the objective of constructing a pilot plant in the United States that produces electricity from fusion at the lowest possible capital cost, i.e. a “Fusion Pilot Plant”. The report’s finding will be presented by three of the committee members, followed by a Q&A session with participants. The primary recommendation of the study is that “For the United States to be a leader in fusion and to make an impact on the transition to a low-carbon emission electrical system by 2050, the Department of Energy and the private sector should produce net electricity in a fusion pilot plant in the United States in the 2035—2040 timeframe.”
Date: May 5, 2021 
Time: 3:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)
Place: Join Zoom Meeting; no charge

To join the meeting please register by emailing FECC Secretary Abra Mueller at
The Leaders Series with Bill Fox, SNC- Lavalin
Ron sat down with Bill Fox, Executive Vice-President, Nuclear, SNC-Lavalin on April 9th, 2021. The conversation spanned topics from hockey to the future of SNC-Lavalin. Bill discussed how important it is to be patient, adaptable and inclusive to become a successful leader. Bill's leadership style and his plans for SNC-Lavalin's future innovations were evident throughout the session and we got to understand the decisions leaders make everyday. If you missed it, click here to watch the interview.
The X-citement was real. This event went off without a hitch, and we heard from key X-energy players discuss the future plans, project timelines, and how businesses can work with them to empower Canada.
X-energy described their immediate supply chain needs for vendor partners to engage in the design phase of long-lead items. After the event, interested suppliers had the chance to book a Business to Business meeting with X-energy executives to develop future contracts. If you are interested in connecting with X-energy, please email:
Empower Canada: Presented by X-energy
Ontario Tech Round Tables
Accessing the right talent for a specific position can be challenging. OCNI partnered with TALENT™ and facilitated two insightful, focused Round Table discussions to understand what nuclear industry employers are looking for in emerging talent. Industry insights were shared about high-demand skills needed in the nuclear workforce and how post-secondary institutions can support the improved job readiness of graduates and employees as they enter the nuclear supply chain.
On April 15, 2021, OCNI & CCAB presented a webinar on the Progressive Aboriginal Relations (PAR) program. The PAR program confirms corporate performance in Indigenous relations, and PAR certification signals to Indigenous communities that companies are good business partners, great places to work, committed to prosperity in Indigenous communities. This event showcased a phased approach to allow companies to achieve sustained and successful outcomes. Check out the event recording here.
Progressive Aboriginal Relations (PAR) 101
OCNI/CNIC Medical Isotopes Directory Launch
OCNI and the Canadian Nuclear Isotope Council released the Canadian Medical Isotope Ecosystem Directory on April 19, 2021. The directory demonstrates the capabilities of the Canadian isotope sector companies and their leading international expertise as well as highlights the potential export growth that the sector is primed to take advantage of. Medical isotopes are an essential part of modern healthcare where they are used to diagnose and treat disease, sterilize a range of medical equipment and enable research. Modern medicine is heavily dependent on their availability. You can read more and access the directory from our website.
On April 20, 2021, OCNI and the Fusion Energy Council of Canada (FECC) presented a webinar on the fusion technology status in Canada and around the world. Controlled nuclear fusion is often described as “creating a sun on earth". Axel Meisen, Interim President, FECC, and Robert Fedosejevs, Professor, University of Alberta, shared an exceptional presentation detailing the clean-energy production potential of fusion, with a comparative overview of fission and fusion fundamentals. We had an in-depth Q&A session where Allan Offenberger (Professor Emeritus, University of Alberta and; Founding President, FECC) discussed the implications of fusion energy deployment and uses for business, government, and the environment. View the recording here.
Nuclear Fusion: Great Potential and Challenges
OCNI: This Is Us
A chance to meet the OCNI team and board members! OCNI invited members on April 21, 2021 to attend a casual morning chat to learn what OCNI is up currently up to. Staff shared their roles within the organization, along with upcoming events and initiatives. New members were introduced and got to make industry connections with existing members in attendance. OCNI answered member questions and highlighted all the benefits our members should be taking advantage of!
OCNI's Advanced Technologies and Processes (ATP) Council hosted a special focused Cybersecurity Day on April 26, 2021. In a two part event, attendees heard from expert cybersecurity, intelligence, researchers and government panelists provide an introduction to cybersecurity, along with their visions for the future of nuclear cybersecurity with new threats and race to develop the next generation of cybersecurity technologies. Each session ended with a panel discussion, where we raised awareness of current Canadian, and international standards on cybersecurity.
Nuclear Cybersecurity Day
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 partners and customers, we can help you create a lasting impression with our 220+ 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.
Want to lend a hand? OCNI has various volunteer opportunities for supply chain members to voice their opinions and contribute ideas in the form of operational committees.

An operational committee provides review, guidance, and oversight for the specific project or service area as detailed in the Committee mandate. Operational Committees are designed to bring together OCNI staff members, OCNI Board of Directors, and designates from the OCNI membership to develop insight into the business operations to suggest strategic business directions and business policy implementation.

Operational committees usually meet quarterly to discuss company issues at hand and provide proper feedback or suggestions to the OCNI Staff Liaison. If you are interested in volunteering for an operational committee, please visit our website.