Executive Team

Richard Sexton

Richard Sexton

Acting Chief Transition Officer and Vice-President, Decommissioning and Waste Management Oversight

As Acting Chief Transition Officer of AECL, Richard is leading the organization in its new oversight role, ensuring that the priorities of Government in respect of the activities at CNL are implemented safely and efficiently.

As Vice-President, Decommissioning and Waste Management Oversight, Richard provides technical oversight to ensure that decommissioning and waste management products and services provided by CNL are delivered safely, and provide value for Canadians.

Richard has over 32 years of experience in decommissioning and waste management gained through leadership roles on some of the largest and most complex decommissioning projects in the world, including Magnox and Sellafield in the United Kingdom, and Rocky Flats and the Connecticut Yankee site in the United States. Most recently, Richard served as the Chief Operating Officer for the Magnox Reactor Accelerated Sites, where he was responsible for directing transformational change in decommissioning project strategy, delivery approach, cost, and schedule. Richard also has extensive experience in managing multiple stakeholder relationships. Richard holds an M.S. in Radiological Health Engineering from Northwestern University, a B.S. in Chemistry and American Board of Health Physics Certification, Part I. He has published and presented multiple papers on decommissioning and holds two patents for radiation detection equipment.

Frank Gibbs

Frank Gibbs

Vice-President, Site Operations and Infrastructure Oversight

As Vice President, Site Operations and Infrastructure Oversight, Frank ensures that program and contract objectives are met with respect to CNL site operations and infrastructure availability and maintenance. Oversight areas include: nuclear operations and nuclear materials handling; infrastructure maintenance and improvement; site planning, management and implementation; project design and construction management; health, safety and the environment; radiological protection; safeguards, security and emergency operations; and quality assurance.

With over 30 years of nuclear industry experience in the US and the UK, Frank brings a unique combination of technical and program management capabilities to AECL spanning fuel manufacturing, research, nuclear operations and licensing, and nuclear site decommissioning. Most recently Frank worked in the UK supporting the Royal Navy in various roles, including Design and Safety Manager for the rebuild of the UK’s naval nuclear fuel manufacturing facility. Frank holds a Ph.D. in Metallurgical Engineering and a B.S. in Metallurgical and Material Engineering from the Colorado School of Mines. He has published and presented numerous papers on plutonium metallurgy and nuclear operations.

Shannon Quinn

Shannon Quinn

Vice-President, Science, Technology and Commercial Oversight

As Vice President, Science, Technology and Commercial Oversight, Shannon is responsible for overseeing the performance of CNL’s nuclear science and technology (S&T) projects and programs for the Government of Canada, as well as commercial S&T projects and programs for third-party customers. She also provides strategic support to ensure that federal objectives are met with respect to nuclear S&T capabilities, projects and performance.

Prior to joining AECL, Shannon was with Natural Resources Canada, and worked on various aspects of AECL restructuring, including the sale of the assets of the commercial division and the restructuring of the Nuclear Laboratories. She was also responsible for medical isotope policy and programming. Prior to 2009, Shannon was responsible for Canada’s Generation IV National Program. Before joining NRCan, Shannon held various technical and leadership positions in the steel industry, and was an adjunct professor at McMaster University. Shannon holds a Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from Queen’s University and an MBA from the University of Ottawa.

Grant Gardiner

Grant Gardiner

Vice-President, General Counsel, Corporate Secretary

As General Counsel, Grant represents AECL in all matters of law, legal policy and contract interpretation and management related to the functions of the corporation. This includes overseeing the performance of the legal compliance of CNL under its agreement with AECL, and monitoring legal developments, including legislation, of interest to AECL, CNL, and the Government of Canada.

Grant was admitted to the Ontario Bar in 1993 and has gained extensive experience leading publicly-traded companies through complex legal, governance and compliance landscapes. Most recently, in the role of General Counsel of Nordion, Grant led the company through a divestiture of its Target Therapies business and the sale of Nordion. Grant has previously served as Vice-President, Associate General Counsel, as well as Corporate Secretary, for BlackBerry, and has held leadership roles at other companies such as Cognos Inc. and JDS Uniphase. He holds a Bachelor of Business Administration from the University of Prince Edward Island and an L.L.B. from Osgoode Hall Law School.

Dave Smith

David Smith

Vice-President, Business Operations, Chief Financial Officer

As Vice President, Business Operations, David (Dave) is responsible for providing AECL with business support services, including financial reporting, compliance monitoring, business operations and systems, and information technology. Dave is also responsible for the strategic leadership of multiple disciplines as well as business initiatives within AECL.

Dave has served AECL for over 25 years in progressive positions in areas of finance and business operations. Most recently, Dave has been the Corporate Controller for CNL, providing strong leadership and oversight of the financial management function. Dave holds a degree in Business Administration from the University of Western Ontario’s Richard Ivey School of Business and is a Chartered Accountant.

David Hess

David Hess

Lead Contracting Officer

As Lead Contracting Officer, David (Dave) is responsible for overall day-to-day oversight of the performance of the Contractor and CNL in the management and operation of AECL’s Nuclear Laboratories. Dave works with the organization and subject matter experts to assess CNL’s performance in accordance with the annual Performance Evaluation Measure Plan, including ensuring all contract deliverables are timely, complete and satisfactory, and compliant with all terms and conditions, and make fee determinations as per the contract.

Dave brings over 20 years of experience in strategic contracting oversight and management through various senior positions with the United States Federal Government. Most recently, David headed up a Contracting Office for the Department of Energy’s Office of Environmental Management where he was responsible for the management and oversight of federal contracting staff that provided acquisition and contract management support to fifteen Department of Energy sites, encompassing the negotiation, award and management support of multi-billion dollar complex acquisitions for large-scale environmental management projects. Prior to that, David served as the Lead Contracting Officer for the National Nuclear Security Administration’s multi-billion dollar design, construction and operations contract for a nuclear fuel processing facility that converts excess weapons-grade plutonium into fuel for commercial nuclear reactors. David also served in various Lead Contracting Officer positions for the Naval Air Systems Command, during which time he supported the V-22 Osprey and Air Combat Electronics major weapon system programs. Dave holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Finance from Northern Illinois University and is certified as a Level III Acquisition Professional.