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3rd Canadian Conference on Nuclear Waste Management, Decommissioning and Environmental Restoration

September 11, 2016 @ 12:00 am - September 14, 2016 @ 12:00 am

Conference Theme

Using nuclear energy is an environmental friendly technology, and safe management of nuclear waste, decommissioning and environmental restoration requires a collaborative approach to find solutions on many different levels of technical, social, political, and economical challenges facing nuclear organizations.


The Canadian Nuclear Society will once again be hosting a NWMD&ER conference from September 11-14, 2016 in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. Similar to previous NWMD&ER conferences, the emphasis will be on the sharing and exchange of information between specialists, government representatives and officials, industry, community, Aboriginal and Métis communities, and other stakeholders to foster collaborations for the benefit of Canadian and international nuclear industries as a whole.

The Canadian Nuclear Waste Management, Decommissioning and Environmental Restoration (NWMD&ER) Conferences held in 2005 and 2011 were highly successful, with over 300 international participants and received the support of several prominent organization of the nuclear community. 

Important Dates

Online submission of abstracts…………….Jan 15, 2016
Notification of acceptance of abstracts…..Mar 01, 2016
Online submission of draft full papers……May 01, 2016
Notification of acceptance of full draft……Jun 15, 2016
Receipt of final full papers………………….July 06, 2016


  1. Government Policies, Programs & Oversight:  Includes new developments and updates on federal, provincial and international programs and policies, and regulatory and oversight matters.  Can include contracting, permitting, compliance, privatization, new regulation, and standards development.
  2. Stakeholder Engagement:  Includes approaches for and experience in communication, public involvement, education and collaborative decision making. Objectives include enhancing public involvement, advancing ideas for knowledge sharing, and highlighting innovative approaches.
  3. Aboriginal Participation in the Nuclear Industry: Includes aboriginal involvement and education on technical and environmental issues, including integration of Aboriginal Traditional Knowledge, sharing/collaboration, and partnership initiatives.
  4. Uranium Mining & Milling Waste Management:  Includes the regulatory interfaces, compliance verification and monitoring, and processing and disposal of waste (including waste rock, tailings and mill effluent, and site remediation).
  5. Low Level, Intermediate Level & Mixed Waste Management:  Includes generation through treatment, recycling, long term management and disposal, technology deployment, and effluent monitoring for all types of facilities from hospitals, research, power generating, radiochemical, and waste facilities. 
  6. Waste Characterization, Processing, Packaging & Waste Minimization:  Includes waste characterization, waste processing, and packaging and minimization including strategies, technologies, and technical development.
  7. Waste Transportation:  Includes transport package development and regulatory considerations, transportation logistics and operations, and integrated planning and scheduling issues for large shipping campaigns, stakeholder and public interactions.
  8. Used Nuclear Fuel & High Level Waste (HLW) Management:  Includes treatment, recycling through interim storage, long term management and disposal.  Also covers safety assessment, licensing, monitoring, siting, and development of a deep geological repository.
  9. Environmental Remediation:  Includes remedial actions, inspection, characterization, sampling, compliance, aquifer and soil remediation and management of residual waste, technological or process improvements, closure, and legacy management/longterm stewardship.
  10. Decommissioning Strategies & Projects:  Includes site wide decommissioning strategies and financial funding models to regulatory aspects and planning.  Can include waste characterization, waste storage, waste handling, clearance criteria, decontamination, dismantling and demolition, and international technology.
  11. Transition of AECL to CNL: Includes the impact on waste management, decommissioning and restoration operations of the restructuring of Atomic Energy of Canada Ltd. (AECL), from the formation of Canadian Nuclear Laboratories (CNL) to a Government Owned-Contractor Operated (GoCo) entity.
  12. Other Potential Tracks:  Developing the Next Generation of Nuclear Waste Leadership, Information Management, Education, Communication, Technical Innovation in Waste Management, and Safety & Safeguards.  This track serves two independent functions, first for authors unsure of the best track number can assign their abstract here.  Second it covers special topics including international items. 

Conference Papers

Call for Papers

Abstract Formatting Instructions

Paper Formatting Instructions

Submit the conference abstracts and papers Online here

Should you have any issues submitting, please contact Ms. P. Alavi at parva.alavi@ewmconsulting.net

Copyright of papers submitted to the conference remains with author and/or his/her organization. The CNS may freely reproduce the papers in print, electronic or other forms, and retains a royalty-free right to charge fees for such material as it sees fit.

Conference Program

The preliminary conference program will be uploaded in March 2016.

Registration & Fees

WMDER-2016 Registration Fees


By July 31

After July 31

CNS Member ♦



Non CNS Member ♦



CNS Retiree Member ♦



Full-Time Student (CNS Member) ♦



CNS Exhibitor (2 allowed per booth)



Ticket for Monday, Tuesday, or Wednesday Luncheon



Ticket for Tuesday Banquet



Additional CD-ROM Proceedings ♣



♦ Includes all CNS Sessions, one copy of Proceedings, Opening Reception, Conference Lunches and Banquet
♣ Price will be $125 Post Conference



Ottawa Marriott Hotel, 100 Kent St., Ottawa, ON K1P 5R7
You will soon be able to reserve your guest room for WMDER-2016 at the Ottawa Marriott Hotel online, on a dedicated reservation webpage.  
Guestrooms are available at the CNS block rate of $192 + tax per night.  Reservations within the CNS block must be made before the cutoff date of 2016 August 19.

Please reserve early to avoid disappointment – the number of rooms is limited!


The best means of transportation from Ottawa International Airport to the Ottawa Marriott hotel is by taxi.

Tourist Attractions

Canada’s capital is a compact, clean, cleverly planned center of culture and politics and a destination for every season. Start downtown at the architecturally stunning National Gallery of Canada, and don’t miss the Canadian Museum of Nature and the Canada Aviation and Space Museum. The nearby Gatineau Park attracts cyclists and walkers, while the Byward Market blends old and new Ottawa.

The tourist attractions within walking distance to the hotel are:

  1.      Parliament Hill and Peace Tower
  2.      Rideau Canal
  3.      Royal Canadian Mint
  4.      The Byward Market
  5.      National Gallery of Canada

For official website of Ottawa Tourism visit http://www.ottawatourism.ca/

Committee Members

Conference Host

Ken Nash, Nuclear Waste Management Organization

Honorary Chair

Laurie Swami, Ontario Power Generation

Organizing Committee Chair:

Parva Alavi, EWM Consulting

Technical CommitteeChair: 

Jennifer Noronha, Nuclear Waste Management Organization

Plenary Program Chair:

Pauline Watson, Retired AMEC NSS

Venue Chair:

Ben Rouben, Canadian Nuclear Society

Events Co-Chairs:

Ruth Burany, Kinectrics and Julia Dinner, Candesco

Publicity/Media Chair:

Peter Ozemoyah, Tyne Engineering

Sponsorship Chair:

Marie Wilson, Nuclear Waste Management Organization


Mohinder S. Grover, Canadian Nuclear Society


Bob O’Sullivan, Canadian Nuclear Society

Contact us

Conference Organizing Chair:
Ms. Parva ALAVI
EWM Consulting
Tel: (905) 599 9534

Technical Program Chair:
Ms. Jennifer NORONHA
Tel: (647) 259 4882
Cell: (289) 314 1012

Conference Sponsorship Chair
Ms. Marie WILSON
Tel (Cell): (519) 386 6763

Registration & General Information
Tel: (416) 977 7620

Our Sponsors and Exhibitors


September 11, 2016 @ 12:00 am
September 14, 2016 @ 12:00 am
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