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AECL Supports Efforts to Mitigate the Impacts of COVID-19

AECL Supports Efforts to Mitigate the Impacts of COVID-19

Of the shelf: 3D drawing of the MVM control unit. The base plate is 152 x 170 mm. (Courtesy: C Galbiati et al)

In this unprecedented time, communities are coming together across the country, to combat COVID-19. We at Atomic Energy Canada Limited (AECL) are proud to contribute to Canada’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Our sites are home to some of Canada’s largest scientific installations. Canadian Nuclear Laboratories (CNL), which operates our sites, has mobilized its scientists and engineers to apply expertise in support of innovative solutions to the challenges created by COVID-19. CNL is part of a team developing a ventilator model that is easy-to-produce, using off-the-shelf, easily accessible parts.

This morning, Prime Minister Trudeau highlighted the work of Dr. Art McDonald, TRIUMF, Canadian Nuclear Laboratories, and SNOLAB to develop an easy-to-produce ventilator using off-the-shelf, easily accessible parts.

For more information on the MVM Collaboration we invite you to consult:

For the Prime Minister’s complete announcement, please consult:

This is one of many initiatives underway at CNL, and AECL is proud to be supporting the important work.

I am incredibly proud of how employees at AECL and CNL, together with our partners across the country, have collaborated during this difficult and challenging time.

Richard J. Sexton
President and CEO of AECL

AECL CNL joint statement on COVID-19

CNL and AECL work together to confront COVID-19

Over the past few weeks, the COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted the operations and activities of business, governments and citizens around the world. That is no different for Atomic Energy of Canada Limited (AECL) and Canadian Nuclear Laboratories (CNL). During this period of unprecedented change and international activity, both organizations have been confronted with difficult and extraordinary decisions that would have seemed hypothetical only a few weeks ago.

As the leaders of AECL and CNL, we want to start by thanking our respective employees for the tremendous flexibility, responsiveness, dedication and hard work that we have seen over the last few weeks. We are proud of the extent to which our respective employees have stepped up to confront the challenges of these times, to go above and beyond, to respond to the new demands at work, and to look out for their families, friends and neighbours at home.

We recognize the extent of the challenge and the inherent uncertainty of the situation. This makes the work that has taken place over the last many days, even more significant. We also want to assure our respective employees that AECL and CNL are working closely to collaboratively confront this pandemic and the many challenges that it presents to the safe and continued operations of both organizations. We have shared interests, goals and activities during routine times, and this unprecedented international event requires us to pull even tighter together to understand and address the uncertainty that it brings to our work.

In doing so, we recognize that our sites are home to some of Canada’s most unique and innovative facilities, laboratories, equipment and expertise. In times like these, everyone has a part to play. Collectively, we are working closely to understand how our respective organization’s unique capabilities and people can be used to help Canada respond to this pandemic. We know that you are all up to the challenge. This process is just getting underway, but you can expect to hear more about these efforts in the days and weeks ahead.

In the meantime, let’s continue to help one another through COVID-19. We are doing our very best to protect staff through this event by following the direction of public health officials, so we ask that you do the same. As this is a rapidly evolving situation, we invite you to continue to follow our ongoing employee updates, to make sure we act as a team in our response to COVID-19.

We recognize that the need to be creative, flexible, and responsive will remain for some time. We look forward to continuing to work together and with all of you, as we face these challenges together.

Stay safe everyone and keep up the great work.

Richard Sexton
President and CEO, AECL

Mark Lesinski                                                             Joe McBrearty
President and CEO, CNL                                            Chief Operating Officer, CNL

AECL’s statement on COVID-19

In light of the changing circumstances surrounding COVID-19 and in line with other international and Canadian institutions and organizations, AECL is remaining abreast of the current situation and taking precautions to ensure the health and safety of its employees; partners; collaborators; visitors and of the public.

Through its Health and Safety Committee, AECL continues to update its plan and protocol for COVID-19, based on the most up-to-date information available from the World Health Organization, the Government of Canada and provincial public health authorities. At this time, AECL has implemented a number of measures to help reduce the risk of infection and slow the spread of the virus, including eliminating non-essential travel, and encouraging employees to work from home.

While at this time the risk to AECL employees may be low, we are cognizant that the situation continues to evolve. AECL will continue to take steps to mitigate risk and prepare for various scenarios, as informed by federal and provincial authorities.

AECL is also overseeing the actions on the part of Canadian Nuclear Laboratories (CNL) to prepare for the ongoing safe operations of AECL sites. For more information, please visit CNL’s website.