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AECL, CNL and the University of Ottawa sign MOU to pursue collaborative research opportunities

AECL, CNL and the University of Ottawa sign MOU to pursue collaborative research opportunities

Atomic Energy of Canada Limited signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Canadian Nuclear Laboratories (CNL) and the University of Ottawa to identify and pursue collaborative research opportunities. Building on decades of work together, the MOU formalizes what has been a longstanding relationship between the organizations to facilitate joint research projects, foster the professional development of highly qualified personnel, and encourage shared access to specialized infrastructure. The objective is to advance research in health and environmental sciences, clean energy and nuclear safety.

Among the many promising areas of research identified within the agreement are studies related to radiobiology, epigenetics, environmental impacts on natural systems, cybersecurity, and hydrogen production, storage and safety. Together, the three organizations hope that the MOU will help cultivate closer relationships between their respective researchers, enable knowledge mobilization, spur innovation and the development of intellectual property, and advance solutions to address both national and industry challenges.

“Alongside CNL, AECL is incredibly excited to enter into this agreement with the University of Ottawa, an organization which shares our passion for research, innovation and entrepreneurship,” commented Amy Gottschling, Vice-President, Science, Technology & Commercial Oversight, AECL. “As Canada’s national nuclear laboratory, one of our core objectives is to work with the academic community to advance Canadian science and technology and turn research into reality. This objective is at the heart of this agreement with the University of Ottawa, and we are confident that our work will yield results that offer real, meaningful benefits for Canadians.”

“The University of Ottawa is a key partner in supporting CNL and AECL as they apply their strengths in nuclear science and technology to tackle some of greatest challenges our world is facing,” said uOttawa Vice-President, Research and Innovation Sylvain Charbonneau. “We share their determination to be agile and to seize every opportunity to continually push back the frontiers of research and development.”

“While we have always maintained strong relationships with the academic community, it is a growing organizational priority for CNL to establish closer relationships with leading academic institutions like the University of Ottawa as part of our new vision,” commented Dr. Jeff Griffin, CNL’s Vice-President of Science and Technology. “Over the past few years, we saw first-hand how valuable collaborative research is to this country, as Canada’s science and technology community mobilized to reduce the worst impacts of the pandemic. Given the enormous challenges we face as a country, it benefits everyone to share resources and work together towards common goals. What’s more, we need to help foster the future researchers, engineers, and multitude of other professionals who will continue to advance this critical work.”

The agreement with the University of Ottawa builds on what has been a long and productive relationship between the organizations that dates back decades, and which represents an important step in AECL and CNL’s efforts to foster closer ties with Canada’s academic community. The MOU is designed to establish a closer and more consistent relationship between the organizations, including ongoing engagements between researchers to identify and explore potential collaboration opportunities.

Atomic Energy of Canada Limited (AECL) Publishes Request for Expressions of Interest

OTTAWA – Atomic Energy of Canada Limited (AECL) published today a Request for Expressions of Interest (RFEOI) to manage and operate Canadian Nuclear Laboratories (CNL).

The RFEOI has been published on MERX: Renewal Of A Contract To Manage And Operate Canadian Nuclear Laboratories – RFIEI20220926 | MERX

AECL, a Canadian Crown corporation, seeks from potential industry proponents their interest, experience and capability to manage and operate CNL under a Government Owned Contractor Operated (“GoCo”) contracting model after the current contract ends. Responses received will be used in the development of a procurement plan to decide if and how AECL will proceed with a procurement to award a follow-on contract.

AECL owns the sites, facilities, assets, liabilities, and intellectual property of CNL while CNL is responsible for the day-to-day management and operations of those assets and holds the nuclear site licences. CNL has been managed since September of 2015 by Canadian National Energy Alliance (CNEA), a consortium made up of three partner companies – SNC-Lavalin, Jacobs Engineering and Fluor Federal Services – under a contract that will expire in September of 2025.

CNL is focused on three areas:

  • Managing radioactive waste, environment remediation and nuclear decommissioning responsibilities
  • Performing science and technology activities to meet core federal responsibilities
  • Supporting Canadian industry, both nuclear and other, through access to science and technology facilities and expertise on a commercial basis.

The objective of any procurement and resulting contract will be to contain or reduce costs and risks for Canadian taxpayers while leveraging CNL’s capabilities and resources for Canadians.

Expressions of interest must be submitted via MERX on or before October 26, 2022. (Note: An incorrect date appeared in a previous version of this release. The 26th is correct.)


For further information:

Malcolm Bernard
Communications Advisor

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+1 613 612-0096

AECL Annual Public Meeting Oct. 13, 2022

On October 13, 2022 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 on AECL’s website.

Date and time:
October 13, 2022
7:00 pm – 8:30 pm EDT

To attend the event, please register.

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 [email protected]. 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.

For more information, please contact:
[email protected]