Atomic Energy of Canada Limited

1944 – 2019
AECL Historical
Timeline

AECL Historical Timeline

2019
AECL hosts Federal Nuclear Science and Technology Work Plan Workshop

AECL hosts Federal Nuclear Science and Technology Work Plan Workshop

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In the fall of 2019, AECL hosted its first-ever workshop on the Federal Nuclear Science and Technology Work Plan in Ottawa. The objective was to disseminate the results of research and development activities by Canadian Nuclear Laboratories in the areas of health, safety and security, energy and the environment.

Over the span of five days, more than 400 participants came together to learn about recent science and technology advances, and to create new opportunities for collaboration and linkages across the sector.

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2018
The tritium facility is inaugurated at the Chalk River Laboratories

The tritium facility is inaugurated at the Chalk River Laboratories

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Originally built to support the tritium technology needs for CANDU reactors and the Canadian fusion program, the Tritium Facility at the Chalk River Laboratories is now being used to conduct several tritium research and development activities.

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2018

The National Research Universal Reactor (NRU) is shut down

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2016
The Harriet Brooks laboratory building is inaugurated at the Chalk River Laboratories.

The Harriet Brooks laboratory building is inaugurated at the Chalk River Laboratories.

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A new laboratory building is inaugurated at the Chalk River Laboratories. Serving as a materials science laboratory, the building is named after Harriett Brooks, Canada’s first female nuclear physicist.

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2015
A new hydrogen laboratory building is inaugurated at the Chalk River Laboratories

A new hydrogen laboratory building is inaugurated at the Chalk River Laboratories

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Representing an investment of over $55 million, the hydrogen laboratory complex at the Chalk River Laboratories enables advanced research to ensure a clean environment for Canadians through the development of clean energy technologies.

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2015

Government-owned, Contractor-operated (GoCo) model implemented

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The shares of CNL were transferred to a private-sector contractor selected through a procurement process led by the Government of Canada, thereby implementing a GoCo model for the management and operations of AECL’s sites.

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