AECL holds public Open House for the first time in over a decade
Canada’s premier nuclear science and technology organization welcomed over 2,000 friends to its Chalk River Laboratories
Chalk River, 2012 August 13 — Atomic Energy of Canada Limited (AECL) is pleased to report that over 2,000 people attended their public open house. Held at the Chalk River Laboratories on Saturday, August 11 from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., the family-friendly event gave the local community an opportunity to learn more about Canada’s premier nuclear science and technology organization, and some of the unique Canadian science facilities that call the Ottawa Valley home. Despite the dreary weather, it was a day full of fun and learning.
With over 50 displays and activities, there was something for everyone. Children spent time at the “Kids in Science” demonstration by Science North where they took part in hands on science experiments. There were also over a dozen heavy equipment vehicles on display and families were able to dress up and pretend they were firefighters.
“I am enormously pleased that over 2,000 of our friends and neighbours came out to attend the 2012 AECL Open House,” said Bob Walker, President & CEO at AECL. “This day took six months of planning and in the end I think we showcased some of the important science and technology work that takes place here at the Chalk River Laboratories. A big thank you must also be given to all of my colleagues who came out and helped today with display booths, gave tours and volunteered their time.”
Last held in the summer of 2000, AECL’s Open House is intended to provide the local community with a glimpse into some of the different programs and services that AECL undertakes on behalf of Canadians. After a brief orientation presentation, visitors were able to participate in walking tours of laboratories and facilities managed by different AECL departments, including the Mechanical Equipment Development, Inspection, Monitoring & Dynamics, Fluid Sealing Technologies and the Machine Shop.
Atomic Energy of Canada Limited (AECL) is Canada’s premier nuclear science and technology organization. For 60 years, AECL has been a world leader in developing peaceful and innovative applications from nuclear technology through its expertise in physics, metallurgy, chemistry, biology and engineering.
Over 3,000 highly skilled employees deliver a range of nuclear services – ranging from research and development, design and engineering to specialized technology, waste management and decommissioning.
Today, AECL continues its commitment to ensure that Canadians and the world receive energy, health, environmental and economic benefits from nuclear science and technology with confidence that nuclear safety and security are assured.
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