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4th Nuclear Waste Management, Decommissioning and Environmental Restoration (NWMDER)

September 8, 2019 @ 12:00 am - September 11, 2019 @ 12:00 am


The 4thNuclear Waste Management, Decommissioning and Environmental Restoration (NWMDER) Conference from September 8-11, 2019.The conference will be held at the Ottawa Marriott Hotel in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.

The Nuclear Waste Management, Decommissioning and Environmental Restoration Conference builds upon those held in 2005, 2011and 2016, which were highly successful, with over 300 Canadian and international participants from many nuclear related organizations and universities at each conference.  These conferences provided opportunities for sharing and exchanging ideas, views, information and experience among specialists, managers and a broad range of subject experts in the industry, government, community, and other key stakeholders.  The past NWMDER conferences fostered collaborative dialogue to the overall benefit of the Canadian and International nuclear industries.

Preliminary Program 

Click here for the Preliminary Program of Plenary Sessions & List of Technical Sessions.

And click here for the Detailed Preliminary Program of Technical Sessions, updated Sept. 3.


“Moving Forward Together Toward Sustainable Solutions”

Once again Canadian Nuclear Society (CNS) is organizing the Nuclear Waste Management, Decommissioning, and Environmental Restoration (NWMDER) conference to provide a forum for discussion of the status and proposed future directions of technical, regulatory, environmental, social, and economic aspects of nuclear waste management, decommissioning, and environmental restoration for nuclearfacilities.

CNS intends to make this conference as successful as the past NWMDER conferences, held in 2005, 2011 and 2016, each with more than 300 Canadian and international participants.


Note: All fees in CAN$
Note: To register as a CNS member, your membership must be in good standing for 2019)
All prices include HST (#870488889 RT).

Registering: On or before July 31 After July 31
CNS Member $890 $990
Non CNS Member $1000 $1100
CNS Retiree Member $270 $340
Full-Time Student (CNS Member) $260 $325

To register online click here


A Nuclear-for-Everyone Course has been organized in conjunction with the Conference.  The course is complimentary.  It will be held Sunday September 8, 2-5 pm.  If interested, please make sure you register for the course to allow proper planning.


Conference Hotel is Ottawa Marriott Hotel

Click here to reserve your room online.

Reservations can also be made by calling 1-800-853-8463 and mentioning the CNS Conference.

Cut-off date for guestroom reservations within the CNS block is 2019 August 9

Paper categories

Papers are solicited for the following categories:

  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 practical examples of approaches to community and stakeholder engagement, communications, including social media, and collaborative decision-making. 
  3. Indigenous Participation in the Nuclear Industry:  Includes practical approaches to learning and working together between the nuclear industry and Indigenous and non-Indigenous communities in the context of reconciliation.  Includes fostering the exchange between Indigenous Knowledge and western science systems, exploring meaningful relationships and partnerships, and stewarding community well-being.
  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. Used Nuclear Fuel & High Level Waste Management:  Includes treatment, recycling through interim storage, long term management and disposal.  Also covers safety assessment, licensing, monitoring, sitting, and development of a deep geological repository.
  7. Waste Characterization, Processing, Packaging& Waste Minimization:  Includes waste characterization, waste processing, and packaging and minimization including strategies, technologies, and technical development.
  8. Waste Transportation:  Includes transport package development and regulatory considerations, transportation logistics and operations, and integrated planning and scheduling issues for large shipping campaigns, and stakeholder and public attitude research and engagement.
  9. SMR Waste: Includes waste characteristics, recycling potential, transportation, decommissioning strategies, storage, and disposal of SMR waste. 
  10. 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/long-term stewardship.
  11. 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, cost estimating, and international technology. 
  12. Other Potential Tracks:  Safety & Safeguards, Information Management, Quality Assurance, Preservation of Knowledge, Succession Planning.


Author Information

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 Ben Rouben at roubenb@alum.mit.edu

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. 


Important Deadlines

The following are important deadlines for paper submission:
(Late submissions may not be accepted)

Online submission of abstracts: Jan 31, 2019
Notification of acceptance of abstracts: Mar 01, 2019
Online submission of draft full papers: May 01, 2019
Notification of acceptance of full draft: June 15, 2019
Receipt of final full papers: July 06, 2019 

Contact us

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

Technical Program Chair:
Ms. Mihaela ION
Tel: (647) 259 2990

Conference Sponsorship Chair
Tel (Cell): (647) 328 2422

Registration & General Information
Tel: (416) 977 7620



Plenary Sessions

Monday, Plenary 1A: Panel Discussion – Community and                                                        Indigenous Engagement

Chair: Bob Watts (NWMO) Bio
Cheryl Fort Photo Cheryl Fort (Hornepayne) Bio
Mitch Twolan (Huron-Kinloss) Bio
clayton_wetelainen_photo Clayton Wetelainen (Aboriginal People of Wabigoon)  Bio
diane_longboat_photo Diane Longboat (Council of Elders and Youth for NWMO)  Bio


Monday, Plenary 1B: Environmental Remediation

caley-griener_jpg Chair: Caley Griener (CNL) Bio
 nicholas-smith_photo Nicholas Smith (IAEA) Bio
Miles Smith Photo
Miles Smith (CNL)



Bruce Halbert Photo

Bruce Halbert

(CanNorth Environmental Services)



Sean Gamley Photo

Sean Gamley (CNL)




 Monday Luncheon – Speaker

mark_lesinski_photo Mark Lesinski (CNL) Bio


Tuesday, Plenary 2A: Waste Repository Siting in Canada

Jim Delaney Photo Chair: Jim Delaney (NRCan) Bio
Lise Morton Photo Lise Morton (OPG)



meggan_vickerd_photo Meggan Vickerd (CNL)



ben_belfadhel photo Mahrez Ben Belfadhel (NWMO)



karine_glenn_photo Karine Glenn (CNSC)



Paul McClelland Photo Paul McClelland (AECL)




Tuesday, Plenary 2B: Updates on Current Canadian                                                                 Decommissioning Projects

meggan-vickerd_photo Chair: Meggan Vickerd (CNL) Bio
steve_plante_bio Steve Plante (Hydro-Québec)



jessica-king_photo Jessica King (OPG)



kristan_schruder_photo Kristan Schruder (CNL)



caley_griener_photo Caley Griener (CNL)



brian_wilcox_photo Brian Wilcox (CNL Whiteshell)




Tuesday Conference Banquet – Guest Speaker

vincent_ialenti_photo Vincent Ialenti (Elliott School of International Affairs) Bio


Plenary 3A: Panel Discussion – International Policy and                                           Implementation for Decommissioning and Waste                                 Management

photo mcclelland Facilitator: Paul McClelland (AECL) Bio
mika_pohjonen_photo Mika Pohjonen (Posiva Solutions Oy, Finland) Bio
richard_poisson_photo Richard Poisson (ANDRA, France) Bio
samantha_chard_photo Samantha Chard (Australian Department of Industry, Innovation and Science) Bio
Kristan Schruder (CNL) Bio


Plenary 3B: Strategies in R & D for Decommissioning and Waste                           Management 

vasile_bostan_photo Chair: Vasile Bostan (OPG) Bio
paul_dinner_photo Paul Dinner (COG)



ian_wigginton_photo Ian Wigginton (Nuvia Consulting)



reid_photo Richard Reid (EPRI)



sriram_narashimhan_photo Sriram Narasimhan (University of Waterloo)



Technical Tours

Canadian Nuclear Laboratories

Chalk River will once again open its doors to registrants of the NWMDER. Given the size of this group, participants will not have the opportunity to select particular areas of interest; however, the day will include tours of facilities and projects related to CNL’s work in environmental remediation, facilities decommissioning, waste management and environmental research. Lunch will be provided courtesy of CNL. The bus will depart the conference hotel at 8:00 and return to the hotel approximately 16:30 PM (leaving CNL at 14:30 PM).
Fee for this tour is $50 per person.
Ensure you complete the required online security form at the following link: https://www.cnl.ca/en/home/about/visitor-registration.aspx
* Please ensure you select the correct tour date/event from the dropdown menu.


Nordion is inviting participants to visit their world-class Co-60 production facilities in Kanata, to gain an understanding of how this nuclear technology contributes to the  health and well-being of people around the world through prevention and treatment of disease.   The bus will depart the conference hotel at 8:45 and return to the hotel at approximately 11:30.
Fee for this tour is $25 per person.
To register for this tour contact Mahsa Khatibi mahsakhatibi1@gmail.com


Canada’s National Research Council is inviting participants to visit a few of their Ottawa laboratories. The tours will be taken of the Ionization Radiation Standards laboratories, which offer standards and calibrations for radionuclide measurement and dosimetry services in neutrons, radiation protection, medical dosimetry and radiation processing. As well as the NRC Kibble balance which was pivotal in the recent redefinition of the kilogram. The bus will depart the conference hotel at 13:00 and return to the hotel at approximately 16:00.
13:00 Depart Hotel
13:30 Arrive NRC – Overview of NRC Metrology
14:00 Split into 3 groups – Tour of labs 30 minutes rotation including 5 minutes transit from lab to lab. Kibble Balance, Medical physics Laboratories, Compton Gamma Imager (possible Atomic Clocks and time dissemination labs)
15:30 Regroup and depart
16:00 Arrive Hotel
Fee for this tour is $25 per person.
To register for this tour contact Mahsa Khatibi mahsakhatibi1@gmail.com

Sponsors and Exhibitors

Click here to access the Sponsorship & Exhibit Opportunities Package

For all information pertaining to Sponsorship and Exhibition opportunities please contact:
Ruth Burany
Sponsorships and Exhibits Chair
Email: ruth.burany@cns‐snc.ca 

Our Sponsors

Host Sponsor:



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snc-lavalin logo  


Our Exhibitors:

EnergySolutions GOLDERgolder_stacked_logo
niagara-energy-products_logo NWMO
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Unitech Logo win-canada_logo


September 8, 2019 @ 12:00 am
September 11, 2019 @ 12:00 am
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