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.

To learn more about this event, and to register to attend, click below:
http://futureofnuclearseminar7-nuclear-liability-india.eventbrite.com/?aff=futureofnuclear

Topic announced for Future of Nuclear Seminar #3 – Nuclear Energy Finance: the UK Experience

On May 8, 2014, Jonathan Dart, Consul General at the British Consulate in Toronto, will speak about the UK’s recent experience in nuclear energy finance and lessons that can be learned.  Below is the abstract for the event:

“Financing nuclear energy projects has become increasingly complex in recent years. The potential for projects going over budget and difficulty in quantifying project risk contribute to financing complexity and cost. The large capital requirements in nuclear energy projects have typically required that national governments become involved in order to guarantee payments or backstop projects. In many jurisdictions the high level of complexity have made nuclear projects prohibitively expensive. Coupled with negative public sentiment towards nuclear energy there has been a decline in nuclear power useage in several Western economies. Concurrently, there are numerous countries such as China and India, that are ramping up their nuclear energy capabilities. In the United Kingdom, after years of decline in nuclear energy the government has decided to proceed with building a new reactor. How was this financed? What changed in the eyes of policy makers that they decided to proceed with new nuclear? Is there an opportunity for Canadian funds and investment bankers to participate in the large nuclear projects that will be deployed globally?”

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Panellists for Future of Nuclear Seminar #2 – Human Resource Requirements of Refurbishment

The Future of Nuclear team is pleased to announce the panellists for the upcoming seminar on March 4, 2014 regarding the human resource requirements of nuclear refurbishments.  Below are the experts who will discuss the topic.

Speakers

Mark Arnore, Vice President, Refurbishment Execution, Ontario Power Generation

George Bereznai, Professor and Director, Industry Training Programme, UOIT

Patrick Dillon, Business Manager, Provincial Building and Construction Trades Council of Ontario

George Bereznai, Dean, School of Energy Systems and Nuclear Science, UOIT

Patrick Dillon, Business Manager, Provincial Building and Construction Trades Council of Ontario

Abstract

In our first seminar Assistant Deputy Minister (ADM) Rick Jennings described the nuclear energy components of Ontario’s Long Term Energy Plan (LTEP). Although the Province has said no to new nuclear at the moment, refurbishment plans for Bruce and Darlington plants are scheduled to start in 2016 and carry on until 2031. Collectively, Bruce and Darlington represent the majority of Ontario’s base load power and 50% or more of the total energy mix. Refurbishment will create tens of thousands of jobs requiring skilled workers, professionals, researchers, academics, managers and executives. This human resource base will not only serve Ontario, but will also serve as the foundation for Canada’s export efforts in supporting supply chains of growing nuclear energy jurisdictions. How many jobs will actually be created? What skills and expertise will be needed? How will organizations build and transfer the corporate and tribal knowledge to new generations of engineers, workers and professionals? What other related industries will grow as a result? Will Canada become a leader in infrastructure finance, energy systems design and deployment?

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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.

ADM Rick Jennings to speak re LTEP at Future of Nuclear Seminar on January 21

Rick Jennings, Assistant Deputy Minister, Ministry of Energy, Ontario, will speak about Ontario’s recently released Long Term Energy Plan (LTEP) and the role of nuclear energy as part of that plan at this year’s first Future of Nuclear Seminar on January 21. The LTEP report entitled Achieving Balance addresses the growing role of renewables in the energy mix, the ongoing need for safe, reliable base load energy and the export business development potential for the nuclear industry. This session is targeted at senior executives and stakeholders that would like an opportunity to engage in a private dialogue regarding important nuclear energy issues in an objective, collaborative learning environment.

The Future of Nuclear Advisory Board has organized a series of six seminars to be held through 2014 to discuss important nuclear energy issues. The dates for the 2014 seminars are January 2, March 4, May 6, June 24, September 23 and November 4. Topics and speakers for each session will be announced on this Future of Nuclear website, the Future of Nuclear Conference Facebook page, the @futureofnuclear twitter feed and via our direct newsletter which you may register for by clicking here.  Seminars are conducted during lunch in meeting rooms at Torys, 79 Wellington St. W, 30th Floor, Toronto, ON. You may register for the first event by clicking here. Subscriptions for the entire six seminars are available, please Contact Us if interested.

The Future of Nuclear Series is funded by the registration fees of participants, revenues from resultant reports and the support of sponsors. Supporters to date include Babcock and Wilcox, Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC), McMaster University, Ontario Power Generation (OPG), Power Workers’ Union, Torys, University of Toronto, and Westinghouse. The Seminar Series is organized by Mindfirst Inc. under the direction of Future of Nuclear Advisory Board chaired by Henry Vehovec, Adjunct Professor, University of Toronto, Innovations in Technologies and Organizations in Global Energy Systems. Seminars are conducted under Chatham House Rule format. If interested in volunteering as part of the Mindfirst team, part of the Advisory Board, or sponsoring the Future of Nuclear Seminar Series please contact us.