Small Modular Reactors – An Alberta Innovates Learn How Series

Nearly 15 per cent of Canada’s electricity is generated by nuclear technology. Small modular reactor technologies could be the future of this industry.

Canada’s Small Modular Reactor (SMR) Action Plan was recently released by the Government of Canada in partnership with universities, provinces and territories, utilities and the community. The Government of Alberta and Alberta Innovates are signatories to this action plan. Alberta’s chapter can be found on the action plan website.

Alberta Innovates is presenting the Small Modular Reactor Learning Series as an opportunity to learn about new nuclear technology, the national action plan, safety and regulations, innovation in Canada’s nuclear industry and to better understand the latest technology supply chain.

This four-part virtual webinar series is open to anyone who wants to learn about these topics. Please forward this email to other people who may be interested.

This event will take place over four consecutive Tuesdays. You may register for any number of sessions after clicking on Select a Date.

The dates and details of each event are as follows:

Feb. 16 – Small Modular Reactors 101, 9:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. MST

Confirmed speakers:

Diane Cameron, Director, Nuclear Energy Division, Natural Resources Canada: The Action Plan has been launched. Who has participated and what kinds of opportunities will be available in Canada?

John Gorman, President and CEO, Canadian Nuclear Association: An overview of SMRs, different technology categories and different applications.

Marcel de Vos, Senior Project Officer, Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission: An overview of safety and regulations for SMR technologies. What are the review processes that new technologies undergo in Canada?

Feb. 23 – Bright Spots, Innovation and Provincial Collaboration, 9:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. MST

Brett Plummer, Vice President Nuclear and Chief Nuclear Officer, NB Power

Bill Breckenridge, Assistant Deputy Minister for Energy and Mining, New Brunswick Department of Energy and Mines.

Dr. John Root, Executive Director, Sylvia Fedoruk Canadian Centre for Nuclear Innovation, Inc.

Dr. Gina L. Strati, Head of Directorate (Acting) Advanced Reactors, Canadian Nuclear Laboratories

Eric McGoey, Director, Remote Generation Development Ontario Power Generation

Hélène M.E. de Beer, MA, MPP, Director, Small Modular Reactors, Climate Change Branch, Ministry of Environment, Government of Saskatchewan

March 2 – Let’s Talk Tech – A Deep Dive on SMR Technologies, 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. MST

Moderator: Maureen Kolla, Acting Executive Director, Clean Technology, Alberta Innovates

Ron Oberth – President & CEO, Organization of Canadian Nuclear Industries

Simon Newton, Corporate Development Director, Moltex Energy

Norman Sawyer, President, ARC Clean Energy Canada Inc.

Dom Claudio, Director of Sales, NuScale Power

TBD, GE Power

Katherine Moshonas Cole, President, X-Energy

Simon Irish, CEO of Terrestrial Energy

Ken Darlington, USNC Power

Mike Valore, Senior Director of Advanced Reactors Commercialization, Westinghouse Electric Canada

Chris White, Director of External Affairs, U-Battery

March 9 – Let’s Talk Community – and Connect with Stakeholders, 9:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. MST

Maureen Kolla – Alberta Innovates

Alison Cretney – Managing Director, Energy Futures Lab

Chelsie Klassen – Global Director, Community and Indigenous Engagement, Hatch

Desiree Norwegian, CPA, CMA, Specialist on Indigenous Engagement for a Clean Energy Future

Please register for the event here. 

Learn How Alberta Innovates here.

Event Resources: 

Session One Presentation – Canadian Nuclear Association

Session One Presentation – NRCan Action Plan

Session One Presentation – Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission

Session Two Presentation – Ontario Power Generation 

Session Two Presentation – Saskatchewan 

Session Two Presentation – Fedoruk Centre 

Session Two Presentation – Canadian Nuclear Laboratories

Session Two Presentation – Energie NB Power

Session Three Presentation – General Electric

Session Three Presentation – NuScale

Session Three Presentation – Moltex

Session Three Presentation – ARC Clean Energy

Session Three Presentation – Ultra Safe Nuclear Corporation 

Session Three Presentation – U-Battery

Session Three Presentation – Westinghouse

Session Three Presentation – Organization of Canadian Nuclear Industries

Session Three Presentation – Terrestrial Energy

Session Three Presentation – X-Energy

Session Four Presentation – Depolarizing Conversations

Session Four Presentation – Desiree Norwegian Atunda

Session Four Presentation – Social Value and Site Selection Assessment