Randall Kahgee, former Chief of Saugeen Ojibway Nation and negotiator on DGR to give Keynote at Future of Nuclear 2015

PSTBiosIndivid-RandallWe are excited to announce that Randal Kahgee, former Chief of the Saugeen Ojibway Nation, Partner at Pape, Salter Teillet LLP, and First Nations negotiator on the DGR near Kincardine, Ontario, will give the keynote speech at this year’s Future of Nuclear conference on November 10, 2015!

Kahgee served four terms as Chief of the Saugeen Ojibway Nation and is a specialist in aboriginal rights law and government-government negotiations.  He has extensive first-hand experience with negotiations between First Nations communities and federal and provincial governments on the construction of nuclear plants, transmission lines, and wind farms, and is currently involved in the negotiations on OPG’s deep geological repository, which is located on Saugeen Ojibway land.

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Save the date: Future of Nuclear 2015 Conference November 10

Mark your calendars for the third annual Future of Nuclear conference, to be held on November 10th at Torys LLP in downtown Toronto!

The Future of Nuclear conference is an annual, full-day event bringing together experts from the Canadian and global nuclear industry, nuclear regulatory bodies, and academia, for a discussion on the most current and important topics in Nuclear energy, policy, and science.

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Summary report for Future of Nuclear seminar – Nuclear Liability Developments in India, May 27

On May 27th attendees of the Future of Nuclear seminar series had the privilege to hear Els Reynaers discuss recent nuclear liability developments in India. Specifically, the discussion focused on the practical implications for Canadian parties interested in establishing commercial exports of civil nuclear energy technology and uranium.

A review of India’s current energy mix, as well as the country’s ambitious projected energy scenarios provided context for the discussion. By 2050, India wishes to meet 25% of its electricity needs through nuclear energy, a significant increase from the roughly 2% the industry currently represents. Thanks to key international developments, specifically a 2008 exception from Nuclear Supply Group (NSG) guidelines that previously restricted the transfer of technology, it seemed India was on-route to meeting their targets with the help of foreign participation.

Nevertheless, for this union to be successful, foreign nuclear vendors, regulators, and suppliers had to navigate India’s Civil Liability for Nuclear Damage Act (CLND). It is precisely here where the challenges lie. Chief among them were issues regarding the value and time frame of supplier liability, as well as what constitutes a supplier and the right to legal recourse in the event of a nuclear incident.

In response, the recent India-US agreement represents a commitment to address the stipulations of the CLND and so encourage foreign partnerships. The recently launched India Nuclear Insurance Pool (INIP) serves this purpose by providing funds to cover both operator and supplier liability risks and thus generate investor confidence.

Towards the end of the discussion, insightful questions were brought forth that spoke of support as well as the need to delve into the details of both the CLND and INIP. For partnerships to thrive, it is key that the aforementioned challenges be addressed. While we await the finalization of the India-US agreement and INIP policies, the lines of communication between interested parties will be kept open.

Written by Alejandra Tobar, B.Sc. Candidate, University of Toronto


Presentation from May 27 Seminar re. Developments in Nuclear Liability in India

Thank you to everyone who attended our seminar on May 27 regarding developments in nuclear trade and liability in India with Els Reynaers, Partner at M.V. Kini and Co., and President of the International Nuclear Law Association.  As requested by some of our guests, the presentation slides are now available to be viewed and downloaded from our site.

CLICK HERE to view Els’ presentation slides from the seminar.



Topic announced for May 27 seminar

We are pleased to announce the topic for the next Future of Nuclear seminar: on May 27, Els Reynaers will speak on the recent breakthroughs in India regarding nuclear liability and trade:

The recent Indo-US political breakthrough: A catalyst towards effective commercial negotiations in civil nuclear trade?

U.S. President Obama’s visit to India on 25 January, 2015 led to a significant political breakthrough between the two nations which should finally enable commercial negotiations in the civil nuclear sector to materialize.  The legal contours of the political understanding became clearer after the Ministry of External Affairs, Government of India, published an “FAQ and Answers” on India’s Civil Liability for Nuclear Damage Act, 2010 – a law with unique characteristics.  One of the key outcomes of this recent denouement is the creation of an Indian Nuclear Insurance Pool (INIP) that would offer a nuclear insurance liability policy not only to the nuclear operator in india but also its suppliers.  On May 27, Els Reynaers will discuss these legal and insurance-related developments in India, and what it means for Canadian nuclear vendors, regulators, and suppliers.

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Save the date for Future of Nuclear 2015

The date for the 2015 Future of Nuclear conference has been set.  On November 3, 2015, the third annual conference will bring together the top executives, regulators, and academics in Canada’s nuclear industry to discuss the most important current topics in the world of nuclear energy.

Be sure to save the date for next year’s conference.  Details on topics and speakers will be available here on futureofnuclear.com over the coming months.  Check back often for these and other updates.