Atomic Energy of Canada Limited


Appointment of Alastair MacDonald as Vice-President, Decommissioning and Waste Management Oversight

AECL is pleased to announce the appointment of Alastair MacDonald as Vice-President, Decommissioning and Waste Management Oversight.

Alastair has over 30 years of experience in the nuclear industry and has worked at sites in the United States and United Kingdom. Most recently, he was responsible for a complex nuclear packaging and transport project at Dounreay, as part of his role with the United Kingdom’s Cavendish Nuclear Ltd.

As Vice President of Decommissioning and Waste Management Oversight, Alastair will provide leadership for AECL’s decommissioning and waste management responsibilities, including oversight of CNL’s activities in facilities decommissioning, waste management and land remediation.

Alastair will be assuming his new responsibilities with AECL in October 2018.

Notice of public meeting

On May 10 2018, Atomic Energy of Canada Limited (AECL) will hold a public meeting. The forum will provide an opportunity to learn about the company’s governance model – the Government-owned, Contractor-operated model – as well as its plans for the future.

Claude Lajeunesse, Chair of the AECL Board of Directors, and Richard Sexton, President and CEO, will present at this meeting and will be available to answer questions from the public.

The meeting will take place in Pinawa, Manitoba. For those who cannot attend in person, it will also be webcasted live on this website.

Date and time:

May 10, 2018

18:00 – 19:30 central daylight savings time; 19:00 – 20:30 eastern daylight savings time


W.B Lewis Business Centre

24 Aberdeen Avenue

Pinawa, Manitoba  R0E 1L0

Members of the public who will be joining the meeting via webcasting are invited to provide questions in advance of the meeting via email at This mailbox will also be monitored for any questions received during the meeting. Best efforts will be made to answer questions received via email during the meeting within the allocated time; unanswered questions will be addressed in writing directly to requestors.

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Appointment of Richard Sexton as President and CEO of AECL

On February 7, 2018, the Government appointed Richard Sexton as President and CEO of AECL for a term of two years. Richard has been leading AECL as President and CEO on an interim basis for the past year, and previous to that as the Acting Chief Transition Officer for almost a year.

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.

As President and CEO of AECL, Richard will continue to lead the organization in its oversight role, seeing that the priorities of Government are delivered safely and efficiently under the GoCo model.

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.