Atomic Energy of Canada Limited (AECL) and the US National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) signed a(MOU) to enable collaboration in the areas of nuclear safety and security.
The MOU will allow AECL and the NNSA to collaborate in areas of mutual interest including research and development in nuclear security, safeguards, and non-proliferation, and the sharing of information related to the peaceful use of nuclear energy.
For AECL, this will help achieve our objectives of supporting Canadian national and international security responsibilities through nuclear science and technology. In alignment with our Federal Nuclear Science and Technology Work Plan, this MOU includes collaborating on research and development, sharing of knowledge and information as well as cross-training, workshops and exercises.
The 5-year collaboration agreement was signed virtually on October 16, 2020 by Richard Sexton, President and CEO of AECL, Shannon Quinn, Vice-President, Science, Technology and Commercial Oversight, AECL, and Brent Park, NNSA’s Deputy Administrator for Defense Nuclear Nonproliferation
The NNSA is a semi-autonomous agency within the U.S. Department of Energy responsible for enhancing nuclear security in the United States and abroad. For more information on the NNSA, visit their website.
On July 1, 2019 the Government of Canada made appointments to AECL’s Board of Directors and Management.
James Burpee has been appointed as Chairperson of AECL’s Board of Directors for a term of five years. Jim has been serving as a director on AECL’s board since June 2017, and brings almost four decades of experience as a senior strategist and executive in the electricity industry, having worked in a variety of senior management roles for Ontario Hydro and Ontario Power Generation.
Richard Sexton has been re-appointed as President and CEO of AECL for up to one year following the expiry of his current term in February 2020. Richard has served as AECL’s President and CEO since February 2018; he previously served as interim President and CEO and Acting Chief Transition Officer of AECL for almost two years. Richard has over 30 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.
Dr. Kamilia Sofia has been appointed as a director of AECL’s Board of Directors for a term of three years. Kamilia has been a strategic leader for 30 years, with technical and management experience locally and internationally. Kamilia has held CEO level positions internationally in the last ten years with global organizations in multiple industries: high technology, aerospace, nuclear, and oil & gas, including CEO of Methanex Egypt, Executive Vice President of Rolls Royce Nuclear, CEO Services at Dubai Aerospace Enterprise, and Vice President of Strategy at CAE Inc.
Jim, Richard and Kamilia bring significant experience and expertise to the leadership and oversight of AECL.
AECL and the Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organization (ANSTO) have signed a memorandum of understanding with a goal of establishing a strategic collaboration in nuclear science and technology, radiological waste management, decommissioning, and environmental remediation.
The 5-year collaboration agreement was signed in Sydney, Australia on May 2 2019 by AECL President Richard Sexton and ANSTO Chief Executive Officer Adi Paterson.
The agreement will allow AECL and ANSTO to collaborate in areas of mutual interest including managing and overseeing nuclear research activities, isotope research and production, radioactive waste management, decommissioning, and environmental remediation.
ANSTO is Australia’s national nuclear science and technology organization. They operate much of Australia’s landmark infrastructure including one of the world’s most modern nuclear research reactors, OPAL. Their nuclear science focuses on health, environment and the nuclear fuel cycle. For more information on ANSTO, visit their website.