Atomic Energy of Canada Limited


AECL Annual Public Meeting – October 12, 2023

On October 12, 2023, Atomic Energy of Canada Limited (AECL) will hold a virtual public meeting. The forum will provide an opportunity to learn about the organization’s achievements of the past year and its plans.

Jim Burpee, Chair of the AECL Board of Directors, and Fred Dermarkar, President and CEO, will present at this meeting and will be available to answer questions from the public.

The meeting will take place via live webcast live on AECL’s website.

Date and time:
October 12, 2023
7:00pm – 8:30pm EDT

Registration is available here:

Members of the public who will join the meeting via the webcast 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 responded to in writing directly to requestors following the meeting.

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AECL and OCNI sign a Memorandum of Understanding to drive innovation in nuclear science and technology

AECL and OCNI sign a Memorandum of Understanding to drive innovation in nuclear science and technology

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.




AECL celebrates the Town of Pinawa’s 60th Anniversary

AECL celebrates the Town of Pinawa’s 60th Anniversary

The weekend of July 14th represented the 60th anniversary of the Town of Pinawa, Manitoba, close to where Atomic Energy of Canada Limited’s (AECL) Whiteshell Laboratories is situated.

In 1963, the Town of Pinawa, was founded for the employees of AECL, who worked at the Whiteshell site. The Whiteshell site construction began the same year.

Located at the Whiteshell Laboratories in Manitoba, the WR-1 was the largest organically cooled, heavy water moderated nuclear reactor in the world and played an important role in building Canada’s scientific and industrial capacity. Originally built as a test reactor for a proposed Canada Deuterium Uranium (CANDU) power reactor, it was later used for nuclear fuel research and other programs.

In 1985, the WR-1 research reactor was shut down and in 1998, Whiteshell Laboratories was closed, and any work was transferred to AECL’s other site, Chalk River Laboratories (CRL), located in Chalk River, Ontario.

Today, Canadian Nuclear Laboratories (CNL) continues the decommissioning and restoration of Whiteshell Laboratories.  Looking forward to the next chapter of the site, engagements have started to learn what future uses are important to the surrounding communities and Indigenous nations.

AECL representatives were happy to participate in the festivities in Pinawa to celebrate this important birthday!