Atomic Energy of Canada Limited (AECL) and the Organization of Canadian Nuclear Industries (OCNI) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to collaborate and advance nuclear science and technology in Canada.
AECL and OCNI will collaborate on their shared goals to strengthen a thriving Canadian nuclear supply chain through innovation by sharing information and collaborating in the areas of health, safety and security, energy and the environment. This includes potential joint projects that support federal and provincial government priorities on the nuclear agenda, participating in trade missions and workshops that target the advancement of innovation, and communication on research activities and stakeholder engagement.
Some of this work will be delivered by Canadian Nuclear Laboratories (CNL), Canada’s premier nuclear science and technology laboratory and working under the direction of AECL. CNL is a world leader in the development of innovative nuclear science and technology products and services and will leverage AECL assets to serve as the nexus between government, the nuclear industry, the broader private sector and the academic community.
OCNI is an industry trade association of more than 210 leading Canadian suppliers to the nuclear industry in Canada and offshore, which promotes a robust nuclear power industry in Canada.
“AECL is thrilled to partner with OCNI in signing this MOU that will spur innovation in nuclear science and technology. Working in partnership with OCNI allows us to more closely align to the vibrant nuclear supply chain that has been so dedicated and committed to success of our industry and advancing nuclear technologies in their own right. Partnerships with industry are a key priority for AECL and is necessary to further drive progress and innovation for nuclear in Canada”, said AECL’s Amy Gottschling, Vice-President of Science, Technology and Commercial Oversight.
“OCNI looks forward to the important work that will arise out of this partnership. We have no doubt that our collaboration with AECL will result in important research and innovations for nuclear science. This agreement will enable us to deliver increased value to our members, something that is a crucial part of OCNI’s overall mission” share OCNI’s President and CEO, Bill Walker.
Together, AECL and OCNI hope that the MOU will help cultivate a closer relationship to collaborate and share research, knowledge, drive innovation and push boundaries that will strengthen the nuclear sector.