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.

Save the date, and check in to futureofnuclear.com for updates on speakers, topics, and tickets.

Terrestrial Energy to sponsor Future of Nuclear 2014

We’re excited to announce that Terrestrial Energy will be a sponsor for this year’s Future of Nuclear conference which will be held in Toronto, Ontario on November 4, 2014.  Terrestrial Energy is a Canadian developer of Integrated Molten Salt Reactors (IMSR) whose goal is to create a safe, cost-competitive, scalable, and carbon-neutral energy source to filfill the world’s growing demand for zero-carbon energy.

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In addition, Dr. David LeBlanc, President and Chief Technology Officer of Terrerstrial Energy will be speaking on the Terrestrial Energy IMSR and its place in the emerging marketplace for Small Modular Reactors.  To read more about this talk and others, visit:


Hatch to sponsor Future of Nuclear 2014

We are excited to announce that Hatch will be sponsoring the Future of Nuclear 2014 conference.  Hatch is an employee-owned, multidisciplenary professional services firm that delivers a comprehensive array of technical and strategic services, including consulting, information technology, engineering, process development, and project and construction management to Mining, Letallurgical, Energy, and Infrastructure sectors.  Hatch has served clients over six decades with corporate roots extending over 100 years and has project experience in more than 150 countries around the world.  With over 11,000 people in over 65 offices, the firm has more than $35 billion in projects currently under management.




Future of Nuclear 2014 will be held on November 4, 2014 in Toronto, Ontario.  To read about the conference topic and speakers, click here.

Dr. Dale Klein to give opening Keynote at Future of Nuclear 2014 Conference

We are pleased to announce that Dr. Dale Klein will give the opening keynote address at the Future of Nuclear 2014 Conference on November 4 in Toronto, Ontario.

Dale Klein Photo V2Dr. Dale Klein has been associated with the University of Texas since 1977 in a variety of administrative and academic positions as well as a professor of mechanical engineering (nuclear program).  He served as a presidential appointee to the Nuclear, Chemical & Biological Defense Programs at the Pentagon from 2001 to 2006 and as Chairman of the U.S Nuclear Regulatory Commission from 2006 to 2009.

Dr. Dale Klein returned in 2010 as a professor of mechanical engineering (nuclear program) and as the associate director of the Energy Institute at the University of Texas at Austin.  In 2011 he became the Associate Vice Chancellor for Research at the University of Texas System.  He also serves on the Board of the Southern Company and Pinnacle West / Arizona Public Service.  Dr. Klein currently serves as the Chairman of the Nuclear Reform Monitoring Committee for the Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO)

Early bird registration is open for Future of Nuclear 2014.  Visit the link below to read more and register and watch futureofnuclear.com for further updates on speakers and panellists.



Nuclear Innovation announced as theme for Future of Nuclear 2014 Conference

In recent weeks, sources as diverse as the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times and the Dalai Lama have all commented on the relentless growth of greenhouse gases (GHG) in the earth’s atmosphere and the need to mitigate resultant climate change effects.  In all instances the sources have talked about the need for nuclear energy to play an increased role in the global energy mix.  Along with renewable forms of energy such as wind and solar, together with innovations in smart grid and energy storage, leading thinkers believe there still may be a chance to rein in overall global warming before certain irreversible tipping points are reached.

In our post-Fukushima world many leading policy makers, politicians, and stakeholders are revisiting and reassessing the role that nuclear power can play in the global energy mix. What innovations have taken place since the Fukushima generation reactors were designed and deployed?  What innovations have there been in safety, regulation, and decommissioning?  Have there been advances in quantifying the risks and liabilities of nuclear projects?  What are the innovations and considerations in public policy, education and awareness that have prompted several jurisdictions to ramp up their nuclear programs?

On November 4, 2014, Mindfirst will host the second Future of Nuclear Conference that will address many of these questions. We are currently in the process of developing the agenda, content and speaker list.  Interested participants and potential speakers may contact admin@futureofnuclear.com.  Click here to view the agenda from last year’s Future of Nuclear conference.

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Dates Announced for Future of Nuclear Seminar Series

Mindfirst Inc. (M1) is pleased to announce that it will organize six (6) luncheon seminars on various nuclear energy related topics over the course of 2014 as part of the Future of Nuclear Seminar Series. Dates, topics and speakers are determined through the input of the Future of Nuclear Advisory Board and participant surveys.

The dates for the 2014 Future of Nuclear Seminar Series are:
January 21 – Speaker Assistant Deputy Minister, Rick Jennings, re. Long Term Energy Plan (LTEP) and Nuclear
– March 4 – Humans Resources Requirements of Nuclear Refurbishment
 May 8 – Trends in Nuclear Energy Finance, the UK Experience, Jonathan Dart and Panel
– June 24 – TBA
– September 23 – TBA
– November 4 – Full Day Conference, Innovation in Nuclear Energy, Science, Research and Applications

Please contact Future of Nuclear organizers directly if you have speaker suggestions for the following six (6) topics will be addressed on the given dates:

– Export opportunities for nuclear industries
– Jobs analysis and Growing HR Needs in Canada’s nuclear industry
– Chalk River
–  Ontario’s  refurbishment programs – an overview from OPG and Bruce Power
– Trends in Finance, UK’s experience in planning and financing new nuclear|
– Nuclear Waste Technologies

Following each seminar organizers provide a written report of the Top 10 Learnings as compiled from the survey of seminar participants.

The Future of Nuclear Series is possible through the support of Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission, OPG, Power Workers’ Union and Torys. Additional sponsors are welcome so that we may continue to build on our mission to build awareness and discussion for important energy topics.

Announcing the Launch of the Future of Nuclear Seminar Series

Based on the results of the Future of Nuclear 2013 Post-Conference survey, we are pleased to announce the launch of the Future of Nuclear (FoN) Seminar Series. The seminars are organized and led by Mindfirst Inc. through the input of the advisory board and generous support of participant registration, industry and stakeholder sponsorship and location host Torys LLP.  The survey asked respondents to rank ten topics in order of importance for seminar discussion purposes. Six seminars will be held at Torys LLP in downtown Toronto during 2014 beginning on January 21, 2014.

The Future of Nuclear Advisory Board and sponsors meet Dec 5 to finalize seminar details.  Stay tuned for updates on seminar dates, speakers, topics, and format.

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The Future of Nuclear Power and The Long View

Below is a comment from Future of NuclearChair Henry Vehovec on his opening remarks and in response to post-event press coverage:

“The day after Wednesday’s Future of Nuclear 2013 Conference in Toronto the Premier Kathleen Wynne and the Province of Ontario announced that new build nuclear reactors would not be pursued at this time. Articles in the press cited pricing pressure from cheap shale gas, a decline in energy demand, and increased resistance to nuclear power in the post-Fukushima world as reasons for the decision. Although there has been a recent decline in nuclear power in the global energy mix it would be premature to dismiss nuclear in the longer term.

Henry Vehovec, Chair, Future of Nuclear

Henry Vehovec, Chair, Future of Nuclear

The global mix of major energy sources evolves over decades and plays out in time frames of a century or more. The first oil well was drilled in Pennsylvania in 1859, however, it wasn’t until the development of the Model-T Ford fifty years later that oil truly took off as a major global energy source. Similarly, civilian nuclear energy started about fifty years ago and the industry now needs game changing innovation if it is to compete with shale gas and address concerns of radioactive waste, safety and proliferation.

Are there any such game changing innovations on the horizon? At the Future of Nuclear Conference we heard about several nuclear technologies that hold the paradigm shifting potential to compete with shale gas.  New nuclear technologies that are on the drawing board can burn spent fuel, are incapable of meltdown, and do not produce fissile material. We heard about fusion from General Fusion, thorium and molten salt reactors (MSR) from Terrestrial Energy, small modular reactors (SMR) from Babcock and Wilcox, portable reactors, travelling reactors, floating reactors and more. These technologies have attracted investors such as Jeff Bezos and Bill Gates as well as some of the wealthiest sovereign funds. The only problem with most of these technologies is that they require at least a decade to develop and would cost several billion dollars to produce their first prototype let alone a commercially available product. In this era of short term pressures for quarterly results in business and governments that rarely think beyond the horizon of a 4-year election term it is difficult to find jurisdictions that plan decades into the future as is required when considering energy infrastructure.

China, India, Russia and UAE are examples of countries that are taking an appropriate long view to energy planning. Not coincidentally, these are also among the countries that are proceeding aggressively with their plans to build nuclear power capabilities. China alone has 29 reactors currently under construction. Although some jurisdictions in the west do not have local demand to support new reactors it would certainly make sense to stay engaged with the industry and act as a supplier to international markets where possible. As a commodity, shale gas will not be cheap and plentiful forever.”

Dr. John Luxat will deliver luncheon keynote at Future of Nuclear 2013

Dr. John Luxat, McMaster University

Dr. John Luxat, McMaster University

The Future of Nuclear team is pleased to announce that Dr. John Luxat, Professor and NSERC/UNENE Industrial Research Chair in Nuclear Safety Analysis, Department of Engineering Physics, McMaster University, will make the lunch-hour keynote address at Future of Nuclear 2013, to be held October 9 at MaRS Discovery District.  To read the complete conference-day agenda, click here.

Dr. Luxat is a leading voice in the field of nuclear science with research expertise in nuclear safety analysis, experimental studies in nuclear safety thermalhydraulics, and theoretical modelling studies in nuclear safety thermalhydraulics, subjects in which he is widely published.  His work involves the modeling of systems, components and physical processes that are found in a nuclear power station.  He has an international reputation and an established record of leading-edge technical contributions in nuclear engineering and nuclear safety analysis.

Dr. Luxat holds a P. Eng. and a Ph.D. in the fields of Nuclear Safety, Nuclear Engineering, Thermalhydraulics, and Reactor Physics.  He has served as Industrial Research Chair in Nuclear Safety Analysis with the National Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) since 2004.

Additional speakers and panelists will be announced in the coming days.  Like us on facebook, or follow @futureofnuclear on twitter for the latest news.

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